The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
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WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

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 The state of Michigan will oversee construction of a section of water pipeline that will connect Flint to the new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above 10 million people before the next US Census. It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered at the state Capitol.


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Lead water pipes remain a concern in cities across Michigan.  Kalamazoo is now increasing its efforts to modify water infrastructure.

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Flint river quality improvements presented to residents

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On January 5, 2016 -- one year ago -- Governor Rick Snyder formally declared a state of emergency in Flint.  Residents who’d been bathing in and drinking the tap water, of course, knew they had an emergency on their hands long before then. 


Evening with the Governor 2016

Jan 2, 2017
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Mon. Jan. 2 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Governor Rick Snyder and First Lady Sue Snyder reflect on the past year in Michigan politics with Off the Record anchor Tim Skubick.  WATCH NOW

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More charges have been filed by Michigan's attorney general in the investigation into the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint, including against two former state-appointed emergency managers with ties to Lansing.

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A leading environmental group says it's pleased with the latest overhaul of Michigan's energy policy.

 


Great Lakes Year in Review 2016

Dec 13, 2016
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The Flint Water Crisis became a top story in 2016, but it wasn't the only development involving Michigan water or the Great Lakes. We review and update those stories, and look ahead to 2017, with Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson.

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This week, the Lansing Board of Water and Light will replace the last of Lansing’s lead water service lines. We talk with the Board’s general manager, Dick Peffley, about the multi-year, multi-million dollar project.


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University of Michigan researchers say the number of lead water lines that need  replacement in Flint may be several times higher than expected. We get the thoughts of the East Lansing resident charged with coordinating the pipe replacement effort, Gen. Michael McDaniel.


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Did the EPA drop the ball by delaying an emergency order in the Flint water crisis? A report from the U.S. Inspector General says it did. We review the story with Current State’s Great Lakes reporter-commentator Gary Wilson.


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The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would create a funding board to help pay for infrastructure improvements in Flint. We talk with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth about that and the race for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court.


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Flint native David Tarver talks with Brooke Allen about the Urban Entrepreneurship Symposium taking place in Flint Oct. 19-21.

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A Flint family is pursuing a grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging misconduct. They claim thata he's breaking the law by spending taxpayer money to defend himself against legal challenges relating to the Flint Water crisis. We talk with complainant Keri Webber of Flint and her attorney, Mark Brewer.


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