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 ...

Inspectors pan California prison built to boost inmate care

Health 04/25/19, 17:29

A flagship California prison medical facility built to improve the state's substandard care is itself providing poor treatment including botched diagnoses and haphazard distribution of medications, California's inspector general reported Thursday.Corrections Department Inspector General Roy Wesley on Thursday gave an "inadequate" rating to the Correctional Health Care Facility in Stockton, ...

Legionnaires’ disease found in adjacent California prisons

Health 04/17/19, 20:27

Legionnaires' disease bacteria that killed one inmate and sickened another is more widespread than expected in a California state prison, officials said Wednesday, citing new test results.Preliminary results found the bacteria in the water supply at a prison medical facility in Stockton and at two neighboring youth correctional facilities, Corrections ...

California inmate dies after getting Legionnaires’ disease

U.S. 03/27/19, 21:09

A California prison inmate has died after contracting Legionnaires' disease and a second inmate has tested positive for the disease, which is considered a severe type of pneumonia, authorities said Wednesday. Officials said Wednesday that they are taking precautions at a prison hospital and a neighboring youth correctional facility in Stockton, ...

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 ...

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 ...

Michigan’s medical chief to stand trial on Flint charges

Health 12/07/18, 13:21

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.Dr. Eden Wells is among five people facing an involuntary manslaughter charge in connection to an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the Flint area in ...

Disneyland tower suggested as Legionnaires’ disease source

U.S. 12/05/18, 13:58

A cooling tower that provides mist to make Disneyland visitors comfortable was the likely source for 22 cases in a Legionnaires' disease outbreak last year near the theme park, a health official testified this week.Most of those who got sick visited the park in the fall of 2017. Disneyland has ...

Fighting for seat, Rauner rips Pritzker as ‘trust fund baby’

Business 10/03/18, 21:34

Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, battling to keep his job, attacked Democrat J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday as a "trust fund baby" and a tax cheat who "represents everything that's wrong in Illinois."Pritzker accused Rauner of being slow to act after he learned a suburban Chicago company where he once had ...

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