Michigan Radio comes to Flint:  good, bad, hopeful and angry narratives emerge
Apr23

Michigan Radio comes to Flint: good, bad, hopeful and angry narratives emerge

By Jan Worth-Nelson Is Flint a city rich with art, a beautiful recuperating river and a school district offering first-rate primary school education, or is it a traumatized community rife with fear, anger and damage, where nobody drinks the water? It turns out it’s both, according to presenters at a taping in front of a live audience for Michigan Radio at the Flint Institute of Arts Saturday night. The schizophrenia of that...

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Calling town hall arrests “unfortunate,” Mayor disputes “separation of church and state” criticism
Apr21

Calling town hall arrests “unfortunate,” Mayor disputes “separation of church and state” criticism

By Jan Worth-Nelson Responding to the discord and six arrests at a town hall last night at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, Mayor Karen Weaver said she found the events of the evening “unfortunate” but that assuring orderly process was necessary. Speaking today through her public information officer Kristin Moore, she said she did not know about the arrests until after the meeting was over. In a statement...

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Volatile town hall erupts with old wounds as officials try to explain water source decision
Apr20

Volatile town hall erupts with old wounds as officials try to explain water source decision

By Jan Worth-Nelson Near the end of the two-hour-long town hall Thursday night at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church, a teenage girl, Tiara Lee Darisaw, stepped up to the mic. “I realized that the more and more we speak about Flint, the less and less you guys speak,”  she said.  “I want to know what’s gonna happen in September when you all stop the water pods, and in 2019 when you’re all...

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Bees, water, herbs, healthy food star at Farmers’ Market Earth Day event
Apr20

Bees, water, herbs, healthy food star at Farmers’ Market Earth Day event

By Jan Worth-Nelson The stars of the show today in the Ramsdell Room at the Flint Farmers’ Market were healthy water, organic food, endangered bees, essential oils, recycling and more — with the biggest honoree being Mother Earth herself. Kettering University, Mott Community College, and the University of Michigan – Flint collaborated to stage the celebration of Earth Day today. The event featured information tables...

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Flint mayor turns away from KWA pipeline, opts to keep water from Detroit
Apr18

Flint mayor turns away from KWA pipeline, opts to keep water from Detroit

By Jan Worth-Nelson The City of Flint’s twisted path to the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline appears to have changed today, with Mayor Karen Weaver announcing the recommendation that the city stay with water from the Great Lakes Water Authority — what has been called “Detroit water” — as its primary source of water instead. In what struck many in the City Council chambers as a surprising development...

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Coal tar coming out of Flint River as Consumers’ remediation, re-naturalization proceeds
Apr14

Coal tar coming out of Flint River as Consumers’ remediation, re-naturalization proceeds

By Meghan Christian Remediation and re-naturalization of the Flint River between Fifth Avenue/Robert T. Longway and the Hamilton Dam downtown has begun, with removal of all vegetation on the river banks paving the way for expected extensive summer work. Consumers Energy and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality representatives held an information session followed by a public hearing at the Flint Farmers’ Market on Tuesday,...

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