Articles by Jeff Karoub and Mike Householder

6 Public Workers Charged in Flint, Michigan, Water Crisis

Six current or former state employees were charged on July 29 with misconduct and other crimes in the Flint, Mich., water crisis, bringing to nine the number of public officials facing prosecution over the lead contamination that alarmed parents across …

Michigan AG Sues 2 Engineering Companies over Flint Water Problems

Michigan’s attorney general filed a civil lawsuit on June 22 against two water engineering companies, saying they caused and exacerbated Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis and demanding hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. Attorney General Bill Schuette sued Veolia North …

Report Faults State of Michigan for Flint Water Crisis

The state of Michigan is “fundamentally accountable” for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis because of decisions made by its environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers who controlled the city, an investigatory task force concluded on March 23. The panel, appointed by …

Report: State of Michigan ‘Fundamentally Accountable’ for Flint Water Crisis

The state of Michigan is “fundamentally accountable” for Flint’s lead-contaminated water crisis because of decisions made by its environmental regulators and state-appointed emergency managers who controlled the city, an investigatory task force concluded on March 23. The panel, appointed by …

Audit Criticizes Michigan Environmental Regulators over Flint Water Crisis

Michigan environmental regulators made crucial errors as Flint began using a new drinking water source that would become contaminated with lead, auditors said on March 4, as crews in the city started to dig up old pipes connecting water mains …

GOP Holds on to Michigan Supreme Court Majority

Republicans will hold on to their 4-3 majority on the Michigan Supreme Court after winning two of three up-for-grabs seats. Voters selected GOP nominees Stephen Markman and Brian Zahra, both current justices who were backed by business groups, including farmers, …

Much of Kalamazoo River to Open, 2 Years After Spill

Nearly all of the Kalamazoo River is being reopened for recreational use and the cleanup of a massive oil spill nearly two years ago is in its final stages, federal, state and local officials announced on June 21. Thirty-four miles …

Army Bomb Expert Sues, Claims ‘Hurt Locker’ Movie Based on Him

An Army bomb disposal expert who served in the Iraq war is suing the makers of “The Hurt Locker,” claiming the Oscar-nominated film’s lead character is based on him and that they cheated him out of “financial participation” in the …