Orphaned by age 4, a school dropout by the 9th grade, and a cotton-picker in rural Louisiana, Ruby Duncan moved to Las Vegas for a better life. Instead, she found her aunt living with other poor African Americans in a cardboard shack in the desert.
Millions are on welfare, but where does that money go? Straight into the casinos, it seems! Californians spent nearly $12 million in Las Vegas casinos and drawn from ATMs. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is moving to block welfare debit cards in casinos.
The non-profit National Center for Youth Law is suing Clark County and the State of Nevada, accusing the two municipal bodies of violating state and federal law by routinely denying foster children stability, health care, and, in many cases, even the most minimal level of safety.
The suit names 13 children in Nevada's foster care system as co-plaintiffs and Youth law hopes the case will be catalyst for overhauling the state's child welfare system.
We'll talk with one of the attorneys representing those kids in the suit.