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Mississippi State finalist for Phi Beta Kappa chapter
Mississippi State University is finalist for earning a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a prestigious academic honorary society. MSU President Mark Keenum tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the school was notified it had been named a finalist by a Phi Beta Kappa selection committee. Keenum says the finalists will now be screened by the selection committee over the next two years, with the process including a site visit. The honor society is America's oldest and arguably the most prestigious.
 
Durst Retires from MSU
After 35 years in the Mississippi State University Communications Department, Wayne Durst is calling it a career. The longtime MSU Theater technical director says he won’t be stranger after he retires. Durst’s most recent show, ” All Shook Up” received rave reviews. On Wednesday, his friends and co-workers held a reception in his honor at the Grisham Room of Mitchell Memorial Library
 
Market fairness levels inequity (Opinion)
A Daily Journal editorial asserts: “The U.S. Senate’s passage Tuesday of legislation empowering all states to collect sales taxes for online purchases by residents sets the stage for restoring the balance in business transactions between local retailers and distant online retailers, plus providing much needed revenue for Mississippi and many other states. Mississippi’s U.S. senators, Republicans Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, joined 67 of their colleagues in the bipartisan vote for the Marketplace Fairness Act.”
 
Medicaid is no ‘welfare queen’ | Bill Minor (Opinion)
Longtime political observer and columnist Bill Minor writes: “Contrary to what many Mississippians seem to believe, Medicaid is no ‘welfare queen’ health care plan trumped up by the Obama Administration. Far from it. Furthermore, it has a 44-year history in Mississippi, launched in 1969 under an unlikely advocate, then-Gov. John Bell Williams. Two years earlier as a congressman, Williams had actually voted against creation of Medicaid under Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ program.”


SPORTS
 
Mississippi State freshman Bogaerts has made quick adjustment
Romain Bogaerts came to Mississippi State ranked as the 30th best tennis player in Belgium. When he arrived in Starkville, he planned to compete for the No. 5 spot in singles. As the Bulldogs prepare to host an NCAA tennis regional, Bogaerts has done a little bit better than planned — the freshman is ranked as the sixth-best player in the country.
 
MSU’s Bougard soars to heptathlon success
Erica Bougard had trouble letting go of her first love -- basketball -- but track and field eventually stole her heart. She excelled on the hardwood at Byhalia High School, averaging 13.9 points per game as a senior. But her best scholarship offers came in track and field, and so Bougard went to Mississippi State. Now a sophomore, she’s become one of the top athletes in the SEC, particularly in the heptathlon. It’s a seven-event competition in which Bougard can utilize many of her natural strengths. She’ll be a favorite to win at the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which begin today in Columbia, Mo. Bougard will also compete in the triple jump and the 4x400-meter relay



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