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Overpriced Water in Flint Is Causing Rashes, Hair Loss

ACLU of Michigan investigative reporter Curt Guyette (pictured), who has been reporting extensively on the mounting water crisis in financially strapped municipalities such as Flint and Highland...

Corrosive Impact: A Tale of Leaded Water and One Flint Family’s Toxic Nightmare

It took a while for LeeAnne Walters to realize the full impact of the number: 13,200.

Walters—a stay-at home mom with four sons and a husband in the Navy—had seen other numbers reflecting...


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Hard To Swallow: Toxic Water In a Toxic System in Flint

In a place that bills itself the Great Lakes State, you'd think people would understand and appreciate the universally critical importance of water.

But the frightening truth is, a growing...

Democracy Watch: Congress Looks at Detroit's Water Crisis

February 25, 2015

The idea of charging some customers less than others for water might seem counter-intuitive at first, but once economist Roger Colton explains why it makes good business sense, his reasoning is...

Democracy Watch: UN Experts Condemn Detroit Water Shut-Offs

October 22, 2014

During the three days she spent in Detroit investigating the water shut-off crisis, there were a number of times when Catarina de Albuquerque’s jaw literally dropped.

A United Nations...

Buzzkill: How the EAA Exploited Detroit’s Most Vulnerable Kids

In June of 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder stepped behind a microphone at Detroit's Renaissance High School to announce the start of a revolutionary new approach to education in Michigan.