City Officials to Explore Legal Options Following PODS Shutdown  

 Governor’s Office Responds to Mayor’s Remarks   FLINT, Mich. — Mayor Karen Weaver said city officials feel they have no other choice but to exercise legal options to get the support still needed in Flint since Gov. Rick Snyder is no longer interested in discussing the water situation.  Mayor Weaver made the remarks following a meeting with the governor in Lansing on Monday, April 16.  Earlier this month, Gov. Synder announced Flint’s drinking water is safe to drink again and that the state-funded bottled water supply would end when current supplies…

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Flint Community Schools and the Flint Registry Announce Expanded Student Screening Program

   Flint Community Schools, the Michigan Department of Education and Genesee Intermediate School District have outlined a path forward for student screenings in the wake of the Flint Water Crisis. Under the proposal, Flint Community Schools, the Genesee Intermediate School District and the Michigan Department of Education would expand their existing partnership with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha’s Flint Registry and the Genesee Health System’s Neurodevelopmental Center of Excellence to utilize their existing infrastructure to provide screening and medical treatment for children in Flint. The expanded partnership goes before the federal court…

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Local Activists to Take Water Fight to Lansing

Bus Caravan and Demonstration Planned for April 25th By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – A group of local activists said they plan to commemorate the four years since the start of Flint’s water crisis by taking their demands to Lansing.  Organizers with the group FlintH20Justice said they believe the city’s infrastructure was ruined by the decision to place money over the protection of human life when an emergency manager was appointed to oversee the affairs of the city.  In response, the group is coordinating a chartered bus…

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Faith Leaders, Flint Supporters Step In As State Pulls Out

  State-Funded Bottled Water Supply Has Ended By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer  Flint, Mich. – The state-funded bottled water supply has ended leaving some Flint residents to rely on water donations from outside sources. Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that the state-funded bottled water supply would end when current supplies ran out because Flint’s drinking water is safe to drink again. In a statement issued Friday, April 6, Gov. Snyder said Flint’s water quality has tested below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) for…

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In South Africa, Pain and Shock at Passing of Winnie Madikizela Mandela

(TriceEdneyWire.com/GIN) – Tributes to anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela Mandela filled the South African radio air waves this week as news of her untimely passing reached the far corners of the nation and the continent. Heart-rending classics from the American songbook – from The Song for Mama by Boyz to Men to Donny Hathaway’s A Song for You – expressed the somber mood in the nation while social media filled with remembrances by those whose lives she touched – sometimes with a single word, sometimes with a long eulogy. “The big…

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Michigan Residents Warned to be on the Lookout for Flood-Damaged Vehicles When Purchasing a Car

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette cautioned Michigan drivers searching for a new vehicle to be on the lookout for flood damaged cars, trucks and SUVs.  Flooding in many parts of the state over the last week has likely damaged vehicles, and many will end up on the used car market. Vehicles with flood damage can appear for sale on the internet or at car lots far away from the storm area, without any mention flood damage or obvious signs of damage. “It is important to do your research before…

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Local Prevention Group Says “No” to Legal Pot Use

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. – The Genesee County Prevention Coalition (GCPC) is hoping for more community involvement and dialogue around recreational marijuana. A spokesperson for the group said they are concerned that Flint and Genesee County residents are not talking more about marijuana and the dangers for youth.  The coalition is against legalized marijuana, except for medicinal purposes.  The coalition said it does not want to see Flint and Genesee County experience the same problems that have occurred in states that have passed recreational marijuana laws. …

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New Poor People’s March Kicks Off This Spring

By Barrington M. Salmon, Contributor (TriceEdneyWire.com) – For more than a year, the Rev. Dr. William Barber II, former North Carolina NAACP president, has been crisscrossing the country issuing a clarion call of resistance against arch-conservative forces that attack civil rights and economic justice gains. He has sought to unify activists, social justice soldiers, concerned citizens, the oppressed and marginalized. He has spoken unrelentingly about the grave twin dangers posed by a hostile Trump administration and a reemerging White nationalism – both of which have targeted African Americans, poor whites,…

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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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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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