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December 14, 2012

Tex. Cancer Agency Inquiry Expands to Foundation

A state-level investigation into the workings of a Texas government cancer-fighting agency has grown to include a related foundation, reports The Austin Ameican-Statesman.

The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas Foundation financially supports the state agency, including supplementing the salaries of its two top executives. Investigators want to know whether the agency's grants were influenced by politics and why two grant applications received little or no scientific review.

“You can’t avoid looking at the foundation if you are looking at the agency,” state auditor John Keel said of his upcoming audit of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas. The foundation says there have been no “legal lapses,” the report adds.