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      SLED faces 4,500 case backlog

      The State Law Enforcement Division says it has about 4,500 cases from across South Carolina waiting for lab analysis. / FILE

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH/AP) -- The State Law Enforcement Division says it has about 4,500 cases from across South Carolina waiting for lab analysis.

      The state police agency gets about 350 cases each month. But Maj. Todd Huey says the lab can process only about 200 cases each month.

      SLED has lost 30 employees because of budget cuts over the past three years.

      Chief Mark Keel says the lab gives priority to violent crimes so most of the backlog involves property crimes.

      SLED's budget has been cut from about $36 million in 2008 to less than $24 million this year.

      "As we are going through our executive budget, you look at not just cutting every agency, but where does money need to shift over?" said Governor Nikki Haley.

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      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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