DALLAS — The ­Harris County Houston Sports ­Authority moved closer to using insurance to cover bond payments after dipping into debt-service reserves for the first time this month.

As expected, the stadium-building authority drew $5 million from its $56 million reserve when revenues for accelerated debt payments fell short this month. The next payment is due in May, and bond insurer ­National Public Financial Guarantee Corp. has said it is committed to pay debt service in the event of default.

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