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Friday, July 2, 2010 - 5:22am

Crime Labs To Stay Open

Crime labs in Columbus and Moultrie that had been set to close due to budget cuts, will keep their doors open after all. In a memo obtained by The Associated Press, Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said the Columbus lab will remain open and the Moultrie lab will be repaired and reopened. Both had been slated to close to help the state deal with a widening budget hole. In a June 10 letter, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker David Ralston urged Gov. Sonny Perdue to keep the labs open saying that closing them would leave East Central and Southeast Georgia without a regional crime processing labs. Cagle and Ralston said that would create a strain on the state's crime lab system and increase the backlog of cases.