What We're Following This Morning

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The first congressional hearing on the Flint crisis: The House Oversight Committee will seek answers about when officials first knew that water in the Michigan city was contaminated with lead. Darnell Early, the official at the center of the scandal, has reportedly declined to testify. Separately, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is expected to propose $30 million in state funding to help Flint residents pay their water bills.

A record number of exonerations in the U.S.: The National Registry of Exonerations says 149 people were exonerated last year, an all-time high. Fifty-eight of them were exonerated in homicide cases. You can read the report here. Update: More here

Australia’s asylum policy ruled legal: A court rejected a challenge to the country’s practice of holding asylum-seekers at a camp on Nauru, the Pacific island nation. Immigrant-rights groups, who say the conditions on Nauru are poor, criticized the decision, which is seen as a victory for the government’s tough stance on asylum-seekers. Update: More here

Obama visits a mosque: The president’s visit to the Islamic Society of Baltimore mosque is his first as president to a Muslim house of worship in the U.S.

News from last night here.