BRADENTON, Fla. - Several Jefferson County, Ala., officials on Friday said they are continuing to negotiate a resolution to the county's sewer debt crisis that doesn't resort to bankruptcy.

Officials made their position clear after head of the state's pension fund, David Bronner, laid out a proposal in a local newspaper on Thursday suggesting that Jefferson County seek protection from creditors by placing the sewer system in bankruptcy so that Retirement Systems of Alabama could purchase it.

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