- Associated Press - Saturday, September 19, 2015
Tenn. GOP operative Ingram goes to work for Bush campaign

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Longtime Republican operative Tom Ingram is going to work for the presidential campaign of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Ingram acknowledged to The Tennessean newspaper (http://tnne.ws/1gyASfUhttp://tnne.ws/1gyASfU ) that it will be a difficult task in Tennessee because in his words the state “has kind of gone to the fringes” in the last two presidential primaries.

Tennessee Republicans in the 2008 primary voted for former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, and in 2012 they went with former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Ingram is a former adviser to Gov. Bill Haslam and to U.S. Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander. He also worked on former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential bid.

Ingram said his responsibilities for the Bush campaign include working on the delegate selection process in Tennessee and other states.

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DA: Man killed uncle during shootout over prized gamecock

DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) - Police say an injured central Tennessee man has killed his uncle in a shootout over a prized fighting rooster.

District Attorney Russell Johnson’s office said in a news release Thursday that the body of 52-year-old Timothy D. Johnson was found outside a Decatur mobile home early Wednesday morning.

The dead man’s nephew, 27-year-old Larry E. Johnson Jr., was also shot. He is being treated in an intensive care unit.

Larry Johnson told investigators his uncle had confronted him, accusing him of stealing the gamecock. The nephew says Timothy Johnson drew a gun, and as the two fought for the weapon, the gun went off, striking the younger man in the chest. Larry Johnson says he fired back with his own gun, killing his uncle.

Officials haven’t determined whether Larry Johnson will be charged.

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Universal Health Services buying Foundations for $350M

NEW YORK (AP) - Universal Health Services, one of the largest hospital operators in the U.S., said Friday it will buy addiction treatment facility company Foundations Recovery Network for $350 million.

Foundations provides treatment for adults who have both addiction and mental health disorders. It has two facilities in California, one in Northern Georgia and one in Memphis, Tennessee, along with eight outpatient centers. Universal Health Services said the deal will speed its growth in treating addiction and it praised Foundations’ marketing.

The King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based company said the Federal Trade Commission has approved the purchase and it expects to complete it within a few weeks. Shares of Universal Health Services Inc. lost 78 cents to $138.23 in midday trading Friday.

Universal Health Services runs more than 200 hospitals. At the end of 2014 its behavioral health business ran 216 facilities in 37 around the U.S. and in the United Kingdom, and its acute care business had 25 hospitals in six states and Washington, D.C. Universal Health Services had $8 billion in revenue that year, with about half coming from the behavioral health business and half from its acute care hospitals, surgical facilities and radiation oncology facilities.

The majority owner of Foundations is the Pritzker family, one of the wealthiest families in the U.S. Their holdings include Hyatt Hotels Corp., founded by Jay Pritzker in 1957. Business executive and philanthropist Penny Pritzker, Jay Pritzker’s niece, has been U.S. Secretary of Commerce since June 2013.

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