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Karen Weaver is the mayor of Flint. She was elected in November 2015 as the Flint water crisis was unfolding.

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If it wasn’t for the yard signs sprinkled around town, you might not know that Flint is electing a mayor next month.   

It’s been a low-key campaign between incumbent Karen Weaver and state representative Sheldon Neeley (D-Flint).   

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In Flint, city officials, law enforcement and church leaders are concerned about a rise in violent crime.

There have been 34 murders in Flint this year. That’s up from 30 this time last year.

Police Chief Tim Johnson says suspects in a triple homicide over the weekend are in custody.

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This week, voters across Michigan go to the polls to cast ballots in a variety of local elections.

Incumbent mayors in Warren, Jackson and Flint are facing primary challenges on Tuesday.

In Flint, Mayor Karen Weaver is running for re-election after a term that has seen her city plunged into the national spotlight because of the city’s water crisis and the city’s slow recovery.

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The Flint city council is expected to take up some budget amendments at Monday’s meeting.

Flint’s budget process has been a bit bumpy this year.

Mayor Karen Weaver vetoed changes the city council made to her budget proposal.

The council added about two million dollars to the budget, mainly to add firefighters. Last week, the council voted 6-1 to override the mayor’s veto.

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A judge has decided to ignore mistakes made by some of the four Flint mayoral candidates and allow all of them to appear on the August primary ballot.

The candidates filed legal briefs last week defending each of their positions to be on the ballot, while also raising questions about their opponents. The conflicting legal claims opened the possibility that one or all four candidates would be dropped from the ballot, forcing them to run write-in campaigns.

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Monday morning, a circuit court judge will hear a case that could force all the candidates running for Flint mayor off the August primary ballot.

It appears all four candidates who qualified for a spot on the primary ballot made mistakes in their paperwork filed with the city clerk. One of the candidates even checked “no” on the question asking whether candidates met the qualifications to be a candidate for mayor. 

The judge may decide if the mistakes disqualify one or all the candidates.

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver could soon use her veto pen to strike down some changes the city council approved to the city budget on Monday night.

The city council tacked on a few amendments to the spending plan, including adding $1.7 million to the fire department budget. 

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The city of Flint has won a federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former city administrator.

Natasha Henderson filed the lawsuit after she was fired in 2016. She claims she was fired for asking questions about Mayor Karen Weaver’s 527 political fund.

After deliberating for a few hours Tuesday afternoon, the jury disagreed.

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A jury is scheduled to hear closing arguments Tuesday in a federal whistleblower case involving Flint’s mayor and the city’s former administrator.

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It's been five years since the city of Flint switched its drinking water source from Detroit's system to the Flint River. That decision that would kick off a years-long public health crisis and impact the health of the city's nearly 100,000 residents. 

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, who was elected to that position in November 2015, joined Stateside to talk about the “tremendous progress” Flint has made since that fateful switch. 

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver kicked her re-election campaign Tuesday.

Standing in a church pulpit, the mayor touted improving crime statistics and the city’s ongoing recovery from its water crisis. 

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is touting what may be a key plank in her re-election campaign, a day before she’s expected to announce her plan to run again.   

On a noisy factory floor, Weaver joined local education and business leaders to discuss a new job training program, calling it “a very special announcement.”

Mott Community College is teaming up with Android Industries to find local applicants to fill dozens of new jobs at the company’s south Flint manufacturing plant. 

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The Flint city council failed Thursday night to vote down pay raises for themselves and the mayor.

The pay raises were proposed by an independent commission. In order to stop the pay hike, a majority of the Flint city council had to vote to reject it.

Councilman Santino Guerra made a motion to stop the pay hikes during last night’s meeting. He says now is not the time for Flint’s elected leaders to get a pay hike.

“We still have the Flint water crisis going on... there are still homes with pipes in the ground that need to be replaced,” said Guerra.

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Some Flint pastors are demanding an apology from three city council members who voiced concerns about possible financial mismanagement at city hall.

The council members say they are not planning to apologize.

The dispute is over a letter the council members sent to the Governor Gretchen Whitmer's office. It questioned how the mayor planned to pay the company overseeing Flint’s pipe replacements.

Councilwoman Kate Fields says her letter was about “serious concerns about financial management."

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Flint is the latest Michigan city to file a lawsuit against the nation’s largest manufacturers of opioid drugs.

Lawyers for the city filed a 111 page brief in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on Monday. 

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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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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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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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State and Flint officials are locked in a dispute over how the city looks for lead pipes.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says she is putting “people over profit” in her dispute with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The city is still looking for lead and galvanized pipes connecting Flint homes to city water mains.

At issue is the city’s decision to stop using a tool that uses high pressure water to bore inspection holes to find the pipes and instead have workers dig eight- and ten-foot trenches.

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

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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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The city of Flint is close to getting back a major water customer it lost during the city’s water crisis.

General Motors took its Flint engine plant off city water in the fall of 2014, after determining the water was corroding engine parts.  It was an early sign of problems with Flint’s drinking water.

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There’s an escalating dispute between Flint and state officials over issues with the city’s water system.

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

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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 Environmental Protection Agency is being pulled into a conflict between the city of Flint and Governor Snyder related to the end of bottled water distribution.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver has sent a letter to EPA Director Chris Korleski, informing him of a decision by state officials to cancel a multi-agency meeting on the city’s water crisis.

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Flint’s mayor is talking about “legal options” after an unsuccessful meeting with Governor Snyder about restarting bottled water distribution.

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The Snyder administration is ending state supported bottled water distribution in Flint.

The government started distributing bottled water to Flint residents after tests revealed extremely high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.  

In the years since Flint’s water crisis began, thousands of city residents have made a trip to one of the government sponsored water distribution centers to pick up a free case or two of bottled water a regular chore.

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