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UPDATED: Thu., June 13, 2019, 8:09 p.m.

Prosecutors drop Flint water charges, promise fresh probe

Prosecutors drop all criminal charges against 8 people in Flint water crisis and pledge to start new investigation


Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

A Canadian man convicted of terrorism for nearly killing a Michigan police officer while yelling “God is great” in Arabic was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday, after boldly …


2 Michigan regulators take plea deals in Flint water case

Two Michigan environmental regulators implicated in the Flint water scandal pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor Wednesday in exchange for more serious charges being dropped, bringing to six the number …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 7, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint involuntary manslaughter charges

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.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 9:44 p.m.

Flint water crisis prompts call for more federal oversight

A federal watchdog is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to strengthen its oversight of state drinking water systems nationally and respond more quickly to public health emergencies such as …


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 4:41 p.m.

Michigan to close Flint’s free bottled water sites

Four remaining free bottled water stations will close in Flint, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Friday, more than two years after the state opened them in response to a man-made, …


Tests show high lead levels at 4 Flint schools, care centers

Only four schools and care facilities in Flint had elevated levels of lead in their water during recent tests, though one school district refused to allow the testing as the …


Michigan scrambles to address chemical contaminants in water

While the city of Flint still recovers from a lead-tainted water crisis, Michigan is scrambling to combat potential health risks in other tap water that stem from chemicals long used …


Groups accuse Flint of violating legal settlement over water

Plaintiffs in a landmark legal settlement related to Flint’s lead-tainted water have asked a federal judge to intervene because they say city officials have repeatedly ignored requirements that allow monitoring …


Water woes bubble below the surface in Flint recall election

Karen Weaver was elected mayor of Flint two years ago arguing that her predecessor had bungled the response to the city’s lead-contaminated water crisis.


Funeral home horrors put spotlight on spotty U.S. regulations

Funeral home regulations vary across the U.S., with some states requiring annual inspections and several requiring no inspections at all.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 9, 2017, 9:59 a.m.

Another official to face manslaughter charge in Flint water

A special prosecutor says he’ll add a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Michigan’s chief medical executive in a criminal investigation of the Flint water crisis.


Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds

The fertility rate in Flint, Michigan, dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in 2014, according to a new working paper.


Expert declares qualified end to water crisis in Flint

An expert who two years ago warned about dangerous lead levels in Flint, Michigan’s drinking water has declared a qualified end to the crisis.


Michigan sues Flint after council refuses to OK water deal

The state of Michigan sued Flint Wednesday, alleging that the city council’s refusal to approve a broadly backed deal to buy water long term from a Detroit-area system is endangering …


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 11:04 p.m.

Michigan airport stabbing investigated as terror; Canadian charged

A Canadian man shouted in Arabic before stabbing a police officer in the neck at the Flint airport on Wednesday, and referenced people being killed overseas during the attack that’s …


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017, 5:22 p.m.

Michigan health director, 4 others charged with involuntary manslaughter over tainted Flint water

Five people, including the head of Michigan’s health department, were charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter in an investigation of Flint’s lead-contaminated water, all blamed in the death of an 85-year-old …


UPDATED: Tue., May 2, 2017, 7:03 p.m.

EPA asks what rules to cut, gets earful about dirty water

Seeking suggestions about what environmental regulations it should gut, the Trump administration on Tuesday got an earful from people who say federal rules limiting air and water pollution aren’t strict …


Facing pressure, more schools scramble to confront dangers of lead in water

Nearly two years after a water crisis in Flint, Michigan, triggered renewed pressure for lead testing and remediation in schools across the country, many districts continue to stumble. And in …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 28, 2017, 12:56 p.m.

Flint residents must start paying for water they still can’t drink without a filter

Residents in Flint, Michigan, are about to start paying the full cost of their water again, even though what’s flowing from their taps has yet to be declared safe to …


Commission: ‘Systemic racism’ at root of Flint water crisis

“Systemic racism” going back decades is at the core of problems that caused a lead-contaminated water crisis in the majority black city of Flint, according to a Michigan Civil Rights …


Flint mayor questions Michigan governor’s decision to stop water bill credits in aftermath of lead contamination crisis

LANSING, Mich. – The mayor of Flint is planning to meet with Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday to discuss Michigan’s decision to withdraw some financial assistance that was originally offered to …


Flint’s water plant upgrade cost rises to $108 million

A consultant says the cost of upgrading Flint’s water treatment plant is estimated at $108 million, up slightly from an earlier estimate.


Flint-area residents seek $700M from EPA over water crisis

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners are seeking more than $700 million in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of the city’s crisis with …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 24, 2017, 5:52 p.m.

Flint water has fallen below federal lead limit

Flint’s water system no longer has levels of lead exceeding the federal limit, a key finding that Michigan state environmental officials said Tuesday is good news for a city whose …


The Latest: Not-guilty pleas by 3 newly charged in Flint

Not-guilty pleas have been entered by three of the four people newly charged in the Flint water investigation.


EPA orders Flint to outline fixes before water switch

Federal officials have outlined new steps Flint must take before switching its drinking water source again in the wake of its lead-contamination crisis.


Class-action lawsuit seeks sweeping help for Flint students

Several families have filed a class-action lawsuit against the state of Michigan and the Flint school district, saying more needs to be done to help students whose academic performance and …


Congress clears stopgap spending bill, $1.1 billion to fight Zika virus

Averting an election-year crisis, Congress late Wednesday sent President Barack Obama a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle …


Senate passes stopgap spending bill, $1.1B to fight Zika

Averting an election-year crisis, the Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to keep the government operating through Dec. 9 and provide $1.1 billion in long-delayed funding to battle the Zika …