SC State researcher: Fired for asking questions

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - A former research scientist at South Carolina State University in Orangeburg says he has been fired for questioning the use of grant money.

Kenneth Lewis said he was fired after asking questions about grant money being diverted to a little-known foundation run by his supervisor.

School officials say Lewis' allegations are claims by a disgruntled ex-employee. The school says it's done nothing wrong.

Lewis said the school fired him March 18 after he questioned the handling of nearly $200,000 in grant money for nuclear forensic research. The school would not discuss Lewis' firing.

He says the money was to be diverted to a foundation run by John Rosenthal, vice president for research and economic development.

Rosenthal says he's done nothing wrong.

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