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Jake May / The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP

More than 8,000 residents of Flint, Michigan were informed in April they may lose their homes if they don't pay their water bills, according to The Washington Post. Michigan just ended the program that was paying most of the city's water bills even though the water flowing through Flint's lead-contaminated pipes has not been declared safe to drink without a filter yet. Flint's water crisis has been linked to a dozen deaths.

The water: Although Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's office said the water now meets the standards under the Lead and Copper Rule and Safe Drinking Water Act, residents don't trust the government or their pipes to serve up safe drinking water, and many don't want to pay for the tainted water. As one resident told the Toronto Star:

We just don't want to pay to have ourselves killed.

The $: More than $5.8 million in water and sewer charges still need to be collected. Residents have until February of next year to pay up.

An update on city and state accountability:

  • The city is getting water from Detroit now.
  • A resident and other plaintiffs successfully sued the city in March to begin replacing the 18,000 tainted pipes. The state is paying for it along with some of the funds Congress set aside last year for Flint.
  • More than a dozen state and local officials have been charged with crimes, like ignoring signs of danger in the new water source and knowingly putting residents at risk.

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Texas urges Supreme Court to leave abortion ban in place

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Texas on Thursday asked the Supreme Court to keep in place a law that bans abortions after an embryo's cardiac activity is detected, which can be as soon as six weeks and before many people know they are pregnant.

Driving the news: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is asking the high court to ignore the Justice Department's emergency request that they temporarily block the law while federal courts consider its constitutionality since it "lacks standing because it has not been injured by SB 8."

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Meme stonks lose their appeal to the world of crypto

Data: Cardify; Chart: Axios Visuals

That sucking sound you hear is the outflow of meme-chasing dollars from the stock market.

Why it matters: The caravan has moved on. The dream of getting rich quick still lives, but today it's more often found in the world of crypto, NFTs or even sports betting than it is in the stock market.

Latinas who brew seek to shake craft beer industry

A server at Mujeres Brew House in San Diego rings up a customer in front of a selection of craft beers. Photo: Russell Contreras/Axios

Independent craft brewers are popping up in cities across the country, and a small but growing number of them are Latina-owned or run by a Latina head brewer.

The big picture: Latinas are opening up independent craft breweries from California to Colorado as Latina-owned small businesses continue to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the economy despite a lack of venture capital.

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