Criminal Charges Announced Over Flint Water Contamination Crisis
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Flint Residents Will Reportedly Have To Pay For Water That's Still Untreated

The water crisis in Flint reached unthinkable heights. The Washington Post reports that residents will have to pay for water they can’t consume without an approved filtering system.

State officials will reportedly end a program on Wednesday (Mar. 2), that helped residents pay for their water bill since the massive health incident in 2014. The crisis is responsible for much of the city’s lead infused water contamination. Since the disaster, the state spent $41 million on credits to help minimize local utility bills. Those who inhabit the area have received a 65 percent monthly credit, and business owners have garnered a 20 percent one.

Spokeswoman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R), Anna Heaton, explained the credits will cease “because the city’s water meets all federal water quality standards under the Lead and Copper Rule and Safe Drinking Water Act, the same standards as other cities.”

The state still aims to provide water filters and filter replacement cartridges “to assure residents that the water is safe for consumption even as lead service line replacement is underway.”

Additionally, the Michigan Department of Environment Quality revealed that the latest test on the city’s system had levels below the federal lead and copper rule—also at similar rates of other cities across the nation and Michigan.

“This is good news and the result of many partners on the local, county, state and federal levels working together to restore the water quality in the city of Flint,” the agency’s director, Heidi Grether, said in February. “The Flint water system is one of the most monitored systems in the country for lead and copper, and we remain committed to continuing work in Flint as the city recovers.”

Despite the latest observations, Flint residents are not pleased—especially considering how ironically, the city has the highest water rates in the country—with having to pay the full price for water.

“They want to make it look like they’ve resolved this thing, that it’s fixed,” resident Tim Monahan, who suffered from Legionnaires’ disease after the water crisis began, said. “It’s been three years, and we still can’t drink the water.”

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Former Felons May Have To Pay Court Fines Before Voting In Florida

Florida made history when it passed Amendment 4 restoring voting rights to the state's nearly one million former felons.

However, on Wednesday (April 24) the GOP-House passed a bill that would require former felons to pay court fees, fine,s and restitution prior to voting. The Senate bill requires that just restitution be paid. If this measure is passed it could prohibit thousands of ex-cons from being able to vote.

The state reportedly also doesn't have a method to properly tally restitution and to create a system could cost millions. On Wednesday, the House considered a proposal by the Senate that would allot $2 million to hire more workers at the Florida Commission on Offender Review to review the applications of former felons.

That commission would then report their findings to local supervisors of elections.

“Obviously, the individual is responsible for determining whether they’ve completed all the terms of their own sentence,” Sen. Jeff Brandes “If they have questions, they should go to local supervisors of elections.”

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Fans Are Asking Crayola To Name A Crayon After Nipsey Hussle

The hip-hop game is still mourning the death of Nipsey Hussle. There have been many memorials and tributes made out of respect for the rapper, who was killed on Mar. 31 in front of his clothing store. It looks like fans of the Victory Lap musician are attempting to make sure his colorful spirit is felt anywhere and everywhere.

In 2017, Crayola tweeted out that they needed some help naming their new shocking blue crayon color. A fan quote-tweeted the two-year-old inquiry, stating that the then-new color should be called "Nipsey Blue."

The tweet caught on, with many others adding responses that the color should pertain to Hussle, with ideas such as 60’s Blue, Marathon Blue, Crenshaw Blue, and Victory Blue. Since the tweet is quite old, these names won't be making the cut this time around. The crayon was actually named "Bluetiful" back in September 2017.

Hussle was honored with a mural outside of a basketball court in Los Angeles, and it was also announced that the intersection of South LA's Crenshaw Boulevard and West Slauson Avenue will officially be renamed in honor of the Grammy nominee.

Nipsey Blue https://t.co/IIk1tm3vf8

— Glasses Malone (@gmalone) April 25, 2019

Nipsey Blue Blue Laces 60’s Blue Marathon Blue Crenshaw Blue Victory Blue Motivation Blue Slauson Boy Blue Blueprint TMC Blue RSC Blue Brynhurst Blue Ocean View Blue - You see where I’m going with this... 🏁💙🏃🏾‍♂️ https://t.co/IBfNbw6vpd

— TreezJobs | FatSpike (@FilmMakingTreez) April 25, 2019

Nipsey Blue 🏁 .. with portions of the proceeds going to inner city stem programs for kids https://t.co/awSrSPhRGq

— Chris Cap (@ChrisCapLive) April 25, 2019

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