The dismissal for 7 people was significant but not a surprise after the Michigan Supreme Court earlier said a different judge acting as a one-person grand jury had no authority to issue indictments.
At least a dozen people died and more than 80 people fell ill after untreated water from the Flint River caused lead to leach from old pipes, poisoning the water system city residents relied on.
In refusing to take up two cases involving the 2014 water crisis, the higher court has upheld earlier rulings saying neither city nor state officials are protected from being sued.
The new proposal is being criticized for not proactively replacing lead service lines across the nation. It also keeps the same threshold for lead in drinking water that the U.S. currently has.
Michigan is ending the free water distribution program in Flint, but many residents don't trust state officials who insist their water is safe to drink, so long as they're using a filter.
Two new studies confirm that an outbreak of deadly Legionnaires' disease in Flint, Mich., was caused by the city's water crisis in 2014 and 2015.
Advocacy groups say Flint isn't sharing information about efforts to remove lead service lines. They're asking a judge to force the city to comply.
The FBI identified the assailant as Amor Ftouhi of Quebec. He reportedly yelled "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great," before stabbing an airport police officer in the neck Wednesday in Flint, Mich.
The city's crisis over lead-laced water dates back to 2014, and the state has paid more than $40 million in credits for the unsafe water in an effort to ease the burden for residents.