AUSTIN - Texas could issue the first bonds from a $3 billion cancer research program by the end of the year if the Legislature approves debt service appropriations in the current session, Lieut. Gov. David Dewhurst said yesterday.

"We've been working for a year on creating the board, and we're still in the process of setting up the review process for proposals," he said at The Bond Buyer's 13th annual Texas Public Finance Conference here.

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