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New App Gives MSU Parking Info
Parking at Mississippi State University now is more user-friendly with the addition of a new Parker motorist guidance smartphone application and ParkEdge parking publishing platform. In collaboration with California product manufacturer Streetline, Inc., the new app and web browser provide near real-time insight on available parking, including policy information for specific campus lots. Mike Harris, director of parking and transit services, said MSU’s unprecedented growth in recent years has created a challenge for students, employees and visitors looking for available parking.
 
State's Master Gardeners convening in Brookhaven
Polish your lawns and prune your gardens as this week Brookhaven hosts the 2013 Mississippi Master Gardeners Convention. Some 200 horticulture enthusiasts from across the state will be attending the convention with registration starting Tuesday at noon in the Lincoln Civic Center. Tours will be given of a local nursery, a Mississippi State University experimental station and a plant that turns tree bark into various grades of mulch and soil, and a historic journey through downtown Brookhaven is also on the schedule. Keynote speakers include various professors of horticulture and agriculture professionals as well as Lincoln County's own Cindy Hyde-Smith, Mississippi commissioner of agriculture.
 
Former MSU Student In Running To Be Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader
A former Mississippi State student has made it to the final round of tryouts to become a member of the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. Lauren Reed was a member of the Mississippi State Pom Squad for four years. She is the only candidate from Mississippi to make it to finals. Reed is one of 50 of the original 150 contestants that remain.
 
Starkville to go dark Sunday morning
Residents of the city of Starkville will spend some time in the dark early Sunday morning. The Tennessee Valley Authority says there will be a forced power outage citywide beginning at 12:01 a.m. on May 19. The outage will allow TVA workers to make upgrades to the system and improve electrical service. The outage could last as long as five hours in some sections of the city.
 
It's a tie! Ward 2 alderman race comes down to May 21 runoff
A day dedicated to declaring a winner in the Starkville Ward 2 alderman race achieved the exact opposite on Monday. The Democratic Municipal Election Committee approved, opened and counted six affidavit ballots just after noon on Monday at City Hall, and the results actually tied the Democratic primary between incumbent Sandra Sistrunk and Lisa Wynn at 181 votes each. [Subscriber-only content.]
 
Medicaid cuts set to kick in Jan. 1; Dems push for special session
The Obama administration said Monday that federal cuts in hospital payments for treating indigent people will begin Jan. 1, prompting top Mississippi Democratic lawmakers and others to urge Gov. Phil Bryant to call a special session to discuss expanding Medicaid in the state. On Monday the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released proposed regulations for the implementation of reductions in Medicaid disproportionate share payments to hospitals. “Both the governor and the Division of Medicaid have consistently speculated that the cuts will not occur,” state Rep. Bobby Moak, D-Bogue Chitto, said Monday. “With the release today, they have been proven wrong. Should the Mississippi Medicaid program not be expanded to offset these cuts, our hospitals will be irreparably harmed. We again call on the governor to call a special session to deal with this issue as soon as possible.” But Bryant’s spokesman said the proposed cuts won’t change the governor’s position.
 
Cochran: Is federal bioenergy program undercutting foresters?
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is questioning whether a U.S. Department of Agriculture bio-based marketing program amounts to a bias against traditional forest products and whether such policies are fair. Cochran broached the topic at a Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2014 budget request for the USDA. The USDA BioPreferred product labeling program offers certified labels to manufacturers for products made of renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials. The label also grants these products federal procurement preference, which means the federal agencies are encouraged to purchase them to the maximum extent practicable.
 
Plywood panel maker Natron Wood’s new Louisville plant to hire 200
Oregon-based plywood panel producer Natron Wood Products is moving into a vacant 250,000 square-foot building in Louisville and will create 200 new jobs as it begins operations. The plant represents a $10 million investment by Natron Wood Products, Gov. Phil Bryant said Monday at an official announcement of the plant in Louisville. Natron Wood’s Winston County facility will produce specialty plywood products, such as plywood overlay panels, which are commonly referred to as Medium Density Overlay and High Density Overlay. The panels are used primarily in large vertical and horizontal concrete structures and other residential and commercial construction applications. The facility will also produce high-grade marine plywood and sanded plywood products.
 
Farmer loses seed patent case; Supreme Court sides with Monsanto over use of genetically-modified soybeans
Monsanto Co. and other companies that patent seeds may prohibit farmers from growing a second crop from their genetically modified seeds, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously. The closely watched decision was a clear victory for agribusiness giants and their biotechnological innovations, which have increased crop yields. But it was a setback for the many disgruntled farmers who have complained about the high cost of these miracle seeds. By a 9-0 vote, the justices decided the patent for a specialized seed outlives the first planting.
 
Lobbyists spending down this year, Northrop Grumman leads the way for defense sector
Some of Washington's biggest spenders are spending less than they use to. An analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics shows lobbyist spending dropped in the first quarter of 2013. The exceptions were those groups involved in some hot-button issues, including gun rights interest groups. Northrop Grumman, based in Falls Church, Va., is the only defense sector contractor to land in the overall top 10 in spending for the first quarter of 2013. It also led the way for defense spending in 2011-2012, according to CRP. The bulk of defense spending goes to Republican candidates, but is fairly evenly divided among the top five companies.
 
IRS tea party scandal is 'un-American' and a 'travesty,' lawmakers fume
Capitol Hill is awash with bipartisan condemnation of the Internal Revenue Service’s acknowledged targeting of conservative advocacy groups, as lawmakers in both chambers gear up to investigate. They’ll be looking into not only whom to hold accountable, but also what legislative changes are necessary to restore integrity to the tax man that Americans already love to loathe. “The IRS,” said Sen. Max Baucus (D) of Montana, chair of the Finance Committee, in a statement, “will now be the ones put under additional scrutiny.”
 
Justice Department Secretly Obtains AP Phone Records
The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its gathering of news. The target of that wrath is the U.S. Justice Department, which secretly collected phone records for several AP reporters last year. The AP says it's caught in the middle of a Justice Department leak investigation. The scope of the Justice Department subpoenas is what gives David Schultz, a lawyer for AP, pause. "It was a very large number of records that were obtained, including phone records from Hartford, New York, Washington, from the U.S. House of Representatives and elsewhere where AP has bureaus. It included home and cellphone numbers from a number of AP reporters," Schulz says.
 
Tate Reeves stumps for McKay at fundraiser in Ocean Springs
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves was on the stump Monday night, speaking at a fundraiser for Ocean Springs mayoral candidate John McKay. Reeves spoke to about 40 invited guests, including Ocean Springs aldermen Chic Cody, Bobby Cox and James Hagan, as well as Jackson County Supervisor Troy Ross, at the home of Dr. Jim and Jane Sutton. Sutton, in his introduction of Reeves, referred to him as the "Vice President of the State of Mississippi." Reeves immediately qualified that remark. "I want to be clear. I am NOT Barack Obama's vice president," Reeves said. "I agree with nothing he has to say. If you look at what's going on in Washington versus what's going on in our state government in Jackson, you see a clear difference in direction," he said, adding that Mississippi is on a "clear, conservative path."
 
Southaven Mayor Greg Davis' trial resumes
In testimony given at the resumed trial of Southaven Mayor Greg Davis in a Hinds County courtroom Monday, it was learned that Davis' administrative assistant Kristi Faulkner created a fake invoice purporting to be from an Arizona psychological counseling center at Davis' behest, and provided a printed copy to State Auditor investigators. The trial resumed after several months hiatus in the ongoing investigator into questionable spending by Davis on trips and other items. The date of May 13 is proving to an inauspicious anniversary for Davis who is on the June 4 general election ballot for mayor. On this date in 2008, Davis lost a bid for the U.S. Congress in a runoff with Democrat Travis Childers who would go on to beat Davis again in the general election.
 
Tennessee governor vetoes 'ag gag' measure over constitutional issues
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have compelled investigators into animal abuse to turn over their footage within 48 hours, saying it might be unconstitutional. The Tennessee Republican said Monday that so-called “ag gag” legislation would make it more difficult to prosecute animal cruelty cases and would repeal part of the state law that lets journalists protect confidential sources. He also agreed with state Attorney General Robert Cooper’s assessment that the bill is constitutionally suspect. But the governor also called on state lawmakers to revisit the issue. He expressed sympathy for farmers who say they fear “large-scale attacks on their livelihoods” from secret recordings.
 
How much do Mississippi's public college presidents make?
The Chronicle of Higher Education released its annual rankings of executive compensation at 191 public colleges, including Mississippi schools. According to the Chronicle, public college leaders are seeing an increase in pay. The median base compensation rose to $441,392 from 2010-2011. As for the Mississippi public college president's total compensation for the 2012 fiscal year, according to the Chronicle, Mississippi State University's Mark Keenum had $458,299; University of Mississippi president Daniel W. Jones received $454,298; and former University of Southern Mississippi president Martha Saunders made $369,125.
 
Ole Miss students test possible Picasso collages
Art students at Ole Miss have a mystery on their hands. They have two collages that could be from Picasso, and they are, they could be worth millions. Ole Miss students are busy testing two pieces that could have been done by Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, two famous artists from the 1900s. If the collages are a match, they could be worth between $20 million and $30 million. "You sneeze the wrong way, you brush up against it, anything like that can be really, really nervewracking," said student Caleb Ezell.
 
John Winkle, renowned UM poly sci professor, retires after 39 years
A beloved University of Mississippi professor of political science retires this month, but his calendar will still be full for some time to come. John Winkle, who joined the faculty in 1974, has left an indelible mark on the university during his 39-year career as both an academic and a motivator, Ole Miss said in a news release. Winkle was instrumental in the creation of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College and the honors program before it. In the summer of 1996, he wrote a statement proposing an academic vision for a new honors college, which would be part of a larger document that then-Chancellor Robert Khayat would take to a prospective donor.
 
Restoring beauty: $1M donated to USM landscaping efforts
It took just a few seconds in February for a tornado to lay waste to the University of Southern Mississippi’s oak-sheltered front porch. Now the landscape plan to restore that lost beauty is racing ahead of schedule, thanks to a fundraising effort that has dashed past the halfway point of its $3 million goal — in less than one month’s time. Southern Miss Physical Plant Director Chris Crenshaw said the successful fundraising plan has cut the time frame for the campus restoration -- originally believed to be four to six years -- in half. Give credit to a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor, announced Monday. Also give a nod to a new fundraising strategy that raised more than $130,000 in just 24 hours.
 
Hanna addresses fellow East Central Community College graduates
Addressing his fellow graduates at East Central Community College’s 84th Commencement last Saturday at the Neshoba County Coliseum in Philadelphia, Andrew Hanna of Union said although he saw a variety of people among his classmates, the obvious bond they shared is that they are all students. “That means we all go to class and education is the primary aim of the classroom. We may study various subjects, but every class should teach us something about life,” Hanna said.
 
Tradition hopes to lure businesses with Health Care Industry Zone
Plans to create a new Health Care Industry Zone centered in the small community of Tradition were announced at a press conference Monday at the area's William Carey University campus. Signed into a law in 2012, the Mississippi Health Care Industry Zone Act will provide incentives to encourage businesses in the health field to locate or expand within designated zones, such as the one now established at Tradition. The law provides incentives for job-producing businesses in the medical field who build facilities within five miles of a university that grants degrees in the healthcare field, which William Carey University does. Within the 600-acre center of the Tradition community, planning officials have estimated that within 10 years, the total capital investment will be about $380 million and 22,000 jobs, said Jerry Bracey, the dean of the university's Tradition campus.
 
Florida college presidents given expensive perks; governor orders investigation
An investigation ordered by Gov. Rick Scott has determined that the pay and benefits of state college presidents vary widely with little explanation as to why some presidents earn large six-figure salaries. This same review shows many presidents have contracts with provisions that appear to violate state law -- or in some instances, the contracts automatically renew each year without approval by local college boards. Randy Hanna, chancellor of the Florida College System, said the critical review is prompting college boards across the state to alter and amend the contracts now offered to presidents.
 
Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at U. of Florida seeking best path to weather $4M cut
The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida is facing a $4 million cut in federal funding because of sequestration, sending university administrators scrambling for other sources of income to avoid budget cuts that could affect salaries and programs. “We are trying to figure out what balancing act we can do to have the least impact on people,” said Joe Joyce, executive associate vice president for IFAS. “We know it is going to affect our ability to deliver programs either way. Our first priority is always to protect our people.” “There are no replacement funds as far as I can tell,” UF President Bernie Machen told the Faculty Senate on Thursday.
 
U. of Georgia president-elect Morehead announces administrative restructuring
University of Georgia President-elect Jere Morehead announced Monday a restructuring of the university’s senior administration. The new structure creates a “flatter” organization designed to maximize the amount of communication between the president and leaders of major campus units, according to UGA. The president will have a close working relationship with the vice president for research in recognition of the administration’s emphasis on building the research enterprise and Morehead’s role as president and board chair of the UGA Research Foundation.
 
Documents shed light on firing of U. of Tennessee student judicial affairs director amidst allegations of relationships with student-athletes
The University of Tennessee has fired the director of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and hired a local lawyer to investigate whether she had improper relationships with student-athletes. Jenny Wright, an office employee since 2008, tried to step down from her position Thursday, but UT refused to accept her resignation. Instead, Provost Susan Martin sent Wright a pre-termination letter Friday. UT declined to release any documents related to the probe while it’s ongoing. The office is within UT’s Division of Student Life.
 
Kilgore House on U. of Alabama campus scheduled to be razed today
A bulldozer sat idle behind one of the oldest buildings on the University of Alabama campus most of Monday while preservationists combed through the house trying to save some architectural elements. Demolition crews plan to demolish the Kilgore House today to make way for a student plaza. “While I’m sad that the house will be gone, I’m very pleased that they worked with us to get a few of these pieces out,” said Ian Crawford, director of the Jemison-Van de Graaff Mansion on Greensboro Avenue.
 
U. of Alabama's president earns about $2 million less than Auburn University's president
The University of Alabama's president earns about $2 million less than Auburn University's president. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education's annual ranking released Sunday, Auburn's Jay Gogue is the second-highest paid public college president in 2011-12, earning $2.5 million. University of Alabama System spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart said Monday that UA President Judy Bonner's salary is $535,000, which would rank 69th on the Chronicle of Higher Education's survey.
 
Auburn University explains Gogue's annual salary
The Chronicle of Higher Education released its survey of pay for university presidents this past weekend, listing Auburn University President Jay Gogue’s annual compensation in 2011-12 as $2.5 million -- the second highest salary for public college presidents in America. But according to the Office of Communications and Marketing at Auburn, the information given by the Chronicle was not entirely clear, and the $2.5 million is not his annual salary.
 
Auburn successfully releases bald eagle nearly a year after its crash in a fishery pond
Auburn University's Southeastern Raptor Center has successfully released a bald eagle nearly a year after its apparent crash into a fisheries pond on campus. The eagle took flight Saturday at the E.W. Shell Fisheries Center where workers discovered the bird of prey in one of the fishery ponds. While eagles feed on fish -- swooping down and plucking them from the water with sharp talons -- it is not known exactly how the large bird ended up in the pond.
 
K-Lair, iconic U. of Kentucky eatery, set for demolition
After marking a popular University of Kentucky dining spot for 52 years, the signs at K-Lair were taken down Monday. The building that housed K-Lair will be demolished to make room for a new dormitory as part of UK's master plan to increase the number of beds on campus. Haggin Hall, the student housing adjacent to K-Lair, also is scheduled for demolition. "It's marking the end of an era of 50 years," said Ray Schmidt, associate director of dining services.
 
U. of Kentucky to buy campus of Lexington Theological Seminary
The University of Kentucky will buy the Lexington Theological Seminary's 7-acre campus on South Limestone for $13.5 million, officials announced late Monday. The UK Board of Trustees is expected to approve the deal at its meeting Tuesday, adding room for expansion on the west side of Limestone. The seminary has moved almost all of its instruction online since 2011 and plans to relocate to a smaller campus in Lexington. In the immediate future, UK plans to use seminary buildings as "swing space" for the Gatton School of Business as it starts a major renovation and expansion across the street.
 
Texas A&M faculty senate elects new leaders
The Texas A&M faculty senate on Monday elected new leaders to guide them through a time in which Kyle Field and Johnny Manziel dominate public dialogue. Walter Daugherity, senior lecturer in computer science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering, officially transitioned from speaker-elect to speaker. Winning the election for the speaker-elect spot was Jim Woosley, instructional professor of health and kinesiology. Woosley, a former faculty senate executive committee member, has served on the governing board through 10 senate speakers and five Texas A&M university presidents. He will serve in the elect role for a year before taking over the top spot in the faculty senate.
 
U. of Arkansas Board to Vote on Tuition Increases
The University of Arkansas Board of Trustees is meeting this week to vote on tuition increases at its campuses across the state. The board meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Little Rock. Under the proposal, a resident undergraduate student at the Fayetteville campus would pay $7,818 for tuition and fees in the 2013-2014 school year. That's a 3.5 percent increase from the current rates.
 
Senators to debate immigration bill amendment on foreign students
The Senate on Tuesday is expected to consider a proposal aimed at tightening the monitoring of foreign students in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, as lawmakers resume the process of amending a comprehensive immigration bill. The measure, offered by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), would require the Department of Homeland Security to transfer all student visa information to border control agents at ports of entry. Aides on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is overseeing the amendment process, said the proposal was inspired by reports that alleged accomplices of the accused Boston bombers were living in the country on expired student visas.
 
Education Funders Giving More to Same Few, Studies Show
As more and more foundation money floods into K-12 education, it is being channeled to fewer and fewer groups, according to new research presented at the American Educational Research Association meeting here last week. Researchers also found that foundation money is moving away from traditional public schools and toward "challengers to the system" -- primarily charter schools -- and that the funders in general are becoming much more active in shaping how those challengers develop.
 
When the tax man can't hide
Longtime Mississippi journalist Charlie Mitchell writes: "When Joseph and Mary donkeyed up and headed for Bethlehem, they knew the reason. It was to visit the tax man and pay up. It was an arduous journey, especially for an expectant mom, but Caesar Augustus didn't care. The Romans were an occupying force, not interested in their popularity and not worried about being re-elected. Fast forward 2,000 or so years to our democracy and to our lawmakers. Those who impose taxes have become increasingly deft at obtaining cash for the public purse. It's an art. Whether Mississippians should be charged state sales tax on all their online purchases or just some of them (as they are now) is what brings this topic to mind."
 
Municipalities: beachheads of opportunity
Marty Wiseman, executive director of the Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development, writes: "On a recent Tuesday the streets of many of our municipalities were lined with fellow citizens and supporters of mayoral, aldermanic, and council candidates waving signs and banners in behalf of their favorites. It was gratifying to see such an outpouring because in many of these towns the stakes are perhaps higher than they have ever been before. ...Mississippi municipalities have it within them to act as beachheads of innovation -- as counterweights to the current magnetism of urban centers. As such they can put the brakes on the rural brain drain. Examples are growing in number. There is the modern Nissan manufacturing facility adjacent to the City of Madison and its award-winning residential and business environment. Similarly, the Toyota manufacturing plant is located in close proximity to Tupelo, New Albany and the University of Mississippi and its research units. Then there is continuing development on numerous fronts in the Golden Triangle with Mississippi State University as its anchor along with Starkville, Columbus and West Point."


SPORTS
 
State Hosts Oral Roberts Tuesday In Non-Conference Home Finale
Mississippi State (37-15) puts the finishing touches on its regular season non-conference schedule Tuesday at Dudy Noble Field with a 6:30 p.m. matchup with first-time foe Oral Roberts (21-28/14-10 SLC). It’s the 30th home date of the season for the Bulldogs, who conclude their 2013 regular season schedule on the home field later this week. State hosts No. 12 South Carolina in a Thursday-through-Saturday series at Dudy Noble Field, with game times set for 6:30 p.m. both Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday. State is a perfect 10-0 in non-conference midweek battles this season.
 
Renfroe chosen as finalist for Ferriss Award
This is the month Mississippi State University junior outfielder Hunter Renfroe will begin to accumulate individual honors. The Bulldogs right fielder, who will be in the running for Southeastern Conference player of the year, was named by the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum as one of five finalists for the 2013 C Spire Ferriss Trophy Monday. "I'd say Hunter Renfroe is maybe the most talented athlete I've ever coached at Mississippi State," MSU coach John Cohen said. "He's just one of those kids that if he goes 0 for 3 with three punch outs, he'll still be in the lineup the next day. You can't treat every kid like that but with him, it's the right thing to do." The award is presented to the state's most outstanding collegiate baseball player and named in honor of former Mississippi State and Boston Red Sox hall of fame pitcher Dave "Boo" Ferriss.
 
Bulldogs can’t look ahead | Brad Locke (Opinion)
The Daily Journal's Brad Locke writes: "Mississippi State got caught taking a peek at the big picture this past weekend. That’s what shortstop Adam Frazier said Sunday, after the Bulldogs rallied for a 7-6 victory over rival Ole Miss. It was a nice win, but the Rebels still won the series, and now MSU has a tougher path to navigate to achieve one of its big-picture goals. That goal: Host an NCAA regional for the first time in 10 years. Projections I saw last week had MSU as a host, but the series loss to Ole Miss -- State’s fifth SEC series loss of the season -- could change that."
 
MSU softball team celebrates another NCAA bid
Since taking over the program, Mississippi State University second-year softball coach Vann Stuedeman has preached living in the moment. For Stuedeman and the Bulldogs, the moment they were living in Sunday night was very good. After spending the past week with postseason plans very much in the air, a deep sigh turned into a raucous celebration when MSU was chosen for a second straight NCAA regional appearance. "We felt really good and liked our chances but you never really know for sure," said MSU senior pitcher Stephanie Becker after seeing MSU's name appear on the ESPNU's nationally televised selection show.
 
Former Penn State quarterback plans visit to MSU
Steven Bench is officially a college football free agent and currently touring his future destinations. Bench, who announced two weeks ago that he was transferring after one season at Penn State University, will visit three school campuses over the course of eight days and made it official this past weekend that Mississippi State University is on that list. Bench began his two-day visit the University of South Florida today and will arrive at North Carolina State University this weekend and then MSU on May 20 and 21. "There's nothing to read into the order of the visits or anything like that," Bench said in a phone interview with The Dispatch. "That's just how the visits lined up with the staffs of each school."
 
Five finalists named for Ferriss Trophy
Five players are finalists for the C Spire Ferriss Trophy, an award that goes to the top college baseball player in Mississippi. Delta State pitcher John Branstetter, Mississippi catcher Stuart Turner, Southern Miss pitcher Andrew Pierce, Mississippi State outfielder/designated hitter Hunter Renfroe and Ole Miss pitcher Bobby Wahl are finalists for the award. The Ferriss Trophy is voted on by a 25-member panel that includes college coaches, major league scouts and a media member. The winner will be announced on May 20 at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
 
USM hopes for record crowd for Ole Miss game
Southern Miss hosts Ole Miss at 6 p.m. today in a baseball game that school officials hope will bring a record crowd of 6,000 to Pete Taylor Park. The last time the two teams met in Hattiesburg produced a USM record home attendance of 5,689 in 2011. The Rebels will look to even the season series today after falling 2-1 to USM on April 16 in Pearl.
 
Football coach-turned-administrator Jim Tressel reflects on athletics and student affairs
A year of heading the student affairs division at Akron has opened the eyes of Jim Tressel, best known as the former and embattled Ohio State football coach, to the pitfalls of athletics and challenges of working in higher education. “I think we were a little spoiled in athletics – that it wasn’t hard to come to a common cause and build a team and create that oneness, and it’s a little harder with a larger group,” Tressel said.
 
ESPN, Twitter Expand Video Tie-Up
ESPN and Twitter are announcing a major expansion of their collaboration to post sports-related videos on the short-messaging service -- part of a growing wave of tie-ups as TV networks and Twitter hunt for new advertising revenue. ESPN plans to show video-highlight clips on Twitter of major sports events in the coming year, including from soccer matches leading up to the World Cup, college football and the X Games extreme-sports tournaments. People can watch the video clips on Twitter's website and mobile apps shortly after the action happens on TV. The closer ties spotlight the symbiotic business needs of Twitter and the television industry.



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