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Candidates Want More Help For Troubled DCS

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Democrat and Libertarian candidates for governor say Indiana’s Department of Child Services needs more help from the next governor following a series of child deaths and the resignation of its director.

Libertarian Rupert Boneham told business and political leaders at an Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s event Monday that DCS needs more workers to help children and should explain where it spends its money.

Democratic John Gregg says rather than budget cuts like Gov. Mitch Daniels made to the agency, the agency needs more money.

Republican candidate Mike Pence says DCS already is improving child protection in Indiana.

DCS Director James Payne resigned Monday following a report in The Indianapolis Star that he became involved in a case involving his grandchildren and a custody dispute between their parents.

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