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Court to hear dispute over Flint water probe

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This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM) This 2015 image shows a sample of Flint's water. (Source:WNEM)
FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

The state appeals court has agreed to hear a dispute between the Michigan health department and authorities who are investigating crimes in the Flint water crisis.

Gov. Rick Snyder is challenging an order by a judge that prohibits McLaren Hospital and the Genesee County health department from talking to the state about new cases of Legionnaires' disease.

In a brief order Wednesday, the appeals court says it will hear the dispute. New court filings, arguments and a decision could take weeks.

The attorney general's office says orders barring contact with the state health department are necessary to protect its investigation. Spokeswoman Andrea Bitely says public health is not at risk.

At least seven Legionnaires' cases have been reported this year in Genesee County after 91 in 2014 and 2015.

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