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News Minute: Here is the latest Nebraska news from The Associated Press

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska fire crews have put out a Union Pacific train that caught fire and temporarily closed a highway. The train ignited yesterday evening northeast of Grand Island. Officials say a cooling fan in the engine caught fire. U.S. Highway 30 was closed for about 20 minutes so crews could stabilize the train.

WEST POINT, Neb. (AP) - Two people have been killed in a rollover crash in eastern Nebraska. Cuming County Sheriff Bradley Boyum says the crash site and crumpled vehicle were found yesterday near West Point, just off U.S. Highway 275. The victims were identified as 40-year-old Yvonne Pivonka and her 41-year-old husband, Franklin. Deputies believe the accident happened sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Additional federal aid is being made available to Nebraska for areas affected by recent severe weather. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says the money will supplement state and local recovery efforts for areas affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding last month. Federal funding is available to state and local governments, as well as certain private nonprofit organizations.

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska farmers are making good progress in the state's wheat harvest thanks to recent dry weather. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 79 percent of Nebraska's winter wheat crop had been harvested, which is only slightly behind the average of 83 percent. About 74 percent of the state's corn crop remains in good or excellent condition.

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