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Governor to testify in Detroit bankruptcy trial

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FILE - In this July 19, 2013 file photo, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, right, and state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr leave a news conference in Detroit after addressing the city's bankruptcy. The decision to make Detroit the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection was tough to make, but it was the right one, Snyder said Sunday, July 21, 2013, as he and Orr made the television talk show rounds. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT (AP) - Michigan's governor is scheduled to testify this afternoon in a trial to determine whether Detroit is eligible to fix its troubled finances in bankruptcy court.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder hired emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who filed for bankruptcy in July.

Orr is expected to resume testimony he started on Friday.

The trial began Wednesday and could end this week, but a decision on Detroit's eligibility appears to be weeks away. The judge has set a Nov. 13 deadline for lawyers to file legal briefs on certain issues.

A key question is whether the city held "good-faith" talks with creditors before the filing. Unions and pension funds say no.


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