In a development with important implications for local school budgets, California and other states scrambled on Oct. 7 to cope with bills coming due as they pressed Washington for assistance because the municipal bond markets remain largely closed to them, reports the New York Times. In Washington, White House officials said they were talking with state officials and reviewing the issue of aid. But despite the urgency of the problem, thorny legal issues have emerged. Though the federal government has taken extraordinary steps to lend money to corporations in the short-term markets and to provide more money to banks, officials

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