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.

Monday Is The Deadline To Register For Flint Water Settlement

Mar 29, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Monday is the deadline for people to register for the $641 million Flint water crisis master settlement.

As of a week ago, more than 33,000 people had registered to be part of the settlement. 

Michigan Ex-Governor Loses Challenge To Flint Water Charges

Mar 18, 2021
Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy / State of Michigan

A judge on Thursday rejected a request to dismiss misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal.

Lawyers for Rick Snyder said he worked in Ingham County, not Genesee County, so the indictment was returned in the wrong place. But Judge William Crawford II said prosecutors have flexibility about where to pursue a case.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Former Gov. Rick Snyder should learn soon if a judge will dismiss charges against him connected to the Flint water crisis.

The former governor is charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty.   The exact reasons for the charges are unclear since a judge has yet to release evidence presented to the one-man grand jury that issued the indictment.

Lawyers Seeking 32% Of $641M Flint tainted Water Settlement

Mar 9, 2021
Flint sign over street
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Lawyers who negotiated a $641 million settlement for victims of Flint’s lead-contaminated water are asking a judge to set aside up to 32% for fees and expenses for years of work on the case.

If granted, the request would total $202 million in fees and $7 million in expenses for dozens of attorneys who made a deal with the state of Michigan, Flint, a hospital and an engineering firm, according to a court filing Monday.

Jarrod Agen
Genesee County Jail

A judge on Monday declined to dismiss an indictment against a former state official who is charged with perjury in an investigation of the Flint water crisis.

The indictment against Jarrod Agen remains valid despite a lack of details and can be updated, Genesee County Judge Elizabeth Kelly said.

She said she won’t decide whether the indictment was filed in the wrong county or whether the one-man grand jury had proper jurisdiction until another judge determines what grand jury material can be released.

Judge Needs More Time For Thorny Issues In Flint Water Case

Feb 24, 2021
File photo/WKAR

A judge overseeing misdemeanor charges against a former Michigan governor in the Flint water scandal said Tuesday that he’s struggling with how to handle an aggressive effort to have the case dismissed.

Push To Get More Flint Children Evaluated For Developmental Issues

Feb 9, 2021
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

Genesee County health and education officials want young children from Flint evaluated for developmental issues.

Testing has shown Flint’s drinking water has long since recovered from its lead crisis in 2014 and 2015.

Attorneys: Ex-governor Charged In Wrong County Over Flint

Jan 19, 2021
Governor Rick Snyder
Courtesy / State of Michigan

Attorneys for former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder are striking back, telling prosecutors Tuesday that the Flint water case should be dismissed because he was charged in the wrong county.

Snyder was charged last week with two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. He was indicted by a Genesee County judge who sat as a grand juror and considered evidence presented by prosecutors.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office Thursday announced criminal charges for eight former state officials, including the state's former Gov. Rick Snyder, along with one current official, for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis.

Together the group face 42 counts related to the drinking water catastrophe roughly seven years ago. The crimes range from perjury to misconduct in office to involuntary manslaughter.

Updated at 9:28 p.m. ET

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was charged Wednesday for his role in the Flint water crisis, an environmental disaster that contaminated the majority Black city's drinking water with lead nearly seven years ago.

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