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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.

President Obama Arrives in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- President Barack Obama has arrived at Nellis Air Force Base near Las Vegas ahead of a campaign stop in one of the most economically downtrodden communities in the country.

Air Force One touched down at the base on Tuesday evening, almost an hour after the president left Reno on his third visit to the city in three months. Obama plans to meet with teachers and speak at Canyon Springs High School in North Las Vegas on Wednesday.

Education also was the theme on Tuesday, when he addressed a crowd at a community college in Reno.

Obama is spending millions of dollars in the key swing state that helped him win the White House in 2008. Polls show he is in a tight race with Mitt Romney.

8NewsNOW.com will carry live coverage of the President's rally Wednesday.

Obama: Military Budget Deal Unlikely by November


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he doesn't believe Congress can reach a deal before the November elections that avoids deep cuts in military spending, but says he is optimistic that reductions won't occur.

Obama says he has made sure that service members don't lose pay or benefits and veterans continue to receive their benefits. Obama made his remarks in interviews Monday with news outlets in regions with a large military presence.

Obama told the Virginian Pilot that Democrats must understand that any deal will require additional spending cuts. He said Republicans must accept the need for additional tax revenue. Without a deal, the Pentagon faces $500 billion in cuts over 10 years.