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      Snyder OKs $4 million to test Detroit rape kits

      Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a spending measure that allocates $4 million to test thousands of unprocessed rape kits in the city of Detroit.

      The goal is catching suspected rapists who've gone undetected for years because of a DNA testing backlog. The state in 2009 discovered more than 11,000 untested kits in a Detroit Police Department storage facility.

      The bill signed Wednesday lets Detroit operate a detention center in a former state prison and includes money for a new student safety hotline. There's also funding for the Grand Rapids Veterans Home and money to carry out a deal so Albion high school students go to Marshall.

      The legislation also funds building projects at universities and community colleges and a new state Emergency Operations Center.