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  The backlog of untested rape kits in Kentucky has grown larger than the initial 3,000 discovered in a state audit in 2015.

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A police official in Kentucky says all of the state's backlogged rape evidence kits have been tested. 

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  Kentucky has received a $3 million federal grant that will fund a new unit in the attorney general’s office to investigate sexual assault cold cases.

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A convicted rapist in Kentucky has been the first person indicted in authorities' statewide effort to test more than 3,000 old rape kits. 

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Kentucky is making progress in addressing a backlog of untested rape kits.  

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State officials say every certified law enforcement agency in Kentucky has adopted sexual assault response policies. 

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Researchers at the University of Louisville will monitor Kentucky's quest to rid itself of a backlog of untested rape kits and offer recommendations on how to avoid such log-jams in the future.

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Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office is providing law enforcement agencies a set of resources and guidelines to aid in investigating results of more than 3,000 backlogged rape kits. 

The so-called SAFE ‘tool kit’ includes instructions for managing the results, pre-planning investigations, reviewing DNA results and notifying and interviewing victims.  

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Attorney General Andy Beshear is commending victims of sexual assault for stepping forward and reporting what happened to them. He spoke in Bowling Green Wednesday about the backlog of 3,000 untested rape kits in Kentucky. Beshear said everything must be done to get the kits tested as soon as possible.

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Governor Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed legislation that requires all untested sexual assault examination kits to be sent to the Kentucky State Police crime lab by the beginning of next year.

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