News Briefs June 9, 2009

Finalists tapped for new MSU dean
– STARKVILLE – Two finalists were announced Monday for Mississippi State University’s next dean of students.
They are Dr. Jeffrey Coats, associate dean of students at Bowling Green State University, and Dr. Thomas Bourgeois, MSU’s associate dean of students.
Campus interviews with various groups will be held, but details were not made public yet.
The new dean will replace Mike White, who retires June 30 after 17 years in the post.
Bill Kibler, MSU’s vice president for Student Affairs, said nearly 30 applications came from candidates throughout the country.

Threatener slated to hear sentence
– ABERDEEN – A man who admits he made Internet threats to kill President Bush and others in 2008 will be sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court.
Neal Allan Thomas, about 21, of Olive Branch was indicted in September 2008 on one count that he made threats to kill Bush and successors. He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Judge Sharion Aycock will preside over the session set for 2 p.m. in Aberdeen.
Thomas pleaded guilty Jan 13. In March, his attorney informed the court Thomas will introduce expert evidence about his mental condition for Aycock to consider before she sentences him.

Swine flu cases total 58 in state; no deaths
– JACKSON – The Mississippi Department of Health says the state’s total number of swine flu cases is 58.
Swine flu cases have been reported in Harrison (18), Jackson (14), Hinds (4), Holmes (3), Forrest (3), Lamar (3), Jones (2), Lauderdale (2), Lowndes (2), Rankin (2), Yazoo (2), DeSoto (1), Madison (1) and Union (1) counties.
Mississippi has reported no swine flu deaths.
Health officials say swine flu responds well to anti-viral medications, but children, the elderly, pregnant women and the chronically ill may be at higher risk for complications.

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