CPRIT board OK's contract talks on frozen grants


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The state's troubled $3 billion cancer-fighting agency has voted to move forward with frozen grants despite a moratorium still hanging over the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

The move adopted Monday stops short of actually funding nearly $183 million in approved awards. But board members approved letting contract negotiations resume so the deals will be ready when — and if — the moratorium is lifted.

Gov. Rick Perry and others in December called on CPRIT to stop handing out money after criminal prosecutors opened an investigation into an $11 million award that bypassed the review process.

Board member Barbara Canales says the agency is "going to offend somebody" by taking action with the moratorium still in place. But Canales says it's time for the board to show courage.

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