DALLAS -- Texas probably will use most of a cash settlement from the federal government to compensate for the state's investment in the canceled Superconducting Super Collider program to reduce $250 million in lease revenue bond debt, a state official said yesterday.

"The intent is to reduce debt," said Ed Bingler, director of the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, the state agency that oversees the high-energy physics project that was killed by Congress last year. "But there will be no decision until the agreement is final."

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