Originally created 12/19/06

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Former senator indicted over deals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Former state Sen. John Ford has been indicted on new charges over consulting deals he had with state contractors while he was in the Legislature, federal prosecutors announced.

Mr. Ford is accused of taking more than $800,000 in consultant payments from two contractors with TennCare, the state's expanded Medicare program, while using his position as a state senator to promote those contractors' interests.

That includes helping a dental contractor, Doral Tennessee, win a bid to become the sole provider of managed care dental services for TennCare.

While being paid as a consultant Mr. Ford also served on three committees with authority over TennCare.

Graham announces burial plan with wife

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Ailing evangelist Billy Graham said he and his wife, Ruth, are deciding together where they will be buried, an announcement apparently sparked by reports the family is feuding over the issue.

Dr. Graham, 88, said he and his wife "have no disagreement about our future, for we know that after we each take our last breath on Earth, we will be together in heaven. At our age, it won't be long before we are in the presence of God for all eternity."

Family spokesman Larry Ross said Mr. Graham was at the Mayo Clinic receiving the third in a series of three monthly treatments for macular degeneration, which has reduced his eyesight and ability to read.

- Associated Press



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