A sit down with House Speaker Straus

The state’s top cancer research funding agency has agreed to stop awarding grants until it addresses concerns raised over its practices. Texas House Speaker Joe Straus was among top state officials who requested that Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas impose a moratorium on future awards. Tonight, he sits down with Capital Tonight’s Paul Brown to talk about that decision. He’ll also discuss how the legislature should handle last week’s school shooting in Newtown, CT and his approach to education in the upcoming legislative session.

 

CPRIT officials face house committee

Speaker Straus isn’t the only lawmaker focusing on CPRIT this week. A house appropriations committee is set to take up the issue, today. So far, no lawmakers have discussed cutting the agency’s budget, despite scrutiny over an $11 million dollar grant that was awarded to a private company, with no scientific review. Lawmakers are hearing testimony from several CPRIT officials this afternoon. We’ll have a live update from the State Capitol, tonight.

 

LBJ Library Sneak Peek

After a yearlong renovation, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential library will officially have its grand reopening, tomorrow. Tonight, we’ll take you on a sneak peek preview tour of some of the newest exhibits.