State officials admit even before now, there has been a high level of concern over whether or not the Texas Department of Family Protective services has been running as it is expected to. Now, a grand jury indictment alleges inactivity on the part of CPS led to the sexual and physical abuse of three young girls in Hidalgo County.
After that indictment, Governor Perry ordered a statewide investigation into the agency. The Health and Human Services Commission will start by listening to complaints and looking at child abuse investigations procedures. They'll also make decisions on whether or not to remove children from their homes.
In the meantime, Texas Comptroller, Karol Keeton Strayhorn says action should have been taken months ago after her staff's investigation into the system. "Changes to this broken system could and should have been made with legislative direction, but that has not occurred. Texans care and Texans dare and that's why I've instructed my staff to develop legislation for the 79th legislature to act on."
Albert Hawkins, of the Texas health and Human Services Commission, says, "It's a policy concern on the part of the Governor, that we may not have in place a reliable system that meets the needs of vulnerable children and he wants us to make sure we make improvements to the system as needed to meet that goal."
NewsChannel 11 spoke with Holli Campidilli from our local Child Protective Services. She says they have nothing to hide. They actually welcome the investigation because there is always room for improvement.
Takuma Sato gave Andretti Autosport a 2nd consecutive victory in the Indianapolis 500 by holding off Helio Castroneves in the closing laps.
Memorial Day is the traditional beginning of summer when families and friends gather to barbecue, travel and do anything else freedom and warm weather allow. But we shouldn’t lose sight that it’s also the most sacred day of the year for the U.S. military - the day to honor American troops who died in combat.
Students from 17 countries competed in the global finals of Destination Imagination this weekend and two Lubbock teams are coming home champs.
As millions of people across the country prepare for Memorial Day on Monday, hundreds of men, women and children right here in Lubbock understand a little bit more about what the day truly means.
While millions of Americans celebrate the long Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer, some veterans and loved ones of fallen military members wish the holiday would command more respect.