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Detroit gets approval to use $120 million loan

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Photo - Protestors, against deeper cuts in pensions, march in front of the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse in Detroit, Tuesday Apr. 1, 2014. Detroit's updated bankruptcy plan was filed in federal court on Monday, revealing new details on how the city plans to restructure its debt and provide public services during the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright)  DETROIT NEWS OUT;  NO SALES
Protestors, against deeper cuts in pensions, march in front of the Theodore Levin Federal Courthouse in Detroit, Tuesday Apr. 1, 2014. Detroit's updated bankruptcy plan was filed in federal court on Monday, revealing new details on how the city plans to restructure its debt and provide public services during the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright) DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES
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DETROIT (AP) — Bankrupt Detroit has been given approval to move forward with a $120 million quality of life loan to help improve city services.

Federal Judge Steven Rhodes on Wednesday approved the loan brokered with Barclays. He says Detroit can use the money to meet the needs of people living in the city.

Brad Erens, an attorney representing Detroit, says the city needs to hire more police and firefighters and repair public safety vehicles. The city has filed a list of projects that require $179 million in funding.

The city has said the loan will be paid off with available funds after the court approves its exit plan from the nation's largest municipal bankruptcy.

State-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr on Monday filed an amended plan of adjustment. Hundreds protested the plan Tuesday.

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