OHSU on track to get $200 million cancer request

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Legislature's budget committee has approved more than $200 million in debt to build cancer research facilities for Oregon Health & Science University.

The OHSU money was included in one of six budget bills approved Thursday night in the Ways and Means Committee, setting up votes in the full House and Senate on Friday.

OHSU wants to build research and clinic space in Portland. 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.

Lawmakers also approved in building projects at five state universities and took steps to get the state budget back in balance.

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