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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New accounting figures show Michigan has spent nearly $25 million on attorneys handling cases involving the Flint lead-tainted water crisis.

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The crisis of lead getting into Flint’s water supply is the focus of a new book by freelance reporter Anna Clark. It’s called “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.”


Current State for July 14-15, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

On this weekend's show: In-depth interviews with MSU interim president John Engler and Dr. Mona Hanna-Atisha, the pediatrician in the middle of the Flint Water Crisis. Plus, Michigan expands the conditions for medical marijuana use, a program feeding Lansing students during the summer, Purple Heart medals being returned to the families of local veterans and the Eaton County Fair! 


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A judge is hearing key arguments in the most significant criminal case related to Flint's lead-contaminated water.

City of Flint water tower
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A judge overseeing lawsuits related to Flint's lead-tainted water has hired a Washington lawyer to assist her as special master at $600 per hour.

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Flint officials say there are more damaged lead and galvanized water service lines buried than previously estimated as pipe replacement continues in the wake of the city's drinking water crisis.

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UPDATE: Saturday 8:00 p.m.: The city of Flint ended a citywide Boil Water Advisory due to a water main break and depressurization of the entire system. 

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Some students and others protested Gov. Rick Snyder's handling of the Flint water crisis during his trip to speak at Northern Michigan University's graduation ceremony.

View of the Flint river
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While distribution of bottled water to Flint has stopped, there are still resources for Flint families to get food that can limit the effects of lead exposure. WKAR’s Katie Cook reports.

 


On the April 28-29, 2018 edition of Current State: new information in the case against an MSU Dean; a one-on-one with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver; gluten-free diets; a free recordings of nationally televised concerts in East Lansing and more. 


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Four years after the start of the Flint Water Crisis, the Snyder administration announced this month that it would be ending free bottled water distribution in the city. Now, Mayor Karen Weaver says she is considering a lawsuit against Governor Rick Snyder's Administration. Mayor Weaver joined WKAR's Karel Vega via phone to talk about the possible lawsuit, and the state of Flint in 2018.


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Lt. Gov. Brian Calley on Wednesday escalated his criticism of Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's prosecution of top state officials for the Flint water crisis, calling it a "gross abuse of power" intended to aid Schuette's run for governor.

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Four years is too long to go without clean drinking water. That was the message of a busload of Flint residents who marched in downtown Lansing Wednesday. Capital correspondent Cheyna Roth reports.


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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says a possible lawsuit is still in the works against Governor Rick Snyder’s administration following the end of free bottled water in the city.


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A federal judge has denied a request to order Michigan officials to resume distribution of free bottled water in Flint.

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