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Body farm for researchers and detectives opens near Tampa

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A “body farm” where researchers can study how corpses decompose will open next week in the Tampa Bay area with the burial of four donated bodies. Officials broke ground Friday on the Adam Kennedy Forensics Field, a five-acre patch of land north of Tampa. It’s the seventh such facility in the nation and the first in Florida’s subtropical environment. The oldest and most famous body farm in the U.S. is at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Officials in Florida…

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Area lawmakers, Dozier survivor pitch Pasco forensics lab to Rick Scott

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Legislators from Pasco County urged Gov. Rick Scott Monday to approve legislation authorizing construction of a $4.3 million criminal forensics laboratory there that would attack the state’s 16,000-case backlog of unsolved murders. “This is not about Pasco County. This is about the entire state,” Sen. Wilton Simpson said. The project would “greatly expand law enforcement’s ability as it relates to terrorism and as it relates to cold cases,” he said. “This project is going to change lives, and it’s going…

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