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JP Morgan and the Largest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy

Renee Parsons | Posted 05.15.2012 | Money
Renee Parsons

As if a decade of million dollar fines for their role in the collapse of Enron, World Com, the UK's Financial Services Authority, mortgage overcharges...

County Gets Go-Ahead To Proceed With Huge Bankruptcy

Reuters | Posted 05.05.2012 | Business

March 5 (Reuters) - Alabama's Jefferson County is fully eligible for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection and can proceed with its $4.23 billion filing, ...

Why Are We Letting Local Governments Go Broke?

Steven Cohen | Posted 04.21.2012 | Politics
Steven Cohen

We've experienced a three-decade long attack on government. While this may have had the effect of constraining unchecked power, it has also started to destroy critical government capacities. This has been especially true at the local level.

Janell Ross

Bankrupt Jefferson County Relies On 'Volunteer' Staffers For Election

HuffingtonPost.com | Janell Ross | Posted 02.16.2012 | Business

In bankrupt Jefferson County, Ala., the financial situation has grown so grim that the county does not have the money to hire enough elections divisio...

WATCH: Dramatic Dog Rescue After Fall Into Freezing Reservoir

Posted 02.09.2012 | Denver

An 85-pound Argentine Mastiff dog named Max is lucky to be alive after falling into freezing cold Smith Reservoir in Lakewood, Colorado on Tuesday aft...

Tornado Creates Worries For Bankrupt Alabama County

AP | JAY REEVES | Posted 03.26.2012 | Green

CENTER POINT, Ala. (AP) — Willie Williams Jr. was worried as he walked through his tornado-tossed neighborhood to his daughter's elementary school. ...

2011: The Year 60 Minutes Misled Americans About Municipal Bonds

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

I was (at first) happy to see 60 Minutes highlight fiscal problems of states and municipalities. It explained how Illinois was late on payments to service suppliers, and it's a huge problem for people doing business with the state. Then 60 Minutes went completely off the rails.

From Local Officials To Wall Street Blame For County Bankruptcy Casts Wide Net

Posted 01.11.2012 | Business

From corrupt and incompetent local officials to Wall Street's credit crisis and toxic bonds, there was plenty of blame to go around on Thursday, a...

Amish Man's Beard Cut In Another Ohio Attack: Sheriff

AP | Posted 01.11.2012 | Crime

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio — An elderly Amish man was attacked by his own son, who a sheriff said cut the man's hair and beard in the latest incident in...

Amish Leader Calls Beard-Cutting Attack A Religious Matter

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS | Posted 12.10.2011 | Religion

BERGHOLZ, Ohio — The leader of an Amish group with members accused of going into the home of another Amish man and cutting his hair and beard sa...

Colo. Demands Cotter Corp. Clean Up Defunct Mine Uranium Leak

Posted 12.04.2011 | Denver

Colo. state mining regulators and Denver Water officials are demanding that Cotter Corp. clean up the defunct Schwartzwalder mine that is leaking uran...

Colorado Teen Allegedly Tried To Burn Family Alive

Posted 11.23.2011 | Denver

A 13-year-old Jefferson County girl has been arrested in connection with a series of fires set in the area this summer. Police believe she was attemp...

Alabama County Narrowly Avoids Largest Municipal Bankruptcy In U.S. History

Posted 11.16.2011 | Business

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Melinda Dickinson and Matthew Bigg) - Alabama's Jefferson County voted Friday to accept a provisional deal to settle its $3.14 b...

Breastfeeding Teacher Dismissed, ACLU To File Suit

AP | Posted 10.15.2011 | Denver

EVERGREEN, Colo. — The American Civil Liberties Union intends to sue a Denver-area charter school for allegedly getting rid of a teacher who pum...

Alabama County Likely To Declare Bankruptcy

Posted 09.20.2011 | Business

Alabama's troubled Jefferson County faces an 80 percent chance of declaring bankruptcy, one of its commissioners said on Thursday, as U.S. experts...

Life In Prison For Meth User That Shot Woman, Blew Up Her House

The Huffington Post | Matt Ferner | Posted 09.05.2011 | Denver

Britt Alan Cox, 42, was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years without the possiblity of parole for the robbery and murder of Bonni Gilbert Bergen ...

Alabama County Will Put One-Third Of Workers On Unpaid Leave

Posted 08.07.2011 | Business

BIRMINGHAM - Alabama's troubled Jefferson County is to put one-third of its workers on administrative leave without pay from Monday because of a s...

ACLU To Defend Colorado Man's Right To Flip Off Cop (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 07.26.2011 | Denver

Shane Boor, a 35-year-old Colorado man arrested for extending his middle finger toward a Colorado State Trooper, will receive free defense services fr...

Cafeteria Worker Accused Of Distributing Pot To Teenagers

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

A cafeteria worker at a Jefferson County high school has been arrested and charged with distributing marijuana and contributing to the delinquency of ...

Major Car Theft Ring Busted After Dragging Deputy

KMGH Denver | Deb Stanley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

DENVER -- A Denver Grand Jury has issued 103-count indictment naming eight co-defendants in a major auto theft ring that targeted victims across the D...

Lawsuit Over Illinois Deputy's Alleged Stun Gun Abuse Of Children Settled For $750,000

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. — A federal lawsuit that accused a southern Illinois sheriff's deputy of zapping three children with a stun gun at an emerg...

Bruco Eastwood, Deer Creek Shooting Suspect, Pleads Not Guilty

AP | P. SOLOMON BANDA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GOLDEN, Colo. — A man accused of shooting and wounding two eighth-graders outside their middle school pleaded not guilty Monday by reason of ins...

Cody Moreland, Golden Resident, Catches Colorado's Largest Fish Ever

9News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

WHEAT RIDGE - A 14-year-old Golden resident has caught the largest fish ever caught in Colorado. Advertisement Cody Moreland caught the 51-pound g...

Dakota Ridge Graduation Speech A "Train Wreck," Draws Jeering, Booing, Air Horns (VIDEO)

9News | Kyle Clark | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

JEFFERSON COUNTY - A less-than-inspiring graduation address certainly is not news. But the crowd at this year's Dakota Ridge graduation turned on the ...

Safe Falls On Man

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GOLDEN, Colo. — Authorities in Colorado say a man installing a 1.5-ton steel safe at a bank has died after it slipped and crushed him. Jefferso...