Tag: DNA

Texas DPS will no longer absorb evidence analysis costs

Texas (KFXV) – Beginning in September, local city and county police departments will be required to pay the state to analyze their evidence. Before this new regulation the state absorbed the fee. Often at municipal police departments have the Texas Department of Public Safety analyse the evidence such as DNA and drug tests. Local police say the new measure is necessary. “This is very necessary because of the DNA evidence and everything we submit to the lab.” – Noe Castillo The Rio Grande City police chief says his department investigators estimated that per fiscal year, the cost to analyze...

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12 Year Murder Case Re-Opens

Hidalgo County (KFXV) — In Hidalgo County, a 12 year murder case re-opens with the defense asking for more time. Attorneys for Claudio Alberto Morales, the main suspect in the case — requesting to review more evidence and to contact other witnesses that may be key during trial. Reports show Morales’ blood found at the scene of the homicide. DNA testing showed a match to his blood from another crime involving a bank theft. The suspect charged with capital murder and given a million dollar bond. Morales’ next hearing is scheduled for March...

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Next of Kin Sought for Identified Deceased Man

HIDALGO COUNTY (KFXV) — The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s office needs your help locating the family of a man who has been identified after being found dead in the Rio Grande River. Law enforcement identified Jose Luis Martinez – Chavarria through a DNA analysis. He was found dead in March of last year around 10:40 in the morning. The U.S. Border Patrol, and the Mission Fire Department, in coordination with the Sheriff’s Department recovered his body. According to authorities, Chavarria has a tattoo of two hearts with the words “Luis Loves Angie” on his left ankle. If you can help...

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Doping report details ‘institutional conspiracy’ in Russia

LONDON (AP) — A new report into systematic Russian doping details a wide-ranging "institutional conspiracy" that involved more than 1,000 athletes across more than 30 sports, including evidence corroborating large-scale sample swapping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren said Friday the conspiracy involved the Russian Sports Ministry, national anti-doping agency and the FSB intelligence service, providing further details of state involvement in a massive program of cheating and cover-ups that ran on an "unprecedented scale" from 2011-15. "It is impossible to know just how deep and how far back this conspiracy goes," McLaren...

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Investigator: FDA still taking months to recall tainted food

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials failed to force a recall of peanut butter and almond products for three months after advanced DNA testing confirmed salmonella contamination, government investigators reported Thursday. Despite new legal powers to compel recalls and sophisticated technology to fingerprint pathogens, the Food and Drug Administration allowed some food-safety investigations to drag on, placing consumers in jeopardy of death or serious illness, according to the inspector general’s office at the Department of Health and Human Services. In an unusual urgent warning called an “early alert,” the internal watchdog said the FDA needs to pay “immediate attention”...

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