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Macabre, Costly 'Growth Industry' Cuts Into Fort Bend County's Budget

Fort Bend Now (Internet) 07/13/06 http://www.fortbendnow.com/news/1452/macabre-growth-industry-cuts-into-fort-bend-countys-budget What Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert termed an unfortunate “growth industry” and a by-product of urban crime is costing the county hundreds of thousands of dollars. Hebert and members of the county Commissioners Court reacted Tuesday to a budget request by the county Department of Health and Human Services to transfer $66,000 from a contingency fund to allocate more money for autopsy services. Law enforcement agencies routinely request autopsies in suspected homicides or other deaths under questionable circumstances. Because Fort Bend doesn’t have a medical examiner, the county contracts with the Galveston County Medical Examiner, who performs autopsies in conjunction with the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.



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