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NSPARC to assist State of Mississippi with SNAP administration

MSU News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 5:09pm

Contact: Carol Gifford

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A major research unit at Mississippi State University is playing a critical role in how the State of Mississippi delivers nutrition assistance.

The National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC) and the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) were recently awarded a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to develop an algorithm to facilitate data usage that improves the quality of the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families, and provides economic benefits to communities.

“The use of data has become a big factor in the way government agencies function and operate. This project will put MDHS on the cutting edge of developing methods to improve the quality of program implementation,” said Domenico “Mimmo” Parisi, executive director of NSPARC.

According to Parisi, the project’s main objective is to make sure SNAP funds are used to their fullest potential for the benefit of those in need.

“This project is an example of the innovative partnerships that a university can develop with state government,” he said.

“NSPARC, as a university research center, acts as an innovation branch in Mississippi, reaching out to partners with policymakers and stakeholders by conducting research to improve systems that can lead to better program results.”

The three-year project will continue through 2018.

For more about NSPARC, visit Parisi may be reached at 662-325-9242.

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Wall Street isn't worried about Hillary Clinton's plan

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 5:02pm
Hillary Clinton unveiled her big plan to curb the worst of Wall Street's excesses on Thursday. The reaction from the banking community was a shrug, if not relief.

Boehner cancels 'Tonight Show' appearance

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:43pm
Outgoing House Speaker John Boehner has canceled his appearance on NBC's "Tonight Show" in the wake of Rep. Kevin McCarthy's decision to drop out of the House Speaker race, a network spokesperson told CNN.

Netflix raises monthly price $1 to $9.99

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:28pm
Netflix is about to cost you a bit more.

Ben Carson wants guns in class. Do teachers agree?

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:27pm
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Bullying by peers has effects later in life

Health - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:24pm
Bullying can be defined by many things. It's teasing, name-calling, stereotyping, fighting, exclusion, spreading rumors, public shaming and aggressive intimidation. It can be in person and online. But it can no longer be considered a rite of passage that strengthens character, new research suggests.

Categories: Health

Can exercise help with bullying?

Health - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:24pm
A great deal of research points to the physical and psychological benefits of exercise. For teens, these benefits are particularly important, given that adolescence is a time of accelerated development and habit formation.

Categories: Health

Sanderson Center offering personal training package special

MSU News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:01pm

Let the Sanderson Center at Mississippi State help you stay fit through the holidays. Through the month of October, sign up for six personal training sessions and receive three bonus sessions.

For further information about fitness programs at the Sanderson Center, contact Adam Thigpen at or visit

JetBlue opens farm at JFK airport

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 4:00pm
JetBlue wants to bring farm to table. Tray table that is.

Get this: Americans ARE spending their gas savings

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:53pm
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E-Center 'shark-tank' competition open to faculty, staff and students

MSU News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:45pm

The Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Mississippi State offers its own "shark-tank" each month where students, faculty and staff can pitch business ideas for an opportunity to receive up to $3,000 in startup cash.

This highly competitive program is a grant to new or current entrepreneurs and not a loan.

The next deadline to submit proposals is 6 p.m. on Wednesday [Oct. 14]. Proposals should be submitted online at

For more information about this and other programs offered by the E-Center, visit 210 McCool Hall or online at Follow the center on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram via @msstateecenter.

Hacker uses Ashley Madison files to seek revenge on prosecutors

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:12pm
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Make gun owners get mandatory insurance

CNN - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 3:00pm

Categories: National News

Donald Trump's latest media targets: Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck

Business News - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:56pm
Donald Trump, the relentless Twitter critic of the 2016 presidential campaign, has set his sights on conservative pundits Erick Erickson and Glenn Beck.

Chef Paul Prudhomme dies

CNN - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:42pm
Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme, credited with helping popularize Cajun and Creole cuisine, died Thursday, according to K-Paul's, the New Orleans restaurant he owned.

Categories: National News

Can this airline remake all airlines?

CNN World - Thu, 10/08/2015 - 2:02pm

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