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July 22 (Bloomberg) — Detroit’s public workers and retirees voted to accept cuts to their pensions and health-care benefits, moving the city a step closer to winning approval of a bankruptcy exit plan that eliminates $7.4 billion in debt.

While the vote reported yesterday isn’t binding on U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who will start a trial on the feasibility of the plan next month, he will take it into consideration in deciding whether to approve the proposal. A court-appointed adviser yesterday said the plan was workable.

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