Flint water crisis

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is cutting off legal help for state employees who are interviewed by investigators in the Flint water scandal. 

The Flint Journal reports that current and former employees won't get their bills paid unless they're charged with a crime for state-related work.

Whitmer spokeswoman Tiffany Brown says the change is based on guidance from Attorney General Dana Nessel.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan health officials have launched a new statewide awareness campaign to educate people about possible sources of lead at their homes. 

The state Department of Health and Human Services says the goal of the campaign is to educate people about potential hazards in paint, dust, water and soil at older homes, as well as and how to mitigate, reduce or eliminate lead exposure. The campaign includes ads on social media and other places online.

A new website includes information and community resources.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   All remaining criminal charges of city and state officials stemming from the Flint Water Crisis have been dismissed. 

The investigation was started by former Attorney General, Bill Schuette in 2016 after lead contaminated Flint’s drinking water when the city switched its water sources. Earlier this year, new AG Dana Nessel created the Flint Water Crisis prosecution team to handle the multiple pending cases and investigation going forward.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Former Gov. Rick Snyder says news coverage about search warrants being used to get his state-issued cellphone and computer from government storage in the Flint water investigation is "very sloppy and misleading." 

Snyder tweeted Tuesday he gave his phone and other devices to the attorney general's office before leaving office, and he cannot say why the office executed a warrant on itself.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Authorities investigating Flint's water crisis have seized from storage the state-owned mobile devices of former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and 65 other current or former officials.

Documents the Associated Press obtained through a public records request show the search warrants seeking the devices were sought two weeks ago by the attorney general's office and signed by a Flint judge.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in the months ahead in a major Flint water lawsuit. 

The court on Wednesday told lawyers to file briefs about a bushel of issues. They include whether Flint residents who consumed lead-contaminated water can claim a "violation of bodily integrity" under the Michigan Constitution.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A judge overseeing a major Flint water case has declined to dismiss a misdemeanor charge against Michigan's former health director. 

Judge Joseph Farah says Michigan court rules prevent him from dismissing a charge of willful neglect of duty at this stage of the case. He says Nick Lyon can renew his argument after evidence is heard at trial.

Any trial would be months away. Lyon also is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of two people who had Legionnaires' disease during the Flint water crisis.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A special prosecutor who spent three years leading a criminal investigation of the Flint water scandal has been fired. 

The Michigan attorney general's office apparently is tying Todd Flood's departure to the recent discovery of 23 boxes of records related to the water crisis. The boxes, found in a state basement, were disclosed in a court filing Friday.

Flood's contract was terminated April 16. Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud says evidence was not properly pursued "from the onset of this investigation."

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A judge says former Gov. Rick Snyder can be sued by residents in the Flint water scandal, reversing a decision from last summer. 

Residents claim Snyder violated their right to bodily integrity by repeatedly doing nothing as Flint used corrosive water that released lead from old pipes. Judge Judith Levy says a right to bodily integrity is a "fundamental interest" protected by the U.S. Constitution.

CNN

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A lawyer who has taken over prosecution of Flint water criminal cases says she needs more time to review charges against a former city manager and ex-public works director.
     Fadwa Hammoud of the attorney general's office says she's doing "due diligence." She told a judge on Thursday she's not ready to proceed against Darnell Earley and Howard Croft. She says, "There's a lot of things in this case that I do not agree with."

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