WASHINGTON -- The Clinton Administration has agreed to give Texas $145 million that could be used to pay off part of the $500 million of tax-exempt bonds that the state issued for the $11 billion Superconducting Super Collider project canceled by Congress last year.

Gov. Ann Richards and officials of the U.S. Department of Energy announced at a joint press conference in Dallas late Friday afternoon that the federal government will give the state $145 million in cash as reimbursement for its contributions to the giant physics research project, a spokeswoman for the governor's office in Austin said.

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