BRADENTON, Fla. - Alabama Gov. Bob Riley has asked the newly created Troubled Asset Relief Program within the Treasury Department to provide a backstop for Jefferson County's sewer debt restructuring plan.

Riley called Jefferson County "a poster child for how the subprime mortgage crisis is hurting Main Street America" in a letter he sent Monday to Neel Kashkari, the interim assistant Treasury secretary who oversees the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, created as part of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.

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