According to Richard Baird, an advisor for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the city of Flint might be $28 million short in funds to remove the old lead-contaminated water lines. On Friday, Baird said the budget has risen from $27 million to $55 million. “Where we have lead lines or other non-lead lines that are unsafe, they need to be removed,” said Baird. “It’s not all about just getting the lead pipes out anymore.” According to Rowe Professional Services, an engineering firm in Flint that was brought on board to check lead pipes, there are a total of 5,200 lead service lines and an additional 5,500 problematic lines causing issues in Flint. The replacement of each line can cost between $2,000 and $12,000. Baird said Michigan will explore all possible options to remove faulty water lines, including using some of the reserve fund offered by the Senate and dipping into the $188 million that was initially allocated to remove abandoned buildings in Michigan. Read more.
Medical Errors Are Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.
New reports say medical errors have become the third leading cause of death in the United States. A new study conducted by patient safety researchers shows that 251,000 die each year due to medical mishaps, outnumbering strokes, respiratory disease, and Alzheimer’s. Breakdowns in communication at medical facilities and bad doctors are just a few of the factors causing medical errors. “It boils down to people dying from the care that they receive rather than the disease for which they are seeking care,” said Martin Makary, who lead the research. “Measuring the problem is the absolute first step. Hospitals are currently investigating deaths where medical error could have been a cause, but they are under-resourced. What we need to do is study patterns nationally.” Read more.
Beyoncé Invests in WTRMLN WTR
After starting a lemonade craze with her new visual album, Beyoncé has invested in another drink: WTRMLN WTR. “I invested in WTRMLN WTR because it’s the future of clean, natural hydration,” she said in a statement. “As partners, we share a simple mission to deliver accessible wellness to the world. This is more than an investment in a brand, it’s an investment in female leaders, fitness, American farmers, and the health of people and our planet.” Founder Jody Levy is excited about the partnership with Beyoncé. “She is an inspiring human whose involvement will help educate the world about the importance of putting clean food and drinks into our bodies so that we can all be happy and healthy,” said Levy. WTRMLN WTR is sold at stores like Costco, Whole Foods, and Sprouts. Read more.
Film About the Life of Harriet Tubman in the Works
Just weeks after it was announced that Harriet Tubman would be the new face of the $20 bill, now there is a new film about the life of the abolitionist in the works. Debra Martin Chase, Gregory Allen Howard, Charles D. King, and Daniela Taplin Lundberg have all teamed up to create a film about Tubman. The movie will be written by Gregory Allen Howard and directed by Seith Mann. Production for the project is slated to begin at the start of 2017. This is the second Harriet Tubman film on deck. Viola Davis will also produce and star in a film based on the novel Bound for the Promised Land – Harriet Tubman Portrait: of an American Hero, which will air on HBO. Read more.
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