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Rick Snyder

Michigan pledges $1M for filters, steps to help city's water

A cash-strapped Michigan city that broke away from Detroit's water system to save money last year is now getting at least $1 million from the state for home water filters amid complaints that its new system, which taps a local river, is linked to increased lead levels in children's blood. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the funds for Flint on Friday, a day after local health officials declared a public emergency following studies that showed the elevated blood lead levels. Snyder also said water at local schools would be immediately tested. Questions about Flint's water supply started after the city began using the Flint River in an effort to save about $4 million annually. The...