University of Arizona Cancer Center researcher Garth Powis received a five-year, $6 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. This Novel Cancer Drug Discovery Grant will support the discovery of effective anti-cancer agents, which target the pathways cancer cells use to grow, communicate and avoid death. Such agents would held reduce the side effects associated with current cancer treatments, which attack rapidly dividing cells, including both cancerous and healthy. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Duke University Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh.

Unocal makes record settlement

Union Oil Co. of California recently agreed to pay the largest civil settlement in state history, $675,000, as a penalty for hampering contamination investigation and cleanup in Tempe, where soil and groundwater were affected by leaking company storage tanks. The settlement is the result of a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and the attorney general's office in 1997, following extended stalling by Unocal in the completion of investigation and cleanup of the underground gasoline releases.

Kolbe endorsed by U.S. Chamber

Rep. Jim Kolbe received a major endorsement last week, as the United States Chamber of Commerce announced its backing of the Arizona Republican candidate's re-election bid. The U.S. Chamber endorses congressional candidates who have demonstrated support for business and will work to advance a pro-business agenda in Congress. As a senior member of Congress, Kolbe serves as chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee on Treasury, Postal Service and General Government and as vice chairman of the subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, State and the Judiciary, as well as being a leader on international economic issues.