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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia officials are studying a DNA database expansion to include more people convicted of misdemeanors.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that supporters expect a larger database to help solve more crimes, but opponents say an expansion raises cost and privacy concerns. The Department of Forensic Science's website shows Virginia's database now holds more than 415,000 offender DNA profiles.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state Senate committee is set to take up a bill abolishing the office of chief medical examiner and replacing it with a new division of forensic science.

The bill to be discussed Wednesday was drafted in response to 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 chief medical examiner Richard Callery is suspended with pay as officials investigate possible misuse of state resources.