November 17, 2012 |
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - In a new book, the mother of one of the Columbine High School killers admitted that on that terrible morning, as she realized her son was involved, she prayed he would not emerge alive. “I had a sudden vision of what he might be doing. And so while every other mother in Littleton was praying that her child was safe, I had to pray that mine would die before he hurt anyone else,” Sue Klebold told author Andrew Solomon, whose book, “Far From The Tree,” explores the family life of atypical children, including those who commit crimes.
November 10, 2011 |
For months, they labored to cut a deal with their creditors. But $4 billion is a deep hole to negotiate out of. And so, with a settlement seemingly out of reach, Jefferson County, Ala., relented this week, and now is tagged with a long-dreaded superlative: On Tuesday, it filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. "It just became one of those situations were we had to decide what we were going do," County Commissioner Joe Knight said. "Was this deal going to get done?
August 12, 2011 |
In an effort to avoid filing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, officials in an Alabama county Friday flirted with a potential settlement with creditors but eventually decided to take a few more weeks to try to hammer out a better deal. Jefferson County, the state's most populous, is staggering under a $3.14-billion debt incurred after officials borrowed money to fix their troubled sewer system, and then entered into a number of complicated and corruption-laced refinancing deals that backfired in 2007 with the mortgage lending crisis.
December 2, 2008 |
The mayor of Birmingham, Ala., was indicted on federal charges of bribery, fraud and conspiracy Monday, part of a probe into a local financial crisis that has the surrounding county on the brink of one of the largest municipal bankruptcies in American history. The 101-count indictment focuses on Mayor Larry P. Langford's tenure as Jefferson County Commission president from 2002 to 2006.
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April 11, 2008 |
After nearly 14 long and sometimes embarrassing years as the national torchbearer for municipal bankruptcy, Orange County may soon lose that distinction thanks to a financial disaster elsewhere that could dwarf its debacle. Jefferson County, Ala., was weighing its options this week in the wake of a looming bond crisis that recently forced it to skip a $53-million sewer bond payment -- sending the county's credit rating tumbling to the lowest junk status.
October 3, 2005 |
A storm dumped up to a foot of rain over parts of northeast Kansas, sparking flash flooding that left people stranded in their homes and cars, emergency officials in Oskaloosa said. The hardest-hit areas were Jefferson and Jackson counties, said Joy Moser, spokeswoman for the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. About a foot of rain fell overnight in Jefferson County, and up to 10 inches were reported in Jackson County.