CPRIT http://kut.org en Former Executive at CPRIT, Texas' Cancer Agency, Indicted http://kut.org/post/former-executive-cprit-texas-cancer-agency-indicted <p>A Travis County grand jury has indicted Jerald Cobbs, a former executive with the <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a> (CPRIT), in connection with an $11 million grant the agency approved without putting it through required reviews.</p><p>The charge of <a href="http://www.bakers-legal-pages.com/pc/3246.htm">securing execution of a document by deception</a> carries a potential jail sentence of five to 99 years or life, and a fine of up to $10,000.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 18:12:30 +0000 Matt Largey & Ben Philpott 9324 at http://kut.org Former Executive at CPRIT, Texas' Cancer Agency, Indicted CPRIT Supporters Urge TX House Panel to Approve Overhaul Bill http://kut.org/post/cprit-supporters-urge-tx-house-panel-approve-overhaul-bill <p></p><p>So far this session, lawmakers have berated the <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/agenda-texas-cprits-creation-story" target="_blank">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a> – or CPRIT -- for its handling of some taxpayer-funded grants.</p><p>But today, a House panel heard testimony on why the agency is vital to Texans.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 22:10:51 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7583 at http://kut.org CPRIT Supporters Urge TX House Panel to Approve Overhaul Bill Agenda Texas: CPRIT's Creation Story http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-cprits-creation-story <p>Now you may have heard about the&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/texas-cancer-institute-tries-move-past-resignations">current troubles</a>&nbsp;the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a>&nbsp;is going through. Lead scientists have quit over what they claim were inadequate reviews of grant recipients.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 7323 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: CPRIT's Creation Story Senate Approves CPRIT Reform Legislation http://kut.org/post/senate-approves-cprit-reform-legislation <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">The Texas Senate unanimously approved two bills Wednesday to reform the beleaguered&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/tribpedia/cancer-prevention-and-research-institute-of-texas-cprit/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a>&nbsp;amid continuing controversy over grant awards.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 18:58:23 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7207 at http://kut.org Senate Approves CPRIT Reform Legislation CPRIT Foundation to Close in 60 Days http://kut.org/post/cprit-foundation-close-60-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The private foundation that’s given financial support to the state’s troubled cancer-fighting agency says it’s shutting down.</span></p><p>The <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a> – known as CPRIT – has its own problems. The agency is being investigated for its handling of some taxpayer-funded grants.</p><p>On Tuesday, though, it was the private foundation formed to supplement the salaries of CPRIT’s top executives that brought the wrath of state lawmakers.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:46:38 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7196 at http://kut.org CPRIT Foundation to Close in 60 Days State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants http://kut.org/post/state-leadership-allows-cprit-move-forward-grants <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Despite an ongoing grant moratorium, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas received permission Wednesday from state leaders to move forward on contract negotiations for 25 grants that would bring renowned cancer researchers to Texas.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">“We have worked hard to regain trust with our elected officials and the citizens of Texas,” Wayne Roberts, interim executive director at CPRIT, said in a statement. “We take this action as evidence that some progress has been made, and we will continue to work to strengthen this trust during the coming weeks and months.”</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The researcher grants represent a combined $72 million and were formally approved by the CPRIT oversight board in late 2012 before the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/25/cancer-advocates-wait-cprit-moratorium-be-lifted/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">moratorium</a>&nbsp;took effect. Many of the researchers had moved their families and research labs to Texas in anticipation of receiving CPRIT financing.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:50:22 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7025 at http://kut.org State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants UT is Now Smoke-Free - But How Will the Policy be Enforced? http://kut.org/post/ut-now-smoke-free-how-will-policy-be-enforced <p>The University of Texas at Austin is now officially, 100 percent smoke free.&nbsp;</p><p>The policy takes full-effect today. But it started last year when the <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us">Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas</a> announced it would not fund research for any institution that allowed smoking on-site. In April, UT set up 15 temporary smoking locations. But those go away today. Fri, 01 Mar 2013 19:00:00 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 6796 at http://kut.org UT is Now Smoke-Free - But How Will the Policy be Enforced? CPRIT to Review Grants Despite Moratorium http://kut.org/post/cprit-review-grants-despite-moratorium <p>The Cancer Research and Prevention Institute of Texas, known as CPRIT, is moving forward with its oversight committee’s grant-vetting process.</p><p>That’s despite a lockout by the state legislature that’s holding up nearly $182 million in funding to cancer-fighting organizations.</p><p>The institute’s interim executive director, Wayne Roberts, said CPRIT will keep moving ahead with reviewing nearly 300 grants, with hope that the state will lift the allocation ban.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 23:32:15 +0000 Andrew Weber 6739 at http://kut.org CPRIT to Review Grants Despite Moratorium The Lead: CPRIT’s Trickle-Down Funding Troubles, Oil Field Thefts http://kut.org/post/lead-cprit-s-trickle-down-funding-troubles-oil-field-thefts <p>Good morning, and happy Presidents Day. KUT News has a look at <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/whats-open-and-closed-presidents-day">what’s open and closed today</a>: all City of Austin’s administrative offices and other city are closed today, but trash, recycling and yard trimmings pick up will proceed as normal. &nbsp;</p><p>The <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service says</a> Austin’s in for a warm, muggy day with a chance of thunderstorms this afternoon. High winds will make for <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/hazards/?wfo=ewx&amp;lat=30.3289&amp;lon=-97.7726&amp;pil=EWXHWOEWX&amp;iss=1361184900&amp;etn=0000&amp;maptype=text">elevated fire conditions</a>, so be careful out there.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: The troubles roiling the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) are spreading to other research groups, <em>The Texas Tribune</em> reports.</p><p> Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:46:12 +0000 Wells Dunbar 6635 at http://kut.org The Lead: CPRIT’s Trickle-Down Funding Troubles, Oil Field Thefts The Lead: Animal Center's 'No Kill' 2012, Dewhurst at Vets' Expo http://kut.org/post/lead-animal-centers-no-kill-2012-dewhurst-vets-expo <p>Good morning. Austin’s in for a sunny and mild day according to <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">the National Weather Service</a>, with highs in the low to mid-60s.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: Despite <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gimme-shelter-no-kill-has-new-animal-center-straining">crowded conditions</a> and a longer-than-expected “kitten season,” the <a href="http://austintexas.gov/department/support-animal-center">Austin Animal Center</a> finished 2012 with its “no-kill” record intact.</p><p>The city shelter ended the fourth quarter of 2012 with a 91 percent live outcome rate. The no-kill benchmark is a 90 percent live outcome rate.</p><p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:05:38 +0000 KUT Staff 6576 at http://kut.org The Lead: Animal Center's 'No Kill' 2012, Dewhurst at Vets' Expo Tribcast: Breaking Down the Texas School Finance Ruling http://kut.org/post/tribcast-breaking-down-texas-school-finance-ruling <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">On this week's </span>KUT<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">/Texas Tribune </span>Tribcast<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">, we go over </span><a href="http://kutnews.org/post/school-finance-ruling-favors-districts" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">the Texas public school finance ruling</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px; ">, which includes a call to add around $10 billion to the state's school budget.</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 16:34:51 +0000 Ben Philpott 6521 at http://kut.org Tribcast: Breaking Down the Texas School Finance Ruling The Lead: Former CPRIT Heads Skip House Hearing; UT to Offer Incentives to Four-Year Grads http://kut.org/post/lead-former-cprit-heads-skip-house-hearing-ut-offer-incentives-four-year-grads <p></p><p>Good morning. Austin’s in for temperatures approaching 80 degrees, according to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a>. A cold front is expected to blow into the region this weekend, bringing with it chances for showers and thunderstorms. &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: Leaders of the <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a> testified before a Texas house committee yesterday – but a couple of former leaders were noticeably absent.</p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 15:35:06 +0000 KUT Staff 6501 at http://kut.org The Lead: Former CPRIT Heads Skip House Hearing; UT to Offer Incentives to Four-Year Grads Bill Would Overhaul State Cancer Agency http://kut.org/post/bill-would-overhaul-state-cancer-agency <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two state lawmakers who led the charge to create the now-embattled <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)</a> unveiled legislation today that they say will fix the $3 billion agency. A state audit <a href="http://www.sao.state.tx.us/reports/report.aspx?reportnumber=13-018">found major problems</a> with how </span>CPRIT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> doled out grants, and the taxpayer-funded organization is under <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-investigating-state-cancer-institute">criminal investigation</a>. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jane-nelson/">Jane Nelson</a> (R-Flower Mound) said today that </span>CPRIT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> officials interpreted policies in ways that no "reasonable person would."</span></p><p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 21:43:53 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6474 at http://kut.org Bill Would Overhaul State Cancer Agency The Lead: CPRIT-Funded Group Closes, County OKs Smoking Ban http://kut.org/post/lead-cprit-funded-group-closes-county-oks-smoking-ban <p>Good morning. The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">National Weather Service</a>&nbsp;still has Central Texas under a Red Flag Warning until 6 p.m. tonight. The humidity will be low and the winds are high, meaning higher wildfire danger.</p><p>Austin’s in for otherwise nice weather today, with temperatures cooling to the 60s after this week’s warm streak.</p><p><strong>Lead Story</strong>: The non-profit that got the biggest grant so far from the state’s troubled cancer-fighting agency is going out of business.&nbsp;The <a href="http://www.ctnet.org/">Clinical Trials Network of Texas</a> says it has run out of money after the taxpayer-funded <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a> (CPRIT) began withholding payments.</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 14:53:27 +0000 KUT Staff 6395 at http://kut.org The Lead: CPRIT-Funded Group Closes, County OKs Smoking Ban The Lead: Gun Show Pressure, Water Bills at the Texas Lege http://kut.org/post/lead-gun-show-pressure-water-bills-texas-lege <p></p><p>Good morning, and happy Friday. Austin’s in for a temperature boost today, with warm and breezy weather bringing in a high in the 70s, according to <a href="http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ewx/">the National Weather Service</a>.</p><p><strong>Lead story</strong>: As KUT News reported yesterday, the Austin City Council may get involved in efforts to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/austin-council-members-consider-ending-gun-shows-city-land">halt gun shows at the Travis County Expo Center</a>. Council member Mike Martinez says a subcommittee will meet next Tuesday to see what it can do at the local level to stop gun violence and illegal trafficking.&nbsp; While the Expo Center is owned and operated by the county, it sits on city land.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 15:03:54 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Wells Dunbar 6150 at http://kut.org The Lead: Gun Show Pressure, Water Bills at the Texas Lege Amid Investigations, CPRIT's Future Uncertain http://kut.org/post/amid-investigations-cprits-future-uncertain <p>In 2008, when the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas embarked on its mission to cure cancer, the $3 billion program was welcomed with fanfare by voters who had passed a constitutional amendment to establish it.</p><p>Four years later, CPRIT’s future is far from certain, as the quasi-governmental agency and its fast-shrinking cast of advisers face accusations of impropriety and criminal and civil investigations.</p><p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:29:01 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 5933 at http://kut.org Amid Investigations, CPRIT's Future Uncertain Travis County DA Investigating State Cancer Institute http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-investigating-state-cancer-institute <p></p><p>There’s more trouble for the state’s embattled cancer-fighting agency.</p><p>The Travis County District Attorney’s office is now investigating the <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a>, better known as CPRIT.</p><p>Gregg Cox is the head of the Public Integrity Unit in the Travis County DA’s office. He says they’ll be looking at how contracts were awarded.</p><p> Tue, 11 Dec 2012 20:55:53 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5879 at http://kut.org Travis County DA Investigating State Cancer Institute Texas Cancer Research Agency Gave Out $11M Without Review http://kut.org/post/texas-cancer-research-agency-gave-out-11m-without-review <p>The state’s cancer research agency <a href="http://us1.forward-to-friend.com/forward/show?u=9bc46acc55c4a42d93566d3a5&amp;id=c495a90436" target="_blank">has revealed</a> it handed out an <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/files/funded-grants/R1009.pdf" target="_blank">$11 million grant</a> without reviewing the proposal.</p><p>It’s the latest challenge facing the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, or CPRIT.</p><p>The grant was <a href="http://www.pelotontherapeutics.com/news.html" target="_blank">awarded to Peloton Therapeutics</a> in June 2010, making it one of CPRIT's first grants.</p><p>The cancer research institute says the oversight was discovered during an internal review. Fri, 30 Nov 2012 14:16:27 +0000 Laura Rice 5784 at http://kut.org Texas Cancer Research Agency Gave Out $11M Without Review Texas Cancer Institute Tries to Move Past Resignations http://kut.org/post/texas-cancer-institute-tries-move-past-resignations <p>The head of the state’s $3 billion cancer fighting agency sought to reassure some of its biggest supporters today after a recent wave of resignations at the <a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/">Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas</a>. CPRIT’s executive director Bill Gimson delivered an opening address at a <a href="http://www.cprit2012.org/">three-day conference</a> that started today in northwest Austin.</p><p>It was Gimson’s first public speech since 33 scientific peer reviewers resigned in protest over funding decisions and <a href="http://kut.org/2012/10/state-cancer-institute-loses-research-reviewers/">accusations of favoritism</a>. Gimson acknowledged the setback but defended the agency’s process.</p><p>“It’s my promise that CPRIT will maintain that gold-standard peer review process, always pick the very, very best game changing projects, do our best to get life-saving products to Texas cancer patients as quickly as possible,” Gimson said from the podium.</p><p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 17:57:29 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5438 at http://kut.org Texas Cancer Institute Tries to Move Past Resignations After Resignations, State Cancer Institute in Flux http://kut.org/post/after-resignations-state-cancer-institute-flux <p><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The state’s $3 billion effort to battle cancer was delivered a major blow this month when 18 scientific reviewers resigned. (You can read most of their resignation letters <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/469784-cprit-resignation-letters.html">here</a>.) Many quit in solidarity</span><span style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">&nbsp;with their Nobel Prize-winning scientific director, who has also quit. Most of them allege that the organization was favoring politics, rather than science, when picking which projects to fund.</span></p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/about-cprit/" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); " target="_blank">Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas</a>&nbsp;was born five years ago when Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment authorizing the state to issue $3 billion to fund cancer research and prevention. It was championed by Austin cyclist Lance Armstrong&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jw7Ek7L7Ip8" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); " target="_blank">on shows like Texas Monthly Talks</a>&nbsp;with Evan Smith.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">“I think it will pass,” Armstrong said then. “But I think it needs to pass with a lot of success. I think it needs to pass big.”</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal; ">The ballot proposition did “pass big,” with 61 percent approval. Millions of dollars started flowing to universities and private companies for research, commercialization and prevention projects.</p><p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:59:31 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5357 at http://kut.org After Resignations, State Cancer Institute in Flux