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Texas Instruments rolls outs new handhelds, calculators for BTS season

BY Allison Cerra

DALLAS — Texas Instruments is looking to prepare students for back to school with a new line of calculators and handhelds.

In an effort to simplify mathematics and science with its easy-to-use learning tools, TI has introduced the color-display TI-Nspire CX and TI-Nspire CX CAS handhelds, the TI-84 Plus Silver Edition graphing calculator and the TI-36X Pro Scientific calculator. With these new items, students now can more clearly interpret data, charts and graphs, TI said.

Texas Instruments calculators and handhelds are available at retailers nationwide.

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BestNursingDegree.com awards $7,500 in scholarships to promote nursing education

BY Antoinette Alexander

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — BestNursingDegree.com, an education and career resource for current and aspiring nurses, has announced the winners of this year’s “Back to School” nursing scholarships.

The scholarships, in the amount of $2,500 each, were created to support nursing education at various levels. Winners were chosen from a pool of more than 500 applicants on the strength of their academic and extracurricular records. The winners are as follows:

  • Donna Holder of Pickens, S.C., who will be attending Chamberlain College of Nursing, was selected for the RN to BSN scholarship;

  • Benjamin Hilliard of Littleton, Colo., was the recipient of the Accelerated BSN scholarship and is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Colorado; and

  • Tresa Zielinski of Chicago was awarded a scholarship to pursue her DNP degree at Rush University.

Scholarship America, an administrator of private scholarships, managed the scholarship program. BestNursingDegree.com will begin accepting applications for the next round of the "Back to School" nursing scholarships in March 2012.

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Assured Pharmacy boosts sales, narrows losses in Q2

BY Alaric DeArment

FRISCO, Texas — Specialty pharmacy provider Assured Pharmacy had sales of $4.17 million in second quarter 2011, a 5.3% increase over second quarter 2010, the company said Tuesday in an earnings report.

Assured, which specializes in medicines to treat chronic pain, said the sales increase was primarily a result of a 7.7% increase in prescriptions filled compared with second quarter 2010.

The sales increase narrowed losses by 31.1% to $292,766 from $425,176 in second quarter 2010.

For the first two quarters of the year, which ended June 30, sales were $8.6 million, a 13.5% increase over second quarter 2010. Losses for the two quarters were $429,896, a 46.4% decrease from the $801,943 loss the company reported for the first six months of 2010.

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