BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Bridgeport's first day of hearings in federal bankruptcy court on its bid to enter Chapter 9 featured discussions of how Connecticut could authorize one of its subdivisions to enter bankruptcy, and whether or not the state board overseeing the city's finances could prevent the move entirely.

In the course of the hearing, Judge Alan H.W. Shiff carefully questioned the state's attorney general, Richard Blumenthal, who is seeking to block the city's June 6 Chapter 9 filing.

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