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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. CDT

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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced the retirement of State Fire Marshal Jim Heine and plans by state Energy Office Director David Bracht to leave that post next month. Heine says he will retire effective Sept. 30, following 29 years of service. Ricketts says a search for a new fire marshal has begun. Bracht will end his service on Aug. 1 to return to his private law practice, Kutak Rock, in Omaha.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - The Democrat challenging Nebraska GOP U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer is releasing a television ad that accuses the Republican incumbent of not looking out for the interests of Nebraska farmers being hurt by President Donald Trump's trade dispute with China. The televised ad by Democrat Jane Raybould is the first in the general election race.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Weak economic growth is expected to continue in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states, but all the recent trade disputes may shrink profits. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says the new tariffs are hurting grain prices, which were already weak.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha firefighters have deployed a new, high-tech device to test potentially dangerous substances. Omaha station KETV reports that several firefighters suited up in their hazardous materials gear Wednesday for a training exercise with the department's new safety tool. Federal grant money paid for the $46,000 mass spectrometer, which can identify 30,000 different substances. The device identified the hazmat training substance in just seconds: baby powder.

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