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Cloudy, cold, and rainy for a good part of our Friday. Our high temperature was felt early in the morning...in the low and mid 40's. Temperatures will steadily drop during the day, and fall to the mid and upper 30's by Saturday morning. We'll also include a 60% coverage of showers today. For Saturday, expect upper 30's ...
Spike in Texas foster deaths triggers safety plan
By PAUL J. WEBER
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- State child welfare officials are releasing new safety guidelines following a sharp increase in the number of Texas foster care deaths due to abuse or neglect.
The Department of Family and Protective Services on Friday released a report calling the deaths "not acceptable." At least eight foster children in Texas died from mistreatment in the fiscal year that ended in August. That's more than the previous four years combined.
Five more foster children have died in the past two months. Agency spokesman Patrick Crimmins says one of those deaths, an 11-month-old girl near Austin whose skull was fractured, is likely to be classified as mistreatment.
The new state plan calls for increased training and proposing more unannounced visits to foster homes.