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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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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State of Michigan Begins Series of Water Testing in Flint Community Schools

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has begun a series of long-term water testing and flushing in Flint Community Schools. The testing is taking place as discussions continue amongst the state, the city of Flint, the City of Flint Tech Advisory Board, the medical community and Flint Community Schools to develop a long-term plan for testing in the school district’s buildings. The plan will also rely heavily on input from school staff, parents and students. “We are pleased to move forward in the development of a long-term plan for the…

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TV One Premieres Highly-Anticipated Social Justice Limited Series “Two Sides” on Monday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET

Four-Part Docu-Series Executive Produced and Narrated by Viola Davis Examines Both Sides of the Fatal Police Encounters Involving African American Citizens Eric Garner, Ezell Ford, John Crawford and Sandra Bland That Sparked Nationwide Protests (PRWEB) – Two Sides is a landmark limited four-part docu-series exploring watershed moments for law enforcement and the Black community at the crossroads between life and death, premiering Monday, January 22 at 10 p.m. ET on TV One. Executive produced by Academy Award® winner Viola Davis, Julius Tennon (JuVee Productions) and Lemuel Plummer (L. Plummer Media)…

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Black Economic Forecast for 2018: Fight Back with the Dollar and the Vote

By Hazel Trice Edney (TriceEdneyWire.com) – Galvanizing people to spend money with Black-owned businesses, make deposits in Black-owned banks and voting for a mid-term election result that would cause Black Caucus members and Democrats to chair U. S. House and Senate Committees are the necessary keys to maximize Black economic growth this year, according to top financial experts. “The year 2018 can be the year when African -Americans became serious about taking control of our economic destiny. We should feel an urgent need to close the racial wealth gap that…

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Flint Mayor Weaver Receives Let Freedom Ring Award; Calls On Donald Trump to Apologize

FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver was honored this week by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition at their 2018 MLK Celebration in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was held at the Cobo Center in Detroit, in conjunction with the North American International Auto-Show (NAIAS). Mayor Weaver received the 2018 Let Freedom Ring in Politics Award. In accepting the award, Mayor Weaver also called on President Donald Trump to apologize for vulgar comments he reportedly made about immigrants from Haiti and Africa during a bipartisan meeting at the…

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Human Trafficking: The Second Largest Criminal Enterprise

(OneNation Media Services, Inc.) – Human trafficking, two words that many may think only happens in impoverished countries, however it can hit a lot closer to home. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Human Trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise. As January is recognized as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, agencies across the country are working diligently to educate communities about this growing epidemic. In 2016 alone, 249 cases of human trafficking were reported in Michigan, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.…

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Gas prices take their toll

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