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Claressa Shields claims historic victory over Marie-Eve Dicaire

KT Kanazawich | Flint Beat

On Friday, March 5, 2021, hometown hero Claressa Shields remained undefeated after her win against Marie-Eve Dicaire. About 300 people attended the SuperWomen pay-per-view event which was held at the Dort Financial Center in Flint. Shields is now the only boxer to hold all four belts in two divisions after this historic win.

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Tickets still available for Claressa Shields fight on March 5

Flint, MI—About 40 tickets are still left for Flint native Claressa Shields’s March 5 title fight at the Dort Federal Credit Union event center. Shields will fight undefeated Canadian boxer Marie-Eve Dicaire for a chance to make history. If she wins, she will be the first boxer in history to hold all four major championship […]

Here’s what happened at the Flint City Council’s committee meeting

Flint, MI— Flint City Council met for their regular committee meeting March 3. Here are the takeaways from the meeting, which lasted more than seven hours. Finance Committee  Special Order to discuss apartment complexes with high water bills Councilwoman Monica Galloway requested a special order to discuss the Richfield Court and Sunset Village apartment complexes that […]

Gov. Whitmer’s 2022 Budget Recommendation may mean more preschool teachers for Flint, Genesee County

Genesee County, MI— Governor Gretchen Whitmer released her Executive Budget Recommendation for fiscal year 2022 last month which includes $32.2 million to increase payments for the Great Start Readiness Program, a state-funded preschool program that provides free schooling for 4-year-olds across the state.  Though the budget has not been approved by the Michigan Legislature, if passed, GSRP […]

Flint City Councilman removed from meeting, accused of being ‘drunk’

Flint, MI— Councilman Eric Mays was removed from the Special City Council Meeting Monday, March 1, 2021, after accusations that he was inebriated.  It started after he tried to to add a discussion item to the agenda to discuss whether Council President Kate Fields could, “keep messing with people speaking factually.” Fields asked Mays directly […]

Proposed Flint budget is “balanced” but “fragile”

Flint, MI— Mayor Sheldon Neeley presented the $71-million FY 2021-22 proposed budget to the Flint City Council on March 1, calling it, “balanced” and “blessed,” but “fragile.” Neeley said the previous budget predicted a deficit of $12 million for the FY22 budget, but that they were able to “fill the gap.” Still, he said, the […]

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Vice President Mike Pence to campaign in Flint this week

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Flint on Wednesday for a rally at Bishop International Airport just six days before voting ends. At least five of Pence’s aides recently tested positive for COVID-19, including chief of staff Marc Short and outside political advisor Marty Obst, CNN reported. Pence is considered a close contact with at […]

It’s her first time voting, she’s making sure she’s not alone

Flint, MI–This presidential election will be the first one Ashley McIntosh is eligible to vote in, and she can’t wait.  “This election is the election of my lifetime,” said the 21-year-old. “This my first time voting and I’ll be damned if I’m never voting again.” She’s also on a mission to make sure everyone else […]

Friday Night Jazz Offers Free Socially Distanced Live Music

Flint, MI—For eighteen years Pat Cronley has been driving his truck, outfitted with a stage in back, to different events in the city, bringing people live music. This year marks a special year, as he has upgraded from the old 1973 Dodge to a newer and more reliable truck. This year is also the first […]


Mott Foundation grants nearly $200k to support Flint neighborhood projects

Flint, Mich. — The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted a total of $192,007 to the Neighborhood Engagement Hub (NEH) to coordinate neighborhood cleanups and hire young people to assist with the work.  Mott announced in August that it would fully fund seven neighborhood projects and partially fund an eighth project — for a total […]

EPA to provide Flint update in virtual press conference Dec. 7

Flint, MI — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5 Administrator Kurt Thiede will be joined by Flint Mayor Sheldon Neeley and other local officials at a virtual press conference on Monday to provide an update about the city’s drinking water system. Details When: 11:30 a.m. Eastern Time, Dec. 7  Where: Virtual Zoom Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86365117936; or call-in: […]

City of Flint launches major push to Be Counted as Census deadline approaches

FLINT, Mich. — With just 20 days remaining to complete the 2020 Census, the City of Flint is coordinating a major push to encourage residents to BE COUNTED. A full count of Flint residents equates to approximately $3 billion in funding for Flint-area programs and services. That’s $300 million each of the next 10 years […]

United Way receives grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Flint for conversations on race, racism, and change

Flint, MI — The Community Foundation of Greater Flint awarded $8,000 to the United Way of Genesee County, on behalf of Community Roots, for the Courageous Conversations on Race, Racism, and Radical Change project. The grant will allow Community Roots to facilitate four community conversations that aim to engage residents of Flint and Genesee County […]

Flint Water Crisis

Flint advocate Dimple Chaudhary appointed to EPA

Flint, MI– An advocate for Flint residents during the water crisis was recently hired by the the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Dimple Chaudhary, who is now the Deputy General Counsel for Nationwide Resource Protection Programs, used to serve as the Deputy Litigation Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council. Her appointment was announced Jan. 21, along […]


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