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Arizona official promises plan to probe abuse cases

PHOENIX -- The head of an Arizona agency that failed to investigate 6,000 child-abuse reports is expected to release a plan to clear up the backlog.

The plan is expected to be revealed by close of business Monday.

A spokeswoman for Department of Economic Security director Clarence Carter said he has identified a number of Child Protective Services staffers who will be assigned to investigate the cases.

Spokeswoman Tasya Peterson said Gov. Jan Brewer has approved using overtime for the urgent job.

Carter revealed the problems on Thursday and was grilled by members of the Legislature's Child Protective Services oversight committee.

Some Democrats have called on him to resign, but Brewer, a Republican, is supporting him.

State police are reviewing how the mistakes happened.

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