Fed up with bad press about banks' year-2000 readiness, some Texans are taking the bull by the horns.

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas, along with state banking commissioner Catherine A. Ghiglieri, launched a media blitz designed to ease public concerns that banks will not be prepared. They said they hope the campaign will ultimately convince depositors to leave their money in the bank and ignore some national magazines' advice to withdraw.

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