Trump signs bill to eliminate backlog in rape kit testing

first_imgABC News, End the Backlog(WASHINGTON) — President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation that provides funding to help states eliminate backlogs in rape kit testing. The measure, signed Monday, will help deal with the more than 100,000 rape kits across the country that remain untested. Advocates say that, without proper federal funding, they might never be tested.The Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act of 2019, named after a victim of rape in 1989 where the evidence wasn’t tested until 1994, also funds DNA training and education programs, as well as the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Grant Program.“We know that DNA is much more likely than fingerprints to result in the identification of a criminal,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement, “yet thousands of rape kits currently sit untested in labs and on police storage shelves across the Nation.”It’s important to test rape kits as soon as possible since statutes of limitations bar prosecution of perpetrators in certain states.Since 2004, the Debbie Smith Act has had considerable success. According to advocates, almost 200,000 sexual offenders have been identified, and over 40% of all DNA matches since 2005 were because of resources that became available because of grant money. The measure has had a history of being reauthorized with bipartisan support but this time was caught up in a dispute over reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. According to Grisham, each year $151 million will be allocated for the Debbie Smith DNA Backlog Grant Program, “$12.5 million for DNA training and education programs; and $30 million for the Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Grant Program.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Auction hammer falls on Townsville marina apartment after just 15 minutes

first_img“We knew there was significant interest, you’re always a bit nervous when you can’t communicate with bidders because they’re effectively behind a computer screen. You really don’t have any influence over what they’re going to do,” said Justin Nickerson of Apollo Auctioneers.“But once the bids started coming, they came fast and furious, which was good to see.”With strict guidelines in place for the real estate industry as the country continues to fight COVID-19, agents, auctioneers, sellers and buyers are having to adapt to a constantly evolving environment.“It’s been interesting; you’re almost unlearning a lot of things you’ve learnt over the past ten years or so and are putting a new strategy in place,” Mr Nickerson said.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“To the general public’s credit, people have been pretty happy to change things, to adapt and to improvise and I think they will be some formats to this that will probably stay.For Mr Dank, despite having been in the real estate industry for nearly two decades, he too has found it easy to adapt to this new way of selling.“I’ve been very fortunate; being one of the older ancients, I’ve adapted pretty quickly.“I sold a place three-and-a-half weeks ago on FaceTime to someone that was locked down in Victoria and they never saw it. I was just brutally honest about what I thought about the house and showed them what I like to call ‘the prickles’, you know, the things that they would have to do some work on and the great features that it offered and the things that they could do to improve it.“Being a North Queenslander, we’re just very upfront and honest about stuff.”Mr Dank also encouraged more people looking to sell to take the leap.“Look, in this market people have sometimes got to work outside the box. They’ve got to try new things. It was risky, but people need to be open for change because the buyers are there in their droves.“For Townsville, we may not see massive increases in the short term, but they will come up under pressure”. Townsville home brings people together “We launched it right in the middle of COVID. In fact, a lot of people questioned me about launching it, but good property sells no matter what the market’s like.“This was a niche market property. The last one that I know of that came up with a berth was in 2013. When they come up, the buyers come out of the woodwork.”Held via the Gavil Live Auctions app and with eight registered bidders participating in the auction. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenDream homes that’ve sold during COVID-1901:19center_img 22-16 Sir Leslie Thiess Drive, Townsville City, sold for $700,000 in 15 minutesA property in Townsville’s marina last Saturday sold within 15 minutes for a comfortable $700,000 during an online auction..The 133sq m residence at 22/16 Sir Leslie Thiess Drive generated plenty of interest, not least because it came with a 16m marina berth. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom waterfront apartment, with parking for two vehicles, presented a unique offering to the Townsville market.Explore Property, Townsville agent Dean Dank said he was confident that despite the auction being online, it would attract the right buyer.“Obviously it’s always something that we think about, if it’s going to hit the reserve or not, but the interest that the marketing brought was massive,” he said. The property attracted more than 30 inquiries.MORE: Townsville region is primed for a housing recoverylast_img read more

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Bulldog Grapplers Take On Golden Bears

first_imgThe BMS Wrestling team fell just short to Shelbyville on Tuesday night losing 47-32.Leading for the Bulldogs were Hunter Laudick, Austin Pohlman, Josh Mobley, and Jacob Weigel who all won by pin. Tyler Schaeffer and Chase Hamilton both contributed with wins for the Bulldogs by decision.The BMS Wrestling team travels to Greensburg Thursday evening for their final regular season bout of the year beginning at 5:30.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Bob Weiler, Jr.last_img

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