You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myStatesman.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myStatesman.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myStatesman.com.

Austin police hand over keys of troubled DNA lab to state


City officials plan to reopen the troubled Austin police DNA lab under an agreement in which the state will oversee the day-to-day operation of the now-shuttered facility, the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV learned Wednesday.

Under a proposed contract, the city of Austin will pay the Texas Department of Public Safety $800,000 a year to manage all aspects of the lab, including procedures for analyzing forensic evidence and the oversight of employees hired by DPS to work there.

The newly named Department of Public Safety Capital Area Regional Lab will focus exclusively on Austin police cases, Assistant Police Chief Troy Gay said.

“Right now, we have a multi-million dollar lab that is not being used, and this contract will allow the facility, which has remained vacant and under-utilized, to be fully functional,” Gay said. Austin police will have “no management and oversight responsibilities,” he said.

For the full story, click here



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Local

UPDATE: Crews now searching for body of missing boater on Lake Travis
UPDATE: Crews now searching for body of missing boater on Lake Travis

3:15 p.m. update: Emergency officials say they now searching for the body of a missing boater on Lake Travis. Rescue crews were called to the area off Hiline Road Sunday afternoon to search for a person who had gone missing from a party barge. It was not known how long the person had been missing. The search was called off shortly after 3 p.m. Officials...
Donald Trump’s first 100 days: How the president has changed Texas
Donald Trump’s first 100 days: How the president has changed Texas

From a renewed focus on deporting unauthorized immigrants to moves to build a wall along the Rio Grande, President Donald Trump has made his presence felt in Texas during his first 100 days in office. Trump moved quickly to follow through on his promise to crack down on illegal immigration, with coordinated raids in Austin and cities across the country...
Bill would give residents final say on whether they’re annexed
Bill would give residents final say on whether they’re annexed

Tim Mattox, an 18-year resident of River Place and a member of the homeowners association board, dreads the day when he and his neighbors in the master-planned community near Northwest Austin will be officially absorbed into the city and begin receiving its hefty tax bills. Despite pushback over the past decade from residents like Mattox — who...
Storms bring cooler weather to Austin, destruction to North Texas
Storms bring cooler weather to Austin, destruction to North Texas

At least five people were killed when a violent storm raced across North Texas Saturday night, however the Austin metro area was mostly spared with only some slight rain and hail that brought significantly cooler temperatures Sunday morning followed by sunny skies. The National Weather Service has confirmed that three tornadoes touched down around...
More Stories