DALLAS - With its economy tumbling, Arizona will shelve a $1 billion construction program for three state universities due to falling lottery revenues that were to provide debt service on bonds for the projects.

The program, known as Stimulus Plan for Economic and Educational Development, or SPEED, was approved by the Legislature last spring as a way to pump up the faltering economy while expanding and repairing buildings for the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona State University in Tempe and Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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