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Top Stories: A Report Says Dallas County’s CPS Is In A ‘Downward Spiral’

May 19, 2016

The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new report says Child Protective Services in Dallas County have been in a “downward spiral” for at least five years.

The Center for Policy, Innovation and Program Coordination at the Department of Family and Protective Services conducted the report. It cites a “negative culture, employee flight, increased workload, increased stress, and negativity — all with no apparent urgency on the part of upper management.”

Low pay and a heavy workload has contributed to a high turnover within the agency. As a result, cases of suspected abuse and neglect have lingered.

A four-year-old Grand Prairie girl died in April under the care of her mother and boyfriend. CPS has been blamed for not acting quickly enough to remove her from the home.

Other stories this morning:

  • According to new census numbers, a North Texas suburb was among the fastest growing U.S. cities from 2014 to 2015.  
  • The Dallas-based Hunt Group has ended its bid to buy Oncor for now, but officials say they’re working on another plan to gain ownership.
  • In 1862, one of the largest mass executions in U.S. history happened in North Texas. A new film screening Saturday explores that dark period in Texas history.

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