After turmoil, Texas cancer agency gets 2nd chance

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By PAUL J. WEBER, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A $3 billion cancer-fighting effort in Texas is almost back to work after a year of turmoil and an ongoing criminal investigation into questionable grant awards.

Leaders at the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas say they hope to begin soliciting new applications for research grants by October. That's no small feat for a state agency that faced being dismantled by lawmakers as problems and embarrassment mounted.

Known as CPRIT, the agency controls the second-biggest pot of cancer research dollars in the nation, behind only the National Institutes of Health.

Research dollars have taken a hit with government cutbacks. That has some scientists happy to see a second chance for CPRIT, which is under entirely new management and more oversight.

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