Lawmakers Commit $50 Million To Build Leading Cancer

North Carolina lawmakers want cancer patients to learn a new word for "hope"...Lineberger.

Before adjourning early this month, the General Assembly committed the state to invest $50 million every year from now on to the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The money is meant to draw talented researchers, buy state-of-the-art equipment and expand human clinical trials, as well as redouble prevention and screening efforts.

The commitment also shows that lawmakers see medical research as a secure investment for the state's economy, as they try to turn North Carolina from its reliance on tobacco and textiles to cutting edge industries.