Governor Rick Snyder

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.

Michigan Plans To Charge Ex-Gov. Snyder In Flint Water Probe

Jan 12, 2021
Governor Rick Snyder
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Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they’re being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in 2014-15, The Associated Press has learned.

Ex-Michigan Gov. Snyder Is Latest Republican To Back Biden

Sep 3, 2020
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Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder backed Joe Biden for president on Thursday, becoming the latest high-profile Republican to support the Democratic nominee over President Donald Trump.

Federal Flint Case Against Snyder Will Go Forward

Jul 15, 2020
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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.

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Governor Rick Snyder wants to improve the state’s response time to PFAS chemicals. They’ve been found in groundwater, surface water, and drinking water across the state. Snyder issued a directive on Tuesday calling on state departments and agencies to create a readiness and response plan.


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State lawmakers can now vote to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Prevailing wage requires the state pay union-scale wages on its contracts. Capital corresnpondent Cheyna Roth reports the Board of State Canvassers certified a ballot initiative Friday. It gives the Legislature a chance to pass the measure instead of letting the voters decide.


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Governor Rick Snyder wants an oil and gas pipeline that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac to eventually be de-commissioned. Capital Bureau Chief Rick Pluta tells us the governor said so speaking to reporters on Mackinac Island.


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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.

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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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