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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico's film industry appears to be on the brink of a boom thanks to abortion law controversies in other states.
 
The Albuquerque Journal reports a recent rise in film productions in the state as Hollywood targets Georgia and Louisiana over recently passed restrictive abortion laws.
 
The jump comes as New Mexico is set to more than double its annual state spending cap on film incentives.
 
The New Mexico Film Office says the coming Amazon TV series production "The Power" reached out to New Mexico because of Georgia's political climate.
 
New Mexico has on its books a 1969 state law that banned abortion in most cases.
 
But the law became unenforceable after it was superseded by the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
 


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BATON ROUGE- Many Target stores across the nation are suffering from a register outage.

According to USA Today, some of the stores may be up and running but many are still without registers. A customer tweeted about the outage from Richfield, Minnesota and Target responded stating they are aware of the outage and working to fix it.

We are aware of a systems issue in store and are working as quickly as possible to get this fixed. Thank you for your patience!

— AskTarget (@AskTarget) June 15, 2019

It is not clear how many stores are without registers. In Baton Rouge, the Millerville and Seigen location are down. Customers are still able to purchase items but each item must be entered manually.


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NEW YORK (AP) - Police are searching for a swimmer who went missing during a race down New York's Hudson River.
  
Authorities say 67-year-old Charles van der Horst of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, was reported missing just after 3 p.m. Friday near the George Washington Bridge.
  
The New York City Police Department says the search for van der Horst resumed Saturday after being suspended late Friday.
  
Van der Horst was taking part in a multi-stage 120-mile (193-kilometer) race down the Hudson called the 8 Bridges Race. Organizers canceled Saturday's seventh and final stage of the race.
  
New York Open Water, the organization running the event, says safety protocols were in place and police were escorting the swimmers.
  
Van der Horst is a retired professor of medicine at the University of North Carolina.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump's pick for his "border czar" says he's not accepting the job - at least "as of right now."
  
The former acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director, Tom Homan, tells Fox News that Trump's announcement that he would rejoin the administration to coordinate its response to a surge in illegal border crossings was "premature."
  
Homan says he's still in discussions with the White House about the position but has reservations about the way the position would be set up.
  
He says, "I think any sort of border czar needs to be a person who coordinates an all-government response to the border," adding, "that wasn't the way it was set up."
  
Trump had made the announcement Friday in an interview with the program "Fox & Friends."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Immigrant advocates have filed legal documents to try to force the administration of President Donald Trump to quickly release immigrant children from a Florida detention center.
  
The advocates accuse the administration of violating a decades-old settlement that they say requires that children be promptly released to relatives or other sponsors or sent to child care facilities.
  
That settlement is overseen by U.S. Judge Dolly Gee in Los Angeles.
  
In a court filing Friday, the Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law and other advocacy groups asked Gee for permission to seek a court order requiring the release of children within 14 days.
  
A call seeking comment from the U.S. Department of Justice was not immediately returned.
  
Advocates say hundreds of children are held in prison-like conditions in Homestead, Florida.

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BATON ROUGE (AP) - Some state archaeologists are spending three weeks with students at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, including a mock dig for 26 students.
  
Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser said in a news release Wednesday that the program runs through June 28. It also includes pottery making and a field trip to the Louisiana Museum of Natural Sciences.
  
The students range from first through 12th grade.
  
Archaeologists generally use stakes and string to mark off a grid for digging. The students' grid was made of wood. They put dirt from inside the grid into buckets, then sieved the dirt to find whether they'd turned up anything.
  
The three-week program is a partnership between the school and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development's Division of Archaeology.

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WOODS CROSS, Utah (AP) - Dozens of protesters have gathered outside a police agency in northern Utah to demand the firing of an officer who pulled his gun on a 10-year-old child last week.
  
Organizers of the demonstration outside police headquarters in Woods Cross north of Salt Lake City said Friday they believe the child was targeted because he is black.
  
The officer's actions drew criticism after Jerri Hrubes said a white officer pulled his gun on her son, DJ, while he played on his grandmother's front lawn on June 6.
  
Woods Cross Police Chief Chad Soffe has said the officer used good judgment and mistook the boy for a potential suspect during a pursuit of armed suspects.
  
An attorney for the city said Friday the Utah Department of Public Safety will investigate the case.

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BATON ROUGE- Fire officials are investigating a reported warehouse fire on the 1700 block of Monte Sano that left one injured.

According to the Baton Rouge Fire Department, one person was inside Community Bible Church Warehouse when the rear of the building caught on fire around 11:00 p.m Friday night.

The victim sustained minor steam burns to the face. Firefighters estimate at least $50,000 worth of damages to the building.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


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DONALDSONVILLE, La. (AP) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing nearly $700,000 to help fix home sewage systems in the Bayou Lafourche Watershed and show how that improves drinking water.
  
Region 4 administrator Mary Walker says the project will foster environmental protection, education and awareness.
  
An announcement Wednesday in Atlanta said $695,600 is going to the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium and Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program .
  
The grant will pay half the cost of repairs up to $1,000 for at least 200 home sewage systems, and for water quality monitoring before and after the work. The program also will teach homeowners how to maintain their systems.
  
The main areas served will be Donaldsonville, Thibodaux, Raceland, Mathews, and Lockport.
  
Officials hope the program encourages other homeowners to repair and maintain their sewage systems.

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BATON ROUGE-The Christo Rey track coach drowned Friday while on a family vacation to Destin, Fla.

Carlos Rodriguez, 36, was seen struggling in the Gulf of Mexico around 2 p.m. Bystanders tried to help rescue him, but they were pulled under water themselves, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

When Rodriguez was pulled from the water, he was unconscious. He was taken to a Coast Guard station to wait for a medical helicopter, but could not be revived.

A witness told the Northwest Florida Daily News that Rodriguez appeared to have been separated from his wife by the current.  A pontoon boat reached them first and boaters used a flat board to get him to the beach, where a nurse began CPR.

Rodriguez had been working at Cristo Rey High School for less than a year where he also taught Physical Education.


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