Governor Rick Snyder addressed Wednesday’s announcement on criminal charges in the Flint water crisis in an afternoon press conference. He called investigations into wrongdoing in Flint “critically important”.
Snyder says both state employees have been suspended without pay following the criminal charges.
He says a concurrent investigation by the Michigan State Police is still ongoing.
Only two wolves likely remain on Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior.
A Michigan State University pollster says new poll numbers suggest Governor Snyder has suffered “some permanent” damage from the Flint Water Crisis.
Governor Rick Snyder says he plans to drink filtered Flint tap water for the next 30 days.
A task force appointed by the Governor has laid most of the blame for the Flint water crisis on bad decisions by state departments like the Department of Environmental Quality.
Task force member Chris Kolb says the D-E-Q completely missed the boat when it allowed Flint not to use corrosion control for its drinking water.
The report also criticized the state’s emergency manager law, because it allowed non-elected officials to ignore public complaints about the water.
The revenue prospects of Michigan city governments are bad and not getting better. That’s the message of the Michigan Municipal League, an advocacy group for cities and townships. Great Lakes Economics Consulting’s Mitch Bean spoke at a Municipal League event on Monday. Bean says Michigan’s property tax caps combined with a big drop in revenue sharing played a big role in the financial crises in cities like Flint and Detroit.
The League says state revenue sharing with cities dropped more than 50 percent between 2002 and 2012, even though state revenue grew about 30 percent in that time.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has repeatedly claimed that Flint’s lead contaminated water crisis was caused by all levels of government. But today, a task force that he appointed called those claims “inappropriate official public relations efforts.”
A Wayne County judge sentenced Detroit state senator Virgil Smith to jail today [MON].
Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings lll [the third] has been arrested on charges including hiring prostitutes, and neglect of office.
About 3200 people turned out to hear Democratic primary candidate Bernie Sanders in Kalamazoo this morning. At the Wings Event Center, Sanders told the crowd that he’ll work to make things better for working people and students if he’s elected president. He drew cheers with proposals for a $15 minimum wage, free tuition at public universities and lower costs for prescription drugs. Sanders also called on the US to reinvest in its aging roads and water systems. He says the money to fix them could be raised by closing corporate tax loopholes.
The man suspected of shooting people at random in Kalamazoo nearly two weeks ago will undergo a competency exam. That’s to determine whether Jason Brian Dalton is fit to go to trial on murder, assault and weapons charges. Dalton is accused of killing six people and wounding two more as he drove around Kalamazoo February 20. Today [On Thursday], Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said the psychiatric exam has nothing to do with whether Dalton could plead insanity if he goes to trial. It’s about his state of mind now.
An update on the results of the exam has been scheduled in court for May 10, but Getting says it’s possible it will be done before that.
St. Augustine Cathedral in Kalamazoo held a noontime mass today to pray for the victims of Saturday’s shooting. Margaret Huesa-Lords (HUE-suh) was there to honor her friend Mary Jo Nye who was killed at the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Texas Township. Huesa-Lords says she’s still in shock.
The man accused of killing six people and seriously wounding two others in a mass shooting in Kalamazoo on Saturday has been arraigned in district court. Jason Brian Dalton is charged with six counts of murder. He also faces assault and felony weapons charges. Dalton, who appeared through a video feed, sat silently during the proceedings with a blank expression. Michigan State Police Detective [First Lieutenant] Chuck Christensen says Dalton has been cooperative but “stoic” when questioned by police.
In a probable cause hearing today, officials said Dalton has admitted to “taking lives.” Dalton is alleged to have driven around Kalamazoo County Saturday night, shooting people at random in three locations. His next court appearance is set for March 3.
An Amish community modernizes in Michigan: Goodbye horse and buggy, hello minivans and power tools
The area around Mt. Pleasant and Clare is kind of like Michigan’s Great Plains. It’s really flat and there is a lot of land and a lot of farms and fields. If you’re driving up US-127 and need to stop for gas around the area, it wouldn’t be unusual to see an Amish man with a top hat and beard traveling by horse and buggy around town. Continue reading
Next week, the city of Flint will start removing lead service lines.
Decaying pipes have been leaching lead into the city’s drinking water. Continue reading
Former Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley failed to appear before Congress for a hearing on Flint’s lead contaminated drinking water this morning (Wed).
Officials from the U-S Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Michigan officials testified in front of a congressional committee in Washington.
Representative Jason Chaffetz chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He says Earley’s invitation to appear as a witness before the committee was not optional.
We’re calling on the US Marshals to hunt him down and give him that subpoena. Today we are issuing a new subpoena. He will appear and he will be here to do a deposition later this month.
Chafettz says Congress will also issue a subpoena for Susan Hedman…the former E-P-A manager for Region Five.
He says she is also expected to appear before the committee later this month.
State lawmakers will decide whether fish farming should be allowed in the Great Lakes.
Eleanor Holmes Norton is the U-S House Delegate from Washington D-C. She says she wants to see immediate action to help lower lead levels in Flint’s water.
The controversial emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools will step down at the end of this month.
Governor Snyder faced growing pressure to get rid of Darnell Earley.
Earley was Flint’s emergency manager, when it made the disastrous decision to start drawing drinking water from the Flint River. Continue reading
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West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says his committee still has more questions for the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the water crisis in Flint.
A former Wayne County assistant prosecutor will run a state investigation into Flint’s drinking water crisis.
Todd Flood was introduced as the special counsel Monday. Continue reading
President Obama has ordered an inquiry into how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handles information that could affect the public health.
Governor Rick Snyder is being dogged with questions of when exactly he knew Flint’s drinking water was contaminated with lead.
Environmentalists say there’s an option to sending oil through an aging pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits: Other pipelines.
Gov. Snyder answers questions from reporters on Monday about his plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools. The governor will likely have to battle local control concerns, ‘bailout fatigue’ to convince state lawmakers to approve the plan.
Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Legislature to adopt an expensive, controversial plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools by the end of the year.
Snyder outlined his plan in Detroit on Monday. The goal is to rescue Detroit Public Schools (DPS) from crushing debt and dismal academic results.
The proposal would split the district in two. A new body would oversee education and normal school operations. The old DPS would exist only to collect taxes and pay down debt. Continue reading