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Judge blocks bid to stop bankrupt Alabama county's cost cuts

• Reuters

The judge overseeing America's biggest municipal bankruptcy on Wednesday blocked a legal bid to force Alabama's Jefferson County to keep running a hospital that serves the poor, which the county says it can no longer afford to operate.

Birmingham, the state's largest city and located in Jefferson County, had asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett to exempt it from a ban on lawsuits against the County so that it could press a claim in state court that the county's underused Cooper Green Mercy Hospital must maintain in-patient and emergency services.

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