BRADENTON, Fla. - Economic, political, and legal challenges prevented special masters from reaching a successful conclusion in Jefferson County, Ala.'s federal sewer receivership case, the masters said in a report late Friday.

The 14-page report submitted by John Young, president of American Water Services Co., and John Ames, a tax, finance and bankruptcy attorney with Greenbaum Doll & McDonald PLLC, once again recommended that a "consensual resolution" would be in the best interest of the county, sewer ratepayers, bondholders, bond insurers, and other parties they did not name.

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