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Mom Accused in Toddler's Death Had Long History with ACS

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A 29-year-old mother accused of killing her 2-year-old toddler had just regained custody of him and three of her other kids earlier this year.

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WNYC News

Incidents of Mother-Child, Murder-Suicide Are Not Uncommon, Experts Say

Monday, July 09, 2012

Three children were allegedly killed by their mothers in separate incidents in New York City last week — a type of murder-suicide that experts say is not uncommon.

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WNYC News

After Conviction of Mom and Grandmother in Tot’s Death, Focus to Shift to Girl’s Caseworkers

Thursday, June 07, 2012

A case that began with the discovery of an emaciated and battered body of 4-year-old Marchella Brett-Pierce in September 2010 came to an end this week, when her mother and grandmother were given maximum jail sentences after being found guilty of the child’s death.

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WNYC News

ACS Chief: What the City Can Do for Incarcerated Youth That the State Can’t

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

New York City is a better place for local youth serving sentences than upstate facilities, which can cause separation that has “devastating” effects, ACS Commissioner Ron Richter told WNYC.

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WNYC News

Boy to Testify Against Mother in Abuse Case

Monday, March 12, 2012

A mother who is charged with killing her four-year-old daughter will face testimony from her six-year-old son, either in court or on closed circuit TV, depending on the decision of a Brooklyn Supreme Court Judge, next month.  

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Transportation Nation

After Red Light Cameras Are Turned Off, Houston City Council Approves Big Settlement With Vendor

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Photo by Gail Delaughter/KUHF

(Houston, TX -- Gail Delaughter, KUHF) The Houston City Council has voted to approve a  settlement with American Traffic Solutions, the company that operated the city's red light camera program.

legal battle erupted between the city and ATS after voters rejected the cameras in 2010, four years after they went into operation. The city's contract with ATS wasn't set to expire until 2014.

The cameras were shut off  after the 2010 referendum but they went back on for a short time last summer after a federal judge ruled the red light camera referendum was improperly placed on the ballot. The city council has since voted to repeal the original ordinance that allowed the cameras.

Under that settlement ATS will get close to $5 million over the next three years. Officials say about $3 million in fines is currently held in escrow, and there are $25 million in fines the city is still hoping to collect.

Houston Mayor Annise Parker says traffic violators are the ones who are paying the settlement and not taxpayers.  But if the city can't collect the money from those unpaid tickets, under the terms of the settlement that money would come out of the city's general fund.

And if the city does collect the unpaid fines, the agreement calls for ATS to share in that money.  The company's total take could be as high as $12 million if the city can collect everything it's owed.

The cost of each ticket is $75 and there's also a $25 late fee.

ATS has also agreed to drop its lawsuit against the city, and to take down all of its cameras within 60 days. About 50 cameras were in operation at the time the program was suspended.

The vote on the council to approve the settlement was 13-4.  Those against the settlement said they weren't happy that taxpayers may have to foot the bill if the city can't collect the outstanding fines.

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WNYC News

ACS Agrees to Better Protect Kids Aging Out of Foster Care

Friday, October 21, 2011

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The city has agreed to provide better services for children aging out of the foster care system, the Administration for Children’s Services vowed on Friday.

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WNYC News

Family Court Judge With Child Welfare Background Tapped to Lead ACS

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Family court judge Ronald Richter was tapped by Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday to take over the Administration for Children's Services — bringing with him an intimate knowledge of the child welfare agency that some think could help it during this difficult time.

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WNYC News

Outgoing Child Welfare Chief's Reputation Often Overshadowed by Troubled Tenure

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Outgoing Administration for Children's Services chief John Mattingly was a highly respected child welfare expert, but his seven-year tenure at the agency was often overshadowed by high-profile child deaths.

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Radio Rookies

Group Home

Friday, February 29, 2008

14-year-old Krystle has been living in a group home in Manhattan. In her radio story, Krystle documents what life is like in the group home.

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