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OH to speed up evidence processing

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Ohio's attorney general is announcing efforts by the state crime lab to cut the time it takes to process evidence.

When Mike DeWine took office in 2011, state investigators needed more than four months to process biological evidence, typically blood or other body fluids that could link a suspect to a crime.

The lab also needed 43 days for fingerprints.

DeWine's office said he will provide details Friday on how Ohio is reducing turnaround time for evidence and how these efforts are helping law enforcement.

Improving the crime lab was a campaign priority for DeWine, whose office has sought to speed processing by hiring more forensic scientists, adding equipment and doing a top-to-bottom analysis of how the lab handles evidence.