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Lead test results confirm worst fears for Flint family

02/06/16 01:49PM

Deep down, the Brown family knew the water that had flowed through the pipes in their home in Flint, Michigan — the water that 3-year-old Dana had been drinking for months before anyone was warned — probably contained toxic lead.This week, they got test results that confirmed their fears.Water Defense, the anti-fracking and safe-water activist... read more

The Flint Water Plant tower is seen, Feb. 5, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (Photo by Carlos Osorio/AP)

Hillary Clinton to tour the devastated city of Flint, Michigan

02/06/16 09:37AM

For weeks Hillary Clinton has heaped attention on the lead-poisoned city of Flint, Michigan, but on Sunday she’ll do more than just highlight the crisis. She’ll actually see it firsthand. The Democratic presidential candidate is scheduled to visit the faded American factory town with the undrinkable taps. Her plan is to tour the city with Mayor... read more

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks to the media regarding the status of the Flint water crisis on Jan. 27, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Mich. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty)

Michigan Democratic Party urges Gov. Rick Snyder to resign over Flint crisis

02/05/16 12:57PM

The Michigan Democratic Party urges Gov. Snyder to resign On the heels of growing scrutiny over his handling of the Flint water crises that had caused thousands of children to get exposed to high contamination of lead, the Michigan Democratic Party has called on Gov. Rick Snyder to step down. The call of his resignation on Thursday, comes after... read more

Mayor Karen Weaver of Flint, Mich., speaks at a Conference of Mayors 84th Winter Meeting press briefing at the Capitol Hilton, Jan. 20, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Newscom/ZUMA)

Flint Water Crisis: Mayor says 'lead pipes have got to go'

02/02/16 08:38PM

The mayor of water-weary Flint, Michigan, on Tuesday pressed for the rapid removal of lead pipes blamed for first corroding the drinking water in 2014 — saying the city must start with homes where women and children reside."These lead pipes have got to go," Mayor Karen Weaver said during a news conference, adding that she is "... read more

The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on Jan. 23, 2016 in Flint, Mich. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty)

There are too many Flints

01/30/16 09:23AM

What’s happening in Flint, Michigan, is unconscionable. A city of 99,000 people — 56 percent African-American, 40 percent living below the poverty line — has spent nearly two years with poisoned water. Nearly two years of boil orders, foul smells, and false reassurances that the water was safe to drink. Nearly two years of having residents’... read more

Document exposes Snyder admin on Flint water

Year-old document shows Snyder admin knew Flint water substandard

01/28/16 09:55PM

Rachel Maddow shares a new report from the Detroit Free Press showing a year-old e-mail acknowledging that the public water in Flint "does not meet treatment requirements" for state employees to drink, even as the Snyder administration was assuring Flint residents about the integrity of their water. watch

Will Burnett helps load a cart with bottled water at the Salvation Army Flint Beecher Corps Community Center in Flint, Mich., Jan. 26, 2016. (Photo by Carlos Osorio/AP)

Flint's next issue: What to do with empty water bottles?

01/28/16 06:08PM

The temporary solution to the lead-tainted water emergency in Flint, Michigan — using only bottled water — is creating yet another dilemma for a city already in the throes of a major environmental disaster."We have this influx of plastic coming into our community," said Kris Thiel, vice president of Young's Environmental Cleanup,... read more

A sign at a local restaurant reassures customers that they are not on Flint water but on uncontaminated water pulled from Detroit on Jan. 27, 2016 at Westside Diner in Flint, Mich. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty)

Will Detroit be the next Flint?

01/28/16 01:06PM

Tonight, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will take public comment on an application from an oil company to release more sulfur dioxide into the air over southwest Detroit. If the MDEQ approves, city officials will be powerless to stop it.“The buzz is that DEQ is on the verge of approving Marathon’s request to increase the level... read more

A shirt worn by a man during a rally displays a poisonous logo alongside the text 'City of Flint MI Water Dept.' on Jan. 24, 2016 at Flint City Hall in Flint, Mich. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty)

Twitter reacts to #FlintTownHall

01/27/16 11:05PM

On Wednesday night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow hosted a town hall with residents of Flint, Michigan to discuss next steps in dealing with the city's unprecedented water crisis. Here's a look at the conversation around the #FlintTownHall on Twitter. read more

This Jan. 21, 2016 photo shows the water tower at the Flint, Mich., water plant. (Photo by Perry Rech/American Red Cross/AP)

Maddow examines the catastrophic toll of the Flint water crisis

01/27/16 10:32PM

FLINT, MI — By now you’ve probably heard that this proud American factory town is facing a state of emergency, subsisting on rationed water after its own supply was spiked by lead. But on Wednesday night — in a special edition of The Rachel Maddow Show — the leaders of Flint spotlighted something you probably haven’t heard: the problem here isn... read more

'Governor Snyder gotta go'

Michigan National Action President: 'Gov. Snyder gotta go'

01/27/16 09:48PM

President of the National Action Network of Michigan Reverend Charles Williams and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow join Rachel Maddow at the MSNBC town hall “American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint" to share their visions for short and long-term solutions to the Flint crisis. watch

'Democracy needs to be restored in Flint'

'Democracy needs to be restored in Flint'

01/27/16 09:47PM

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver joins Rachel Maddow at the MSNBC town hall “American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint" and explains the breakdown of democracy in her city and the need for Flint residents to reclaim their voice. watch

'Lead impacts everybody'

'Lead impacts everybody'

01/27/16 09:39PM

At the MSNBC town hall “American Disaster: The Crisis in Flint," Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha emphasizes the need for resources to help the approximately 100,000 people impacted by lead exposure. watch