Monthly Archives: May 2019

USDA Announces Loans to Improve Rural Electric Infrastructure

USDA says approximately 450,000 residents and commercial customers will benefit from new loans announced Thursday designed to improve rural electric services in the Carolinas as well as 15 other states. USDA says  from the loans . Acting Assistant to the

Trump Threatens Tariffs on Mexico to Fix Immigration Woes

President Donald Trump says he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border. The tariff is

EPA Approves Year-Round Sale of E15

WASHINGTON (May 31, 2019) – Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler signed the final action that would remove the key regulatory barrier to using gasoline blended with up to 15% ethanol (E15) during the summer driving season and reform the

Former Senate Ag Chair Cochran Dies

Former Senate Agriculture Committee chairman and longtime Mississippi lawmaker Thad Cochran died Thursday at 81. Cochran served more than 45 years in the Senate, before he resigned last April due to health concerns. Cochran, a Navy veteran, previously served three

Senate Democrats Oppose U.S. Trade Aid for Foreign Companies

With the Trump administration using up to $1.4 billion to purchase commodities, nine U.S. Senators led by Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow are sharing concern over U.S. trade aid going to foreign companies. The group says the Department of Agriculture is

Court Strikes Down WOTUS


A federal court in Texas has invalidated the 2015 Waters of the United States rule over small and isolated waters. After years of litigation in suits filed by dozens of state governments and trade groups, this is the first court

Mexico Begins Process to Ratify USMCA

Mexico plans for quick ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, setting the process in motion following action by Canada earlier this week. That leaves the U.S. behind both in the process as the Trump administration has yet to formally introduce the

The Economic Perspective: “Generation Z Goes to the Mall”

This is Mary Walden with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program looks at Generation Z going to the mall. Mike, Generation Z includes those individuals born in this century.  They have grown up with information technology,

Moderate Drought Returns to Southeastern NC, Dry Conditions Expand West

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RALEIGH – Drought has returned to North Carolina for the first time in more than a year. Lack of adequate rainfall and hot temperatures have pushed 10 counties in southeastern North Carolina into a moderate drought, according to the state’s drought

The Economic Perspective: “Can Casinos Revive a Local Economy?”

I’m Mary Walden with economist MW welcoming you to the economic perspective.  Today’s program asks if casinos can revive a local economy.  Mike, new legislation in Virginia may allow local communities to have a vote authorizing casino gambling. Many see