News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - A warrant has been issued for a California man involved in a construction zone crash in Nebraska that killed three people. The Kearney Hub reports that 34-year-old Kenneth Kratt, of Madera, California, has been charged in Nebraska with three counts of felony manslaughter. Investigators say Kratt's semi plowed into the rear of a line of vehicles on Sept. 20 that had slowed for construction on Interstate 80 near the Gibbon exit in Buffalo County.
KEARNEY, Neb. (AP) - Authorities have identified a person killed in a central Nebraska crash as a 38-year-old Elm Creek man. The Buffalo County Sheriff's Office says Robert Boswell was driving a car west Thursday morning on a county road just east of Kearney when he crossed the center line and collided with an eastbound cement truck. Boswell was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy has been ordered.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The latest survey of bankers in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states showed an improved rural economy this month, but the ongoing trade disputes continue weighing on the economy. The Rural Mainstreet survey's overall index climbed to 51.4 for October from 50.1 in September. Any score above 50 suggests a growing economy, while a score below 50 indicates a shrinking economy.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The slowing economy and ongoing trade disputes are dragging railroad profits down in the second half of the year. Two railroads, Union Pacific and CSX, have reported declining profit and revenue this week as they hauled less grain, imported goods and other products. Union Pacific's freight volume slid 8% in the quarter.
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