DALLAS - Texas weathered the downturn of late 2007 in far better shape than most regions of the country. But as 2008 nears its halfway point, the state's largest cities are beginning to tighten their belts.

In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, cities, counties, school districts, and other jurisdictions are looking for ways to cut budgets in advance of the 2009 fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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