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      Texas lawmakers agree to slash steroid testing

      Texas lawmakers have reached a deal to slash a program that tests public high school athletes for steroid use by more than half, but still test thousands of athletes over the next two years.

      Texas has the largest high school testing program in the country. The first 29,000 tests produced only 11 confirmed cases of steroid use, causing some critics to say the program was a waste of time and money.

      The deal has been worked out through by House and Senate members negotiating the 2010-2011 budget.

      The current $6 million program was designed to test up to 50,000 students by the end of the current school year. The tentative deal for the new program would slash funding to $2 million over the next two years.

      The House and Senate have not yet voted on a final budget.

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