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jury cant reach verdict in engineers flint water trial

Jury can’t reach verdict in engineers’ Flint water trial

Jury can’t reach verdict in engineers’ Flint water trial

By Ed White, Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — A judge declared a mistrial Thursday after jurors said they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint’s lead-contaminated water.

Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newman, known as LAN, were accused of not doing enough to get Flint to treat the highly corrosive water or to urge a return to a regional water supplier.

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state outdoors operations emerge stronger after the pandemic brief the initial surge of covid 19 restrictions has led to growth at and newfound interest in state recreation sites

State outdoors operations emerge stronger after the pandemic Brief: The initial surge of COVID-19 restrictions has led to growth at and newfound interest in state recreation sites.

State outdoors operations emerge stronger after the pandemic Brief: The initial surge of COVID-19 restrictions has led to growth at and newfound interest in state recreation sites.

By James Proffitt

Spring 2020 saw almost all recreational activities come to a screeching halt: youth sports, fitness centers, bars and restaurants, theaters and virtually all public venues were closed. State parks, their visitor centers, campgrounds and restrooms were shuttered, too. Even school recesses and all the classes that surround them, were gone.

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indiana finance authority coo testifies at house drinking water hearing

Indiana Finance Authority COO Testifies at House Drinking Water Hearing

Indiana Finance Authority COO Testifies at House Drinking Water Hearing

By Enrique Saenz, Indiana Environmental Reporter

Federal funding mechanisms for improving Indiana’s water infrastructure work but need more flexibility to help eliminate lead service lines, PFAS and other issues, according to testimony from one of the state’s top finance officials.

Jim McGoff, Indiana Finance Authority chief operating officer and director of environmental programs, testified March 29 before the U.S.

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flint residents get extension to file claims over bad water

Flint residents get extension to file claims over bad water

Flint residents get extension to file claims over bad water

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A judge granted a seven-week extension Monday to file claims for a share of $626 million settlement over Flint’s lead-contaminated water.

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy approved a request to stretch the May 12 deadline to June 30.

“Although it is clear that all involved are working diligently to compile the information and documentation necessary to support claims, some claimants have experienced delays or difficulties in obtaining certain required documents,” Levy said, quoting a summary by special master Deborah Greenspan.

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michigans 20th century water systems too big for its shrinking city populations

Michigan’s 20th Century water systems too big for its shrinking city populations

Michigan’s 20th Century water systems too big for its shrinking city populations

This story is part of “Water’s True Cost,” a series by the Great Lakes News Collaborative focused on the rising cost of water in Michigan and the various causes leading to the state of water systems today. Find the rest of the stories in the series here.

In 2014, the legacy problem of lead pipes throughout the nation came to a head in Flint, Michigan, when the city emergency manager’s decision to switch the water source and not treat it to prevent corrosion led to lead leaching from the pipes into the city’s drinking water.

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state praised for vow to remove sources of lead from benton harbor homes

State praised for vow to remove sources of lead from Benton Harbor homes

State praised for vow to remove sources of lead from Benton Harbor homes

By Kelly House, Bridge Michigan

The Great Lakes News Collaborative includes Bridge Michigan; Circle of Blue; Great Lakes Now at Detroit Public Television; and Michigan Radio, Michigan’s NPR News Leader; who work together to bring audiences news and information about the impact of climate change, pollution, and aging infrastructure on the Great Lakes and drinking water.

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judge ex governor must testify in flint water civil trial

Judge: Ex-governor must testify in Flint water civil trial

Judge: Ex-governor must testify in Flint water civil trial

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and several other officials must testify in a civil trial involving engineering firms being sued over liability for lead-contaminated water connected to the Flint water crisis, a judge ruled Monday.

U.S. District Judge Judith Levy denied motions by Snyder, his former advisor, two former state-appointed emergency managers and an ex-Flint city official to quash subpoenas compelling them to testify.

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substantive change will require a massive culture shift in federal state and local agencies

Substantive change will require a ‘massive culture shift’ in federal, state and local agencies

Substantive change will require a ‘massive culture shift’ in federal, state and local agencies

When it comes to dealing with Michigan’s regulators on environmental justice issues, Detroit environmental law attorney Nick Leonard wants to change the narrative.

Too often when confronted with decisions that impact environmental justice communities, regulators focus on limitations and what they can’t do, Leonard recently told Great Lakes Now.

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snyder will take 5th if called to testify in water trial

Snyder will take 5th if called to testify in water trial

Snyder will take 5th if called to testify in water trial

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who faces misdemeanor charges in the Flint water crisis, wants to avoid testifying in a civil trial involving engineering firms that are being sued over liability for lead-contaminated water.

Snyder’s attorneys said he would invoke his right to remain silent if called as a witness in the ongoing civil trial in federal court in Ann Arbor.

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