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Scroll through all of our coverage of the Flint water crisis below. And you can find our special series Not Safe to Drink here.

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The city of Flint has reached a deal with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on an agreement concerning oversight of the city’s water system.

The voluntary agreement announced Monday comes after months of disagreement over the MDEQ’s insistence on greater oversight of Flint’s water system.

The dispute dates back to August 2017, when the MDEQ informed the city of more than a dozen problems with Flint’s water system.

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It must be good to be Dr. Eden Wells. She’s Michigan’s chief medical executive.

Just days before a judge ordered her to stand trial for involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis, she got a new government gig. The job is newly created and posted for all of six days, and get this, she was the only applicant.

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On today’s show, a toxicologist shares his concerns over a bill moving through Michigan's lame-duck legislature that would restrict what information the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality uses when determining standards for toxic contamination cleanup. Plus, our education commentator Matinga Ragatz on why it’s important that teachers not shy away from talking about race in the classroom.

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Flint’s mayor is dumbfounded by a decision to offer a new state job to one of the defendants in the Flint water crisis criminal investigation.

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Today, a judge decided another top state health department official should face trial in connection with the Flint water crisis.

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Flint leaders say the city is a year ahead of schedule in its program to find and replace lead pipes.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says the contractors have checked more than 18,000 service lines connecting homes to city water mains. Nearly 8,000 lead and galvanized steel service lines have been replaced.    

Contractors started checking service lines as a response to the city’s water crisis. Improperly treated water damaged aging lead and galvanized pipes during Flint’s brief switch to the Flint River as the city’s primary source of drinking water. The damaged pipes leached lead particles into the tap water of the city’s residents.

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Today on Stateside, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council expresses concern over the city of Flint's approach to replacing lead and iron water pipes. Plus, what we can learn about education in Detroit from the sudden closure of a charter school in the city just three weeks into this school year. 

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A judge is scheduled to decide this week if another state official will face trial on charges related to the Flint water crisis. 

Dr. Eden Wells is Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive. She’s facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice and lying to a peace officer, all in connection with the state’s handling of Flint’s tainted tap water.

Judge William Crawford spent months listening as prosecutors and defense attorneys argued over evidence and testimony presented during Well’s preliminary hearing.

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The work of fixing Flint’s broken water system goes on, but the state panel created in the wake of the water crisis met for likely the last time Friday.

The Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee (FWICC) has spent the past few years discussing ways to solve Flint’s lead tainted water and other problems. 

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A caravan of trucks delivered 10,000 cases of bottled water to Flint Thursday.

The caravan was the idea of daytime television judge and motivational speaker Greg Mathis. 

Mathis has campaigned to help people during Flint’s water crisis before. He says this latest effort was inspired by a conversation he had with the late Aretha Franklin.

“She suggested I come back up here and help the folks with water and help with a little justice,” says Mathis.

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A preliminary hearing is underway for a former emergency manager criminally charged in connection with the Flint water crisis.

The prosecution blames the crisis on Flint’s series of emergency managers, appointed by the governor to run the city of Flint amid a financial emergency.

Prosecutor Todd Flood told the judge in court on Monday that the emergency managers, including Darnell Earley, put money ahead of "human health and safety."  

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A former Flint emergency manager is due in court Monday.

Darnell Earley was the emergency manager in charge of Flint when the source of the city’s drinking water was switched from Detroit to the Flint River. 

He faces willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office and other charges. The preliminary hearing starting this week will decide if he will stand trial on any of those charges.

Earley and former Flint Department of Public Works Director Howard Croft were charged two years ago.  

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The nation’s mayors want Washington to spend more to fix problems with water infrastructure in America’s cities.

The U.S. Conference of Mayors-Water Council was in Flint this week to learn more about the city’s water crisis and how it relates to a growing infrastructure problem nationwide.

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Water activists say the candidates for governor in Michigan are not proposing bold enough plans to fix the state’s water problems.

Activists gathered in Flint to mark “Imagine a Day without Water." The city has become a poster child for Michigan’s issues with everything from tainted tap water to unaffordable bills.

Monica Lewis-Patrick is the president of “We the People of Detroit.” She lays the blame for Michigan’s water issues on outgoing Governor Rick Snyder.

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Flint residents impacted by the Flint water crisis are requesting a judge to again add Governor Rick Snyder and other senior officials to the list of defendants in their federal class action lawsuit. The new court filing alleges Snyder and members of his staff knew about the health risks of using water from the Flint River for months before warning the public.

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Several Flint commmunity leaders said Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette has a record of ignoring the people of Flint.

They spoke at a press conference Wednesday organized by the Michigan Democratic Party.

According to Chris Martin, pastor of the Cathedral of Faith Church in Flint, Schuette ignored 15 complaints in 2015 from residents reporting bad water quality in Flint.

Martin said complaints about bad water and health problems had fallen on deaf ears in Flint. 

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A former city administrator in Flint who says she was fired for exposing suspicious activity by the mayor is getting another day in court.

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The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan that will allow the city of Flint to spend millions of dollars to replace thousands of water meters. 

The money is coming from $120 million set aside by the federal and state governments to help Flint recover from its water crisis.

Flint Chief Financial Officer Hughey Newsome says the new meters should help the city improve its water bill collections and reduce water theft. Newsome admits right now they’re not sure where all the city water is going.

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Attorneys for Michigan’s state health department director are asking a judge to block a lower court decision to send a case against him to trial.

The charges are related to the Flint water crisis.

Last month, a district court judge decided the state had presented enough evidence to warrant binding over State Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon for trial.

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Yesterday, MLive's Ron Fonger published a story detailing what the state knew about PFAS levels in the Flint River before the city switched its water source. 

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State Senator Jim Ananich (D-Flint) would like to see legislative hearings this fall into a report that state officials were aware of high PFAS levels detected in the Flint River before the city of Flint starting using it as its drinking water source.

MLive.com reports, while state officials were aware of the test results, they did not appear to inform Flint city leaders.

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Michigan's state health department director will stand trial for involuntary manslaughter tied to the Flint water crisis.

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Flint mayor Karen Weaver is optimistic state officials are listening now to the city’s concerns about a method of checking for lead pipes.

Mayor Weaver sat down with state and local officials to discuss the current state of Flint’s recovery from its water crisis.

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A judge is expected to decide Monday whether the head of the state health department should face trial on charges related to Flint’s water crisis.

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An opinion piece in the New York Times has stirred up a war of words. According to a recent Detroit News article, an emergency room doctor at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint persuaded the majority of his physician colleagues to ban using the words “lead poisoned” to describe children's exposure to lead from drinking Flint water.

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This post was updated August 13 at 9:45am with additional information from the MDEQ. 

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U.S. District Judge Judith Levy ruled Wednesday that a class action lawsuit in the Flint water crisis can move forward.  

But the judge dismissed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder from the litigation. 

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A pilot program is giving Flint teenagers the opportunity to learn new skills, while helping city residents still too scared to trust their drinking water is safe.

Recent tests have shown the quality of Flint’s tap water has improved since the city’s water crisis started in 2014. However, many residents don’t believe those tests results from the government.

But under a new program, more than a dozen Flint teenagers are going into homes and testing the water.

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As state officials continue to investigate the actions that caused the Flint water crisis, it is clear there were missteps made across all levels of government. 

To this date, 15 current and former government officials have been charged in connections to this disaster.

The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy, by Detroit journalist Anna Clark, describes in great detail what happened, and who was responsible.

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It will be another month before a judge decides whether the head of Michigan’s state health department should stand trial on involuntary manslaughter charges.

Nick Lyon is the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  He was in that job when a deadly Legionnaires Disease outbreak occurred in Genesee County in 2014 and 2015. At least a dozen people died.

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