Pluto: Still a Planet in New Mexico
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.
States' rights apparently include the right to decide what's a planet. Astronomers recently demoted Pluto from planet to dwarf planet. That was a blow to the memory of the man who discovered it - Clyde Tombaugh of Las Cruces, New Mexico. His hometown newspaper, the appropriately named Las Cruces Sun-News, says New Mexico is striking back. The State House of Representatives voted that Pluto really is a planet whenever it passes over the state of New Mexico.
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