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Phoebe hearing begins

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After a delay for technical difficulties, the hearing is just now getting underway in the Albany Federal Courthouse, as Phoebe Putney Hospital attempts to have a delay of its takeover of Palmyra Hospital overturned.

Judge Louis Sands is hearing arguments from Phoebe's lawyers, who are arguing that the sale of Palmyra should go ahead. Several representatives from Phoebe, including CEO Joel Wernick are present.

The Federal trade Commission, which is joined by the Georgia Attorney general's Office, argue that Phoebe's takeover of Palmyra would create a monopoly on healthcare in the Albany area.

Phoebe and Palmyra agreed to a $195 million earlier this year.

WALB's Jennifer Emert is in the courtroom, and will have a full report later today on WALB and WALB.com