Flint, Michigan

How Best to Save a Struggling City? Agency by Agency

COMMENTARY | Flint, Michigan, offered a devastating lesson in how state takeover of a city can fail. Agency control—“de-municipalization”—is a better idea.

Criminal Charges Have Been Dropped Against Officials in Flint. What Comes Next?

Those who want to hold public officials accountable for the water crisis in Flint, Michigan are upset about the latest developments—but the case isn’t over.

The Startups Born of Flint’s Water Crisis

Five years after the Michigan city was hit with its public health emergency, there’s good news—and signs of an entrepreneurial resurgence—coming out of Flint.

How to Bring Back Struggling Cities

COMMENTARY | A Manhattan Institute report offers strategies to revitalize such struggling cities as Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Pittsfield, Massachusetts; and Youngstown, Ohio.

How a Feel-Good AI Story Went Wrong in Flint

A machine-learning model showed promising results in finding lead pipes, but city officials and their engineering contractor abandoned it.

State Official in Mich. Will Face Trial for Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Deaths

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trump vs. Portland’s mayor … pathway to six-figure teacher salaries in Texas … and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. scrambles after City Hall fire.

Delayed EPA Response to Water Crisis Increased Health Risks to Flint Residents, IG Finds

A new watchdog report found that the federal agency's regional office didn't establish clear roles for the state environmental agency and failed to create clear lines of communication.

Opportunity Zone Communities May Require Additional Investments

Experts said the program could benefit from more structured oversight.

The Big Challenge Public Health Officials Face as ‘Flint Registry’ Launches

A new federally-funded initiative seeks to connect residents impacted by the drinking-water crisis to wellness and recovery programs and resources.

The 'Horrifying' Consequence of Lead Poisoning

Exposure to the toxin leads to higher risk of miscarriages, new research finds, in addition to other long-lasting effects.

Five Involuntary Manslaughter Charges in the Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Health Director Nick Lyon and four other officials are accused of failing to act on a Legionnaires' disease outbreak associated with the city’s lead-poisoning problems.

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Why Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law Is Preemption on Steroids

A new survey of local government leaders in the Great Lakes State finds widespread agreement that this approach—while offering some benefits—simply goes too far.

Flint's Emergency Managers Face Felony Charges Over Lead in the Water

The officials include two people appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to run the city.

Flint-Inspired Senate Bill Provisions Would Finance State Water Infrastructure

The bipartisan legislation aims to help states with localities struggling to deal with contaminated drinking water.

Doctor Who Helped Expose Lead in Flint’s Water Praises EPA Whistleblower

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, having heard alarms sounded about Flint by Virginia Tech civil engineering professor Marc Edwards, tried to trace government blood tests of Flint residents but ran into obstacles.

Indictments in Flint Water Investigation; Uber, Lyft Score California Victory

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Gov. Rick Snyder Named in Flint’s First RICO Suit; N.J. Township Fights Turkeys With Airhorns

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Flint Water Crisis Could Spur Changes to Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law

A less hands-on, longer-lasting intervention model might be what's needed.

Mich. Municipal League: State Is ‘Strategically Disinvesting in Our Communities Right Now’

One fiscally distressed city says it is “just one step away from becoming a Flint and a Detroit.”