Flint officials say milestone reached in lead line work
DETROIT (AP) — Flint officials said Tuesday they are a year ahead of schedule in tackling a court-mandated order to deal with lead service lines as the Michigan city recovers from its contaminated water crisis, but an environmental group that sued to make changes disputes the accomplishment.
Appeals court revives lawsuit over firing by Flint mayor
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A former city administrator in Flint who says she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor is getting another day in court.
A federal appeals court on Thursday reversed a decision by a judge and said a jury can sort out whether Natasha Henderson was illegally fired by Mayor Karen Weaver. The court says there's a key dispute over significant facts in her whistleblower claim.
Lear opens $29M plant on part of Flint’s former Buick City
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Automotive supplier Lear Corp. has started production at a new $29 million plant on part of a massive former manufacturing site in Flint, Michigan.
The Detroit News reports the Southfield-based company began limited production in July at the plant, which is located where the Buick City complex once stood. Most of the 390-acre (158-hectare) Buick City closed in 1999. Mayor Karen Weaver says there's a "rebirth of the city that is happening."
Ex-Flint city lawyer loses lawsuit over 2017 firing
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by a former Flint city attorney who claimed she was fired for speaking out about illegal or unethical activities.
Federal Judge David Lawson says Stacy Erwin Oakes' statements were made in her role as Flint's chief legal officer. He says she can't back up a retaliation claim.
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FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The mayor of Flint says a bottled water company has agreed to send truckloads of free water to the city.
The move by Nestle Waters North America comes a month after Gov. Rick Snyder cut off supplies to Flint, saying the city's water quality had greatly improved since a lead crisis.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan environmental experts warned that Flint's water system had "significant deficiencies" just weeks before Gov. Rick Snyder announced an end to bottled water service that was introduced to allay a lead-tainted water crisis.
A surface water treatment engineer detailed 10 unresolved issues in a March 21 letter to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. The letter said that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has no confidence in Flint's capacity to manage the system.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The mayor of Flint is asking the federal government for help after Gov. Rick Snyder suspended meetings of a water advisory group.
Snyder stopped the meetings two weeks ago after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to sue over an end to free bottled water.
In a Friday letter to the Environmental Protection Agency, the mayor says the state is retaliating against Flint. Weaver calls it "unconscionable" and says it puts the city in violation of an EPA order.
Judge won’t order Flint bottled water program to resume
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has denied a request to order Michigan officials to resume distribution of free bottled water in Flint.
The Flint Journal reports that U.S. District Judge Judith Levy sided with the state, which announced an end to the program on April 6. Tests show Flint is far below the federal action level for lead as it recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan is defending a decision to cut off free bottled water in Flint, saying tap water now is as "good or better" than in many communities.
Attorneys responded Thursday to a request that the state be ordered to resume water distribution. Federal Judge Judith Levy is holding a hearing Friday.
Gov. Rick Snyder announced an end to free water on April 6. Tests show Flint is far below the federal action level for lead.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A group that regularly meets in Flint to discuss the city's recovery from contaminated water is caught in a spat between the mayor and Gov. Rick Snyder.
Snyder canceled a Friday meeting of the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to sue the state over free bottled water. The state is ending water distribution.
Lansing — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's office said Tuesday it has canceled an upcoming Flint water crisis response meeting after Mayor Karen Weaver threatened to sue the state for cutting off a years-long supply of free bottled water.
Flint mayor: Continuing free water is a ‘moral issue’
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The mayor of Flint says Gov. Rick Snyder rejected her face-to-face plea to reverse his decision ending free bottled water.
Mayor Karen Weaver met with the governor Monday, 10 days after he said water distribution would end, based on improved water quality. For months, Flint's lead levels have been far below the federal action level.
Flint — A visibly irate Mayor Karen Weaver said her city is exploring legal options against Gov. Rick Snyder and the state after he told her "to get over" the ending of water distribution in the city — a characterization the governor's office disputed as inaccurate.
Independent tests show Flint water quality is improving
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Independent tests are confirming that water quality in Flint has improved.
The tests were required under a legal settlement between the state of Michigan and Flint residents. The Natural Resources Defense Council said Friday that tests at 92 homes showed lead levels far below the federal action level of 15 parts per billion.
NRDC attorney Dimple Chaudhary says the results "are promising." The work was performed by Susan Masten of Michigan State University.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says the city of Flint will be released from state receivership and the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board will be dissolved upon approval by state Treasurer Nick Khouri.
Khouri says he intends to release Flint from more than six years of state oversight one the matter reaches his desk.
City leadership would regain full local control under the moves.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley's campaign director declined a $150,000 contract to help Flint with economic development, acknowledging that the proposal had led to "critical attention" and saying doing both jobs would have been a detriment to Flint and himself.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Calley's campaign director is turning down a $150,000 contract to help with Flint's economic development, saying doing both jobs would be a detriment to Flint and himself.
Brian Gibb declined the offer in a letter to Mayor Karen Weaver Wednesday, after the city council approved the contract Monday night.
The city of Flint has been awarded $2.9 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to increase its staffing levels and boost economic development, officials announced Monday.
Washington — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan was among four Michigan mayors set to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday afternoon.
Flint mayor, city council regain control of city from state
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State Treasurer Nick Khouri says Flint's mayor and city council now have the ability to conduct most city business without state oversight.
Khoury said Monday that state oversight through the Flint Receivership Transition Advisory Board has been diminished after the panel recommended moving the city out of receivership and continuing the process of transitioning to full local control.
Flint leaders could be closer to having control over local decisions restored, Mayor Karen Weaver announced Wednesday.
The Latest: Mayor says Flint focused on replacing lead pipes
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on a legal settlement related to Flint's water crisis (all times local):
Flint's mayor says city employees are focused first and foremost on replacing lead water pipes but are also working to provide status reports required under a legal settlement.
Karen Weaver issued a statement Thursday in response to plaintiffs asking a federal judge to intervene because they say Flint hasn't been sharing information, as it agreed to do.
More than 6,200 water pipes replaced so far in Flint
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The mayor of Flint says more than 6,200 water pipes have been replaced as the result of the city's lead crisis.
Mayor Karen Weaver gave an update Tuesday. The city and the state of Michigan agreed earlier this year to replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020.
Weaver says "significant progress" is being made. Michael McDaniel, who is overseeing the program, says crews are finding some homes have copper service lines that don't need to be replaced.
More than 100 mayors oppose nuclear waste storage plan
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — More than 100 mayors and other municipal officials have urged Canada's environment minister not to allow burial of nuclear waste near Lake Huron.
Ontario Power Generation wants to permanently store low- and intermediate-level waste from nuclear plants in a rock chamber 2,230 feet underground. The proposed site is at the Bruce Power Generating Station near Kincardine, Ontario.
Council narrowly approves long-term Flint water deal
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint City Council has narrowly approved a 30-year agreement to get drinking water from a regional agency, bringing to end one battle among many in the Michigan city still recovering from a lead-tainted water crisis.
Flint — City Council members here were being pressured Tuesday night byemotional residents to vote no on a proposed 30-year water deal and to defy a federal judge's orders.
Court-ordered talks lead to breakthrough on Flint water
DETROIT (AP) — The Flint City Council is expected to support a 30-year agreement to get drinking water from a regional agency after an afternoon of court-ordered negotiations.
The deal means the Great Lakes Water Authority would continue to serve Flint. It has been providing water since fall 2015 when Gov. Rick Snyder acknowledged a lead crisis related to the city's use of the Flint River.
The council is expected to vote Tuesday night. Mayor Karen Weaver already is on board.
Detroit — A federal judge has ordered the city of Flint, state and water authorities to caucus and mediate before he decides later Monday on ordering the city to accept a long-term water source contract or give newly elected council members one more week to vote on the measure.
Incumbent Weaver survives recall, remains Flint’s mayor
DETROIT (AP) — Incumbent Karen Weaver survived a recall effort to remain Flint's mayor as the Michigan city slowly recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis.
Weaver won Tuesday's winner-takes-all election and will serve the final two years of her four-year term. The lengthy ballot included Weaver, recall organizer Arthur Woodson and longtime City Councilman Scott Kincaid, who had received significant donations from labor organizations in a union-heavy town.
The Latest: Weaver survives recall, remains Flint mayor
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the Flint mayoral election (all times local):
Incumbent Karen Weaver has survived a recall election to remain mayor of Flint, Michigan, as the city recovers from a lead-contaminated water crisis.
Weaver topped a field of 18 in Tuesday's winner-take-all election and will serve the final two years of her four-year term.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver faces a Tuesday recall election involving 17 challengers including City Council member Scott Kincaid, recall organizer Arthur Woodson and former Flint school board member David Davenport.
Water woes bubble below the surface in Flint recall election
DETROIT (AP) — Karen Weaver was elected mayor of Flint two years ago arguing that her predecessor had bungled the response to the city's lead-contaminated water crisis.
Seventeen other people now believe they can do a better job and are seeking to oust her Tuesday in a recall election.
Michigan asks judge for quick deal on Flint water supply
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan officials want the mayor of Flint to quickly sign a 30-year deal with a regional water agency after the City Council failed to come up with a long-term solution following the city's lead crisis.
The state asked a judge on Friday to allow Mayor Karen Weaver to bypass the council no later than Tuesday, the same day she faces a recall election. But in response, Judge David Lawson says he'll hold a hearing on Nov. 13.
The state Department of Environmental Quality wants a Detroit federal judge to give Flint Mayor Karen Weaver the power to approve a new 30-year water lease with the Detroit area system, according to a motion filed Friday.
A federal judge has paved the way for Flint officials to move forward with a water contract supported by Mayor Karen Weaver to keep the city from bankruptcy but initially opposed by the city council.
A nearly week-long boil-water order in Oakland County may not instill confidence in Flint City Council members being pushed to green-light the cash-strapped city's deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority.
Federal Judge David Lawton got it right in saying that the failure of leadership by the Flint City Council is "breathtaking."
After dawdling for three months, the council finally this week approved an agreement that will keep the city on the Detroit water system.
Flint officials on Tuesday told a judge preparing to rule on its contract for a water source with the Great Lakes Water Authority that if the city fails to reach a deal, Flint could be forced into bankruptcy.
Detroit — The Flint City Council has bought time to meet a judge-ordered deadline for selecting a long-term water source after it filed an emergency motion in a lawsuit initiated by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Judge: ‘Breathtaking’ lack of leadership on Flint water
DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Tuesday ordered Flint, Michigan, to choose a long-term source of drinking water by next week, saying the City Council so far is showing a "breathtaking" lack of leadership.
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration sued Flint to force the council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority, a regional water agency, which has been serving the city since a lead disaster was declared in fall 2015.
Detroit federal Judge David Lawson on Tuesday ordered the Flint City Council to choose a long-term water source for the city by Monday after it spent more than three months refusing to make a decision.
Michigan, Flint ordered into talks on long-term water supply
DETROIT (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Michigan and Flint officials to meet again with a mediator to discuss the long-term future of the city's water supply.
Gov. Rick Snyder's administration is suing Flint to force the City Council to approve a 30-year deal with the Great Lakes Water Authority. Mayor Karen Weaver has signed off but that's not enough.
Judge David Lawson ordered all sides back to court Wednesday.
Plan to continue Flint residents’ access to bottled water
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — About 2,100 Flint residents with mobility issues or limited access to transportation are expected to continue receiving bottled water at home as part of a plan to help the Michigan city recover from its lead-tainted water crisis.
Mayor Karen Weaver's office says bottled water, filters and cartridges will remain available at four delivery sites and 10 pickup locations.
Flint honors native, NBA champ JaVale McGee with parade
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The city of Flint has honored native son JaVale McGee for helping the Golden State Warriors win the 2017 NBA Championship.
McGee was celebrated Wednesday with assemblies at two schools, then a parade and a program on the lawn of City Hall, where Flint Mayor Karen Weaver proclaimed the day to be JaVale McGee Day.
Crews replace another 2,800 water lines in Flint homes
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Service lines have been replaced at more than 2,800 Flint homes during phase 4 of an effort to help fix the city's lead-tainted water crisis.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's office says the replaced lines are part of her FAST Start initiative to put new water pipes in 6,000 homes this year.
More than 3,700 service lines have been replaced since FAST start began in March 2016. The program's goal is to replace nearly 20,000 lead-tainted lines in Flint by 2020.
Judge dismisses lawsuit over firing of ex-Flint official
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by a former Flint official who claimed she was fired after discovering the mayor was trying to guide donors to a campaign fund instead of a charity for families with lead-tainted water.
U.S. District Court Judge Sean Cox on Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the lawsuit by former administrator Natasha Henderson. She sued in May 2016, claiming she was fired for being a whistleblower.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 1,800 additional homes in Flint have had service lines replaced in the latest phase of an effort to help fix the city's lead-tainted water crisis.
Mayor Karen Weaver's office says about 2,700 homes have had aging water lines replaced since March 2016 under the FAST Start initiative. The program's goal is to replace nearly 20,000 lead-tainted lines in Flint by 2020.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan will close five of the nine locations where Flint residents have been getting free bottled water, filters, replacement cartridges and testing kits because the city's water quality is improving.
Mayor Karen Weaver said Wednesday that officials will keep the last four water resource sites running "indefinitely." The others will start closing next month.