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Brownsville Herald (Newspaper) - November 8, 2008, Brownsville, Texas Rio Grande Valley Moths found in ship a threat to agriculture by Ildefonso Ortiz the Brownsville Herald . Customs and Border Protection agriculture specialists have intercepted various adult specimens and eggs of a dangerous foreign pest aboard a ship at the port of Brownsville. According to cup the discovery was made wednesday afternoon during an inspection of a foreign vessel that had arrived from Asia. The specimens were collect a protecting Trees and plants is cup agriculture specialists primary Job As the front line in the fight against the introduction of insects pests and Plant diseases into the United Michael t. Freeman port director at the cup port of Brownsville de and transported to the us a Plant inspection station at los indies for identification. The specimens were also sent to other labs for molecular testing and the results came Back positive. According to cup spokesman Eduardo Perez the Moth is Dan state rep. Flores investigated for possible ethics violations by Jeremy Roebuck and Ryan Holeywell the Monitor Mcallen a Travis county prosecutors Are investigating state rep. Kino Flores a Palmview on allegations he accepted discounted air travel from some of his top Campaign contributors. Authorities subpoenaed Flores travel records last week and May be interested in several trips the representative took on a Mcallen donors private plane his attorney Roy q. Minton said Friday. A i intend to fully cooperate with the District attorneys office a Flores said in a written statement issued late in the Day. A a i am confident that this matter will be resolved in a manner which will in no Way hinder the ability to represent my District or Challenge the Trust the voters of House District 36 have placed in although prosecutors have not told Minton the exact nature of their probe Flores reportedly suspects they Are interested in three flights he took from Austin to the Rio Grande Valley with Mcallen a Lamantia family a owners of lamp of distributors and major investors in a $23 million horse racing track currently under development in Southern Hidalgo county. Minton confirmed his client took trips on the family a private plane but said they were for legislative business and paid for at fair Market value. A a he a never accepted free travel from anyone a the attorney said. The Texas ethics commission requires state lawmakers to report any free or discounted travel they receive on their annually submitted financial disclosure forms. But Flores failed to fully Complete his most recent submission according to state documents. Fourteen sections of Flores february 2008 form a which covers activity in fiscal year 2007 a were never submitted including pages related to gifts assets and interests he held in common with lobbyists. A in general a personal financial statement is required to be Complete a said Natalia Ashley general counsel for the commission. Serous because its foreign and it does no to have any natural predators. A the dangers is that if they Are allowed to spread they will spread and spread a Perez said. He said that agriculture specialists working at . Ports of entry ensure that incoming vessels and cargo Are not contaminated with pests and diseases that could harm american agricultural products. Perez said that the agricultural specialists take special precautions by treating the entire area with pesticides after removing the specimens. This incident is the third time that the asian Gypsy Moth has been found in Texas in the past year. The first interception was at the port of Houston on aug. 18, and the second was in Brownsville on sept. 8. The asian Gypsy Moth is even More damaging than the More commonly found european Gypsy Moth because it has More diverse appetites consuming More than 500 Plant species. Also it can Fly up to 20 Miles unlike its european relative according to Brownsville Herald archives. A protecting Trees and plants is cup agriculture specialists primary Job As the front line in the fight against the introduction of insects pests and Plant diseases into the United states a said Michael t. Freeman port director at the cup port of Brownsville. Bert Ogden Bow Mon Fri a open 8am-8pm sat 8am-8pm 956.631.6666 located on the Comer of Jackson amp Hackberry just North of Al Centro mall a financing available through Bow financial services. 2008 Bow 550i the ultimate driving machine. 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