Flint water crisis

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   A judge says the federal government can be sued for negligence in the Flint water crisis. 

Federal Judge Judith Levy says regulators failed to timely act as good Samaritans and blow the whistle on lead in the water supply. The decision comes days after the state of Michigan said it’s willing to pay $600 million to settle lawsuits by Flint residents over disastrous decisions by Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Former Gov. Rick Snyder can’t avoid an interview with lawyers in civil lawsuits related to the Flint water scandal. 

A federal appeals court says the decision also covers Andy Dillon, who was state treasurer during Snyder’s first term.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   A pediatrician and public health expert says about 100 baby teeth from Flint children will be evaluated to determine lead exposure, nearly six years after the city's drinking water was contaminated after a switch to a new source.

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha helped end the city's use of river water in 2015 when her study revealed that the percentage of Flint infants and children with above-average lead levels had substantially exacerbated.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP)--   The Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan. 

Approximately 25,000 people have sued over the crisis, in which a change in the source of the city's water resulted in lead contamination.

Jacob Carah / Detroit News

FLINT, MI (MPRN)--   The last Flint water crisis criminal defendant had the case against her dismissed Wednesday. 

Liane Shekter-Smith was an official in the Department of Environmental Quality during the time Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead.

In court Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud criticized the plea deal that's allowing her to walk free.

“This plea deal...allows the defendant to walk away without a blemish without anything on her record today,” she said.


FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says an update is expected at the start of 2020 regarding a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis that was one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history. Whitmer said Tuesday that she trusts Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel “to do the right thing” in the city's water crisis probe. Flint faced a health emergency after lead from old pipes leached into drinking water in 2014 and 2015.

FLINT, MI (AP)--   Emails show senior employees at an engineering company hired by Flint were concerned about lead in the city's water but didn't go public in 2015. 

The Guardian and MLive.com say the emails turned up as part of a lawsuit against Veolia North America by the Michigan attorney general's office. Veolia is accused of failing to help Flint and state regulators avert the water crisis when Flint used water from the Flint River in 2014 and 2015.

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.