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Report says more funding needed to cut into rape kit backlog

Pennsylvania government auditors said Wednesday new funding is needed to cut into the state's backlog of untested rape kits, and they suggested penalties against police agencies that do not meet testing and reporting standards imposed by a law enacted last year.

The auditor general's office released a report that followed the state Health Department's disclosure in May that there were more than 1,850 rape kits in Pennsylvania that had gone more than a year without being tested. There were more than 3,000 untested kits in all.

Auditors raised questions about the accuracy of the Health Department's numbers and said it will be costly to meet standards in the 2015 Sexual Assault...