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Talks on Harrisburg recovery plan deadlocked

Talks on Harrisburg recovery plan bog down with Monday deadline looming By The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) ' With a Monday deadline looming, Harrisburg's mayor and City Council are deadlocked over a financial recovery plan for Pennsylvania's struggling state capital.

Both sides said Friday they are willing to continue talks, but no further meetings are scheduled.

The city has until Monday to agree on a plan for paying down $300 million in debt tied to its incinerator and stop a potential state takeover under a newly passed law.

A majority on the council has filed for bankruptcy protection in an effort to get the city's creditors to forgive $100 million of that debt, but the largest creditors have rejected that idea.

Mayor Linda Thompson, who opposes the bankruptcy petition, says the ball is in the council's court.

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