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Justice Department 'Poised' To Sue Tennessee

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State officials now say that the U.S. Department of Justice is "intent" on filing a federal lawsuit against Tennessee because of ongoing problems at the Tennessee State Veterans Homes.

On Monday, Finance Commissioner Dave Goetz told members of the Tennessee State Veterans Homes Board that the Justice Department is "poised" to file a lawsuit despite repeated attempts by the state to show that improvements have been made in patient care at the state-run nursing homes.

A NewsChannel 5 investigation first exposed serious problems at the facilities back in 2006.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice issued a scathing report that blamed the nursing homes for causing needless suffering and deaths of patients.

State officials said a lawsuit could cost the state millions.

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