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Published July 15, 2013, 03:05 PM

Stenehjem: Crime lab staffing will remain intact

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says potential cuts from a federal drug prevention program to the state crime lab will not affect staffing at the facility.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem says potential cuts from a federal drug prevention program to the state crime lab will not affect staffing at the facility.

The director of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program warned nine crime labs in the region earlier this month that funding would likely be trimmed in the next fiscal year and possibly eliminated after that because of budget pressure.

The North Dakota lab is slated to receive about $78,000 this year.

Stenehjem, whose office runs the lab, says he never likes to see a reduction in funding for law enforcement. However, he says state lawmakers have "stepped up and filled in the gap."

Stenehjem says some new equipment purchases may be put on hold, but there will be no job cuts.

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