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Arizona law allows individuals to order blood tests from a licensed clinical laboratory without a doctor's request. Direct access testing was approved last year after being heavily supported by one blood testing company that is now facing multiple lawsuits, leaving other blood testing companies in the state to pick up the slack.
There is already an infrastructure in place to identify immigrants in the criminal justice system who might be deportable. But efforts to accelerate and increase deportations will partially depend on local cooperation, which was an obstacle for the Obama administration.
Climate change explains cooler winters and hotter summers in the valley. It may also explain an increasingly wetter valley. A study released Monday said the valley is in one of the key regions expected to be most affected by changing weather patterns.
The Navajo Nation is suing the federal government over a mine waste spill that contaminated three rivers including the tribe’s irrigation source. An EPA cleanup crew triggered the 3 million gallon blowout of yellow sludge at a Colorado mine in August 2015.
Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams is moving 169 officers to patrol duty in an effort to make up for a shortage in that area, as the head of one police union has called the situation a staffing “crisis.”