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State pulling final plug on corridor

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Texas Department of Transportation is pulling the last plug on the Trans-Texas Corridor, Gov. Rick Perry's embattled plan to build a toll-road network across the state.

The agency said earlier this year it was scaling down the project. Now, transportation officials say it's fully dead. Transportation Commissioner Bill Meadows broke the news to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Tuesday. On Wednesday, transportation officials plan to announce they've selected the "no build" option for part of the corridor that was to parallel Interstate 35.

The development contract with a private company is being terminated. The news comes a day after Perry's Republican primary opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, got the endorsement of the Texas Farm Bureau - a vocal opponent of the corridor.

Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, http://www.star -telegram.com

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