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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2021 file photo, vehicles drive through downtown Flint, Mich. A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, to a $641 million deal that would benefit Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The settlement includes $600 million from the state of Michigan, although Flint, an area hospital and an engineering firm are also part of the agreement. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya File)

Judge gives preliminary OK to $641M Flint water deal

Jan. 21, 2021 12:24 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A judge granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The settlement includes $600 million from the state of Michigan, although Flint, an area hospital and an engineering firm are also part of the...

New West Virginia environmental secretary appointed

Jan. 21, 2021 4:13 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice appointed Harold Ward as the state's new environmental secretary on Wednesday. The Department of Environmental Protection is in charge of regulating everything from air and water quality to overseeing abandoned mine lands. Ward was most recently...

Alaska center to be wildlife first responder for oil spills

Jan. 20, 2021 9:54 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska SeaLife Center has announced plans to become a first responder for marine mammals affected by oil spills in western Alaska. The nonprofit center in Seward said a new partnership with the Alaska Chadux Network will greatly expand the center's service area, the Juneau Empire...

Boscawen couple named outstanding tree farmers by program

Jan. 19, 2021 5:00 AM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A couple in Boscawen, New Hampshire, have been named the 2021 Outstanding Tree Farmers of the Year by the state tree farm program. Charles and Mabel Niebling bought a 67-acre tree farm in 2001. It has been under a written forest management plan since 2003 that focuses on maintaining...

Distillery, owner, facing criminal environmental charges

Jan. 18, 2021 12:27 PM EST

HARRISONBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia distillery and its owner have been indicted on multiple charges involving illegal dumping of industrial waste, authorities said. A Shenandoah County grand jury returned a 115-count indictment last week against Filibuster Distillery LLC and Siddharth Dilawri. The...

The Flint Water Plant tower is shown in Flint, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.  Some Flint residents impacted by months of lead-tainted water are looking past expected charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others in his administration to healing physical and emotional damages left by the crisis.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Flint water charges escalate debate over officials' failures

Jan. 15, 2021 6:27 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — When a former Michigan public health director was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the Flint water crisis, the man who previously held the job says a chilling thought crossed his mind: It could have been me. “I spent 14 years in that chair,” said Jim Haveman, who...

Minnesota lawmakers introduce anti-copper mining legislation

Jan. 15, 2021 1:26 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers are ramping up efforts to prevent mining companies from gaining a foothold in Minnesota with legislation that aims to slow or ban copper-nickel mining on the Iron Range. Companion bills set to be proposed by state lawmakers and U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum seek to block...

Former Gov. Rick Snyder walks past the media after his video arraignment on charges related to the Flint water crisis on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 outside the Genesee County Jail in downtown Flint.  Snyder pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of willful neglect of duty in Flint.  (Cody Scanlan/The Flint Journal via AP)

Flint water probe brings charges against ex-governor, others

Jan. 14, 2021 8:49 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and key members of his administration, who are accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated the community with lead and contributed to a...

Tests reveal PFAS contamination in 40 La Crosse-area wells

Jan. 14, 2021 6:42 PM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Dozens of La Crosse-area wells are contaminated with forever chemicals known as PFAS, tests revealed. At least 40 wells that provide private drinking water on French Island are contaminated with PFAS levels above recommended standards, the La Crosse Tribune reported Wednesday. The...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, file photo, then-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder speaks with reporters during a news conference at his office in Lansing, Mich. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has been charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty in the Flint water crisis. (AP Photo/David Eggert, File)

List of officials charged in Flint water crisis, allegations

Jan. 14, 2021 6:06 PM EST

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Here are the former Michigan, state-appointed and local officials charged in the Flint water crisis, titles at the time, and charges, allegations and maximum penalties they face if convicted: - Gov. Rick Snyder: Two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. Failed to inquire into...