CHICAGO - Under the growing threat of state takeover, the Detroit City Council Tuesday approved a series of measures that state officials said are necessary to win release of badly needed bond proceeds.

Among the measures was a controversial contract to hire well-known Michigan public finance firm Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone PLC to handle the city's consent agreement signed last spring with the state. The council, which had previously rejected the contract, narrowly approved it Tuesday in a 5-4 vote.

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