DNA rule change could wait for new forensive lab

A Vermont lawmaker says a bill that would expand the number of people required to give DNA samples will probably be amended to give the state more time to be ready process the influx of samples.

DNA Backlog

More than 2,500 DNA samples are sitting in Vermont’s Forensics Lab in Waterbury, waiting to be tested. We take a closer look at how two new federal grants could help the state unclog its backlog, and we explore some of the legal issues surrounding DNA.

Midday Newscast: September 3, 2007

A state official says the emergency shutdown of the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant last week was caused by a lack of grease in a bearing that’s part of a large motor-operated valve; two federal grants could help the Vermont Department of Public Safety clear a backlog of DNA samples from old criminal cases; a lading lawmaker is calling for a more uniform approach to domestic violence enforcement in Vermont; the city of Rutland is another step closer to moving its Recreation Department into an Army Reserve Center.