Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. EST
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A new investigation of the Flint water disaster has led to charges against nine people, including former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and members of his administration. They’re accused of various crimes in a calamitous plan that contaminated Flint with lead and contributed to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. Snyder is the biggest name, though his alleged crimes are not as serious as others. He faces two misdemeanor counts of willful neglect of duty. Former health department officials Nick Lyon and Eden Wells are changed with involuntary manslaughter. Critics say they failed to alert the public about a spike in Legionnaires’ when the water system might have lacked enough chlorine. All nine people pleaded not guilty.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The charges filed against ex-Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and eight other former state or state-appointed officials Wednesday and Thursday is the latest development in a crisis that began in 2014 when the city began taking water from the Flint River without treating it properly. Two former Michigan health officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of nine people who got Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis, as prosecutors revisiting how the city’s water system was contaminated with lead and bacteria also charged an adviser to Snyder with extortion and perjury.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Wildlife advocates are asking a federal court to overturn a U.S. government decision that stripped Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the nation. Two coalitions of advocacy groups filed lawsuits Thursday in U.S. District Court in Northern California seeking to restore protections for the predators. The Trump administration announced in October that wolves were considered recovered from near-extinction across most of the U.S. But critics of the move say continued protections are needed so fledgling wolf populations in Colorado and on the West Coast can continue to expand. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said gray wolves have exceeded goals for recovery.
WINONA, Miss. (AP) — A new sawmill is coming to a north Mississippi city and will create 150 jobs. Biewer Lumber is expanding its business in Winona. WTVA-TV reports the $130 million investment will have the ability to produce 350 million board feet of lumber per year. The new sawmill is expected to be complete and operational by January 2022. Biewer Lumber, headquartered in St. Clair, Michigan, operates five sawmills: two in Michigan, two in Wisconsin and one in Newton, Mississippi. The facility in Newton employs 175 people.