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Report: $10 million Bay Bridge deal included book

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December 13, 2012 12:18 AM EST | AP


SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A newspaper is reporting that state officials overseeing construction of the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge had agreed to pay nearly $10 million to a San Francisco-based public relations firm for services that included thousands of dollars to conduct tours and produce a video and commemorative book.

The Bee reports the contract was signed by the California Department of Transportation in August and approved by the state Department of General Services on Sept. 4.

A spokesman for the state Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, which oversees Caltrans, says his agency ordered the contract canceled after Caltrans provided records of the contract to The Bee at the newspaper's request.

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