Sep 10, 2019 2:13 PM

Ricketts: Japan trade deal would be 'big deal for Nebraska'

Posted Sep 10, 2019 2:13 PM

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Gov. Pete Ricketts says a new trade agreement that lowers tariffs between the United States and Japan would be a "big deal for Nebraska" and farmers in particular if both sides can reach an agreement.

Ricketts made the comment by telephone Monday from Japan, the latest stop on his foreign trade mission to promote Nebraska abroad and connect local businesses with Japanese officials.

Ricketts says many officials and business leaders are cautiously optimistic about the agreement, but a lot of has to be done in a short period of time and there are still some issues to resolve.

Japan is Nebraska's largest export market for beef, pork, eggs and wheat.

Ricketts says he has also encouraged Japanese businesses to invest in the state.

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Sep 10, 2019 2:13 PM
Troopers find 155 LBs of marijuana, THC vape cartridges in I-80 stop

NORTH PLATTE  — Troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) have arrested a California man and seized 155 pounds of marijuana and hundreds of THC vape cartridges during a traffic stop near Lexington.

At approximately 5:10 p.m. Friday, September 6, a trooper observed an Infinity QX60 traveling eastbound at 98 miles per hour on Interstate 80 near Lexington at mile marker 237. The trooper performed a traffic stop and became suspicious of criminal activity.

A search of the vehicle revealed 155 pounds of marijuana and 439 THC vape cartridges. The combination carries an estimated street value of more than $500,000.

The driver, Michael Banks, 27, of San Bernardino, California, was arrested for possession of marijuana – more than one pound, possession of a controlled substance, possession with intent to deliver, and no drug tax stamp.

Banks was lodged in Dawson County Jail.