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Gov. Jan Brewer dissolves child welfare agency

By By BOB CHRISTIE

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she is getting rid of the state's scandal-plagued Child Protective Services agency and creating a new Cabinet-level division to oversee child welfare.

The Republican governor used her State of the State address Monday to announce her executive order dissolving the troubled agency.

The move comes after recent revelations that Child Protective Services failed to investigate 6,500 reports of abuse and neglect, a scandal that she says broke her heart "and makes me angry."

Brewer has praised a special team she created to investigate the problems and says that more than 3,000 children have now been seen by social workers or police.

She says she has selected the leader of that special task force, Juvenile Corrections Director Charles Flanagan, to run the new agency.

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