A red flag flies over Warren Dunes beach in western Michigan, warning visitors of a high risk of drowning. Like many Great Lakes beaches, Warren Dunes has no lifeguards on duty. Elizabeth Miller/WCPN ideastream hide caption

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Great Lakes Waters Can Take A Savage Toll On Swimmers

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Mayor Karen Weaver takes a sip of water at the House Democratic Steering & Policy Committee hearing titled, "The Flint Water Crisis: Lessons for Protecting America's Children." Gabriella Demczuk/Getty Images hide caption

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Flint Mayor: 'Everybody Played A Role In This Disaster'

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Passengers aboard the Lady Michigan peering through its glass bottom in hopes of spotting one of the area's many shipwrecks. Veronica Volk/WXXI hide caption

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In Lake Huron, Underwater Treasures And A Marine Sanctuary Boost Tourism Industry

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The Kalamazoo Sheriff's Department says Charles Pickett Jr. ran into a group of nine cyclists on the 5500 block of North Westnedge Ave. He's been charged with murder in the case. Google Maps hide caption

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Audience members hold up signs supporting Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a campaign rally in Boca Raton, Fla., on Sunday. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Jason Dalton is arraigned via video Monday before Judge Christopher T. Haenicke in Kalamazoo, Mich. Dalton is charged with multiple counts of murder in a series of random shootings in western Michigan. Carlos Osorio/AP hide caption

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A group of community leaders from Denver's Westwood neighborhood toured the Waterton Canyon Reservoir in late October, to learn how the city's water is filtered and treated. Courtesy of Cavities Get Around hide caption

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Selling The Health Benefits Of Denver's Tap Water — After Flint

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Disrepair — such as this floor in the gym of Noble Elementary-Middle School in Detroit — and other problems have prompted the teachers' "sickout" protests. Courtesy of Detroit Federation of Teachers hide caption

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Detroit Public School Teachers Turn To 'Sickouts' In Protest

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Flint, Mich., resident Jacqueline Pemberton holds her granddaughter at a press conference announcing a lawsuit against government officials in November. Pemberton is one of six plaintiffs claiming that officials violated constitutional rights by providing lead-tainted water to residents. Jake May/mlive.com/Landov hide caption

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Lead Poisoning In Michigan Highlights Aging Water Systems Nationwide

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Nikia Cliff II, 6, throws paper airplanes with his Major Chords for Minors piano instructor Bruce Leaman after Cliff's lesson. "I had a lesson cancellation," Leaman explained. "So we're killing time until Nikia's older brother is done with his drum lesson." Brittney Lohmiller for NPR hide caption

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Free Music Lessons Strike A Chord For At-Risk Kids

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Gov. Rick Snyder speaks to the media last week in Northville Township, Mich. Several U.S. governors, including Snyder, are calling to halt or pause efforts to allow Syrian refugees into their states after this month's coordinated attacks in Paris. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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Syrian Refugees In Michigan Respond To U.S. Resettlement Hesitations

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Residents of Flint, Mich. (shown here in January), have been protesting the quality and cost of the city's tap water for more than a year. Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio hide caption

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High Lead Levels In Michigan Kids After City Switches Water Source

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State Rep. Todd Courser (second from right), R-Lapeer, testifies before a House committee Wednesday in Lansing, Mich. Courser resigned amid a vote to expel him for an elaborate scheme to cover up an extramarital affair with a fellow lawmaker. David Eggert/AP hide caption

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