Grant Money To Help Maryland Reduce DNA Backlog | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Grant Money To Help Maryland Reduce DNA Backlog

Play associated audio

Maryland is getting some help from the federal government to reduce a backlog in forensic DNA testing. The federal grants total almost $500,000 and were awarded under a program that helps states and local governments bolster their capacity to perform DNA analysis efficiently and cost effectively.

The goal is to aid crime fighting by reducing the time it takes for law enforcement to process forensic DNA samples. Most of the money, $350,000, will go to the Maryland State Police with the balance going to Anne Arundel County. In announcing the grants, Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland said the funding will give authorities the tools and technology they need to better prosecute crimes and put violent offenders behind bars.

Matt McCleskey reports...

NPR

U.S. Officials Believe North Korea Was Behind Sony Hack

The recent attack on Sony Pictures' computer network that resulted in a flood of confidential data has its origins in North Korea, U.S. intelligence officials say.
NPR

Japan's Butter Shortage Whips Its Cake Makers Into A Frenzy

For the Japanese, Christmastime means sponge cake. But a nationwide butter shortage has lead to mandatory butter rationing, forcing cake bakers to seek out substitutes.
NPR

TSA Administrator John Pistole To Leave At Month's End

John Pistole is leaving the Transportation Security Administration after 4 and a half years as its chief. He will become president of a Christian university in Indiana.
NPR

With Sony Hack, Nation State Attacks Go From Quiet To Overt

U.S. intelligence officials claim that North Korea was centrally involved in the hack against Sony. That's major news in the world of cyberwarfare, where nation states typically make covert attacks.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.