- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 11, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Attorney General Mark Herring says Virginia will use a $2 million federal grant to continue clearing out a backlog of untested rape kits and improve the way the state handles sex assault cases.

Herring announced the funding at a news conference Wednesday.

Last year, Virginia received a grant to begin analyzing nearly 2,000 rape kits that were untested as of June 30, 2014. Some were decades old. While a change in state law ensures that kits completed on or after July 1, 2016, are properly submitted, the new money will cover testing of kits collected in the gap.

Some money will go to setting up a new statewide system for tracking rape kits and to hiring new three new employees who will support victims, coordinate testing and process the kits.

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