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ANN ARBOR, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has ordered flags at state buildings to be flown at half-staff in memory of the 50 people killed in a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando-Florida. 

Vigils around Michigan Sunday night also marked the killings.

There was a candlelight vigil at the state Capitol, in Ferndale, and Grand Rapids.

And people gathered at a courtyard in Ann Arbor that hosted a celebration almost a year ago after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Elections Bureau says the petition drive to legalize marijuana in Michigan has failed to gather enough signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.

The MI Legalize campaign needed 252,523 signatures of registered voters to get a citizen-initiated bill before the Legislature or on the November ballot. The campaign turned in an estimated 354,000 names last week. But elections officials tossed all but 146,413. They said the rest were collected outside the 180-window set by law and state policy to collect signatures.   

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WASHINGTON, D.C.--   Michigan health and environmental department chiefs were in Washington Wednesday to explain the state’s response to the Flint water crisis to members of Congress. 

Nick Lyons directs the state Department of Health and Human Services. He said it’s plain the state should have done more sooner.

“I know the people of Flint are hurt,” he said. “They are upset. I know there is anger and mistrust. Rightfully so.”

But state and federal officials say they can’t predict how long it will take before the water is drinkable without being filtered.

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LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder had to push past a throng of protesters as he prepared to present his budget plan for the coming fiscal year.

As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, much of the plan focuses on crises that emerged last year, including the Flint water crisis:

“Drink the water, Rick! Drink the water, Rick! Drink, the water, Rick!”

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FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   The lawyer in charge of state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s investigation into the Flint water crisis says some people may be charged with serious crimes before it’s all over. 

Todd Flood says criminal charges could include official misconduct by public officials and involuntary manslaughter, depending on what the investigation uncovers. The inquiry will cover both the lead contamination of the drinking water, and outbreaks of Legionnaire’s disease that caused 10 deaths.

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FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Hillary Clinton took a break over the weekend from stumping for support in New Hampshire to bring her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Flint, where the city faces a public health crisis due to lead in the drinking water.

Clinton’s visit capped an hours-long church revival meeting filled with songs, sermons, and a pastor with a sense of humor as he noted the packed seats at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church. 

“I got a question: Where y’all been?” asked Elder Kenneth Stewart to peals of laughter from the congregation.

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FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has activated National Guard units to go to work in Flint.  

Guard troops will relieve American Red Cross volunteers who have been staffing distribution centers that have been handing out bottled water, filters, and testing kits to help address the lead contamination crisis. The Red Cross volunteers will join the water resource teams that are going door to door in the city.

The governor has also assigned State Police troopers and other government workers to the door-to-door effort.

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   Five new centers have been set up in Flint to get water filters and testing kits to city residents.

It’s another step to address the lead contamination crisis in Flint as Governor Rick Snyder faced a growing crescendo of criticism over the weekend on the state’s handling of the crisis.  

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