OHSU on track to get $200 million cancer request

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Legislative leaders propose giving Oregon Health & Science University all of the $200 million it's requested to build new cancer research facilities.

Senior lawmakers unveiled their proposed budget changes on Thursday evening. The budget committee was expected to approve them, sending them to votes in the full House and Senate on Friday morning.

OHSU would get about $203 million to pay for new research and clinic space. The money will help the university meet a challenge from Nike co-founder Phil Knight, who says he'll donate $500 million if the school can get an equal amount from elsewhere. The school hopes to recruit top-ranked researchers to focus on early detection of cancer.

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