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Court orders power restored at indebted Puerto Rico hospital

A court has ordered Puerto Rico's power company to temporarily restore electricity at a hospital that owes nearly $4 million.

The order was issued Friday as the hospital and power company struggle to reach an agreement on a payment plan. The island's Electric Power Authority had cut off electricity on Thursday at the Santa Rosa Hospital in the southern coastal town of Guayama as part of a government-wide crackdown on people and businesses that owe money. The company is $9 billion in debt.

The company said late Friday that it reached deals with two other hospitals that faced power cutoffs on Monday.

Puerto Rico is struggling through a decade-long economic stagnation and faces $70 billion in public debt that the governor has said is unpayable and needs restructuring.


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