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Final step of Saints' deal approved

Updated: August 28, 2009, 3:39 PM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- The final step of a financial deal to keep the Saints in New Orleans has been approved by Louisiana lawmakers.

Lawmakers approved a lease arrangement Friday that will have the state renting downtown New Orleans office space from team owner Tom Benson.

It's part of a deal to funnel money to the team while limiting direct cash subsidies from the government.

The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget agreed to the lease with a 10-2 vote of senators ...

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