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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • Committee rejects funds for KBI lab at Washburn

  • A Kansas House committee refused to restore $3.5 million in state money for a Kansas Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory at Washburn University.
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  • A Kansas House committee refused to restore $3.5 million in state money for a Kansas Bureau of Investigation crime laboratory at Washburn University.
    Committee members acknowledged Tuesday that the state needs a high-tech forensics lab to recruit scientists and ease a backlog of DNA evidence waiting for testing. But some committee members said they were concerned about the estimated $55 million cost of the lab. And they questioned a plan to lease the lab from Washburn, suggesting the state could get a better deal in the private sector.
    The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Washburn President Jerry Farley said Monday Washburn would bid the construction phase and issue bonds to pay for it. The bonds would be rolled into the cost of a lease with KBI.
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