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Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Jun 3, 2014

In addition to new funding approved recently by the U.S. House of Representatives, Memphis will get $750,000 to reduce the city’s untested rape kit backlog, the Memphis Daily News reports. The funds will come from the Plough Foundation. Mike Carpenter, executive director of the foundation, says it is a “last dollar” grant. “The city has to come up with the gap in funding, and then we will give the last $750,000 regardless of what the total cost is,” he said. The group also wanted assurances that the city would process every rape kit before it committed to the money.