State Representative Sheldon Neeley Calls for Judicial Accountability

Submitted by State Rep. Sheldon Neeley Since September 2017, the 67th District Court has heard testimony, received evidence and considered the facts of how the water crisis began, and whether state Department of Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon should be sent to trial for misconduct in office and two counts of involuntary manslaughter after 12 people died from Legionnaires’ disease in connection to the water crisis. Instead of finally receiving justice last week, we were handed yet another delay, forcing us to wait until Aug. 20 to learn…

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Congressional Delegation Meets with Flint Residents

A congressional delegation led by Congressman Dan Kildee visited Flint on Friday, July 20 to meet with Flint residents and observe lead pipes being replaced in their homes.  Deronda Jones said she and her family have used bottled water since the crisis began four years ago.  Members of Congress joined by Mayor Karen Weaver met with Jones and her neighbors to hear first hand what needs to be done to help families recover. The Courier’s Sheri L. Stuart filed the following report…

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Second Measles Case Identified in Michigan; Health Officials Urge Protection Through Vaccination

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has confirmed a second case of measles in Michigan for 2018. This case is unrelated to Michigan’s first case which occurred in March. Both cases were the result of exposure outside of the country, emphasizing the higher risk of measles during international travel and the importance of being protected against the disease by vaccination. The ill individual arrived on June 12 at approximately 3:45 p.m. at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) at the international arrivals area of the McNamara Terminal…

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Voters’ Rights on Shaky Ground, Advocates Say

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that Ohio’s method of removing names from its voter rolls does not violate federal law.  The decision announced Monday, June 11 was 5-4. Voting rights advocates criticized the high court’s ruling and said that Ohio’s tactics amount to aggressive purging of voting rolls. Where Ohio was a battleground state in the 2016 presidential election, six other states have similar laws. Ohio law allows the state to send address confirmation notices to voters who have not engaged in voter…

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Cut Melons Linked to Foodborne Illness in Michigan

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), and local health departments are working closely with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and public health and regulatory officials in several states to investigate a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Adelaide linked to consumption of cut melons. Most people who have been infected with this strain of Salmonella bought pre-cut melon at Walmart or Kroger stores in the Midwest. Consumers who have purchased pre-cut…

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Nestle Agrees to Provide Bottled Water to Three Flint Locations

Mayor Karen Weaver recently announced that Nestle Waters has agreed to provide bottled water to Flint residents. “We have been in conversation with representatives at Nestle Waters and they have generously agreed to provide the three Help Centers in Flint with bottled water for the next several months,” said Weaver. “I want to thank Nestle for their willingness to help the people of Flint. I also want to thank everyone who had a hand in helping to make this a reality, Senator Jim Ananich and Jamie Gaskin and his team…

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Michigan Voters to Decide on Pot Legalization

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer Michigan could soon join the growing list of states that have passed marijuana legalization measures. Now that the state Board of Canvassers has confirmed supporters of the ballot measure turned in enough valid signatures to qualify for the fall ballot, it will be up for voters to decide in November. If the measure passes, it would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and grow small amounts of marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana retailers would be imposed a 10 percent excise tax…

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Museum Memorializing Black Lynching Victims Opens in Montgomery, Alabama

By Frederick H. Lowe Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from NorthStarNewsToday.com  (TriceEdneyWire.com) – The National Memorial for Peace and Justice and the Legacy Museum has opened to teach American history never published in textbooks. The museum is a memorial to the documented 4,400 African-Americans murdered in terrorist lynchings, which included beatings, drownings and being burned at the stake by Whites between 1877 and 1950 in 12 Southern States including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Their names are engraved…

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The Weather Channel is Now Black-Owned — Comedian Byron Allen Just Bought it for $300 Million

  (BlackBusiness.org) – Most people know Byron Allen as a funny comedian, but he is also a successful entrepreneur and media mogul as the CEO/owner of Entertainment Studios, Inc., one of the largest independent producers and distributors of film and television. His Los Angeles-based company currently has 41 shows on the air, and owns eight 24-hour HD cable television networks reaching nearly 160 million aggregate subscribers nationwide. And now, his company is the proud new owner of the Weather Channel! The Weather Channel is one of the largest cable television…

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MCC to Name Family Life Center in Honor of Lenore Croudy

The Mott Community College (MCC) Board of Trustees voted Monday, April 23, to name the College’s new Family Life Center in memory of former Board Chair Lenore Croudy. MCC is repurposing and revitalizing the former Woodside Church building, located adjacent to the main campus in Flint, into a Family Life Center to ensure student success and completion of their educational goals, while providing much-need high quality learning opportunities for the children of Flint and Genesee County. Lenore Croudy passed away January 19, 2017. “The Lenore Croudy Family Life Center will…

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