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Surrounded by lawmakers and Clarence Carter, the director of the Department of Economic Security, right, Gov. Jan Brewer late Thursday signed legislation giving $4.4 million to DES to hire 50 more child protective services workers. Brewer eventually wants legislators to approve 150 more. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

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Lawmakers boost funding for Child Protective Services

State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to shoring up the state's overburdened Child Protective Services system.