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Data finds link between Flint water and Legionnaires Disease

file0001912523872New test data from the Centers for Disease Control may show a link between Flint’s water during the water crisis to an uptick in cases of Legionnaires Disease.

But officials with the state health department say an ongoing probe into McLaren’s Flint hospital response to the disease outbreak will continue.

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Funding for developmental delay screening in Flint gets increase

The Genesee Intermediate School District will expand screenings for developmental disabilities in children potentially impacted by lead exposure due to the Flint water crisis.

The state has approved six and a half million dollars to expand existing programming for children age zero to three and expand the age range to be eligible for services to age five.

Steve Tunnicliff is the Associate Superintendent at the Genesee Intermediate School District. He said parents in the Genesee area can reach out to the school district to get connected with testing and other resources.

“One of the messages and the whole concept of ‘don’t wait, evaluate’ is there may not be any concerns, there may not be any problems, there may not be any delays. The purpose is to find that out now and if there are any concerns or delays to make sure we’re connecting families and providing the right resources.”

Tunnicliff said the goal is to make sure parents know that services are available.

CMU Board of Trustees sells PBS station in Flint for $14 million

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Central Michigan University announced today that it has sold its television station in Flint as part of the FCC’s broadcast spectrum auction. The station, which was purchased by CMU in 2009 for $1 million, sold for $14 million.

University President Dr. George Ross said, “This was a difficult decision. Two facts, however, greatly influenced our conversation. First, nearly all viewers will continue to have access to PBS through other sources. If that weren’t the case, we wouldn’t have participated in the auction. Second, our students are our core mission. Our mandate. We must focus our resources on their success. This decision was made to benefit Michigan families, including those in Flint.”

Additionally, Ross said said the Board of Trustees will discuss and determine how the auction revenue will be invested.

The station was sold in a historic auction conducted by the Federal Communications Commission to  gain spectrum for the nation’s mobile wireless companies.

CMU will continue to operate 8 radio stations and 4 TV stations throughout central and northern Michigan.

CMU invests more than $3 million a year in its public broadcasting system

 

Protesters gather in Flint Wednesday against executive actions on DAPL

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A protest in Flint Wednesday evening was against President Trump’s executive order green-lighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Protesters are speaking out against President Trump’s executive order greenlighting construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.

The Flint based organization The People’s Army organized the protest. Continue reading

State says Flint’s water meets federal requirements for lead and copper, still not safe to drink

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A new state report finds lead and copper levels in Flint water levels meet federal requirements, though, officials say it’s still not totally safe to drink.

The state is still urging people to use water filters and bottled water for drinking and cooking. Continue reading

Roadwork to begin on I-475 in Genesee county

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One of Mid-Michigan’s most traveled freeways will soon be under construction. The state department of transportation plans to reconstruct I-475 in Genesee county. The state has reached out to local residents for their input on the changes to be made.


Construction is scheduled to begin in April of 2018 and run to the fall of 2019.

As part of the 39-million dollar project workers will remove two pedestrian bridges, and they’ll replace loop ramps with what are called diamond interchanges.

Ryan Doyle is the Cost and Scheduling Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation. He said reconstruction on I-475 is overdue.

“First and foremost it was in poor condition and we needed to address that, so we we’re looking to reconstruct, and we looked at everything through that section of road to what improvements we can make through there.”

Doyle said the work will also include reducing parts of the freeway down to two-lanes. He said that’s in response to population loss in and around the Flint area.

Michigan State University has received a two-million dollar grant renewal to help improve Flint schools

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An improvement program for Flint schools will continue through a two-million dollar renewal grant.

Michigan State University received the grant funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation in Flint. Continue reading

Scientist who brought attention to Flint crisis says city’s water quality is on the rise

file0001763074512A Virginia Tech professor released a study last week outlining the current quality of Flint’s drinking water and linking the use of Flint river water to an increase in Legionella cases.

In 2015 Professor Marc Edwards and his team helped raise the alarm about Flint’s drinking water.

CMU’s Ben Thorp sat down with Marc to talk about the study and the current state of Flint’s water.

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Over 2 million pounds of food have been delivered to Flint so far this year

food pantry-1As much as 400 thousand pounds of food are delivered to Flint residents every month. This according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The effort is part of a program that offers free high-nutrient foods available to residents to offset lead exposure.

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Google to hold small business event in Flint

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The event is called Let’s Put Our Cities on the Map.

It’s aimed at helping small business owners understand how to reach customers through the internet.

Experts say 97-percent of consumers look for local businesses online, but less than 30-percent of small businesses report having a website.

Whitney Cox is with Google.

“It’s so important for businesses to be online, like I said 97 percent of consumers use the web to find local goods and services, so no longer do we turn to our computer throughout the day, now we turn to our phones.”

Cox said 10 Google experts will be available to help small business owners start a website, and get their business on Google Maps.

“If I need directions I turn to my phone, if I wanna read reviews I turn to my phone, if i’m waiting in line a the coffee shop I turn to my phone. So now our phones are indispensable shopping tools, and it’s so so important that businesses get online and reach customers in those moments that matter.”

The event is taking place at the Flint Institute for the Arts from 9am to 12 pm. Cox said the first half will be seminar, and the second will be workshop based. The event is free and registration can be found at https://events.gybo.com/events/246/register

Flint city council expected to vote on trash collection service Monday

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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.