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Court limits DES powers in family reunifications

Court limits DES powers in family reunifications

Arizona Supreme Court says DES can't unilaterally return kids to abusive parents.

July 14, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…
What's going up? More comfort food; truck shop

What's going up? More comfort food; truck shop

Satisfying readers' curiosity about what's under construction around Tucson.

July 12, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Brewer signs bill creating new child-welfare agency

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer signed groundbreaking legislation Thursday to create and fund a new Department of Child Safety, at least in part to solve problems that she may have helped create.

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Arizona senators tentatively OK $63 million to get Department of Child Safety started

PHOENIX — State senators gave preliminary approval Wednesday to creating a new Department of Child Safety and providing $63 million in new funding to get it started.

May 28, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…

Lawmakers say child-welfare funding should come with conditions

PHOENIX — Top legislative leaders are telling Gov. Jan Brewer she can have the money she wants for child welfare — but not all at once.

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Brewer seeks $60 million for new child welfare agency

PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer asked lawmakers Thursday to immediately approve nearly $60 million to create a new child welfare agency and revamp how Arizona handles abuse and neglect complaints.

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Brewer vetoes outside probe of child-welfare office, signs other bills

PHOENIX — Calling the spending unnecessary, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a measure Wednesday to hire an outside expert to study the state’s child-welfare agency.

April 30, 2014 5:34 pmLoading…

Report: Ariz. provided food stamps to incarcerated, dead

PHOENIX — Arizona provided food stamps and welfare benefits to some people behind bars — and some who were dead — according to a new report.

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Bill would create unpaid training for Arizona's jobless

A bill that would create a new kind of job-training program to help the unemployed get back to work faster is advancing in the Arizona Senate.

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Brewer moves to abolish CPS, create new cabinet-level agency

Brewer moves to abolish CPS, create new cabinet-level agency

Gov. Jan Brewer greets her audience from the Arizona Capitol podium, where she gave her State of the State address. She’s flanked by Senate President Andy Biggs, left, and Speaker of the House Andy Tobin. Her speech opened the legislative session.

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CPS ignored 6,000 child abuse reports, leaving kids at risk

PHOENIX — Almost one of every 12 child-abuse complaints reported to CPS since January was not investigated.

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Updated: 6,000 Arizona child abuse complaints not investigated

PHOENIX — Close to one out of every 12 complaints of child abuse since January were not investigated because Child Protective Services workers deemed them not important enough to follow through, agency officials said Thursday.

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Brewer orders DES to find $650,000 for family assistance

PHOENIX — Facing pressure by community groups and criticism from legislative Democrats, Gov. Jan Brewer agreed late Monday to have a state agency shuffle around $650,000 in its budget to cover welfare payments for 3,200 needy families through the end of the month.

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State action should save Ariz. businesses $42 per worker

PHOENIX — The state is borrowing $200 million this week to pay off the last of what it owes the federal government for providing jobless benefits to out-of-work employees.

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Myriad new state laws take effect today

Myriad new state laws take effect today

PHOENIX — Starting today, ferrets will be forbidden in restaurants as service animals.

September 13, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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DES outlines new system to oversee Arizona's safety nets

PHOENIX - The director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security is rolling out a plan to fix what he calls a flawed system for overseeing the state's safety net programs.

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Contract glitch almost derails jobs for Arizona disabled workers

Twenty-three training programs for disabled Arizonans were spared the possibility having to send hundred of clients home on Monday after the state issued them last-minute contract extensions late Friday.

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Bill requires proof of firing to collect jobless benefits

PHOENIX - A House panel voted Wednesday to require those seeking unemployment benefits to prove they were fired and did not just quit.

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2 panels OK $4.4M infusion for CPS

PHOENIX - State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday toward shoring up the state's overburdened Child Protective Services system.

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