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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A Delaware Superior Court judge has refused to issue a blanket ruling suppressing evidence in scores of pending drug cases because of an evidence tampering scandal at the state drug-testing lab.

But in a ruling issued late Monday, the judge said prosecutors in individual drug cases will have to meet a higher standard for establishing a chain of custody indicating that evidence has not been tainted.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware's state Senate is set to vote on a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The legislation to be voted on Thursday was prompted by a scandal involving evidence tampering and theft at the state drug testing lab, which is part of the medical examiner's office. 

Two employees of the medical examiner's office have been arrested, and the chief medical examiner is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.