Wisconsin rape kits generate 560 DNA matches, half from new potential suspects

Wisconsin authorities have identified at least 560 DNA matches by analyzing evidence from sexual assault kits that had been left untested for years, according to new state figures. The DNA matches include 224 “cold hits” pointing investigators to people who weren’t previously named as suspects in sexual assault cases. > Appleton Post Crescent

Josh Kaul’s new ad hits Brad Schimel hard on testing just 9 rape kits in 2 years

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According to the second campaign ad released by Josh Kaul, Democratic challenger for Wisconsin attorney general, incumbent Brad Schimel’s office tested less than 10 rape kits during his first two years in office. That’s was out of more than 4,000 backlogged evidence kits. Watch the 30-second spot here.

Coffee with the Candidates: Josh Kaul

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Democrat Josh Kaul is challenging Brad Schimel for the job as Wisconsin’s attorney general, who he says has failed Wisconsin residents on key safety issues. He’s also a supporter of legalizing medical marijuana. Watch the 90-second clip of Kaul’s conversation with ABC 12 Milwaukee.

DNA backlog grows to nearly 800 cases in state crime labs, new figures show

State crime lab workers have recently sped up drug tests, but a backlog of months-old DNA evidence has continued to grow. Attorney General Brad Schimel, who oversees the crime labs, released new figures Friday about the tests, four weeks after USA TODAY-Wisconsin requested them under open records laws. > Appleton Post Crescent

AG candidates duel over coins, rape kits in matching ads

Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel is readying a new ad defending his decision to give police commemorative coins and his efforts to test sexual assault kits. Schimel challenger Josh Kaul has been ripping Schimel for spending on the coins and for taking three years to test thousands of sexual assault evidence kits. > AP News / WPR

Schimel launches new spot defending coins, rape kit tests

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Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel is readying a new ad defending his decision to give police commemorative coins and his efforts to test sexual assault kits. Schimel challenger Josh Kaul has been ripping Schimel for spending on the coins and for taking three years to test thousands of sexual assault evidence kits. > AP News

Lawmakers propose 72-hour mandate to submit rape testing kits

State lawmakers say they’re considering putting forth a bill to make testing sexual assault kits more uniform across the state. Those kits are used to analyze evidence in sexual assault cases. Earlier this year, Attorney General Brad Schimel announced the state finished testing a backlog of thousands of kits. > ABC 2 Green Bay