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.

Judge: Feds Can Be Sued For Failures In Flint Water Crisis

Aug 27, 2020
Flint sign over street
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The federal government can be sued for negligence in the Flint water crisis, a judge said Wednesday, citing the failure of regulators to timely act as good Samaritans and blow the whistle on lead in the water supply.

Michigan has reached a $600 million agreement to compensate Flint residents for the state's role in failing to protect them from lead-tainted water, the state's attorney general says.

The deal "puts the needs of Flint's children first," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's office said in an announcement Thursday. A summary of the settlement shows that nearly 80% of the money would go to resolve claims filed on behalf of minors and children.

Whitmer: $600M Flint Water Deal A Step Toward Making Amends

Aug 20, 2020
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A proposed $600 million deal between the state of Michigan and residents of the impoverished, majority-Black city of Flint who were harmed by lead-tainted water is a step toward making amends for a disaster that upended life in the city, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Thursday.

Federal Flint Case Against Snyder Will Go Forward

Jul 15, 2020
downtown Flint river scene
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A federal appeals court won’t give former Governor Rick Snyder a new hearing in a class action lawsuit over the Flint water crisis.

That means the lawsuit filed against Snyder and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon can go forward.

Snyder and Dillon argued to the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that they were shielded by virtue of their positions from having to answer some questions in depositions.

A panel of the court had already rejected the claim.

Flint sign over street
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The Flint Water Crisis captured national attention about the dangers of lead contamination in public water supplies.  Now, nearly six years after the problem was first detected, health officials are reporting on the well-being of children in Flint.


Michigan House Democrats

Voters have elected a new mayor in Flint, Michigan, where recovery from a lead-contaminated water crisis remains a major issue.

City of Flint water tower
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Nearly 5 ½ years ago, the water source for the city of Flint was switched in an effort to save money. A disaster followed resulting in deaths, illness and mistrust of government. Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. on WKAR-TV, the documentary series Frontline examines the crisis by bringing to light conversations and documents never seen on television before. We spoke with Abby Ellis, the Michigan native who is the film’s director.


City of Flint water tower
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The Flint Registry is holding in-person enrollment across the city of Flint all week. Officials are trying to track the health of residents made ill by the Flint Water Crisis.

Rick Snyder
WKAR-MSU

Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he won’t continue with a fellowship at Harvard University following backlash over his role in Flint’s water crisis.


Flint water
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A former FBI agent who investigated the Flint water scandal says the team was moving toward new charges when new prosecutors took over.

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