Saturday, August 30 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:11:01 GMT
Ukrainian forces say one of their fighter jets has been shot down by a Russian missile in combat against Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine.Full Story >
The European Union on Saturday warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops on Ukrainian soil pushes the conflict closer to a point of no return, with new economic sanctions being drawn up to make Moscow reconsider...Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 12:10 PM EDT2014-08-30 16:10:51 GMT
Iraqi officials say a suicide car bomb attack on an army checkpoint has killed nine people, including four soldiers, south of Baghdad.Full Story >
The king of Saudi Arabia has warned that extremists could attack Europe and the U.S. if there is not a strong international response to terrorism after the Islamic State group seized a wide territory across Iraq and Syria.Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:20:39 GMT
Crowds are cheering and celebrating in the streets after Liberian authorities reopened a slum where tens of thousands of people were barricaded amid the country's Ebola outbreak.Full Story >
A Liberian health worker who recovered from Ebola after receiving an experimental drug urged the manufacturer to speed up its production and send it to Africa, while crowds celebrated in the streets Saturday after...Full Story >
Saturday, August 30 2014 11:01 AM EDT2014-08-30 15:01:16 GMT
An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years for Gaza's battered and neglected housing stock to be rebuilt following the war between Hamas and Israel.Full Story >
An international organization involved in assessing post-conflict reconstruction says it will take 20 years under current levels of restrictions to rebuild the Gaza Strip's battered and neglected housing stock...Full Story >
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -
The torrential downpours that hit Mid-Michigan last month caused the sewers to back up in the homes of many people in the area. But one local city says they are not going to help clean up, because it's not the city's fault.
Flooded basements and personal belongings of many Saginaw residents are now ruined and those residents have learned that they won't be getting any help from the city.
Tanja Smothers says her basement filled up with human waste after a storm in June. Tanja and many of her neighbors say they had to pay thousands of dollars out of their own pocket to clean up the foul smelling mess.
'I think it cost me about $5,000 dollars." said Smothers.
Next door to Tanja, Clark Singleton estimates his losses are even greater. He is demanding the city pay up, even though they've already sent out letters saying they won't.
"I pay my taxes and they should provide me services. This is their fault." said Singleton.
There are many more residents who say they need help. Several other neighbors approached TV5 to show the damages inside their homes.
WNEM wanted to get some answers. So we took our tough questions to the city clerk. Jane Santos responded to TV5, off camera. She says heavy rains caused the sewers to back up and because the sewer lines were functioning properly and there was no negligence on behalf of the city, the city is not responsible for the damages.
The response is not sitting well with the disgruntled residents.
Saginaw has denied property damage claims filed by more than 125 city residents who say the city's waste water system backed up into their properties in June. WNEM will keep you posted.
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Saturday, August 30 2014 9:01 AM EDT2014-08-30 13:01:41 GMT
Five families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire in Walnut Hills Friday afternoon. Officials say the fire started around 3:30 p.m. Friday in the 2600 block of May Street. Firefighters respondedFull Story >
Five families have been displaced after a three-alarm fire in Walnut Hills Friday afternoon.Full Story >