BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County commissioners yesterday said Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and the law firm Bradley, Arant, Rose & White LLP would step in and take over negotiations with creditors in a last-ditch effort to restructure the county's $3.2 billion of troubled sewer debt and avoid a bankruptcy filing.

At the same time, commissioners told Bradley Arant to prepare the necessary paperwork for the county to file for bankruptcy if negotiations are not successful.

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