Grant to create registry of Flint residents exposed to lead

FLINT, MICH. - Michigan State University is using federal money to create a registry of Flint residents exposed to lead during the water crisis that has plagued the city.

The East Lansing school said Tuesday it's using $3.2 million - the first installment of a four-year, $14.4 million grant - from the Centers for Disease Control to establish the voluntary registry. It will connect people to programs designed to minimize health problems.

Health officials say exposure to the toxin can affect children's brain development.

Flint was under state control when it switched from Detroit's water system to the Flint River in 2014. The water wasn't properly treated to prevent pipe corrosion.

The city returned to a Detroit regional system. Experts now say the water is safe to drink if it's filtered.

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