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EPA Expands COVID-19 Disinfectant List

March 16, 2020 — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing an expanded list of EPA-registered disinfectant products that have qualified for use against SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The list contains nearly 200 additional products—including 40 new products that went through the agency’s expedited review process. The agency also made key enhancements to the web-based list to improve its usefulness.

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Funding: Anti-Methamphetamine Program

February 18, 2020 — The COPS Anti-Methamphetamine Program (CAMP) is a competitive grant solicitation, open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures, in states with high seizures of precursor chemicals, finished methamphetamine, laboratories, and laboratory dump seizures.

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Funding: Anti-Heroin Task Force Program

February 4, 2020 — The COPS Office Anti-Heroin Task Force (AHTF) Program is a competitive grant solicitation, open to state law enforcement agencies with multijurisdictional reach and interdisciplinary team (e.g. task force) structures, in states with high per capita rates of primary treatment admissions.

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NY District Court Denies Motion to Preclude DNA Software Analysis

February 6, 2020 — A U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York has denied a defendant’s motion to preclude expert testimony regarding the results of a DNA analysis produced by using STRmix – forensic software used to resolve mixed DNA profiles.

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Webinar: Marijuana Analysis in a New Frontier

February 18, 2020 — As part of the continuing ASCLD Train the Director Series, presented by the NIJ's Forensic Technology Center of Excellence, a webinar on March 5 will examine the legal landscape of marijuana and hemp in two specific jurisdictions: one with legalized marijuana and one without. The analytical schemes used in both laboratories will be presented.

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ASCLD Announces New Innovation Award

January 9, 2020 — The Forensic Research Committee of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors announced the First Annual Innovation Award. The goal of the award is to recognize activities highlighting new technologies, protocols, or tools that impact operational U.S. forensic science laboratories.

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Forensic Podiatry (Part Two of Two)

THE DISCIPLINE of forensic podiatry—or, in other words, the examination of pedal evidence—has progressed significantly over the past ten years. It is no longer a question of “What can you do with a footprint?” but rather, “Who can we use to evaluate the footprint?” Cases involving pedal evidence, especially bloody footprints and issues of determining shoe sizing or fit issues compared to questioned footwear, have become more common over the past two or three years.

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