New forensics lab opened in southern Illinois

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BELLEVILLE - The Illinois State Police have opened a new forensics laboratory in southern Illinois to help them solve crimes.

On Tuesday, the Metro-East Forensic Science Laboratory opened in Belleville, and officials say it will feature state-of-the-art equipment.  

The new lab was funded through the state's capital construction program and was built on land purchased from Lindenwood University in 2007. The 64,000-square-foot lab will replace a much smaller lab in Fairview Heights.

According to Illinois State Police, the nearly $42 million lab will assist police agencies throughout the region with their investigations, testing everything from firearms to DNA.

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