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DENVER (AP) – The Colorado health department says independent tests so far have confirmed the reliability of blood-alcohol testing by a state toxicology lab, which suspended blood-alcohol and -drug testing after a report raised questions about its work.

Defense attorneys questioned the lab’s reliability after a consultant’s report noted complaints by some lab workers about blood samples kept in unlocked refrigerators and a supervisor making statements suggesting a bias favoring prosecutors.

The state lab sent about 800 of the thousands of specimens it has tested in the last 12 months to Indianapolis-based AIT Labs to be retested. The health department said Monday that initial results from 265 specimens found essentially what the state lab found, confirming the reliability of the state’s tests.

Results from remaining samples are expected in early September.

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