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Vaccine exemptions on the rise for kindergartners across U.S.

ATLANTA, Ga. (CNN) — More parents and guardians
in the U.S. are getting vaccine exemptions for their kindergarten-age kids. The
CDC says there has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among
kindergartners.

The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality
Weekly Report Thursday. It shows that rates of young children not receiving
vaccinations against certain diseases, including measles, has steadily gone up
in recent years.

For the 2018-2019 school year, the national percentage of
kindergartners with an exemption from one or more required vaccines was 2.5%.

That’s a slight increase from
2.3% during the previous school year and 2.1% the year prior to that. ... Read More

Johnson & Johnson agrees to pay $117M settlement over pelvic mesh devices

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Johnson & Johnson has agreed to a $117 million multistate settlement with 41 states including Nevada over allegations it deceptively marketed its pelvic mesh products, which support women’s sagging pelvic organs.

Ohio’s attorney general said an investigation found J&J, the world’s biggest health products maker, violated state consumer protection laws by not fully disclosing the devices’ risks.

Numerous women who had the once-popular, hammock-like devices implanted claim they caused severe pain, bleeding and infections.

The settlement, which covers 41 states and the District of Columbia, requires the company to fully disclose risks and stop making inaccurate safety claims.

It comes as J&J is swamped with thousands of lawsuits claiming patients were harmed by products including baby powder, opioid painkillers and prescription drugs... Read More

2 bottlenose dolphins born at SeaWorld San Diego

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Those planning a trip to SeaWorld can expect to see two new dolphin calves at the theme park. The two bottlenose dolphin calves named were born to two different mothers on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 3:50 p.m. and on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 1:14 a.m.

SeaWorld said the calves gestated in their mother for 12 months.

Malibu is a 21-year-old bottlenose dolphin weighing approximately 475 pounds. This is her second calf. Her first calf, Kali, was born in 2009 and is also living at SeaWorld with her nurturing mother.

Maggie and her calf swimming together at SeaWorld San Diego.

Malibu has also been very supportive of other dolphin mothers and calves at the park. Maggie is a 16-year-old bottlenose dolphin weighing approximately 425 pounds. This is her first calf... Read More

Teacher shortage is a Clark County and nationwide issue

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County isn’t the only school district facing issues hiring teachers. Teacher shortages are a problem nationwide. There are more than 300,000 vacancies across the country, according to Nevada State College.

The college hosted a summit Thursday to address the issue. Community members and teachers advocates are discussing ways to address the issue. There were a series of workshops and group break-out sessions focused on solving four key issues: How to grow local teachers; increase diversity; build mentorship/leadership; and create family-community partnerships.

Currently, there are 740 vacancies within the Clark County School District. ... Read More

Knights’ Mark Stone on playing his old team, Ottawa

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Mark Stone has been a leader on the Vegas Golden Knights since coming over from the Ottawa Senators in a trade last season. He talked with 8 News Now Sports Reporter Ron Futrell about playing his old team tonight for the first time.

Stone has been the Knights top scorer since joining the team. Shortly after the trade, Stone signed a long-term contract that will keep him with the Knights through the 2027 season and pay him $9.5 million per season.

The Knights (4-3) face the Ottawa Senators (1-4) for the first time this season in T-Mobile Arena tonight. ... Read More

PHOTOS: Extravagant gifts in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2019

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Neiman Marcus Christmas Book 2019 is out and it once again features fantasy gifts. While these gifts are a fantasy for most people, it has been a popular section of the book. Most people like to see the over-the-top gift ideas... Read More

‘ShotSpotter’ technology expanded in an effort to fight gun crime in Valley

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department together with the Clark County commissioners announced that they plan to expand the ‘ShotSpotter’ gunfire detection technology into several neighborhoods in the Las Vegas Valley.

The technology does not replace the need for people to call 9-1-1 to report possible crimes in progress, but has proven to be useful tool in enhancing police response to scenes, evidence collection and crime-fighting efforts to stop gun violence.

ShotSpotter is an acoustic detection technology that uses audio sensors to detect, locate and alert police agencies to the location of gunfire incidents in real time.

The program was first launched in 2017 in the Northeast valley and was expanded to include a second location in South-Central and Southeast area of the Valley. ... Read More