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Adams Plays Big Late To Help MSU Past Illinois

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 10:05pm
On day two of the February Freezer, Mississippi State softball held off Illinois 9-8 on Friday in an up and down battle at the MSU Softball Field, bringing its overall mark to 7-0 on the season.

Diamond Dawgs Begin 125th Season With 6-2 Win

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 9:20pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – A career-best four-hit night by Seth Heck led the way as the Mississippi State baseball team opened the 2015 season with a 6-2 win over Cincinnati Friday night at Dudy Noble Field.

MSU Women’s Tennis Blanks Winthrop 7-0 To Earn First Road Win

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 6:40pm
ROCK HILL, S.C. – Despite an almost two-week break from action, the 74th-ranked Mississippi State women's tennis team (5-1) picked up right where it left off, earning an impressive 7-0 road victory against Winthrop (2-6) on Friday.

MSU Heats Up And Finishes Second After Round One

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 5:35pm
Tallahassee, Fla. – Following the recent three-month tournament break, the third-ranked Mississippi State women's golf team got off to excellent start in spring play with a 296 (+8) in the opening round of the Florida State Match-Up to conclude the day in second.

Bulldogs Travel To Missouri Looking For Another Road Win

Bulldog Beat - Fri, 02/13/2015 - 4:37pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After suffering a 55-51 setback against rival Alabama, Mississippi State looks to rebound Saturday at Missouri in an attempt to snap a two-game losing streak.

No. 13 MSU Falls In Tough 2OT Thriller At No. 10 Kentucky, 92-90

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:40pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. – A putback by Kentucky's Makayla Epps with 0.4 seconds left to play broke Mississippi State's hearts Thursday night.

Seitz Sinks LA Tech, MSU Improves To 6-0

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 8:13pm
On the first day of the 2015 February Freezer, Mississippi State softball defeated Louisiana Tech 6-4 on Thursday, bringing their overall mark to 6-0 at the MSU Softball Field.

125th Season Of Mississippi State Baseball Begins Friday

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 5:38pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – No. 14 Mississippi State baseball begins its 125th season this weekend with four games at Dudy Noble Field.

Track & Field Compete At Spire Invite And Samford Invite

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:48pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Two weeks since bringing home two trophies from the New Balance Invitational, the Mississippi State track and field teams will divide action for the weekend at the Spire Invitational and Samford Invitational.

Mullen, Prescott, Hughes Speak at Metro Jackson Kids Fair

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 4:19pm
JACKSON, Miss. – Over 2,000 high school kids throughout the state of Mississippi turned out to listen to Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen and graduates Dak Prescott and Jay Hughes give a motivational speech on the importance of education and career planning on Wednesday at the Jackson Convention Complex.

Bulldogs Gear Up Spring Season In Florida

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 3:10pm
STARKVILLE, MS – Following a record-breaking fall performance with two first-place finishes and a No. 1 ranking, the Mississippi State women's golf team looks to continue its success at the Florida State Seminole Classic in Tallahassee.

How Will Individual Shared Responsibility Affect Your Tax Return?

Lifestyles - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:22pm
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(NewsUSA) - Unless you've been way out of touch, you probably know that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires that taxpayers have qualifying health care coverage. Those without will need to qualify for an exemption, or pay a penalty. This "Individual Shared Responsibility" provision applies to both individuals and families. So, while preparing your tax return this year, here are some things you ought to know.

If in 2014, you, your spouse and everyone else on your tax return (dependents) had "minimum essential coverage," which includes most employer-sponsored plans, as well as programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and insurance purchased through the Health Insurance Marketplace, you're in fine shape. Just check the appropriate box that says you are insured for the full year. If there were months that someone on your return had no coverage, that person needs to qualify for an exemption or pay a penalty.

To qualify for an exemption, one of the following situations must exist:

* The individual does not have access to affordable coverage because the minimum annual premium available is more than eight percent of the household income.

* The gap in coverage existed for less than three months.

* The individual qualifies for other exemptions that include a hardship or being a member of a group that is exempt from health coverage (for example, incarcerated inmates or members of a federally recognized Indian tribe).

Without coverage or an exemption, you'll have to pay a penalty for each month you were not insured. This penalty is calculated and reported on your tax return. In general, the payment amount is the greater of 1 percent of your household income over the filing threshold for your filing status, or $95 per person ($47.50 per person under 18 years old). This caps at a family maximum of $285 for 2014.

You'll owe half the annual payment for each month you or another person on your return doesn't have either qualifying health care or an exemption. Sound complicated? Taxes are. That's why so many taxpayers are thrilled to turn their taxes over to a paid preparer.

If that's your plan this year, be careful to make sure your preparer is licensed and required to complete continuing education to keep up with the changing tax code. Enrolled agents ("EAs") are licensed by the U.S. Department of Treasury, must pass an exam administered by IRS and complete IRS-approved continuing education. You can trust your taxes to an EA -- locate one in your area on the searchable "Find an EA" database at www.naea.org.

Virtually Everywhere -- Your Cash May Be a Thing of the Past

Lifestyles - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 1:18pm
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(NewsUSA) - Coins jangling in a pocket is likely to be a thing of the past if companies that promote virtual currency (VC) have anything to say about it. The attraction of using VC stems from massive credit card hacks to retailers, such as Home Depot and Target -- all of which have raised questions among consumers about how safe their personal information is.

Currently, consumers have much of their information on display with their credit card company of choice and, for anyone with mediocre knowledge of technology and a laptop, it means open season. This is why it makes sense to consider how blockchain technologies (i.e., virtual currency) may help.

One of the problems is that there are only about 80,000 merchants worldwide that recognize and use VC, but from a business standpoint, it is worth exploring. Not only does it fit into a global economy, but it also offers consumers a higher level of security. The upside for retailers like Overstock and Dell (which support the use of virtual currency) is that it reduces credit card and debit card fees from 3 percent to 1 percent after the first $1 million in sales, which in turn defrays outgoing business costs and puts that money back into retailers' bottom line.

While much has been made of VC, it is clear that companies are using it and creating better ways to bridge old-world payment systems and new, coming technological advances. As an example, MovoCash (www.movocash.com) is a digital currency that allows consumers to link peer-to-peer (P2P) transfers that can be spent in-store, through e-commerce and m-commerce.

Consumers link their bank accounts to their MovoCash account for mobile payments with no limitation on the number of supported merchants. Eliminating the need for merchants and consumers to adopt closed-loop systems like near field communication (NFC), such as that used by Apple Pay.

Another benefit of MovoCash is that consumers' personal credit or bank information is not stored on merchant servers, but rather in a PCI-compliant environment, where tokenized form factors are generated to secure transactions using gateway technology and existing merchant POS terminals.

MovoCash follows bank rules and regulations, which are designed to protect consumers and merchants. The reality is that both are hesitant to adopt VC, which is why MovoCash is working on a product feature called BARK -- Bitcoin Account Relay Key -- which will allow consumers to convert Bitcoin to MovoCash (in a PCI-compliant environment) and enable them to spend anywhere Visa & MasterCard are accepted.

In this way, MovoCash catapults itself to the forefront of payments by integrating the old-world way of doing payments with new-world technology and advancement, with the opportunity to take a bite out of a $190 billion annual fraud problem for consumers, banks and merchants.

Eric Solis is a fin-tech entrepreneur and innovator, with three award winning start-ups under his belt.

Bulldog Women’s Tennis Returns to Action This Weekend

Bulldog Beat - Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:42pm
STARKVILLE, Miss. – After an almost two week hiatus, the Mississippi State women's tennis team (4-1) will resume regular season play this weekend, hitting the road for a pair of matches against Winthrop (2-5) on Friday, and a neutral site match against East Tennessee State (5-0) on Saturday.
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