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A few showers and thunderstorms will again be possible Thursday with a better coverage of rain possible this weekend. No major changes in temperatures with highs into the lower to middle 90's while lows at night stay mainly in the middle 70's. The tropics remain quiet.
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.