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Lawyers have urged the Michigan Supreme Court to clear the way for Flint residents to sue state officials over lead-contaminated water. The case at the state's highest court is one of many in state and federal courts over the scandal. What's unique is that it could break ground in exposing public officials to liability over alleged violations of the state constitution. The attorney general's office is appealing a 2018 decision by the state appeals court, which said that Flint residents could pursue a violation of their right to "bodily integrity."

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The Supreme Court has declined to take a case stemming from the 2014 water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Approximately 25,000 people have sued over the crisis, in which a change in the source of the city's water resulted in lead contamination. The case the justices turned away without comment Tuesday involves a lawsuit against the city and water regulators. The lawsuit claims the officials failed to protect residents from a foreseeable risk of harm. The city and officials have argued they should be immune from being sued, but lower courts have disagreed.

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An update is expected at the start of 2020 regarding a criminal investigation into the Flint water crisis that was one of the worst man-made environmental disasters in U.S. history, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said.

Whitmer told MLive.com on Tuesday that she trusts Michigan's Attorney General Dana Nessel “to do the right thing” in the probe of Flint's water crisis.

“I think she has shown she’s taken it very seriously," Whitmer said of Nessel. “These timelines we are bumping up against means that she’ll probably be making some announcements at the beginning of the year.”

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A judge has dismissed much of a civil lawsuit filed against engineering companies that were hired by Flint during its disastrous water switch in 2014.

The attorney general's office has argued that Veolia North America and Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam have some responsibility for the lead crisis in Flint. But Genesee County Judge Richard Yuille dismissed most counts last week, leaving only a claim of unjust enrichment.

A judge has sentenced a man to at least 31 years in prison for the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old Flint boy. 

Twenty-four-year-old Emilio Cortes-Lloyd was convicted last month by a Genesee County jury of second-degree murder in Shaun William LaBelle's December 2018 killing.

MLive.com reports that a judge sentenced Cortes-Lloyd on Tuesday to serve 31 to 62 years in prison in LaBelle's slaying.

EPA announces update in lead detection systems

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U-S Environmental Protection Agency officials say they are updating their rules to better detect lead contamination in drinking water, as the agency says President Trump wants to ensure there is never another water crisis like the one in Flint.

Flint’s water was tainted with lead in 2014.

E-P-A Administrator Andrew Wheeler says it took far too long for the agency, state and Flint officials, to let residents know about the situation.

He says the agency wants to let any customer know very quickly if high levels of lead are found in their drinking water. 

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Tuesday, September 10th at 10pm, WGVU Public Television will air FRONTLINE: Flint’s Deadly Water exposing the unreported, true toll of the Flint water crisis — and how government officials failed to stop it.

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A former FBI agent who investigated the Flint water scandal says the team was moving toward new charges when new prosecutors took over.

Andy Arena was ousted in February, and special prosecutor Todd Flood was removed in April. Arena tells The Detroit News that no one spoke to him to understand how he was doing his job. He's a veteran law enforcer who has investigated mobsters and former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Arena says investigators were months away from "dropping a heavy rock" - more charges related to financial deals involving Flint's water.

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A judge says the federal government can be sued by Flint residents who blame the Environmental Protection Agency for waiting too long to intervene in the city's water crisis.

Federal Judge Linda Parker didn't determine whether EPA employees were negligent when Flint's water system became contaminated with lead in 2014 and 2015. The decision at this stage is more narrow, with the judge saying Thursday that the government isn't immune to a lawsuit.

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New Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says she is hoping to settle 79 lawsuits that were filed against the state and its employees by Flint residents following the city's crisis with lead-contaminated drinking water.

Nessel said Thursday that unlike her predecessor, she will be active on the civil side of Flint-related litigation - not the criminal probe.

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