Submitted by Katelyn Supa on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 4:07am.

RALEIGH, NC (AP)-- Several changes designed to improve North Carolina's state crime lab and its credibility following a scathing report about past work is one vote away from Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk. The Senate unanimously agreed Wednesday to a package that came from recommendations made by a panel of lawmakers and outsiders meeting earlier this year. The proposal creates a permanent advisory committee of scientists to review the forensic methods used by the lab and makes it a felony to deliberately withhold or misrepresent lab evidence. The lab's official name and purpose also would change. Lawmakers are acting after a review by former FBI officials uncovered more than 200 cases the lab may have been improperly handled during a 16-year period ending in 2003. The bill needs one more vote in the House. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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