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Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News

Wake up, get dressed, pack your homework, maybe a lunch. That’s the typical morning routine for most students. But some students on the U.S.-Mexico border grab something else on their way out the door — their passports.


Nineteen-year-old Arlet Burciaga is one of those students.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre for Texas Tribune

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 trunks, well-known hiding places used by drug mules to export heroin, cocaine and marijuana.

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.

Nathan Bernier, KUT News

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.

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. 

El Paso, Texas might be the last place you'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 Bhutan, a small landlocked country nestled between India and China.