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01/15/2011 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

University Of Houston Deceived Students As It Closed Deal To Acquire Rice University's KTRU

The University of Houston plotted to keep its acquisition of Rice University's student-run KTRU radio station secret as long as possible --- going so far at one point as to encourage lying to Rice students about why an engineering consultant needed access to the station, e-mails obtained by Texas Watchdog show.

"The longer we wait (for an agreement) the higher the likelihood of one of the 'campus constituencies' causes a problem for Rice, which could disrupt the transaction," reads an April 5 e-mail to UH officials from an agent at Public Radio Capital, which represented the school in the $9.9 million deal signed last month.

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