BRADENTON, Fla. - Jefferson County commissioners yesterday voted 3 to 2 to approve a seven-day extension of its forbearance agreements with banks and swap counterparties at the request of Alabama Gov. Bob Riley.

Riley, a Republican, met individually with each commissioner late Wednesday, asking them to approve the forbearances so he could continue facilitating negotiations with the county's creditors on a plan to restructure $3.2 billion of sewer debt, nearly all of which is in troubled variable- and auction-rate securities.

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