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NC attorney general: Major changes at crime lab

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's attorney general wants to audit several sections of the embattled State Bureau of Investigation's crime lab.

Attorney General Roy Cooper said Wednesday are needed to restore public confidence.

Cooper wants the DNA section of the lab audited, along with the area that that conducts ballistics tests.

Cooper also has named former state Court of Appeals judge Gerald Arnold the interim director of the crime lab.

Arnold says he will review all sections of the lab to see if there are issues like the discovery by independent investigators that SBI agents helped prosecutors obtain convictions by misrepresenting blood evidence and keeping critical notes from defense lawyers.

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