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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who mistakenly was released from a central New Mexico county jail by posing as another inmate has been caught. New Mexico State Police said Ryan Griffin was caught earlier Thursday morning in northwest Albuquerque, more than 12 hours after he walked out of a Sandoval County jail. Sandoval County spokesman Sidney Hill says Griffin was released by mistake when he posed as another inmate. His escape paralyzed the city of Bernalillo and the bedroom community of Enchanted Hills in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district court judge has stopped a petition to recall Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (https://goo.gl/MHYAoX ) District Court Judge Fred Van Soelen dismissed the petition on Tuesday and called it "a harassment measure or a personal vendetta." A group of residents had asked Van Soelen to allow them to circulate the recall petition. Records show the petition claims "Malin Parker has a policy, custom and routine of retaliating against any individual(s) ...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials want to make it easier for film productions to hire residents from the state. The New Mexico Film Office and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department announced Wednesday the state will begin issuing "New Mexico Film Residency Cards" to ease the hiring process. State officials say the card will help the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department verify residency and proof of taxpayer status. New Mexico film industry residents will be issued a card, which can be presented to productions at the time of hiring or casting.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Native American writer Sherman Alexie is scheduled to speak in Santa Fe after announcing he was canceling a book tour from his new intense memoir about his mother. The Seattle poet and novelist is slated to speak Friday at the Institute of American Indian Arts as part of school's creative writing program's summer reading series. It is one of the few engagements he's keeping follow his public, heartfelt announcement.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The president of Emily's List says the advocacy group for Democratic female candidates who support abortion is determined to help Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham win the race for governor of New Mexico in 2018. Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock said Wednesday during a visit to New Mexico that her organization already is helping to raise money for Lujan Grisham's campaign and providing strategic support.

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Mon Dieu! Burgundy Snails Aren't French Anymore

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In a large, sparsely furnished room at a food processing plant in the town of Migennes, in France's Burgundy region, three employees prepare large snails for packaging. They take the snails' flesh, which is cooked separately, and put them into shells of the right size. They reconstitute about a thousand snails an hour, says Romain Chapron, the director of Croque Bourgogne, the company that owns this plant and sells a couple million snails each year.

PORTALES, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico district court judge has stopped a petition to recall Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker. The Eastern New Mexico News reports (https://goo.gl/MHYAoX ) District Court Judge Fred Van Soelen dismissed the petition on Tuesday and called it "a harassment measure or a personal vendetta." A group of residents had asked Van Soelen to allow them to circulate the recall petition. Records show the petition claims "Malin Parker has a policy, custom and routine of retaliating against any individual(s) ...

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials want to make it easier for film productions to hire residents from the state. The New Mexico Film Office and the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department announced Wednesday the state will begin issuing "New Mexico Film Residency Cards" to ease the hiring process. State officials say the card will help the New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department verify residency and proof of taxpayer status. New Mexico film industry residents will be issued a card, which can be presented to productions at the time of hiring or casting.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Native American writer Sherman Alexie is scheduled to speak in Santa Fe after announcing he was canceling a book tour from his new intense memoir about his mother. The Seattle poet and novelist is slated to speak Friday at the Institute of American Indian Arts as part of school's creative writing program's summer reading series. It is one of the few engagements he's keeping follow his public, heartfelt announcement.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The president of Emily's List says the advocacy group for Democratic female candidates who support abortion is determined to help Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham win the race for governor of New Mexico in 2018. Emily's List President Stephanie Schriock said Wednesday during a visit to New Mexico that her organization already is helping to raise money for Lujan Grisham's campaign and providing strategic support.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state government is reporting a fourth straight month of increased tax revenues compared with last year. Revenue figures published on Wednesday show the state's fiscal footing growing stronger in May. The Legislative Finance Committee says government income from taxes, fees and investments increased by 32 percent in May to $589 million over the same month last year. The recent rebound in state revenues is being led by taxes, rents and royalties from the oil and natural gas industries, along with sales-style taxes on business receipts.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The for-profit creator of a popular immersion art exhibit has been awarded a $1.1 million economic development grant from the city of Santa Fe and the state of New Mexico. The Santa Fe City Council gave unanimous final approval Wednesday night to help Meow Wolf build a creative studio at an industrial warehouse, as the company prepares to expand its themed art entertainment into major cities. Testimonials to the success and creative energy of Meow Wolf from company employees stretched late into the evening.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is taking his shot helping narrow the opportunity and equity gaps with his Skyhook Foundation and Camp Skyhook. The Los Angeles nonprofit helps public school students in the city access a free, fun, week-long STEM education camp experience in the Angeles National Forest.

Newt Gingrich, the former Republican speaker of the House, was interviewed by Rachel Martin on NPR's Morning Edition on Wednesday.

Gingrich threw out a lot of allegations, including that the Justice Department is "very liberal" and "anti-Trump"; that Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and now special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation, is biased because of donations to Hillary Clinton from people at his law firm; and that Mueller has hired "killers" to take down Trump.

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President Trump's announcement that he wants to ban transgender people from serving in the military could mean a historic reversal in the Pentagon's long-term trend of lowering barriers to service.

Or it could be a speed bump on a course the Defense Department was already following.

The question in Washington following Trump's post on Twitter Wednesday morning was: Which will it be?

Almost no one other than Trump himself had any idea what he intended when he wrote this:

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