BRADENTON, Fla. - A federal judge in Alabama last week indicated he's unlikely to decide immediately about whether to appoint a receiver to oversee Jefferson County's sewer system. Also last week, several state lawmakers offered up legislation aimed at helping the troubled county refinance its massive sewer debt load.

After a one-day hearing last Thursday in Birmingham, U.S. District Judge David Proctor ordered both sides in the case to file follow-up briefs by next week. Major insurers of the county's sewer bonds, Syncora Guarantee Inc. and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co., and bondholders' trustee Bank of New York Mellon want a receiver appointed.

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