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Flint city council expected to vote on trash collection service Monday

Rizzo Environmental Services, a trash collection agency that was vying for a contract to pick up trash in Flint, is under investigation with the FBI for what federal investigators call a pay-for-play scheme in a nearby county.

Rizzo Environmental Services is under investigation for allegedly paying bribes to a Clinton Township official. Dean Reynolds was arrested Thursday and charged in federal court.

FBI officials said between 50-70 thousand dollars was paid to Reynolds to secure a lucrative contract to tune of 18 million dollars.

In the meantime, Flint’s mayor and city council are working to reach an agreement on who should collect trash in the city;  Rizzo, who the mayor wants or competitor Republic Waste Services, which most of the city council has voted for.

Scott Kincaid is the Ninth Ward City Council Member for the city of Flint.

“The tentative agreement is a one year contract starting November 12, 2016 through November 12, 2017, with the option for an extension of the contract from November 12 2017 through November 12, 2018 with Republic Waste Services at the bid price that Rizzo quoted in their three year bid proposal.”

Kincaid says  Rizzo’s legal woes did not influence the city council’s decision to oppose them. He says council member never believed that Rizzo was a “responsible bidder” to begin with.  

The Flint City council has reached a tentative agreement, awarding the trash contract to Republic. The agreement is expected to be voted on Monday.

Clinton says her campaign will take high road

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses a voter registration rally at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton addresses a voter registration rally at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton stopped by Detroit today (Mon.), where she addressed a voter registration rally. Tomorrow (Tue.) is Michigan’s deadline to register.
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Criminal justice reform is one focus for the upcoming election

One national non-profit organization is using this election season to address the link between the criminal justice system and poverty.

Bread for the World is encouraging people to make criminal justice reform a top priority for their presidential candidate in the upcoming election.

Eric Mitchell is the Director of Government Relations for Bread for the World. He says, the criminal justice system contributes to hunger in America in many ways.

“Many women who were formerly incarcerated have less access to food, less access to safety net programs like food stamps, housing vouchers, have a loss of household income, added debt, and most importantly it’s harder for them to find and maintain solid jobs to provide for themselves and their families.”

Mitchell said they want candidates not only talk about criminal justice reform but to take action.

Trump once again finds his way to Michigan

Donald Trump campaigning in Pella, Iowa on January 23, 2016.

Donald Trump campaigning in Pella, Iowa on January 23, 2016.

Donald Trump is coming back to Michigan tomorrow. The Republican presidential nominee is holding a rally at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi.

This marks Trump’s fifth visit to Michigan since he accepted the party’s nomination in July. Continue reading

Rally calls for shutdown of Line 5 pipeline

IMG_0610Roughly 100 attended a rally held by The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Monday in in Saint Ignace to bring awareness to the dangers of the Enbridge pipeline under the straits.

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Flint residents to receive new water test kits

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As officials continue investigating the Flint water crisis, some attention is turning to the water faucets in people’s homes.

State officials said older faucets and other fixtures can provide a significant amount of lead in water. They said lead begins to seep into the water when it’s stagnant in the faucet.

Officials are encouraging Flint residents to test their water immediately after turning a faucet on, and again after the water has run. George Krisztian is the Flint Action Plan Coordinator for the DEQ.

“Residents will be receiving a kit with two bottles in it. One 250 to highlight that the lead is coming from the fixture, and a second going to demonstrate that after the 250 mL bottle that lead should go down significantly.”

Krisztian said current water fixtures have lower lead levels than older fixtures. The state wants to collect testing data and then make recommendations to residents on whether or not they should consider replacing fixtures.

Designation makes Flint eligible for healthcare worker recruitment programs

A new federal designation will make the area eligible for healthcare workforce recruitment and retention programs.

The designation indicates a shortage of personnel in the areas of medical, dental, and mental health care.

Jennifer Eisner is the spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health. She said with the designation, the Flint area can tap into programs that will help keep healthcare professionals from leaving the region…

“So this is a really good opportunity to keep physicians in Flint, and recruit those who may consider going elsewhere to practice and entice them to come to Flint and service the population there.”

Eisner said the goal is to provide more healthcare options and create better patient outcomes in the Flint community.