Jefferson County has closed the sale of nearly $1.8 billion in new debt and emerged from the nation's second largest municipal bankruptcy.
Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington said the paperwork on the new debt was signed Tuesday. Commissioner Jimmy Stephens said a great weight has been lifted.
Commissioners in bankrupt Jefferson County have delayed a decision on whether to close its charity hospital serving the poor.
Commission President David Carrington recessed a meeting indefinitely Tuesday after chaos erupted in the packed commission chamber.
Demonstrators yelling and singing civil rights protest songs prevented members from discussing the future of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.
The hospital is costing the county millions of dollars annually, and supporters of the shutdown say the county can't afford it.