On Wednesday, September 14th in his first visit to Flint since its ‘water crisis’ started, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump came to try and get a better understanding of the city’s problems. Trump did not give any warning to his visit until the day before, and he still came despite Flint’s mayor Karen Weaver insisting that he is not welcome. He stopped at Bishop National Airport in the afternoon and his first stop was the Flint Water Plant, much to the chagrin of Mayor Weaver. Then not long after, he went to Bethel United Methodist Church to speak, where no local media was allowed in. It was at one point during his speech in the church that Trump started heckling his opponent Hillary Clinton, when Rev. Faith Green Timmons interrupted his speech and told him that he wasn’t invited to give a political speech. He then finished his speech and left as the mixed sounds of protesters and supporters chased after him.
On Wednesday, September 14th Corinne Miller stood in the Genesee District court for pre-trial on her role in the Flint Water Crisis. Miller was an employee of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services charged with one misdemeanor and two felonies. In order to avoid a trial Corinne Miller made a plea deal with the state of Michigan where she announced her role in the legionnaires cover up. At the pre-trial it was announced that Miller and two of her superiors knew about the deadly outbreak for months and, although they were required to report it, they chose not to tell the public.As a part of her plea deal, Corinne Miller will go into more detail of what happened with prosecutors and, if she follows her parole, will avoid jail time. Miller will be sentenced officially on April 19th, 2017 and DTV will keep you updated as more news on these events comes to light.
The latest lawsuit in the Flint Water Crisis, filed by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, states that the transnational company Veolia and Texas corporation Lockwood, Andrews and Newnam (LAN) have not only stalled the progress towards ending the crisis, but made the situation worse. The state is suing both parties for potentially damaging the water, click here to see the story.
President Obama came to Flint on May 4th, after receiving a letter from Little Miss Flint. This was a symbolic moment, reassuring the city that they are not alone, and that the government has their back. He followed up on the EPA and Snyder’s comments, saying the water was safe to drink with a filter, excluding those who are pregnant or under six years old.
Obama also went on to say that what happened in Flint was not by anyone’s intention to hurt the city, but instead stated that “part of what contributed to this crisis was a broader mindset, a bigger attitude, a corrosive attitude that exists in our politics and exists in too many levels of our government.
And it’s a mindset that believes that less government is the highest good no matter what.” Obama also spoke about fixing the infrastructure, in which the room he was speaking in was leaking by the minute. Before Obama took the stage at Northwestern High School, Governor Snyder did, the crowd being unwelcoming and booing him while he spoke.
This reason being the loss of trust in the state government and the fact that there is still no solution for the water. Along with Obama’s appearance one questions remains; where does the people of Flint’s trust now lie.
You can watch Governor Snyder’s unwarm welcome: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVh6b8Iooew
And also watch Jordyn Bruns’ coverage of Obama’s visit to Flint: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVh6b8Iooew
On Tuesday, former EPA Region 5 Administrator Susan Hedman, former emergency manager Darnell Earley, former Flint mayor Dayne Walling, and VA Tech. Professor Dr. Marc Edwards, all were in Washington D.C. The hearing consisted mostly of back and forth finger-pointing of who did and didn’t do what. Here is where Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) rips into Susan Hedman. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) called the continuing deflection “sickening”. Overall, the main story line stayed the same.
Thursday’s hearing continued to see the blame game, and unfortunately, partisan politics. Governor Rick Snyder and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy both were apart of the panel. Throughout the hearing, Democrats tended to accuse Gov. Snyder and his administration, while on the other side of the aisle, Republicans continued to blame the EPA. Here’s Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) refusing to believe Snyder’s testimony. On the flipside, here’s Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) placing blame onto McCarthy and the EPA. One of the more unique speakings came from Rep. Gerald Connolly (D-VA) as he not only acknowledged the committees partisan roadblocks, but especially pointed blame on the EM and Gov. Snyder’s administration.
The hearings led to few new facts, and fingers continued to be pointed at the MDEQ, the EPA, Snyder’s administration, and everyone involved.
The primaries have kicked off, and the presidential candidates have been riding the campaign trail harder than ever before. Coming up this Sunday will be another debate, but this time it’s being held at the Whiting Auditorium right here in Flint. With the growing intensity between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, this is one you don’t want to miss.
And of course, DTV will be covering all the details from inside.
Check back here, or watch DTV on Monday for our report.
A heated democratic battle on the Atlantic in New Hampshire took a backseat as Hillary Clinton took the trip westward to see the Flint water crisis firsthand.
House of Prayer Missionary Church held services as usual, full of big smiles and soulful tunes. After the services came to a close, the crowd didn’t waiver as the entirety of the men and women stayed put and gave a standing ovation to Hillary and Mayor Karen Weaver taking the stage.
The former Secretary of State began her speech by quoting a Psalms verse, saying in addition how nice it is to be with the pastor as they’ve both lived in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
From there, Hillary quoted just how poorly the state government has been during the crisis, “What happened in Flint is immoral. The children of Flint are just as precious as the children in any part of America.”
Clinton also called attention to a near $600 million dollar bill going through Congress saying the bill needs to be passed, saying “…this is no time for politics as usual.”
“I will fight for you in Flint, no matter how long it takes”, Clinton said as she wrapped up her speech with her commitment to the city until the problem ceases to exist.
“Let’s make sure we take care of the people of Flint and give every child a chance to grow up to their God-given potential!”
Politics and presidential runs aside, Hillary Clinton shined an even brighter spotlight on Flint and its ongoing emergency.
In all of Genesee County, there is one lab technician testing blood lead samples.
Peggy Abram, a medical technologist, is the sole person checking blood samples for lead at the Genesee County Health Department, according to herself and sources. The slow, 30-day response for whether blood tests are positive for lead is more apparent now than ever.
Ms. Abrams says the County Health Department gets over 30 walk-in blood tests a day, plus all of the samples collected at testing clinics like the one held yesterday at Carriage Town Ministries. Abram and her two co-workers say they have asked for extra resources for the lab, but have not received any help.
Families are losing time on knowing what’s in their blood, as the workload increases.
DTV has tried to get more information, but so far has gotten no response from the Genesee County Health Department.
The citizens of Flint are struggling to keep a healthy lifestyle, given that they can’t use their own water. Davison High School is stepping up and sending aid. This Saturday, February 6th, Davison hockey fans can get into the game for $1.00 is one case of water is donated to help those in Flint. On the contrary, DECA started the H2O for 810 project. Starting on Monday, February 8th, anyone can donate money or water to the H2O for 810 project in the main office or in the Cardinal shop at lunch.
Earlier today in a press conference held in Detroit, Gov. Rick Snyder took the podium once again to add more fuel to fire burning around the Flint water situation. A sudden spike in cases of Legionella, also known as Legionnaires’ disease and Pontiac fever. There have been 10 deaths in 87 cases of Legionnaires reported in Genesee County. 5 of the deaths were from people who were on Flint water.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that Legionella bacterium thrives in warm, stagnant water, like the kind found in hot tubs, cooling towers, and hot water tanks.
Infection occurs when the mist or vapor containing the bacteria is inhaled. You can read more about the disease here.
But here’s the real kicker: although all of the cases are not directly connected to Flint water yet, the spikes of Legionnaires coincides with the timing of the initial switch to Flint River water.
This information came after Snyder’s announcement last night that the Michigan National Guard would be in Flint today to hand out water and water filters.
From unhealthy to potentially deadly, the problems faced by Snyder and the people of Flint continue to pile on, and there seems to be no sign of the bad news slowing down.