Officials say Houston's success in clearing its backlog of untested rape kits should be seen as a model for other Texas cities to follow.
Mayor Annise Parker said Wednesday that Houston has spent $4.4 million in city and federal funding to address its backlog of more than 6,600 rape kits.
The funding was used by the city to send its kits to two outside labs for testing as part of rape investigations. Parker says she expects the testing to be completed by early next year, at the latest.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democratic candidate for governor, helped secure $11 million in funding to test the backlog of 20,000 rape kits around the state, and called Houston a "stellar example" of what a city can do to address the problem.