ATLANTA (AP) -- Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has approved hiring 100 new child protective service workers to help with a recent spike in new cases.<br />
Deal said in a statement Wednesday that the number of child abuse and neglect reports has increased significantly since the Division of Family and Children Services launched a centralized 24-hour child protective services intake center.<br />
The agency reported a backlog of more than 3,300 child protective services investigations in late June. Deal says he's looking to reach a goal of a 15 to one caseload to caseworker ratio by 2017.<br />
The move is the latest in a series by state officials to improve child welfare services after several high-profile deaths involving children who had been involved with DFCS. Bobby Cagle was recently named as the agency's Interim Commissioner.
Police have identified a man shot near the Underground Atlanta shopping and entertainment complex in the city's downtown area.
Authorities say the suspected gunman ran to Underground Atlanta after firing shots at another man near Peachtree Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Police later identified the victim as at 24-year-old Khiry Clemons.