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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 11:40 a.m. MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The superintendent of a New Mexico school district where two high school students were killed in a shooting rampage in December says existing safety plans and teacher training helped to keep more students safe that day. Aztec Superintendent Kirk Carpenter testified Thursday before the Legislative Finance Committee as officials gathered to discuss possible strategies for boosting school security.

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Dry conditions across eastern New Mexico have prompted officials in one county to impose a burn ban. The Curry County Commission adopted the ban during a meeting earlier this week. It prohibits open flames outside of a building in the unincorporated portions of the county, with some exceptions.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A jury has convicted an Albuquerque man in the beating case connected to the killing and mutilation of a 41-year-old man last year. Mitchell Overhand on Wednesday was found guilty on charges of false imprisonment and conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence. Authorities had implicated Overhand, Chase Smotherman and Mariah Ferry in abducting and attacking Matthew Tressler.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A spending bill slated for a vote in Congress includes a bipartisan plan to create a wildfire disaster fund to help combat increasingly severe wildfires that have devastated the West in recent years. The bill sets aside more than $20 billion over 10 years to allow the Forest Service and other federal agencies end a practice of raiding non-fire-related accounts to pay for wildfire costs, which exceeded $2 billion last year.

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