Mayor Weaver Honored by Rainbow PUSH and AFL-CIO

FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver pictured with Rev. Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton was honored at the 21st Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project Economic Summit in New York City on February 9. Mayor Weaver was also honored February 10 in Southfield, Michigan by the Michigan Council 25 American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO at the union’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Dinner and Award Ceremony.

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The Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Announced

By Alex LaGrone, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – A press conference was held Tuesday, Feb. 6 at the Flint Public Library to officially announce the 2018 inductees to the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame. The newly honored inductees are Mance Broome Sr., Terry Crews, Norman J. Graham Jr., Keith Gray, Lisa Horne, Ervin Leavy Jr., Beecher High School, 1985 Basketball Team and Flint Southwestern, 1975 Track Team. Founder Norm Bryant announced the six individuals and two teams that made up the group. Broome was a two-way starter…

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Researchers Conclude Legionnaires Outbreak Linked to Change in Water Supply

Flint, Mich. – A research team with the Flint Area Community Health and Environment Partnership (FACHEP) has found that the majority of Legionnaires’ disease cases that occurred during the 2014-15 outbreak in Genesee County can be attributed to the change in the City of Flint’s drinking water supply to the Flint River. The team’s findings are based on detailed statistical analysis of multiple datasets. The researchers also found that the specific strain of Legionella isolated from Flint residences as part of FACHEP’s sampling in 2016 is not readily detected by…

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Treasury: Individual Income Tax Filing Season Officially Begins

Early Filers Prevent Cybercriminals from Stealing Refunds LANSING, Mich. – Michigan’s individual income tax filing season has officially begun. Effective immediately, Michiganders can start filing their 2017 tax year state individual income tax returns online or through the U.S. Postal Service. All individual income tax returns must be e-filed or postmarked by Tuesday, April 17, 2018. “The easiest and quickest way for Michigan taxpayers to get their refund is to file electronically,” said Deputy State Treasurer Glenn White, head of Treasury’s Tax Administration Group. “This helps ensure tax returns are…

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Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame to Announce 2018 Inductees

Flint, Mich. – The community is invited to join members of the Greater Flint African American Sports Hall of Fame at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E. Kearsley St., Flint, from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6, for the official announcement of its 2018 inductees, which include: Mance Broome Sr. (Central High School, 1981, football and coaching), Terry Crews (Flint Academy High School, 1980, football), Norman J. Graham, Jr. (Flint Southwestern, 1978, track), Keith Gray (Flint Central High School 1978, track), Lisa Horne (Hamady High School 1985, basketball and track),…

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Mayor Weaver to Host Community Forum, Thursday, Feb. 1

  FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver’s office has announced a Special Community Forum to take place on Thursday, Feb 1 at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of the Forum is to meet with residents and community leaders to provide information about the plans underway to improve water quality in the City of Flint. Those who attend will hear firsthand from City officials and members of AECOM, the engineering and construction company contracted to manage several water quality improvement projects for Flint. The Forum will be held at Mott College Event…

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Flint Branch NAACP Announces 37th Annual Freedom Fund Dinner

The Flint Branch of the NAACP will be celebrating its 37th Annual Freedom Fund Gala on Saturday, March 10 at 6:00 p.m. The formal black-tie affair will be held at the Genesys Banquet and Conference Center, 805 Health Park Blvd, Grand Blanc, MI 48439. The theme for this year’s event is “STEADFAST AND IMMOVABLE”. “As we move to address today’s challenges, notably the current climate of economic uncertainty and political unrest, this is a pivotal time for our country,” said Frances Gilcreast, President of the Flint Branch NAACP. “Today we…

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Early Enrollment for Flint Registry Now Open

FLINT, Mich. – Residents of Flint who were exposed to lead-contaminated water from the city’s water system can now pre-enroll for the Flint Registry, an effort to connect residents to programs and other resources that serve to minimize the effects of lead on their health, while promoting wellness and recovery. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician and associate professor in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, along with other MSU, Flint and government leaders, recently announced the launch of the pre-enrollment website. During the pre-enrollment process, those interested in being…

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For-Profit Colleges Promise But Seldom Deliver Gainful Employment

By Charlene Crowell (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Mounting student debt is a nagging problem for most families these days. As the cost of higher education rises, borrowing to cover those costs often becomes a family concern across multiple generations including the student, parents, and even grandparents or other relatives. Today’s 21st Century jobs usually demand higher education and specialized skills to earn one’s way into the middle class. In households where educational loans are inevitable, it becomes an important family decision to determine which institutions are actually worth the debt incurred. Equally…

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Judge Archie Hayman Ready for Second Act in Private Law Practice

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – The Honorable Archie L. Hayman has retired from the Genesee County Circuit but not from his commitment to serving the Flint community. Hayman was a judge for the 7th Circuit Court in Genesee County. He was appointed by Gov. John Engler in 1996 and retired from the bench in December 2017. Before joining the circuit court, Hayman was a judge for the 68th District Court. He served in that position from 1995 to 1996. In an interview with the Courier, Hayman…

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