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Texas Schools Going Green With Curriculum & Midday Update


By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – Texas colleges and universities are increasingly building environmental practices into curriculums, a move officials say is a combination of "good business" and idealism.

Sustainability is a wide-ranging field of study to prepare students for a more environmentally conscious world.

The Houston Chronicle reports that the concept is showing up in various forms in academia. The University of Houston has a class about carbon trading, while Rice University offers minors in energy and water sustainability.

Community colleges, boosted by stimulus funding and federal grants, push green technology work force training. A University of Texas at Austin official says such studies are essential for jobs and appeal to the current generation.

Barbara Bush undergoes tests in Texas hospital

Former first lady Barbara Bush is still in a Houston hospital after a series of routine tests over the weekend.

Family spokeswoman Jean Becker said Monday that the Bushes are hoping she can come home later in the day, but no timetable has been set.

Becker said the 84-year-old Bush has not been diagnosed with anything and doctors aren't looking for anything specific. Former President George H.W. Bush drove his wife to Methodist Hospital on Saturday morning. Becker said earlier that the former first lady hadn't been feeling well for about a week.

Mrs. Bush had heart surgery in March 2009 for a severe narrowing of the main heart valve. She also was hospitalized in November 2008, when she underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer.

TX students want 'Our Lord' removed from diplomas

Some Trinity University students want the San Antonio school to drop the words "Our Lord" from their diplomas - saying the reference doesn't respect the diversity of religions on campus.

Sidra Qureshi, a Muslim student and president of Trinity Diversity Connection, tells the San Antonio Express-News that the wording should be tweaked. The student government agrees, and school trustees are expected to consider the request in May.

Other students and President Dennis Ahlburg say references to the school's Presbyterian roots are appropriate and unobtrusive. Founded in 1869, Trinity has been governed by an independent board since 1969 but maintains a "covenant relationship" with the church.

Mexico detains suspect in killings of 2 Americans

Chihuahua state police say soldiers have arrested a suspect in the killings of three people linked to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez. Police spokesman Enrique Torres says the Mexican army arrested the suspect on Friday.

Consulate employee Lesley A. Enriquez and her husband, Arthur H. Redelfs, were killed March 13 when gunmen attacked their car after they left a birthday party. The husband of a Mexican employee of the consulate was killed in a separate attack.

Torres said Monday the suspect is a leader of the Barrio Azteca gang but he gave no other details.

U.S. and Mexican authorities say the Barrio Azteca gang works for the Juarez drug cartel.