The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
Credit Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

This week on Current State: MSU Trustees changes; Simon effect on MSU; Flint Registry Goes Online; Comparing the lame duck to years past; Romanian Symphony at Wharton; Previewing PBS Kids Day; Brad Salem Gets New Role at MSU and Michiganders react to R. Kelly Docuseries. 


City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Michigan's former drinking water regulator has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in the Flint water investigation.

Dana Nessel, Kym Worthy
WKAR, Governing.com

A Detroit-area prosecutor will review a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis and decide whether to take over the cases, Michigan's new attorney general announced Friday.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has issued her first executive directive as Michigan’s governor. It requires state department employees to report threats to public health, safety or welfare up the chain of command. And it requires those threats to be investigated.


View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in exchange for more serious charges being dropped.

Dr. Eden Wells
MDHHS

Michigan's chief medical executive will stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and other charges in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Friday.

Mayor: Flint Pipe Replacement A Year Ahead of Schedule

Dec 4, 2018
Flint sign over street
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says her city’s lead pipe replacement program is a year ahead of schedule.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha photo
Courtesy photo / Hurley Medical Center

The Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will induct its newest class of honorees Thursday.


Flint Residents Seek To Reinstate Snyder In Water Lawsuit

Oct 7, 2018
Rick Snyder
WKAR-MSU

Residents and businesses affected by the lead-contaminated water crisis in Flint are asking a judge to reinstate Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and other Michigan officials as defendants in a class-action lawsuit.

On this week's Current State: how the Larry Nassar & Flint Water Crisis are now part of the Michigan governor's campaigns; how the political marriage gap is closing; enthusiasm among young voters; resources for sexual assault victims triggered by Dr. Ford's testimony; grey wolves relocated in the UP; and a movie cameo by the Jackson Symphony music director.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha photo
Courtesy photo / Hurley Medical Center

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, uncovered the extent of the problems caused by lead in the city’s water supply. It’s become one of the most serious environmental challenges in recent memory.

Now, she’s written a book about the crisis. On Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m., she’ll discuss the Flint water crisis with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow at the East Lansing Public Library. It's open to the public.


Nick Lyon
Michigan.gov

A judge on Monday ordered Michigan's state health director to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges in the deaths of two men linked to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area.

Flint water
WKAR File Photo

An ex-mayor who was ousted by voters in 2015 amid a lead-tainted water crisis in Flint has lost his bid for a seat in the Michigan House.

City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

A judge says a class-action lawsuit against Michigan and Flint officials stemming from the city's lead-contaminated water crisis can proceed but has dropped Gov. Rick Snyder and others from the case.

Flint water
WKAR File Photo

Michigan officials say Flint appears to be ignoring tens of millions of dollars in federal and state funds available to cover lead service line replacement following the city's lead-tainted water crisis.

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