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Brazos Valley Hosting Kickstart State Championship
BRYAN - After months of training, it's finally time for Kickstart athletes to show off their hard work at the State Championship this weekend.    Local students are working extra hard this year, to protect their home turf.    Many of these local Kickstart athletes aren't new to state titles."Past two years, I got state champion,” Parker Brady, a Davila Kickstart student, said.  "Kaleb Jenkins and I we both won state champion last year,” Jacob Esquivel, a Jane Long Kickstart student, said.    However, what is new this year -- it's the first time the Brazos Valley is hosting the State Championship.''I think some family is supposed to come out and watch me and my little brother,” Brady said."It's an opportunity for a lot of their friends, their family, and teachers to be able to come and support them,” Rommel Gargoles, master instructor of Davila Kickstart said.    Not having to travel far will give more students a chance to compete."This is my first time competing at state and I'm uber nervous,” Nicholas Abbate, a Davila Kickstart student, said.    They're hoping their hard work overcomes their nerves on the big day."I'm pretty confident, I mean, I've been here every day for the past three weeks practicing,” Abbate said.    School administrators have also taken notice of the team's dedication."They're still here, still working, still excited about doing it, so we couldn't ask for anything more,” Shannon McGehee, principal of Davila Middle School, said.    However, competition will be tough, with more than 500 students coming from Kickstart programs across the state.    There will be 90 students from the Brazos Valley competing in the State Championship, showcasing a wide range of skills everything from the kamas to the bow staff.    Win or lose, instructors hope this will be a valuable learning experience for their students."Knowing that if they work hard it will pay off, and if they don't, they have something to strive for next year,” Teddy Coleman, instructor of Jane Long Kickstart, said.    The students also aren't putting too much pressure on themselves, and said their real goal --"Just have fun,” Brady said.    Competition will kick off Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rudder High School.     The public is invited: admission will be $5 for 6 years and older and free for ages 5 and under.
Exclusive: Biogen prices hemophilia drug on par with older therapies

The company's name is displayed on a billboard near the headquarters of Biogen Idec Inc. in CambridgeBiogen Idec Inc is pricing its newly approved long-acting hemophilia drug, Alprolix, to cost U.S. patients, and insurers, about the same per year as older, less convenient therapies whose price can reach about $300,000 annually. The move could pressure rivals such as Pfizer Inc to lower prices for existing hemophilia treatments, which provide patients with life-saving infusions of a blood clotting agent, according to doctors and industry analysts. Biogen last month won U.S. and Canadian approval for Alprolix to treat hemophilia B, the more rare form of the condition that affects about 4,000 people in the United States and about 25,000 worldwide. "We think we have priced (Alprolix) to create parity with existing therapies on an annual cost of therapy basis," Tony Kingsley, Biogen's head of global commercial operations, told Reuters in a telephone interview.


Cyrus ill, postpones US tour, resumes in August

FILE - In this Saturday, April 5, 2014 file photo, singer Miley Cyrus performs at the Barclays Center in New York. Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August 2014. Cyrus’ representative tells The Associated Press on Friday, April 18, 2014, that the singer will resume the U.S. tour Aug. 1 in Uniondale, N.Y. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, file)NEW YORK (AP) — Miley Cyrus is postponing her U.S. tour while she recovers from an allergic reaction to antibiotics, but will resume her performances in August.


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