Michigan governor Rick Snyder has declared that the levels of lead and other pollutants in Flint’s drinking water constitute a state of emergency, saying that “the health and welfare of Flint residents is a top priority”—but reports indicate that the state government itself may have broken laws last year to cover up evidence of high lead levels that turned up in tests it was supervising. In other news:
- An investigator in Germany says that more than 200 children may have been abused in a boys’ choir that was led for many years by ex-pope Benedict’s brother.
- The Baltimore prosecutors pursuing convictions of the police officers accused of responsiblity for Freddie Gray’s death are bungling the cases of the first two officers to face trial.
- ABC cut ties with a debate sponsor and Donald Trump says it’s because he asked them to.
- Bernie Sanders might win New Hampshire and Iowa—but Hillary would still be the favorite.
- North Korea says it is holding a U.S. citizen captive, though its claims have not been confirmed by independent sources.
- And Mexico has begun extraditing El Chapo—whose meeting with Sean Penn may have been brokered in part by El Chapo’s son—to the United States. Slate also spoke to a intelligence expert about what El Chapo’s arrest means for the future of Mexican organized crime and what Penn should have asked him.
Have a good day out there.