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Anheuser-Busch InBev agrees to buy SABMiller in biggest beer deal ever

Business News - 1 hour 6 min ago
Anheuser-Busch InBev has agreed to buy its main rival SABMiller for ÂŁ68 billion ($104 billion), creating a super brewery with sales of $55 billion.

Did the NFL kill Twitter accounts for Deadspin, SB Nation?

Business News - 3 hours 53 min ago
Twitter accounts for two sports websites were suspended Monday after the NFL and other groups filed a number of complaints under a copyright law.

'Introduction to Export Control' seminar on tap Thursday afternoon

MSU News - 3 hours 57 min ago

Join the Office of Research and Economic Development at Mississippi State for an "Introduction to Export Control" seminar on Thursday [Oct. 15] from 1:30-3 p.m. in the Bost Extension Center theater. Neil Lewis, the director of the university's Office of Research Security, will lead the presentation.

The session will provide a basic foundation for understanding and working with export control, including defining an export, why export control is necessary, and the difference between export control and export compliance, among other significant issues.

Please register for this event at If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Taylor at 662-325-3168.

Brand launch livestream available online Tuesday afternoon

MSU News - 3 hours 57 min ago

Mississippi State officials are planning the launch this week of an innovative branding initiative aimed at positioning the university for the future. Special festivities are planned for 3 p.m. on Tuesday [Oct. 13] in Lee Hall’s Bettersworth Auditorium.

A livestream of the event will be available online at

Jason Rezaian's brother logs many miles ? and emotions ? to free him

Business News - 4 hours 31 min ago
"Starting my 15th trip to DC this year," Ali Rezaian tweeted early Monday morning. "Still don't know what the verdict is."

Playboy to eliminate nude photos from the magazine

Business News - 6 hours 46 min ago
Soon "I read it for the articles" will be more believable.

Democratic debate has tough act to follow (Trump)

Business News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 18:36
While political pros speculate about how Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will fare in their first debate, television pros are debating how many people will tune in to watch them.

Fall flu shot clinics on campus Tuesday and Wednesday

MSU News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 18:12

University Health Services at Mississippi State will again offer a series of flu shot clinics on campus this fall.

Shots are available for adults, as well as for children who are at least 12 years old. The cost is $20. Cash, check or a personal Banner charge are accepted forms of payment. Please note that insurance will not be filed for this service.

This week's clinics will be held:

* Tuesday [Oct. 13] -- Herbert Hall lobby, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Wednesday [Oct. 14] -- Drill Field - 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (Rain location: Longest Student Health Center classroom.)

Upcoming clinics include:

* Oct. 20 -- Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems, PACCAR Board Room, Research Park, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 21 -- McCool Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Oct. 27 -- Thompson Hall, Room 127, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Oct. 28 -- Lee Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

* Nov. 3 -- Hunter Henry Center, Room A116, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

* Nov. 4 -- Allen Hall lobby, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

HP boss Meg Whitman trashes Dell's EMC deal

Business News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:58
Read full story for latest details.

Chinese investors put $400 million into U.S. startups

Business News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:42
Young U.S. startups have a lot to be hopeful about.

MSU music department presents Homecoming choral concert

MSU News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:41
Mississippi State choir members rehearse at the university’s Band and Choral Hall. (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

Mississippi State choir members rehearse at the university’s Band and Choral Hall. (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—As part of 2015 Homecoming week festivities, Mississippi State’s music department is sponsoring a choral concert Friday [Oct. 16] at the city’s First Baptist Church.

Free to all, the 7:30 p.m. concert will feature performances by the Women and Men of State ensembles conducted by adjunct piano instructor Gail Kopetz and adjunct voice instructor Peter Infanger, respectively.

Also performing is MSU’s premier choral ensemble, State Singers. The group will be conducted by Gary Packwood, MSU associate professor and director of choral activities.

Selections for the evening program include works by Felix Mendelsohn (1809-47), Mack Wilberg (1955-), Gustav Holst (1874-1934), Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), Edvard Grieg (1843-1907), Alice Parker (1925-), among others.

Since 2011, members of MSU-sponsored ensembles have toured and performed throughout France and Normandy, in addition to appearances at New York City’s prestigious Carnegie Hall and American Choral Directors Association state and regional conferences.

Selected through competitive auditions, members of this year’s ensembles represent Mississippi and seven other states, as well as a range of academic disciplines across campus. For more, visit

Additional concert and ensemble details are found at Packwood also may be reached at 662-325-3490 or

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, MSU’s music department offers a bachelor’s degree in four areas of music education, as well as a bachelor of arts in music. Learn more at, and

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Crying Mets fan invited to playoff game by NY radio host

Business News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:36
There's no crying in baseball, but for one Mets fan crying may have helped him get a ticket to a big playoff baseball game.

Obama talks rural values, race and Fox News with author

Business News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:26
This year has seen the White House employ an unconventional media strategy, with President Obama sitting down with compelling cultural figures outside the realm of politics or the press.

MSU alumnus endows, inaugurates art department lecture series

MSU News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 17:21

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A Starkville native and graduate of Mississippi State’s College of Architecture, Art and Design will serve Thursday [Oct. 15] as the inaugural guest speaker for a new lecture series he and his wife are endowing at the university.

With their $25,000 donation to the MSU Foundation, Eric and Gina Yonge have established the Eric and Gina Yonge Lecture Series in the university’s art department. The purpose of the series is to prepare fine arts students for life after college by engaging them in thoughtful discussions about how to market themselves and their talents.

Free to all, Yonge’s presentation titled “ReVision” takes place at 3 p.m. in Giles Hall’s Robert and Freda Harrison Auditorium.

President and creative director of Kennesaw, Georgia-based EYStudios, Yonge will advise students on how to effectively become a critical part of any organization, as well as develop business leadership potential.

Since its inception more than a decade ago, the e-commerce brand development company has specialized in user experience and product merchandising. For more, see

Additional details about Yonge’s campus visit are available from Angi Bourgeois, associate professor and interim art department head, at 662-325-2970 or

Learn more about the College of Architecture, Art and Design by calling 662-325-2202 or visiting, and

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MRSA: The tiny bacteria that can tackle giants

Health - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:52

Categories: Health

Doomed cholesterol drug causes Eli Lilly's worst day since 2008

Business News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:26
Eli Lilly just suffered its darkest day since the 2008 financial crisis.

Space Cowboys look to break world record

MSU News - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:06
Following a victory in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering competition this summer, Mississippi State University’s rocketry team, the Space Cowboys, is trying to build a rocket that will break the world speed record for amateur rockets. Pictured (from left) are team members Peter Wetzel, Jacob Stephens and Eric Stallcup. (Photo by Russ Houston)

Contact: Zack Plair

Following a victory in the Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition this summer, Mississippi State University’s rocketry team, the Space Cowboys, is trying to build a rocket that will break the world speed record for amateur rockets. Pictured (from left) are team members Peter Wetzel, Jacob Stephens and Eric Stallcup. (Photo by Russ Houston)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—For 10 years, they’ve called themselves the Space Cowboys. Now, they also can call themselves champions.

Soon, they hope to be world record holders.

Earning top honors recently at the 2015 Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition in Green River, Utah, the Mississippi State University rocketry team is turning its focus on breaking the world speed record for amateur rockets, which currently stands at roughly four times the speed of sound.

“We are thinking beyond competition to developing cutting-edge technology,” said Keith Koenig, professor of aerospace engineering and faculty adviser for the Space Cowboys. “That project may take a couple of years.”

MSU President Mark E. Keenum said the international competition win by MSU’s Space Cowboys “is yet another acknowledgement of our university’s growing reputation as a center of both nationally and globally relevant research.”

“I continue to be proud of how our students push themselves not only to compete, but to excel in so many fields of research,” Keenum said. “This team in particular rose to the occasion in international competition.”

At this year’s IREC, the Space Cowboys topped its rivals after almost a decade of near misses. Asimov, the team’s 13-foot maroon rocket, flew 22,562 feet and reached a maximum speed of Mach 1.51 (about 1,150 miles per hour).

More than 70 universities representing seven countries competed at IREC. Notably, MSU’s Space Cowboys bested teams from engineering powerhouse schools such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan.

“What this indicates is that our students here at MSU know what they are doing, and our education is as good as anybody’s,” said Koenig. “It also shows that despite a terribly demanding curriculum, this team can pull itself together and work together to accomplish a monumental task.”

The team of 23 students, most of whom were undergraduate engineering majors, spent 10 months designing, building and testing Asimov – named for “I Robot” author Isaac Asimov – before taking it to Utah this summer, Koenig said. At the competition, Asimov was judged for its design, flight and the functionality of its payload, he added.

Established in 2005, Koenig said the Space Cowboys competed nine straight years at a National Aeronautics and Space Administration-sponsored event. Often, he said, the team finished near the top, including a second-place finish in 2014. Having proven they could “fly with anyone,” Koenig said the Space Cowboys entered this competition year with a “quiet confidence.”

Team chief engineer Eric Stallcup, a senior aerospace engineering major from Huntsville, Alabama, who managed the team’s budget and led all technical aspects of the project, said he didn’t know how well the team would compete at IREC, especially with the “strong and deep” field of competitors.

“Going in, I did not expect us to compete for an award, but I did know we had an excellent rocket,” he said. “After the excellent launch of the rocket, I started to think we might have a chance. The win was incredibly validating.”

Stallcup admitted the team’s new focus was “the most ambitious” in its 10-year history, but he believes the Space Cowboys are up to the challenge. In a September launch of Asimov in Argonia, Kansas, he said, the rocket flew 25,500 feet at a top speed of Mach 2.1, or 1,500 miles per hour, both of which are team records. The speed also was roughly halfway to the team’s world record goal.

Ultimately, Stallcup said he wants to become a rocket scientist with NASA or the U.S. Department of Defense. He believes his time with the Space Cowboys has afforded him the hands-on technical knowledge and leadership training to help get him there. But he said the desire that first placed him on his planned career path is the one that still drives him.

“I just really enjoy launching rockets,” he said. “Who doesn’t?”

For more information on the Space Cowboys, visit

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Americans Prefer Cleaning Toilets Over Researching Health Benefits

Lifestyles - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:05
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(NewsUSA) - When it comes to choosing the right health insurance plan, American workers are not spending much time researching the best options for themselves or their families. Even though the terms of health insurance policies can change year over year, 56 percent say they devoted less than 30 minutes to researching their benefits options during their last open enrollment, according to the 2015 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey.

In fact, many workers would rather be doing almost anything other than researching their health benefits. The survey found that more than a third (38 percent) would rather clean out their email inboxes, 23 percent would rather clean their toilets and 18 percent would rather do their taxes.

Despite the shift to more consumer-directed health care, U.S. workers are in denial about the financial consequences resulting from their health insurance choices. This is concerning, given that an Aflac study found more than half (52 percent) of workers have less than $1,000 on hand to pay out-of-pocket medical costs associated with unexpected serious illness or injury. And 42 percent waste up to $750 annually with mistakes made during open enrollment with insurance benefits.

Employees need to weigh not only the monthly cost of insurance plans, but also the amount of the total cost of their health care that they will be responsible for.

Here are four tips to help employees choose the right benefits and protect their wallets:

1. Review and compare benefits information. Be aware of annual insurance policy changes to avoid costly mistakes.

2. Understand the financial implications your choices have on your budget. Calculate yearly medical expenses, like deductible costs and monthly premiums.

3. Consider adding voluntary insurance for more financial protection. Accident, critical illness and hospital policies help cover what major medical insurance doesn't, such as out-of-pocket costs and other expenses that continue to roll in even if you're too ill or injured to work.

4. Seek advice from HR or insurance consultants to help understand your benefits coverage.

To learn more about the 2015 Aflac Open Enrollment Survey, visit

Avoid Drugs and Surgery With Chiropractic Care

Lifestyles - Mon, 10/12/2015 - 16:02
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(NewsUSA) - Talk about bad odds.

Americans have an 80 percent chance of experiencing back pain in their lifetimes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

But making matters even worse is this: Say you do experience such pain, and you're told -- as too often is the case -- that your only options are either drugs or surgery. The former is potentially addictive. And as for the latter...well, many believe this headline from a publication focused on natural health says it all: "Back Surgery: Too Many, Too Costly, and Too Ineffective."

The truth is, there's a third option that a growing number of experts now say should be used before anyone even thinks of making patients go through either or both of the others.

That option? Chiropractic care.

"Medical care certainly has not solved the everyday symptom of low back pain, and even may be reinforcing and exacerbating the problem," renowned orthopedist and spine researcher Gordon Waddell, MD, says.

Indeed, numerous studies have found that chiropractic care, with its drug-free and non-invasive focus on spinal manipulation, results in:

* Better outcomes

* Lower costs

* A much higher degree of patient satisfaction, as witnessed by the 94.3 percent positive rating reported by the military health program TRICARE among participating active and retired Army personnel.

"It's gratifying that patients and practitioners are seeing the wisdom of considering chiropractic first, medicine second, and surgery last," says the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress' Gerard Clum, DC.

To learn more or to locate a doctor of chiropractic, visit


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