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Lifting of Testing Ban Creates Opportunity at LVMS

Lifting of Testing Ban Creates Opportunity at LVMS


NASCAR drivers once came often to test in Las Vegas, and the track will open January 28 and 29 for them to do so next year.

NASCAR prohibited testing at tracks hosting Sprint Cup events following the 2008 season. Until 2008, Speedway officials said NASCAR test sessions at LVMS routinely drew 30 drivers or more for the two-day test sessions.

NASCAR’s announcement last week that it would allow all NASCAR Sprint Cup racing organizations to have four tests (not including Daytona) prompted speedway officials to open up the dates. Las Vegas Motor Speedway set aside two days for NASCAR Sprint Cup teams to test at the 1.5-mile superspeedway in preparation for the Kobalt Tools 400.

Memorial Planned for Airman Killed in Motorcycle Crash


A memorial for an airman who was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base is set for Friday.

Twenty-two-year-old Senior Airman Jimmy Rivera died in a motorcycle crash near Lake Mead's Callville Bay Sunday. Airman Rivera was from Pasadena, California and was part of the 823rd Maintenance Squadron weapons load-crew.

According to the National Park Service, they received a call about a downed motorcycle a little before 9:30 a.m. They found Rivera unresponsive about 75 feet off the road. Park rangers performed CPR for about 40 minutes before a paramedic pronounced him dead.

Locations to Pick Up Tickets for Obama Event

East Las Vegas OFA Office
3230 East Charleston, Suite 111
Las Vegas, NV


Green Valley OFA Office
2925 Green Valley Parkway, E
Henderson, NV


MacDonald Ranch OFA Office
1720 Horizon Ridge, #120
Henderson, NV


Northwest Las Vegas OFA Office
5061 N. Rainbow, Suite #150
Las Vegas, NV


Summerlin OFA Office7469
W. Lake Mead Blvd, suite 170
Las Vegas, NV


Central Las Vegas OFA Office
860 S. Rancho Drive, Ste. 7
Las Vegas, NV


North Las Vegas OFA Office
5135 Camino al Norte, Ste. 230
North Las Vegas, NV


Northeast Las Vegas OFA Office
4955 E. Craig Road, Ste. 15
North Las Vegas, NV

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.