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Ophelia Ford in Hospital; May Miss Start of Legislative Session

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AP - State senator Ophelia Ford is still in the hospital and a family member says it's not certain she will be able to attend when the Legislature goes into session next week.

Her brother Joe Ford tells The Associated Press that the senator has been treated for about a month at Methodist Hospital in Memphis. He is declining to provide details on her illness, calling it a "private matter."

He says Ophelia Ford is receiving physical rehabilitation to improve the movement of her joints and limbs.

As for whether his sister, a Democrat, will be well enough to attend Tuesday's opening session of the state Senate, Joe Ford says he has "no idea."

Copyright 2008 Associated Press

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