LOS ANGELES -- A federal court ruling in an anti-discrimination lawsuit against Contra Costa County, Calif.. has delayed construction of a county hospital funded with $125.6 million of certificates of participation, raising credit concerns.

A temporary restraining order by a federal judge in San Francisco halted grading and other pre-construction work on the planned 144-bed hospital. which is intended to replace Merrithew Memorial Hospital in Martinez. Calif.

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