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Staff: Arizona child welfare head knew of problems

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Several employees testified that the director who supervised Arizona child welfare workers knew about uninvestigated child abuse cases back in 2011, the Arizona Republic reported Thursday. At least four workers said that Clarence Carter was informed about thousands of reports of child abuse and neglect that had gone without a state-mandated investigation.

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Governor plans to focus on education, public safety and economic development (access required)

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The 2013 legislative session ended with a bang, and Gov. Jan Brewer is hoping the bad blood and raw feelings won’t carry over to this year. The fireworks from last year’s Medicaid expansion fight are over, but there’s still work to do. As the governor enters her final legislative session – Brewer insists she can and might run again, though election law experts disagree and would-be successors are campaigning hard for her job – she plans to focus her attention on education, public safety and economic development.

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Brewer’s tone shifts on Clarence Carter

While Brewer resisted calls for Clarence Carter’s head and defended the embattled DES director last year, the governor was far less committal when our reporter asked her yesterday whether she’s committed to keeping Carter on the job and whether he still has her confidence.

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Who’s hot & who’s not: 2013 edition

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Among the most politically contentious in recent years, 2013 inevitably produced its set of diminished stars and short-lived meteorites — individuals and groups that made a strong impression, all for the right or wrong reasons.

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CPS crisis keeps troubled agency in spotlight (access required)

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Money was beginning to flow again to Child Protective Services after the economic downturn of the last decade. But the public disclosure on Nov. 21 that more than 6,000 calls into the Child Abuse Hotline were set aside without an investigation evaporated any illusion that CPS was changing for the better.

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