- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2016

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - The Latest on the crisis with lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Masons from Michigan lodges are donating $100,000 to help children exposed to lead during Flint’s water crisis.

The Michigan Masons and the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation will announce the contribution Tuesday during a news conference in Flint with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and state lawmakers. The money will go to the Community Foundation of Greater Flint’s Child Health & Development Fund and be used for early childhood education, access to heathy food and behavioral health services.

Masons are members of a fraternal organization that carries out a variety of activities, including charity work.



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11:35 a.m.

Genesee County wants the state of Michigan to give it more than $1 million as reimbursement for money the county spent in response to the Flint water crisis.

The county’s board of commissioners sent a letter Monday to Gov. Rick Snyder demanding to be reimbursed, arguing the water emergency was man-made.

At a news conference Monday in Flint, county board Chairman Jamie Curtis said that, to date, the county has spent more than $1.1 million to remediate and mitigate the effects of the water emergency.

Curtis says the county needs the money as soon as possible so it doesn’t have to lay off workers and to maintain its bond rating.

Snyder spokesman Ari Adler says when the state receives the request from Genesee County it will “take it under advisement.”

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10:55 a.m.

Flint’s mayor says work is ramping up to replace lead service lines amid the city’s crisis with lead-tainted water.

Mayor Karen Weaver issued an update Monday on her “Fast Start” program, saying crews are expected to replace lines at two houses a day through the end of March if weather permits.

The first line was replaced with a new copper line under the program earlier this month, two are expected to be replaced on Monday and other homes getting replacements have been identified.

Weaver says in a statement that: “Now that the homes have been identified and the permits are secured, crews can get to work replacing more pipes.”

The goal of the program is to replace thousands of lead-tainted service lines in the city. She says galvanized steel lines also will be replaced.

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9:15 a.m.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says new comprehensive action plans will help resolve Flint’s lead-tainted water crisis in the coming years.

Snyder on Monday announced the plans to improve public health, deal with old infrastructure, support educational services and boost employment.

Plans include replacing drinking water fixtures, replacing some lead service lines, boosting health and educational resources and developing new home mortgage options for the city. Some of the shorter-term steps announced already are taking place.

The Republican governor says in a statement that Michigan is “committed to addressing immediate concerns and finding long-term solutions to improve the quality of life for the people of Flint.”

The announcement follows Snyder’s testimony last week in Washington, where he came under intense questioning by Congress about the crisis.

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