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News Minute: Here is the latest New Mexico news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. MDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) - The agency in charge of U.S. border security plans to start building prototypes for President Donald Trump's proposed wall with Mexico later this summer. Ronald Vitiello, Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, says four to eight companies will get contracts for prototypes in San Diego that could be models for the roughly 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico counties will be sharing $38.5 million in payments from the federal government for the non-taxable lands within their borders. The U.S. Interior Department announced the payments this week. In all, nearly $465 million will be distributed to 1,900 local governments for 2017.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - One of New Mexico's biggest school districts is considering scrapping the letter grade 'D' to raise graduation standards. The board of Santa Fe Public Schools is mulling a plan to eliminate the D grade from its grade scale and force struggling students to shoot for at least a 'C.' The plan is modeled after others adopted in school districts in New Jersey and other states.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The State Land Office has collected more than $654,000 from its most recent monthly oil and gas lease sale, bringing the total for the fiscal year to more than $65 million. Agency officials say that is almost double last year's total of $36 million.

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