RantCrush Top 5: January 25, 2017

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Your topic of the day: voter fraud. It was a hot debate during the election, and President Donald Trump has falsely claimed “millions of people” voted illegally. Now the Supreme Court has announced it will not hear an appeal from Texas officials right now, who wanted to reinstate a controversial voter ID law. The law has been deemed unconstitutional by a lower court, but could still end up in front of the Supreme Court at a later date.

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Flint’s Water Situation is Improving

Some good news today–the water situation in Flint, Michigan, is no longer quite as dire as it used to be. The levels of lead in the water have sunk below the federal guidelines for what is deemed acceptable for the first time since the crisis began in 2014. But authorities still advise people to drink filtered water, as the ongoing replacement of pipes in the whole city could cause increased lead levels in individual houses. Representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are happy and think this is a big step in the right direction. Residents, on the other hand, still have very low confidence in the government and aren’t counting their chickens before they hatch.

The Flint water crisis started when the city changed its water source and officials failed to treat the water for corrosion, which made lead from old pipes leach into the water supply. Lead is a neurotoxin, and 12 people so far have died from Legionnaires’ disease, which was likely caused by the contaminated water.

Emma Von Zeipel
Emma Von Zeipel is a staff writer at Law Street Media. She is originally from one of the islands of Stockholm, Sweden. After working for Democratic Voice of Burma in Thailand, she ended up in New York City. She has a BA in journalism from Stockholm University and is passionate about human rights, good books, horses, and European chocolate. Contact Emma at EVonZeipel@LawStreetMedia.com.

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