Cooper: No to NC Off-shore Drilling


North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper says he’ll keep fighting efforts by President Donald Trump’s administration to expand oil and gas exploration off the Atlantic coast, saying such drilling “represents a critical threat” to the state’s coastal economy. Jeff Hamlin reports.


The National Pork Board has opened the application period for the 2018 Pork Industry Scholarship program. Chris Hostetler, who is the director of animal science for the National Pork Board, says this is an investment in the future of the swine industry…

The program is open to college juniors and seniors who have plans to pursue a career in swine production management or a related field. Visit for more information.


The Rural Center is now accepting applications for the 28th class of the Rural Economic Development Institute. REDI 2018 will be held March 13-15, April 10-12, and May 8-10.

Since 1989, nearly 1,200 North Carolinians have participated in REDI, the Rural Center’s annual leadership training program.

REDI addresses leadership in two ways: It helps participants enhance their skills as community leaders, and it increases their knowledge of economic and community development strategies–equipping them with the tools they need to tackle the tough issues their rural communities face.

REDI graduates become part of a larger alumni network of leaders throughout the state and have the opportunity to participate in other advanced training and continuing education opportunities. The application deadline is January 15, 2018.