Video: Morning News Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) –  New Mexico is bone dry and we’re still in the midst of a significant drought. With no moisture in sight, the fire danger is very high right now. Fire officials are preparing for the worst, and warning residents to be careful burning outdoors. Later this morning expect an announcement on whether open fires will be banned in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

The USDA is recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef from the Rancho Feeding Corporation in California because of improper inspections. It impacts everything from packaged ground beef to Hot Pockets. All the products were produced between January 1, 2013 and January 7, 2014. For a full list of the products check KRQE.com.

New Mexico will soon join the ranks of states that ban texting while driving. The House passed the ban yesterday, it’s now on its way to the Governor for her signature. The fines would be $25 for the first violation, and $50 for each subsequent violation.

A $6.2 billion compromise state budget was passed unanimously by the Senate last night and is now on its way to the House. It includes $290 million in new spending. It gives pay raises to all state workers. It also funds Governor Susana Martinez’s education reforms, but not as much as she wanted.

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