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The Tumbleweeds Top 10

Who and what's been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News (news.google.com), which tracks 4,500 worldwide news sources (trends noted are vs. last month's total hits; * indicates new to the list). Number in parenthesis indicates last month's Top 10 rank. With the National Guard hitting the border and the president visiting the Border Patrol's training HQ in Artesia, a new newsmaking topic vaults into first. But there's also good news for Gov. Bill Richardson, whose CNN debate with Lou Dobbs got him in the news and boosted his 2008 White House mentionings.

1. (-) New Mexico Border Patrol—1,600 hits*

2. (#3 last month) Gov. Bill Richardson—1,040 hits (up)

3. (1) New Mexico illegal immigration—698 hits (down)

4. (4) Sen. Jeff Bingaman—407 hits (down)

5. (2) Sen. Pete Domenici—316 hits (down)

6. (10) Gov. Bill Richardson + 2008—268 hits (up)

7. (-) New Mexico minimum wage—183 hits (up)

8. (-) Gov. Bill Richardson + Lou Dobbs—123 hits*

9. (5) Virgin Galactic—61 hits (up)

10. (6) X Prize—55 hits (up)

 

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