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Census Bureau: State and Local Debt Grew 22% During Recession
December 17, 2014 As state and local governments struggled in the recession, debt grew faster than both revenues and expenditures, climbing 22%...

Trustee for $49M of Bonds Gets Forbearance in Texas Jail Closing
December 17, 2014 The trustee for holders of $49 million of bonds has negotiated a delay in plans to close a privately operated jail in...

S&P Downgrades El Paso County Hospital District on Cash Concerns
December 16, 2014 Standard & Poor's on Dec. 12 downgraded El Paso County Hospital District's credit to A-plus from AA-minus, citing a weakened...

Stable Public Power Sector Will Go Easy on Debt in 2015: Moody's
December 16, 2014 Moody's Investors Service sees a stable outlook for public power in 2015, as an improving U.S. economy outweighs slowing...

2015 Motor Fuel Sales Will Fall to 11-Year Low, EIA Predicts
December 16, 2014 Spending on fuel for cars and trucks in 2015 is expected to reach the lowest level in 11 years due to falling pump prices and...

Utah Power Operator Sees Future in Small Nuclear Reactors
December 15, 2014 Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems and its partners hope to blaze a trail toward a carbon-free future through small...

S&P Downgrades Catholic Health Initiatives, Keeps Outlook Negative
December 15, 2014 Standard & Poor's downgraded Colorado-based nonprofit healthcare giant Catholic Health Initiatives to A from A-plus and...

10 States on Slippery Slope as Oil Prices Fall: Fitch
December 15, 2014 Among the 10 states that account for nearly 78% of oil production in the U.S., Texas and California appear better insulated...

Court Battle Delays Bonds to Buy Topeka Race Track
December 12, 2014 Topeka, Kan., will await a ruling from the Kansas Court of Appeals on a citizens petition before issuing $5 million of sales...

FBI Launches South Texas Corruption Probe
December 12, 2014 Teaming with state and local investigators, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is launching a sweeping investigation of...


As it steps up its efforts to police the municipal securities market, the regulator is turning to potentially career ending sanctions for municipal officials.

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