CHICAGO - Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was poised to begin a historic removal hearing today on indicted Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick amid a flurry of last-minute appeals and back-room plea deal negotiations that continued through late yesterday.

The public hearing was set for 9 a.m. this morning. Granholm yesterday asked the Michigan Supreme Court for a final determination on her constitutional authority to hold the hearing, after Kilpatrick's legal team filed lawsuits to block it.

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