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Panetta Orders Action to Curb Sexual Assaults in the Military

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force to improve the quality of sexual assault prevention training for their prospective commanders and senior enlisted leaders.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said the goal is to make training better and more uniform among the services.

The services also will review policies on all military training of enlisted personnel and commissioned officers.

The Panetta order is the latest in a string of actions he has taken to try to curb the frequency of assaults.

Panetta has said there were nearly 3,200 reported cases of sexual assault in the military last year, a slight increase from 2010. Many cases go unreported, and Panetta has said the real total last year may have been close to 19,000.

 

Officers Injured in Crash Near Nellis and Lake Mead

LAS VEGAS - Two Metro officers were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries Friday after an accident near Nellis and Lake Mead Boulevards.

A 2006 4-door BMW rear ended the officers when they were both at a traffic stop. The officers were in separate vehicles.

The officers and the driver of the BMW were taken to University Medical Center, all with non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the BMW was treated, released, and arrested for DUI.

8 News NOW will have more information as it becomes available.

Study: Military Drinking 'Culture' now a 'Crisis'

Study: Military Drinking 'Culture' now a 'Crisis'

 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new study says substance abuse among troops has become a "public health crisis" and Pentagon methods for dealing with it are outdated.

The study by the Institute of Medicine, part of the National Academy of Sciences, says about 20 percent of active duty service members reported they drank heavily in 2008, the last year for which data is available. And, binge-drinking rose to 47 percent in 2008 from 35 percent in 1998.

The study says new methods are needed to help troops. Those include better trained counselors and more outpatient care as opposed to relying so heavily on hospitalizations and residential programs.

Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary

Scabies Outbreak Reported at Heard Elementary

 

School officials notified parents at Lomie Heard Elementary School on Tuesday that several students were diagnosed with scabies.

Principal Kori Deal sent home a letter informing parents that some students are being treated for the tiny itch mites and asking that any parent suspecting their child might have contracted scabies take them for medical care before returning them to school. Deal also wrote that she requested the school be sprayed with pesticides to kill any remaining mites and rescheduled the school’s open house for September 20.

School district officials referred to the outbreak as “minor,” but one Heard parent wrote on the 8 News Now Facebook page that as many as 40 students are being seen for potential scabies symptoms. Susan Johnson also wrote she feels “the lack of common sense in handling this (situation) is ridiculous. School should be canceled and (it should be treated) instead of creating an epidemic that affects the … troops on base.”

Thunderbirds Fly Over Las Vegas Strip

People along the Las Vegas Strip got a holiday treat when the Thunderbirds flew over Monday morning.

The jet demonstration team is stationed at Nellis Air Force Base. The team performed the "Delta" formation of red, white and blue F-16s over the Strip at around 11 a.m., as they returned to Nellis. 

Ryan Speaks Out Against Military Cuts

 

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- Republican Paul Ryan says Mitt Romney will prevent planned cuts to the U.S. military if elected president.

The GOP vice presidential hopeful spoke to supporters Thursday in Fayetteville, N.C., home to the Fort Bragg Army base and a large number of military families.

Ryan warned of the cuts to military spending outlined in sequestration, a series of automatic, across-the-board cuts that will take effect if Congress doesn't reach a budget solution in the next few months. Half of the cuts are set to come from the Pentagon.

As a Wisconsin congressman and chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan voted for budget control legislation that included sequestration. He spoke favorably about the agreement on the House floor.

Ryan has since voted for legislation to block the cuts.