Hillary Clinton on charges in Flint, Mich., water crisis: 'It's important that people are held accountable for water poisoning in Flint, but Congress needs to act now to help Flint families' - @HillaryClinton
Editor's note: Flint, Mich., employee Michael Glasgow is accused of tampering with evidence and willful neglect of office in the city's water crisis; he allegedly changed test results to show there was less lead in the water supply than there actually was. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby are charged with misconduct in office, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, tampering with evidence, and a treatment violation and monitoring violation of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. None of the charged individuals have been arraigned, nor did the three appear in court when their warrants were issued. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is expected to announce the charges at a 1 p.m. press conference. We'll have live video and coverage on our app. - Rebecca
More: Genesee District Court Judge Tracy Collier-Nix authorized charges for Flint, Mich., employee Michael Glasgow and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality employees Steven Busch and Michael Prysby - MLive
Flint is the largest city and county seat of Genesee County, Michigan. Located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km) northwest of Detroit, it is the largest city in the Flint/Tri-Cities region of Michigan. According to the 2010 census, Flint has a population of 102,434, making it the seventh largest city in Michigan. The Flint metropolitan area is located entirely within Genesee County. It is the fourth largest metropolitan area in Michigan with a population of 425,790 in 2010.
Founded as a village by fur trader Jacob Smith in 1819, Flint became a major lumbering area on the historic Saginaw Trail during the 19th century, and incorporated as a city in 1855. It later became a leading manufacturer of carriages and other vehicles earning it the nickname "Vehicle City".
In 1908, William Crapo Durant formed General Motors in Flint, and it was later the home of the Flint Sit-Down Strike of 1936–37 that played a vital role in the formation of the United Auto Workers. After World War II, Flint became an automobile manufacturing powerhouse for GM's Buick and Chevrolet divisions, both of which were founded in Flint. However, by the late 1980s the city sank into a deep economic depression after GM closed and demolished several factories in the area, the effects of which remain today.
In the mid-2000s, it became known for its high crime rates. Since this time, Flint has been ranked among the "Most Dangerous Cities in the United States", with a per capita violent crime rate seven times higher than the national average. The city was under a state of financial emergency from 2011 to 2015, the second in a decade. It is currently in a public health state of emergency due to lead poisoning (and possibly Legionella) in the local water supply.
On November 3, 2015, Flint residents elected Karen Weaver as their first female mayor.