BRADENTON, Fla. — Alabama federal Judge Thomas Bennett Friday limited the power of the receiver managing Jefferson County's sewer system.

Bennett also held that the special revenue pledge that the county made when it issued $3.2 billion of sewer warrants remains in force, and said that debt-service payments will continue to be made while the bankruptcy case proceeds. He will determine the amount available for debt payments — after operating expenses — in a future ruling, he said.

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