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Nebraska governor visits Germany

for new

trade mission

LINCOLN, Neb. | Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts is leading a trade mission to Germany to promote Nebraska agricultural products and reinforce the state’s connections with German companies.

Ricketts kicked off the trade mission Sunday in Berlin, where the delegation met with government officials and hosted a reception for University of Nebraska alumni, business officials and others.

The trade mission also included a new trade agreement between Chapman, Nebraska-based Preferred Popcorn and the German-based Haase Foods. Nebraska is the nation’s largest popcorn producers, generating more than 353 million pounds annually.

The delegation includes representatives from the Nebraska Departments of Economic Development, Agriculture and Environment and Energy; and the University of Nebraska, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Omaha Public Power District and other private groups.

Safety officials probing records of work on Southwest jets

DALLAS | Federal regulators have threatened to ground dozens of Southwest Airlines jets if the airline can’t confirm that the planes, which it bought used from foreign operators, meet all safety standards.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it has validated some major repairs to the planes, and it’s asking Southwest for more frequent updates until Southwest completes documenting maintenance on jets that have yet to be inspected.

Southwest said repairs on some used Boeing 737 jets it bought from foreign owners since 2013 were done but not properly classified.

China’s auto sales fall 5.8% in October

BEIJING | China’s auto sales fell 5.8% from a year earlier in October as demand for electric cars plunged, extending a painful squeeze in the global industry’s biggest market.

The Chinese auto market is on track to contract for second year, dragged down by weak demand in the face of cooling economic growth and a tariff war with Washington.

Drivers bought 1.9 million sedans, SUVs and minivans, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Sales growth has been in negative territory every month since June 2018.

Total vehicle sales, including trucks and buses, shrank 0.6% to 2.3 million.

Sales of electric and gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles tumbled 45.6% to 75,000. Demand has been hurt by the end of government subsidies in mid-2019.

— From AP reports