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Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is bringing in a different prosecutor to evaluate how the Flint water crisis investigation is going.

Nessel has asked Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy to do “an independent evaluation of the Flint Water criminal cases.”

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Today on Stateside, a West Bloomfield resident who was one of some 1,400 Iraqi immigrants to be rounded up and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year talks about his experience in federal custody. Plus, a pediatrician at the University of Michigan shares her research into how advertisers target children in popular smartphone apps marketed towards kids. 

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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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Syrian-American rapper Mona Haydar describes herself as a poet, an activist, a God-enthusiast, and a feminist.

The Flint native is known for her 2017 breakout hit “Hijabi,” a song about Muslim women choosing to wear the traditional headscarf as an expression of their faith. Haydar recently released her latest EP, Barbarican.

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Prosecutors say a Canadian man on trial for stabbing a Flint airport police officer was on a “mission to murder.”

The trial started Wednesday, with the seating of the jury and the first witnesses taking the stand.

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Nearly a year and a half after an airport policeman was stabbed in Flint, the trial of the man accused of wielding the knife is set to begin.

Amor Ftouhi is facing several charges, including committing an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. He faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge.

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday and will likely take a couple days.

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Today on Stateside, reporter Chad Livengood recaps the most recent debates between incumbent U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and her Republican challenger John James. Plus, a former MLive reporter details her experience founding Flint Beat, a hyperlocal news site that covers the Flint community. 

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A breakdown of the two Senate debates between Stabenow, James

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Today on Stateside, the director of a conservative advocacy group talks about why he opposes Proposal 2, the anti-gerrymandering ballot initiative. Plus, Flint native Jim Abbott was born without a right hand, but he still made it to the major league. We talk to the director of a new documentary about the baseball legend.

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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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At least 18 people, including Democratic congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib, were taken into police custody at a pro-union rally in downtown Detroit Tuesday.

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The driver of a burgundy pickup truck drove into a crowd of protesters in Flint Tuesday morning. Police believe it was an accident and the male driver has not been arrested.

Eight protesters were taken to the hospital with what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.  

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Today on Stateside, we hear from Michigan voters who express which issues are most important to them in the upcoming election season. Plus, two University of Michigan professors discuss their efforts to bring sustainable energy to Puerto Rico. 

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A defense lawyer wants a mental health evaluation for the man accused of carrying out a terrorist attack at Flint’s airport last year.

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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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In the spring of 2014, Flint's water source was switched to the Flint River.

We know what happened when that untreated water leached lead from aging pipes, but in his story today for MLive, Flint journalist Ron Fonger revealed that before the water switch even happened, the state tested the Flint River and discovered rising levels of PFAS contamination. 

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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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Officials say hacking apparently is to blame for the recent sounding of emergency warning sirens in Genesee County.

The county's 911 executive board director Mark Emmendorfer says the tones of the sirens Tuesday in the Flint area suggest hacking. Officials previously blamed an apparent malfunction. 

It's the third time in about a month that the sirens used during for tornado warnings and civil defense emergencies went off when there was no emergency.

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The city of Flint is being sued after one of its police officers handcuffed a disabled seven-year-old boy in 2015. 

The boy was handcuffed by the officer, who was working as a school resource officer, after instructors at an after-school program called for help in dealing with what the family's attorneys call “behavioral challenges.”  

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This week, Flint Community Schools will take an important step toward finding its next permanent superintendent.

An interim superintendent has overseen the district since Bilal Tawwab was let go this past spring. Former emergency manager Gregory Weatherspoon was hired in March to serve as interim superintendent.

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson Thursday handed a large novelty check to Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. 

The amount written on the check was anything but a novelty: $30 million.   

Flint is one of five cities receiving money through the HUD Choice Neighborhoods grant program.  The money is earmarked to replace decaying public housing in the city.

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Flint has been awarded $30 million in federal money to tear down the aging, crumbling public housing complex known as Atherton East, and build a new, mixed-income development, in a different location.

Congressman Dan Kildee says Atherton East was part of a bad approach to public housing during the 1960s.

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Excessive heat is settling in over much of Michigan.  Temperatures are expected to soar well into the 90s this weekend. 

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The world knows her as the doctor who used science to force the state of Michigan to admit it had caused the Flint water crisis.

 

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Flint school officials are putting their search for a new superintendent on the fast track.

The Flint Board of Education has done little publicly since dumping Superintendent Bilal Tawwab back in March.    The district hired a former emergency manager to serve as interim superintendent.

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There is a lot of concern over what to do with the plastic water bottles we use. 

Flint is one community that is grappling with this question in a big way.

In the wake of the water crisis, the city has had to rely heavily on water bottles for safe drinking water.

Ali Rose Van Overbeke, a metro Detroit native, founded Genusee to turn that waste into eyeglasses, manufactured by Flint residents. 

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There’s a new tool that Michigan cities can use to better understand their health care needs.

The NYU School of Medicine has developed what they call the City Health Dashboard, which looks at 36 key measures and drivers of health.   

Marc Gourevitch is the Dashboard’s principal architect. He says health problems like opioid abuse and obesity are tracked on the dashboard.

“Not only looking at health itself,” says Gourevitch, “but some of the things that cause health, like housing and transportation and air quality. So we try to bring all that together.”

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A controversial company will provide some Flint residents with bottled water for the next several months.

Nestle has been criticized for its deal to pump more water from rural Michigan for its bottled water business.

The company has agreed to distribute thousands of those bottles for free to Flint residents.

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The site of a formerly run-down apartment complex on Flint’s north side may soon become a mixed-residential development.

This week, the Genesee County Land Bank announced it’s working with developers to create 78 units of affordable rental housing for low-income residents.

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Today marks the fourth anniversary of Flint’s ill-fated switch to the Flint River as the city’s drinking water source.

It was four years ago that then-Flint Mayor Dayne Walling pushed the button switching the city’s drinking water source to the Flint River.

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The Goldman Environmental Prize is the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for grassroots environmental activism.

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