Judge to hear college plea for help on water bill

ATLANTA (AP) - A judge is scheduled to hear a request to force the city of Atlanta to restore water service to Morris Brown College, a 127-year-old historically black school faced with an overdue $380,000 water bill.

Judge Henry Newkirk is to hear the college's request for a temporary restraining order today (Friday). The hearing results from a lawsuit filed Wednesday.

On Dec. 12, the last day of the fall semester, the city told the school to pay up or have its service terminated. The water was turned off three days later. Classes are to resume Jan. 9.

The city's Department of Watershed Management is trying to collect about $37 million it says it is owed by two dozen large customers.

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