BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County, Ala., commissioners yesterday approved 11 forbearance agreements delaying sewer debt and swap payments until Feb. 20.

The agreements allow Alabama's largest county to continue debt restructuring negotiations that now have gone on since mid-February. The agreements also allow the county to forestall filing what would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history while trying to restructure $3.2 billion of sewer debt, most of which is in troubled variable- and auction-rate mode.

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