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Up in the air: Fed rate hike remains unclear

Business News - 1 hour 54 min ago
Clarity is a rare commodity at the Federal Reserve lately.

Tim Draper won't have to pay his $1 million gamble

Business News - 2 hours 25 sec ago
Tim Draper's money is safe despite his offer to give away $1 million if 1 million people watched his reality show this week.

Rising seas threaten to flood launch sites, NASA says

CNN - 2 hours 24 min ago
NASA's rockets are astounding machines, capable of blasting into space at thousands of miles per hour and withstanding temperatures twice the melting point of steel.

Categories: National News

Mississippi State, Cadence Bank align to help businesses battle fraud

MSU News - 2 hours 30 min ago
 Is Your Business Ready for Battle?" The event was a partnership between MSU and Cadence Bank.

 Is Your Business Ready for Battle?" The event was a partnership between the university and Cadence Bank.

Contact: Harriet Laird, MSU Office of Public Affairs; Danielle Kernell, Cadence Bank

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A forum to help local businesses address the critical issue of cyberterrorism and develop strategies to guard against cyber fraud was held Thursday [Sept. 3] by Cadence Bank in partnership with Mississippi State University.

Speakers from Cadence and MSU’s Distributed Analytics and Security Institute addressed more than 120 business owners and executives for the forum “Cyber Attacks: Is Your Business Ready for Battle?”

“We often hear it’s a matter of when, not if, an attack will occur,” said Jerry Toney, president, Cadence Bank Mississippi. “We felt it was imperative that we take the lead in addressing such a monumental threat against businesses in the Golden Triangle. Helping local companies protect their financial assets is another way we can contribute to keeping our community strong and healthy.”

Presenters included Dave Dampier, director of Mississippi State’s DASI; Wesley McGrew, assistant professor for DASI; Roy Sexton, director of corporate security at Cadence Bank and former U.S. Secret Service; and Katrina King, treasury management executive at Cadence.

Dampier explored recent occurrences of cyber incidents in the news, vulnerabilities that enabled these incidents, and a framework for dealing with cyber intrusions. He stressed that cyber intrusions will happen, and every organization must have an adaptive incident response program in place for dealing with intrusion incidents. Such programs, he contended, are essential in minimizing the loss or theft of information, returning impacted systems back to normal operating status quickly, and properly dealing with the legal issues that may result from these incidents.

McGrew discussed the importance of penetration testing, including what to expect at each stage of the process.

“Every day, organizations face advanced threat perpetrators who are well organized, funded and motivated to compromise their targets,” he explained. “To have a shot, companies have to think like thieves.”

He emphasized that simulating relevant and realistic threats against a business’s network, performed by a skilled third-party team, should be a critical part of every company’s cybersecurity defense plan.

Sexton discussed the shift from the physical risks of years’ past to today’s cybersecurity threats. Former special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service’s Birmingham District Office, Sexton saw an explosion in cyberterrorism when he returned to the field in the early 2000s as well as increased involvement by the U.S. Secret Service. He challenged the audience with the question, “Are we prepared for the evolution of terrorism as we knew it?”

King continued with a conversation on cybersecurity best practice strategies. She urged businesses to educate their employees about cyber fraud risks and empower them as the front line of defense.

“Ensuring that anti-virus/spyware software is installed, functional and updated with the most current version is a must,” she added.

King recommended that all businesses use Positive Pay and ACH Positive Pay on every account. “These tools act as fraud prevention systems for check and electronic fraud by alerting businesses to potentially fraudulent transactions before they impact a company’s accounts,” she said.

Donald Trump: Same-sex marriage the 'law of the land'

CNN - 2 hours 33 min ago
Republican front-runner Donald Trump said Friday that he wished a Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, was not jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, but he added that the Supreme Court has ruled and it is "the law of the land."

Categories: National News

Are police really under siege?

CNN - 2 hours 34 min ago

Categories: National News

Football Begins 116th Season, Renews Rivalry With Southern Miss

Bulldog Beat - 2 hours 55 min ago
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State travels to face in-state rival Southern Miss in the season-opener for both teams at 9 p.m. CT Saturday in M.M. Roberts Stadium.

10-year-old hospitalized after termite fumigation

CNN - 3 hours 9 min ago
A 10-year-old boy is suffering from brain damage after a botched fumigation of his family's Florida home, according to a family attorney.

Categories: National News

Students protest transgender teen in bathroom

CNN - 3 hours 17 min ago
Missouri transgender teen Lila Perry began to feel like a girl when she was 13 and started appearing as one in school this year when classes began in August.

Categories: National News

Radio host Hugh Hewitt welcomes his 'Donald Trump tattoo'

Business News - 3 hours 46 min ago
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5 Ways to Keep Your Home Clean During a Remodel

Lifestyles - 4 hours 4 min ago

(NewsUSA) - Maybe you're finally updating your 1970s kitchen to one that's more sleek and modern. Perhaps it's as simple as remodeling a bathroom. Whatever the room, home renovations can be pretty hectic and messy.

To get through your renovation, home organization is the key. The following tips should help you stay on top of the chaos.

* Have files for everything. Paperwork should be kept in one place. Inexpensive file folders that are portable can help you stay structured. Create a file for all receipts, and as you post them to a budget, move them to another file labeled "posted." Permits and papers from the city should be kept together. Just for fun, create a folder of design ideas and pictures from magazines to keep you inspired.

* Cover it up. One word: plastic. No, not credit cards. Use it to cover all heavy furniture that can't be moved from the room. This will prevent dust and debris from getting into the cracks and crevices and keep the finish on the furniture looking shiny.

* Keep a list. No matter how good your memory, things are going to fall through the cracks. Hanging a clipboard on a nail in the area you are working in will help you to stay on task about people you need to contact, or things you need to do or buy for the next day.

* Have a place for everything. If you're doing the remodel yourself, there is going to be a certain amount of chaos and upheaval. One thing that will help reduce your stress level is keeping your tools in one place. Create a space, such as a table, where all small tools are kept. The larger tools can sit on the floor under the table. Every time you're finished with a tool, put it back.

* Contain your stress. If you're a person who turns to cigarettes or smokeless tobacco in times of stress, try your best to keep things clean by going outside to smoke or by carrying a portable spittoon. After all, you don't want a fresh burn mark or stain from a spill to end up on your brand new floors. FLASR has created a one-of-a-kind pocket-sized spittoon that allows users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for taking your snuff, dip or chew into any room that's being renovated. In addition, the Atlanta-based company's spittoon, has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spill and leaks often seen with cups and bottles. For more information, visit Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR).

Modern-Day Party Do's and Don'ts

Lifestyles - 4 hours 5 min ago

(NewsUSA) - It starts when you receive the invitation in the mail -- either your computer's Inbox or the one that your junk mail gets delivered to.

That complex social conundrum of being asked to a party.

Do you bring wine or beer? Is wine too pretentious? There's always craft beer, or is that elitist? And what to wear? Is it a casual gathering or a dinner party where at least a sport coat is needed? Is it acceptable to add a plus-one, since you just started dating the potential man or woman of your dreams?

While modern-day society may no longer follow the social dictates of Emily Post's rules of etiquette, there's nothing like a soiree to throw many of us into an internal tailspin.

To help navigate the often frustratingly opaque rules of attending a party, be it cocktail, dinner or a child's birthday, the following tips can help:

* Call to RSVP. The French may not have the corner on manners, but they do know that RSVP means respondez s'il vous plait, or please reply. This is essential for the host to get an accurate headcount and not responding is considered rude and inconsiderate.

* Decode the dress code. Is it a formal affair in which tuxes and dresses are appropriate, or a more casual, anything goes party? If you're unsure, it's never inappropriate to ask the hostess.

* Go dateless. Unless specifically stated, it is considered rude to bring an uninvited guest or to ask if you can bring a plus-one. If you can bring a date, remember to RSVP for them, or conversely, if you accepted for your guest and plans change, let the host know that as well.

* Hold your liquor. While you may want to imbibe all the free-flowing alcohol, avoid drinking to excess. Nothing is more disrespectful and uncomfortable than a drunk party guest, particularly at more upscale affairs.

* Take what you need to feel comfortable. For some that's a small bottle of aspirin to ward off a headache, a pair of more comfortable shoes discreetly hidden in the folds of a coat, an embroidered handkerchief rather than bulky tissue, or if you're a smokeless tobacco user, something other than a spit cup or bottle. Smokeless tobacco accessories, such as the portable spittoon created by Atlanta-based FLASR, will help you avoid the uncomfortable (not to mention sometimes messy) aspects of enjoying your snuff, dip or chew while at a party. The new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to al-low users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively and discreetly without unwanted attention.

For more information, please visit

Composer creates 8 hour album to put people to sleep

Business News - 4 hours 8 min ago
It's a lullaby for adults called "Sleep." A really long lullaby.

College athletes finally getting some cash

Business News - 4 hours 21 min ago
When college football players return to the field this week, they'll have a little bit more cash in their wallets.

Minimizing the Mess: How to Keep a Clean Home With Kids

Lifestyles - 4 hours 23 min ago

(NewsUSA) - No doubt about it, Americans like their "stuff."

We like to accumulate and surround ourselves with material things.

The late George Carlin summed it up when he quipped, "A house is just a place to keep your stuff while you go out and get more stuff."

The problem is that stuff creates a mess, and most people also like to be neat and organized. Unfortunately, the two concepts do not necessarily align, which is why companies like The Container Store boast close to billion-dollar bottom lines.

And when you have kids? Fugehdaboutit. The potential for messiness multiplies tenfold.

For those wannabe organized families who would like to declutter (or at least keep the detritus at bay), look no further than the tips below:

* Buy bins. These plastic tubs can be a godsend for parents whose kids either refuse to throw (or give) anything away, or who want to try and teach their kids to organize their things at an early age. It keeps the mess to a minimum and makes cleaning simple for both parents and children.

* Cue the cubbies. These three-drawer organizers can be stored in the closet, don't take up much room and allow kids to store odds and ends that might otherwise be everywhere but their bedroom.

* Have an in box. A parent of any school-age child knows the amount of paperwork that comes home is obscene and overwhelming. To that end, having one place for all incoming papers is paramount.

* Use hangers and hooks. These minimally priced inventions that hang on the backs of doors helps keep towels, scarves, coats and other items off the floor. Similarly, a shoe rack that hangs in the closet can also be a great organization tool for little ones.

* Consider a portable spittoon. For smokeless tobacco users, a portable spittoon can mean the difference between a permanent, albeit accidental, stain and keeping a potential mess contained.

To that end, companies like FLASR, creators of smokeless tobacco accessory products, can help. FLASR's portable spittoons are an easy-to-use solution that prevents unwanted spills and leaks that often accompany spit cups and bottles. The FLASR flask, for instance, has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, even if curious little hands get a hold of it. In addition, the new 4-ounce FLASR pocket-sized spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution for everyday use.

For more information, visit

MSU administrator receives major political science award

MSU News - 4 hours 39 min ago
K.C. Morrison

K.C. Morrison

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.—The head of Mississippi State’s political science and public administration department is receiving a major professional recognition.

Professor Minion K.C. Morrison is this year’s selection for the Frank J. Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service of the American Political Science Association. He accepted the honor in ceremonies prior to the association’s recent annual conference in San Francisco, California.

Since 2009, Morrison has led the academic unit that is part of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences. He also is a senior associate in MSU’s African American Studies program.

Morrison is the author of several books, the most recent of which is a biography of a major figure in the state’s 1960s civil rights struggle who later won election to the Mississippi House of Representatives. “Aaron Henry of Mississippi: Inside Agitator” is a July release of the University of Arkansas Press.

APSA was founded in 1903 and currently enrolls more than 13,000 members in more than 80 countries. Considered the leading organization in its academic field, the Washington, D.C.-based non-profit works to help political scientists in and out of higher education continually expand their knowledge of politics, democracy and citizenship throughout the world. For more, see

Established in 1996, its Goodnow Award recognizes the outstanding contributions of teachers, researchers and public servants working in the many fields of politics.

Morrison is a 1968 honors graduate of Tougaloo College who went on to complete master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also holds a certification in African studies from the University of Ghana in Accra.

Before returning to Mississippi, he held the Frederick Middlebush Chair of Political Science at the University of Missouri. He earlier taught at Syracuse University, Hobart and William Smith College and Tougaloo.

In extending the College of Arts and Sciences’ congratulations, Dean R. Gregory Dunaway praised Morrison for “epitomizing the very best in academic values.

“He has produced extraordinary scholarship, been an invaluable teacher and mentor to our students and has been an effective and highly respected leader at our university, as well as the larger community,” Dunaway added.

Learn more about the political science and public administration department at; the College of Arts and Sciences, at

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at


Spit Happens: Get Active This Summer With New Portable Spittoon

Lifestyles - 4 hours 41 min ago

(NewsUSA) - Summertime means outdoor barbecues, baseball games and time at the beach or pool. Outdoor activities are plentiful and often, but for the 9 million smokeless tobacco users, they can present a conundrum.

One of the problems for smokeless tobacco users is the unsightly, telltale "spit cup." For one, it can make others uneasy seeing a clear bottle sitting in a car, by the beach chair or on the deck in the backyard, never mind prompting uncomfortable conversation. Carrying a large chew-ing tobacco spittoon doesn't seem like a viable option either, nor does using a dip cup, which could spill and make a mess that can be challenging to clean up, depending on where the spill occurs.

So, what's a smokeless tobacco user to do this summer?

According to Everett Dickson, CEO of FLASR, an Atlanta-based tobacco accessory producer (OTCQB: FLSR), this scenario is just one of the many reasons his company created the portable spittoon.

"The small size of the FLASR portable tobacco flask allows users to enjoy smokeless tobacco unobtrusively in public without unwanted attention," said Dickson. "Whether you are fishing, at-tending an outdoor sporting event, heading to your company's picnic or enjoying a ballgame, FLASR is great for a variety of summer activities."

According to its website, the company's new 4-ounce pocket spittoon is designed to allow users to open and shut it with just one hand, making it an ideal solution to take anywhere while providing the user with "an elegant and easy-to-use solution for taking your favorite tobacco products along wherever your travels lead you."

For those who work or play outside more than they're in, the FLASR -- the original tobacco flask -- has an advanced closing mechanism, ensuring that it stays securely closed when not in use, eliminating the risk of spills and leaks often seen with cups and bottles.

The company plans on designing variations of the product to give consumers a greater choice of design options, including but not limited to, brands of sports teams, hobbies, interests, and more. FLASR is available in 400 stores across 10 states, as well as online.

For more information, visit Market listing: FLASR (OTCQB: FLSR)

MSU researcher studies e-cigarette regulation

MSU News - 4 hours 49 min ago
Robert McMillen

Robert McMillen

Contact: Alan Burns

STARKVILLE, Miss.--E-cigarettes may be creating a new public health threat and researchers are calling for more regulation.

Robert McMillen, a research fellow at Mississippi State University’s nationally recognized Social Science Research Center and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, is the lead author on an article that seeks to bring attention to e-cigarettes.

The article titled “E-Cigarettes: The Roles of Regulation and Clinicians” was printed Aug. 31 in The Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine publication.

McMillen raises questions about the role of e-cigarettes and their effect on the health of the individuals that use them. While e-cigarettes are widely viewed as less harmful than normal cigarettes, their effects are still largely unknown.

The e-cigarette market started in 2007 and has since seen substantial annual growth in use among adults from 2010-2013. In the absence of federal regulation, e-cigarettes have created a divide within the medical and public health communities.

Some clinicians and public health advocates worry that the use of unregulated e-cigarettes may be seen as an adequate therapy by patients and could dissuade them from trying a full nicotine replacement therapy. 

On the other end, is the argument for the value of providing nicotine through any other means other than cigarette smoking.  

“The harm reduction debate over the potential of e-cigarettes for smokers, however, overlooks another issue. People who do not smoke may initiate and maintain e-cigarette use,” McMillen said.

In the article, McMillen points out that e-cigarettes can produce volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, and other aerosolized toxins, but at lower levels than combustible tobacco.

“E-cigarettes are not harmless to users and bystanders,” McMillen said. “They are simply less harmful than cigarettes. These products haven't been on the market long enough for any potential long-term harms to develop.”

The debate about e-cigarettes stretches far beyond just smokers. The real worry is within the unregulated appeal to nonsmokers. Due to a lack of federal oversight, the e-cigarette market is attracting a growing number of nonsmokers or people who have never used combustible tobacco.  

“The features and marketing designed to make e-cigarettes attractive to smokers are also likely to broaden their appeal to non-smokers, especially adolescents,” said McMillen. “In our research, we found that at least 20 percent of current users of e-cigarettes were not smoking when they started using e-cigarettes.”

In June of this year, McMillen testified in front of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) addressing product design, flavors and marketing that appeal to younger individuals and non-smokers.

“E-cigarette regulations are needed to improve quality control, protect children from accidental poisonings, restrict marketing and appeal to youth, and protect non-users from indoor air pollution,” said McMillen.

While the FDA does not currently regulate the e-cigarette market, in 2010 a federal appeals court ruled that the FDA may regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products, as an alternative to the more rigorous approval process for drug delivery devices.

However, as of July 2015, the FDA has yet to finalize its authority to regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products. The regulation would allow the FDA to require health warning labels, restrict sales to people 18 years or older and prohibit free samples.

The regulation does not address marketing to people younger than 18 years, the use of menthols and other flavors in e-cigarettes that make the product more appealing, child safety issues, or prohibit the use of the devices in places that are smoke free.

For more information on the Mississippi Tobacco Control Unit, visit or contact McMillen at 662-325-7127.

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