AG Cooper touts new DNA law with police chiefs


    ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper plans to talk to police chiefs from around the state about a new DNA law and fighting prescription drug abuse.

    Cooper is meeting with the chiefs Monday morning at their annual winter conference in Asheville.

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    Cooper will encourage police to take advantage of a new law starting Feb. 1 that allows them to take DNA samples from people arrested for some felonies and misdemeanors.

    Cooper says a previous law allowing DNA to be collected from all convicted felons in North Carolina helped solve hundreds of crimes.

    Cooper also will ask local police to join him for a program in March to encourage people to turn in old prescription drugs that could be abused.

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