November 2011

CPS Task Force

Host Steve Goldstein talks to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery and Arizona Republic columnist Laurie Roberts about the Child Protective Services Task Force, and what can be done to better protect children in Arizona.

Child Abuse: Task Force Looks at Reducing Fatalities

The Arizona Child Safety Task Force will meet at the state capitol this morning.  The Governor created the 19-member panel after more than a dozen kids died at the hands or their parents or guardians over the past year. 

It will examine ways to improve how police and Child Protective Services investigate abuse allegations.   But as KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson reports, it will take more than a task force to prevent kids from dying due to abuse and neglect.

Tactic of Sham Candidates Suceeded in Past

Supporters of soon-to-be former Senate President Russell Pearce say the idea to have another candidate in the race to divert votes backfired.  Olivia Cortes dropped out of the recall election after she revealed in court that she had no idea who paid for people to collect signatures or who paid for and put up signs with her name on them. It’s not the first time a so-called “sham candidate” has been used and it may not be the last. KJZZ’s Paul Atkinson has the first in a two-part series looking at the questionable campaign tactic.