Ophelia Ford returns to State Capitol

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Sen. Ophelia Ford of Memphis returned to the Legislature Monday and said a bleeding ulcer caused her to be absent since the session started in January.

In remarks to her colleagues on the Senate floor, Ford said it's wonderful to be back at the Capitol.

Ford has been in and out of the hospital with health issues that have plagued her the past year. The 57-year-old said in March that she had a severe case of anemia that had caused her to miss much of last year's legislative session.

In January, legislative leaders from both parties asked for an update on Ford's health after being told that she would miss several weeks of the legislative session.

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