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 But the law became unenforceable after it was superseded by the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.