el paso http://kut.org en On Border, Flowers an Unlikely Form of Contraband http://kut.org/post/border-flowers-unlikely-form-contraband <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">EL PASO — The flowers that decorate offices, homes and restaurants along the Mexico border have been inspected as closely at border crossings as many door panels and car&nbsp;trunks, well-known hiding places used by drug mules to export heroin, cocaine and marijuana.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">In the weeks before Valentine’s Day, flower shipments passing through Mexico and into the United States have surged. But nestled in those floral arrangements may be tiny pests and diseases that can wreak havoc with domestic plants in the United States. The job of preventing those pests from entering the country falls to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who inspect all plants that pass through the border crossings in Texas and elsewhere.</span></p><p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:17:38 +0000 Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune & Julian Aguilar, Texas Tribune 9790 at http://kut.org On Border, Flowers an Unlikely Form of Contraband Texas Fires El Paso School Board (Update) http://kut.org/post/texas-fires-el-paso-school-board-update <p>State education commissioner Michael Williams announced this afternoon that he is removing the entire El Paso ISD school board and replacing it temporarily with a five-member board of managers.</p><p>The school district has been embroiled in a testing scandal involving the former superintendent Lorzeno Garcia. Williams says the El Paso ISD school board did not do enough to investigate claims that Garcia was preventing low performing students from taking a standardized test.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 21:23:36 +0000 Nathan Bernier 5840 at http://kut.org Texas Fires El Paso School Board (Update) El Paso's Mysterious Link To The South Asian Kingdom of Bhutan http://kut.org/post/el-pasos-mysterious-link-south-asian-kingdom-bhutan <p><object height="349" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/GHfpi5dMldM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/GHfpi5dMldM?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>El Paso, Texas might be the last place you&#39;d expect to find a heavy South Asian cultural influence, but the architecture at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) was actually inspired by the ancient architecture of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutan">Bhutan</a>, a small landlocked country nestled between India and China. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:48:19 +0000 Nathan Bernier 1339 at http://kut.org