Flint water decision shows legal complexities of disaster

U.S. 06/14/19, 16:01

A surprise decision by Michigan prosecutors to drop all pending charges in the Flint water crisis and restart a three-year investigation is a reminder of the legal complexities surrounding the disaster.Seven of 15 people had taken plea deals with no jail time, and their records will eventually be scrubbed clean. ...

Charges dropped against 8 people in Flint water scandal

U.S. 06/13/19, 13:27

Prosecutors stunningly dropped all criminal charges Thursday against eight people in the Flint water scandal and pledged to start the investigation from scratch.The defendants include Michigan's former health director, Nick Lyon, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter. He was accused of failing to timely alert the public about an outbreak ...

Where things stand in the Flint water crisis investigation

U.S. 06/04/19, 14:58

Questions abound after Michigan authorities executed search warrants in recent weeks to seize from government storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Gov. Rick Snyder, top aides and other government employees in a long-running criminal investigation of Flint's water crisis.The three-year probe of lead contamination in the city's water supply ...

Judge rejects 6-month timeout in major Flint water case

U.S. 05/03/19, 16:31

A judge on Friday rejected a six-month freeze in the involuntary manslaughter case of Michigan's former health director, who is accused of failing to timely warn the public about a Legionnaires' disease outbreak during the Flint water crisis.A new team of prosecutors said it needed more time to assess and ...

Conflict in Michigan AG’s office over Flint water records

U.S. 05/01/19, 18:47

A civil war of sorts is developing in the Michigan attorney general's office over 23 boxes of records found in a state basement and what role — if any — they have in the Flint water criminal investigation.Prosecutors led by Fadwa Hammoud, a senior official in the office, want a ...

Defense strikes back in records dispute in Flint water case

U.S. 04/30/19, 15:34

Lawyers for Michigan's former health director are firmly opposing an effort to put his Flint water criminal case on hold for six months, saying it's a sign of "dysfunction" by prosecutors.In blunt language, Nick Lyon's defense team urged Judge Joseph Farah to reject a timeout and instead decide whether involuntary ...

Flint water scandal’s special prosecutor out after 3 years

Health 04/29/19, 17:56

A special prosecutor who spent three years leading a criminal investigation of the Flint water scandal has been fired, officials announced Monday, apparently part of the fallout from the recent discovery of 23 boxes of records in the basement of a state building.Todd Flood's contract was terminated on April 16. ...

Evidence found, prosecutors seek freeze in Flint water case

U.S. 04/26/19, 19:27

Prosecutors on Friday asked a judge for a six-month timeout in the criminal case against Michigan's former health director after finding a "trove of documents" related to the Flint water crisis in the basement of a state building.The 23 boxes included a file titled "phones/wiped" with the names of eight ...

Canadian sentenced to life in prison for US airport attack

U.S. 04/18/19, 12:32

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 declaring that he only regretted not having a machine gun during the knife attack.Amor Ftouhi's statements stunned U.S. District Judge ...

Flint water crisis takes center stage in new play

Entertainment 04/04/19, 14:49

The Flint water crisis has been the subject of several documentaries and even a network drama, but now the issue is taking center stage in a new play at the University of Michigan.Playwright Jose? Casas spent nearly three years interviewing more than 80 people in order to create his new ...

Cases of donated water found in old Flint school

U.S. 03/26/19, 16:26

Numerous cases of bottled water have been discovered inside a former school in Flint, Michigan. The Flint Journal reports the water was found by two people who were inside an old school next to the former St. Agnes Church. Jimmy Cowell shared his video with the newspaper. He says he was ...

Flint, Michigan gives Mayor raise to 7 times city’s average income

U.S. 03/23/19, 17:43

The city of Flint, Michigan, gave pay raises to its city council members and mayor Friday, boosting its mayor’s salary by more than a third from $91,801 to $125,000. Flint has a per capita income of $16,554, according to Census figures, meaning Mayor Karen Weaver will now be making between seven and eight ...

Musk promises to let Michigan students tour rocket factory

U.S. 03/22/19, 16:47

Tech billionaire Elon Musk surprised students by showing up at a school assembly in Flint, Michigan, and promising to take some of them for a tour of his Space X rocket factory in California.Musk and Flint Community Schools Superintendent Derrick Lopez also told the crowd of sixth- and seventh-graders Friday ...

Judge: Give me weeks for decision in big Flint water case

Health 02/06/19, 18:43

A judge said Wednesday it will likely take weeks for him to decide whether Michigan's former health director will continue to face involuntary manslaughter charges arising from the Flint water crisis.The issue for Genesee County Judge Joseph Farah is whether to overturn a ruling last summer by a judge in ...

APNewsBreak: Michigan governor revamps agency after Flint

U.S. 02/04/19, 11:01

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is restructuring the state agency that drew criticism for its handling of the Flint water crisis under former Gov. Rick Snyder.The Associated Press obtained details of Whitmer's plan to restructure the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. The plan is expected to be formally released later Monday.The ...

15 people have been charged in the Flint water scandal

U.S. 01/18/19, 14:14

Fifteen people have been charged in an investigation of how Flint's water became contaminated with lead in 2014-15 and a related outbreak of Legionnaires' disease. Seven people have pleaded no contest to misdemeanors in deals that will leave them without a criminal record.— Michael Prysby, Stephen Busch, Liane Shekter Smith, ...

3 years later, no one is in jail over Flint tainted water

U.S. 01/18/19, 13:43

Michigan's attorney general in 2016 promised to investigate "without fear or favor" the scandal over Flint's lead-tainted drinking water and pledged that state regulators would be locked up for fudging data and misleading the public.Yet three years later, no one is behind bars. Instead, seven of 15 defendants have pleaded ...

Michigan’s new attorney general seeks review of Flint cases

U.S. 01/04/19, 19:12

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.During her run for office, Attorney General Dana Nessel criticized the cost and scope of the investigation, which so far has led only to ...

Whitmer directs state employees to report health threats

Health 01/02/19, 16:07

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday directed state employees to immediately report any imminent threat to public health, moving quickly to tackle issues that led to the previous administration to be accused of causing Flint's water crisis and delaying action to clear it up.The Democrat issued her first executive directive a ...

Whitmer names much of Cabinet, including 9 department heads

Enviroment 12/27/18, 14:39

Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday named much of her Cabinet, including officials who will be involved in two of her top priorities — cleaning up drinking water and improving roads.Liesl Eichler Clark, who worked in former Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration before co-founding a policy consulting firm that helps businesses ...

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