BRADENTON, Fla. — An Alabama judge has set Sept. 7 for trial to begin in the Bank of New York Mellon's quest to obtain a receiver to take over control of Jefferson County's sewer system, which is saddled with close to $3.2 billion of troubled variable- and auction-rate debt.

An order setting the trial date in Birmingham was issued by Russell County Judge Albert Johnson, who is presiding over the case because judges in Jefferson County recused themselves, according to the Birmingham News.

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