- Associated Press - Monday, January 22, 2018

FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Pre-registration has opened for a registry of Flint residents exposed to lead during the water crisis that has plagued the city.

Michigan State University is using federal funds to help establish the voluntary registry. It will connect people to programs designed to minimize health problems.

The East Lansing school on Monday announced the update about the registry, saying pre-enrollment may be done online . The school in August got $3.2 million - the first installment of a four-year, $14.4 million grant - from the Centers for Disease Control for the registry.

Health officials say exposure to the toxin can affect children’s brain development.

In 2014 and 2015, Flint didn’t properly treat corrosive water that was pulled from the Flint River. As a result, lead in old pipes contaminated the water.

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