Flint Water Crisis Agreement, Arrest Made In Mehiel Stabbing

Michigan, Flint Agree To 97-Million-Dollar Agreement

The state of Michigan is set to pay 87-million dollars to repair lead water pipes in Flint under a new settlement. A hearing to approve the agreement is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon in a federal court in Detroit. If a judge gives the deal a green-light, the Flint and state government will have to dig up, inspect and replace any contaminated water lines by 2020. Michigan also agreed to set an extra ten-million dollars aside for any other expenses. The project cost almost equals the 100-million Michigan received in federal money from the Environmental Protection Agency this month.

Arrest Made In Mehiel Stabbing

A man is in custody for the brutal murder of an artist in DC. DC Police say they arrested El Hadji Alpha Madiou Toure last week on first-degree armed murder charges and theft. The 28-year-old is accused of tying up and stabbing Corrina Mehiel last Tuesday in her Capitol Hill rowhouse. Police Chief Peter Newsham says the public aided in the identification of the suspect. It’s believed that Mehiel did not know her attacker.

Attorney For Defendant Says Sex Was Consensual

The high school rape case involving two students who were in the country illegally has taken yet another turn. In court papers filed Monday, an attorney for one of the suspects says the sex was consensual, claiming the 14-year-old victim had texted one of the boys before the incident and agreed to have sex with him. The attorney for the other defendant, Henry Sanchez Milian, made similar claims last week. The alleged rape at Maryland’s Rockville High School has put a spotlight on federal immigration policies.

White House Denies Yates Story

The White House is denying a report that former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates was ordered not to testify in Congress about the Russia investigation. The “Washington Post” reported that the White House tried to block Yates from testifying about alleged links between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian operatives. According to the “Post,” the White House argued that the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege. A statement from the White House says there was no attempt to prevent Yates from testifying in Congress.

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Harold T. Fisher is a broadcast journalist and author. He is currently the host of the news/talk program, “The Daily Drum” on WHUR-FM and H-U-R Voices, Sirius/XM Channel 141. Highlights of his journalism campaigns include the aftermath of the earthquake in Port Au Prince, Haiti; coverage of the 2008 Democratic and Republican conventions; the Jena 6 protests in central Louisiana; the Midwestern floods of 1994 and hurricane Andrew in 1992.

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