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Brooks looks to get money back from Okla. hospital


CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) -- A jury has been chosen to hear country music star Garth Brooks' claim that an Oklahoma hospital failed to honor his late mother after he gave it a half-million dollars.

Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital of Yukon said Tuesday it had discussions with Brooks over how to use the $500,000 gift but talks broke down before any agreement was reached. It also said Brooks donated the money with no strings attached.

Brooks says the hospital showed him mock-ups of buildings bearing Colleen Brooks' name but didn't follow up. He is asking that his money be returned.

Many of the potential jurors said they were fans of Brooks or his wife, Trisha Yearwood, but they thought they could still consider the case fairly.

Opening statements are set for Wednesday.

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APNP-01-17-12 1708CST

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