Lawsuit authorized to block sale of Ala. hospital

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Tuscaloosa City Council has voted to authorize a lawsuit against the state to halt the sale of Bryce Hospital.

Local officials say the state has not included them in discussions about the future of the state mental institution, which houses 350 patients and employs 657 people.

Gov. Bob Riley said last week he is considering moving Bryce Hospital to the empty Carraway Medical Center building in Birmingham. He has since toured the facility.

The Tuscaloosa News reports the lawsuit authorized Tuesday would call for a permanent injunction against the sale. The University of Alabama has offered the Alabama Department of Mental Health $60 million for the 200-acre campus adjoining the UA campus. The department rejected the offer.

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