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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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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Trial Water Restoration Program in Place   

City officials said they hope a 60-day process will allow more residents to get their utility accounts reactivated.  Under the trial program, when a consumer’s water service is shut off, the first time the consumer may pay their current bill, plus 10% of the outstanding balance, along with the reconnection fees to have service restored. If a consumer has a balance of $2,000.00, which includes a $125.00 current balance, the consumer will be asked to pay 10% of the balance, or $200.00, plus the current bill of $125.00 and the reconnect…

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City Officials Reach Trial Agreement on Water Restoration Service

FLINT, Mich. — Mayor Karen Weaver’s administration announced today that the City Attorney and Chief Financial Officer have worked with Flint City Council to help restore service to water customers who have had their service disconnected due to non-payment. “This is a compromise the City will implement on a trial basis,” Hughey Newsome, Chief Financial Officer for Flint.  “This process will be in place for the next 60 days effective immediately. We hope that this will allow more residents to get their utility accounts reactivated and maintained,” Newsome stated in a…

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Town Hall Answers Some Legal Questions, More Remain 

By Sheri L. Stuart, Staff Writer FLINT, Mich. –  Hundreds of Flint area residents who attended a town hall meeting Sunday, Feb. 18 at Metropolitan Baptist Tabernacle were strongly encouraged to explore their legal options now that attorneys for multiple law firms have filed a consolidated class-action lawsuit against two engineering firms, Flint officials and state officials including Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and former state Treasurer Andy Dillon over Flint’s lead-contaminated water. The meeting was moderated by Hill Harper, a social activist and actor who stars in ABC’s ‘The Good…

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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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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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Karen Weaver survives recall attempt and will complete term

By Courier Staff FLINT, Mich. – Mayor Karen Weaver said it’s now time for her administration to finish what it started now that the attempt to recall her has proven unsuccessful.  Weaver beat 17 other opponents vying for mayor in a contentious recall effort that she said was unwarranted. “I kept telling myself that I needed to stay prayed up and focused because I knew how I got into the office.  It was because of God and the people,” said Weaver.  “I knew that I hadn’t done anything egregious to…

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