December 12, 2013 5:41 pm
Houston Area Officials: Funding Key For Future Of Transportation In Texas
Elected officials and representatives from agencies across Harris County came together today for the Greater Houston Partnership's "State of Transportation." The main concern among them is the state's growing infrastructure needs.
December 12, 2013 5:11 pm
Elite Law Enforcement Group Celebrates a Milestone in Houston
When it comes to apprehending the worst criminals on the lam, the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force has no equal. Law enforcement officials celebrated its 20 years of existence.
December 12, 2013 3:42 pm
Hispanics Signing Up For Obamacare In Strong Numbers
As the roll out of the Affordable Care Act continues, the Obama administration is intensifying its outreach — especially to Hispanic households and Spanish speakers. With the Spanish language ACA website now running, the White House hopes to make up for lost time.
December 12, 2013 5:00 am
Ex-J.P. Morgan Chase Employee Charged In $780,000 Bank Fraud
A former Houston banker has been arrested on charges of bank fraud and money laundering.
December 11, 2013 5:20 pm
To Find Pets A Home For The Holidays, BARC Offers Half-Off Adoptions
With two weeks until Christmas, the City of Houston's animal shelter is making an effort to find homes for its animals this weekend. But the shelter advises against giving away pets as Christmas gifts.
December 11, 2013 4:49 pm
IEDA Responders Recall Devastation After Typhoon Haiyan Hit The Philippines
One month after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, two emergency responders from an international relief agency based in Houston talk about the aftermath of one of the strongest storms on record.
December 11, 2013 4:26 pm
Houston School Board to Consider Ban on Sensitive Mascot Names
At its meeting this week, the Houston school board will consider a new policy for school mascots. The superintendent wants to ban any mascot names that might be derogatory or culturally insensitive.
December 11, 2013 3:42 pm
Procedural Tactics At Houston City Hall Could Delay Payday Lender Regulations
Houston could soon have new regulations for the payday and auto title lending industry. But a procedural tactic might push the proposed ordinance into lengthy delays.
December 11, 2013 6:30 am
Why Foreign Companies Love Texas
Foreign companies are investing billions of dollars in Texas industrial plants and oil & gas drilling operations. The money is creating local jobs but in some cases, it’s also allowing foreign countries access to valuable American-made technology. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into this.
December 11, 2013 5:00 am
Expo! Expo! Assembles In Houston For Convention
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events is holding its annual meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The event — known as "Expo! Expo!" — is one of the world's leading conventions for convention organizers.
December 10, 2013 5:31 pm
Protesters In Houston Blame Mexican Government For Disappearance Of Thousands Of Its Citizens
Protesters gathered outside the Mexican Consulate in Houston today. They denounced the Mexican government for what they say is its involvement in the cases of thousands who have been killed or have disappeared in that country.
December 10, 2013 5:01 pm
Houston Engineer Paralyzed From Swimming Accident Thanks Ben Taub With A Donation
A Houston oil executive, who underwent successful spinal-cord surgery after a diving accident that left him paralyzed, returned to Ben Taub Hospital to thank doctors and nurses for saving his life. His gratitude included a donation.
December 10, 2013 4:20 pm
Houston Parents, Teachers Rally Against High Stakes Testing
There has been a pushback against standardized tests in Texas public schools. While the Texas Legislature cut back on the number of tests in high school this year, some parents and teachers here in Houston think standardized tests still carry too much weight.
December 10, 2013 3:42 pm
Houston Run-Off Races Could be Decided By Three Percent Of Voters
It's the last day of early voting for the local run-off elections. Several Houston City Council and Houston Community College races are on the ballot. Not many people are showing up at the polls.
December 10, 2013 11:24 am
'Merry Christmas Bill' Aims To Put Christmas Back Into Schools
For a number of years now, there has been disagreement among some over the usage of "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays." This year, the Texas legislature passed a bill that aims to eliminate some confusion in schools. But not everyone agrees with that approach.
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December 13, 2013 3:48 am
A Baby Who Saved Her Family From 'The Dark Moments'
Maria Vasquez-Rojas was thrilled when she learned she was pregnant. But soon afterward she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer — at the same time her brother Francisco was struggling with drug addiction. Maria's daughter's birth has transformed not just Maria's life, but Francisco's, too.
December 13, 2013 3:48 am
USDA Steps Up The Fight To Save Florida's Oranges
The agency is launching a new coordinated research effort to stop citrus greening, a disease imported from Asia that turns fruit bitter and unmarketable. It first turned up in Florida eight years. Now, it threatens to destroy the nation's citrus industry.
December 13, 2013 3:48 am
One Year After Newtown, Still No Answer To 'Why'
A year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., gunman Adam Lanza's motives are still unclear. Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy says people may just have to be satisfied with what they've known from the beginning — that on Dec. 14, 2012, a horrible thing happened.
December 13, 2013 3:48 am
Promises To Fix Mental Health System Still Unfulfilled
Even for those with the will and drive to pursue treatment, the process remains difficult, frightening and full of holes. Mental health advocates say little has come, on the federal level, from the task forces and promises that followed the Newtown shootings.
December 12, 2013 8:54 pm
If You Drank Like James Bond, You'd Be Shaken, Too
A painstaking analysis of 14 James Bond novels by some British doctors reveals that the international spy consumed six or more drinks a day, on average. He also went on benders that would have made his driving stunts downright suicidal.
December 12, 2013 8:26 pm
American Who Disappeared In Iran Reportedly Worked For CIA
Robert Levinson vanished in Iran in 2007. His family hasn't received proof of life in more than two years.
December 12, 2013 8:11 pm
Chinese Ag Scientists Charged With Stealing Patented Seeds
Two men are charged in Kansas and six others in Iowa with conspiring to steal patented seeds from some of the nation's leading seed developers.
December 12, 2013 7:26 pm
Conservative Grass Roots Remains Skeptical Of Budget Deal
Groups such as Americans for Prosperity were hoping to rouse opposition to a budget package that raises short-term spending. House Speaker John Boehner says such groups have lost their credibility.
December 12, 2013 7:02 pm
U.N Report Confirms Chemical Weapons Were Used In Syria
The inspectors' final report confirms some earlier allegations, citing "clear and convincing evidence" that the weapons were used against civilians in Ghouta, near Damascus. Other cases were less clear.
December 12, 2013 6:45 pm
Wireless Companies, FCC Reach Deal On 'Unlocking' Cellphones
U.S. wireless carriers reached a deal with the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that will make it easier for consumers to "unlock" their mobile phones and use them on a competitor's network.
December 12, 2013 5:57 pm
Kim Jong Un's Uncle, Formerly North Korea's No. 2, Is Executed
Jang Song Thaek, who had been a key figure in helping his nephew consolidate power after his father's death, was executed after being found guilty of treason.
December 12, 2013 5:49 pm
House Approves Budget Deal; Compromise Heads To Senate
The two-year deal passed despite opposition from Republicans who are part of the Tea Party faction. It was announced earlier this week, after being pounded out by Rep. Paul Ryan R-Wis., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
December 12, 2013 5:34 pm
Secret U.S. Stealth Drone Flies Out Of The Shadows
Aviation Week says the classified surveillance drone, which is meant to replace the Cold War-era SR-71 Blackbird, has begun test flights at Area 51.
December 12, 2013 5:18 pm
Boehner Blasts Tea Party Groups Over Budget Deal Criticism
The House speaker lashed out at conservative advocacy groups over their opposition to the budget agreement reached by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. His reaction comes not a moment too soon, as far as the speaker's allies are concerned.
December 12, 2013 4:46 pm
Why Meningitis That Hit Princeton Is Hard To Beat With Vaccines
It turns out that the bacteria that are responsible meningitis B have a sugar coating that makes them look a lot like human cells. That similarity makes development of a vaccine against the germs especially tricky.
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