Can­cer grant emails found

Im­proper award is probed as be­lea­guered agency re­places chief.

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - By Lay­lan Copelin lcopelin@states­ Can­cer

Miss­ing emails in­volv­ing an $11 mil­lion grant im­prop­erly awarded by the state’s can­cer agency to a Dal­las startup have been found and turned over to Travis County pros­e­cu­tors, state of­fi­cials an­nounced Fri­day.

Of­fi­cials with the Can­cer Preven­tion and Re­search In­sti­tute of Texas — com­monly known as CPRIT — made the an­nounce­ment fol­low­ing Fri­day’s meet­ing, where the agency’s over­sight com­mit­tee of­fi­cially ac­cepted the res­ig­na­tion of Bill Gim­son, the agency’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

CPRIT also hired two long­time Capi­tol fix­tures, Wayne Roberts and Billy Hamil­ton, to help nav­i­gate two in­ves­ti­ga­tions, a state au­dit and a skep­ti­cal leg­is­la­ture look­ing to fix

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