BRADENTON, Fla. - As Jefferson County, Ala., was poised to default on its debt payments yesterday, a federal judge set a hearing for Friday in the lawsuit seeking to have a receiver appointed for the county's financially troubled sewer system.

A hearing will begin at 9:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time Friday in the U.S. courthouse in Birmingham to discuss the status of the case, U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor said in an order yesterday afternoon.

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