- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A research program created through Arkansas’ settlement with tobacco companies is marking its receipt of more than half a billion dollars in grants since it was created more than a decade ago.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state Tobacco Settlement Commission officials on Tuesday celebrated the Arkansas Biosciences Institute receiving more than $508 million in private and public grants since its creation in 2002.

The institute is one of seven programs receiving tobacco settlement funds under a law approved by voters in 2000.

The institute is a partnership of scientists from the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute, Arkansas State University, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

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