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Gina Meier-Hummel, right, started her job as secretary of the Kansas Department for Children and Families on December 1. She was introduced by Lt. Governor Jeff Colyer, left.  (File photo / Kansas Public Radio)

A new secretary took over the Kansas Department for Children and Families this month. Her first priority: shoring up the overburdened foster care system.  Gina Meier-Hummel, the new administrator of the state’s social welfare agency, is now receiving daily reports about kids who’ve run away from their foster homes and how many are sleeping in offices awaiting a place to stay.  Hear more from the new KDCF secretary in this interview. 

In order to graduate from high school, Kansas students will soon be required to take CPR training.

Diane DeBacker, the state's former education commissioner, will now advise the governor's office on education policy issues.

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press.

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will not reconsider a death sentence for a southeastern Kansas man who fatally shot a sheriff during a 2005 drug raid.  That story and more news headlines inside.

Brandt Haehn, who headed a division within the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, is accused of sexually harassing a woman who worked for a disability service provider. 

Here's a look at area headlines from the Associated Press

A state task force on child welfare is meeting this week for the first time since a new administrator took over the state child welfare agency.

A KDADS official was briefly suspended after department officials discovered that he had been sexually harassing an employee.

Former employee Jennifer Gill says that after KDADs official Brandt Haehn sent her sexually graphic videos, her boss protected Haehn and fired her. 

KU head basketball coach Bill Self says his team has gone soft. (Photo: KU Sports)

The Jayhawks were still trying to recover from a stunning 74-65 defeat to the Washington Huskies at the Sprint Center in Kansas City on Wednesday.

This week on KPR Presents: how about a good book or two for the readers on your holiday shopping list? Join Kaye McIntyre for this look at the best new books by Kansans or about Kansas.

Here's a summary of Kansas news headlines from the Associated Press.

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