Budget deals keeps steroid testing program

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas will keep testing public high school athletes for another two years under the state budget deal agreed to on Friday.

The 5-year-old program began as one of the largest testing programs in the country, but has been gradually scaled down as testing of tens of thousands of athletes has resulted in only a handful of cheaters being caught.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who has championed the program, said lawmakers will spend $1 million over the next two years on testing.

The program is run by the University Interscholastic League.

The program initially tested athletes in all sports. It has been scaled down to focus only on a few sports, including football, baseball and track.

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