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Initiative proposes street outreach as a fix for drug overdoses, violence

Flint, MI– Every morning, seven days a week, Michael Bolton loads his stash of Narcan into his car, and drives into Flint neighborhoods, offering it to anyone who will take it.  Narcan is a common brand name for Naloxone, a medication used for the emergency treatment of a known or suspected opioid overdose.  With a…

Genesee County Jail overcrowded, most inmates unsentenced. What can be done?

Flint, MI– The Genesee County Jail is on their 22nd consecutive day of being overcrowded, and only 4% of the jail’s population has been sentenced.   According to Captain Jason Gould from the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, the inmate count on July 29 was 610. Only 25 of those people have sentences.   After about two weeks…

Bicycle Club offers free bikes, education for Flint youth

Flint, MI—Angela Stamps uses her bike for everything. She uses it to do laundry, get groceries, and go to community meetings. She rides her bike out of town, in the rain, and in the winter.  In a city with an area of just about 34 square miles, Stamps thinks there should be more people using…

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