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Watchdog Group Gives Kansas 'F' For Transparency

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A journalism watchdog group is giving Kansas state government a failing grade for transparency.

The nonprofit Center for Public Integrity says the deaths of several children in the foster care system should have prompted an audit of the state agency that oversees the system. But Republicans on the Legislative Post Audit committee blocked an investigation.

The use of private email address by members of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration to conduct state business also drew criticism.

Kansas’ “F” grade for transparency ranked it 42nd among the 50 states. It ranked 10th as recently as 2012.