August 7, 2009 9:15 pm
Galveston Water Failure
Thousands of homes and businesses in Galveston lost their water today because of an electrical fire at one of Galveston's water pump stations. City officials blame the fire on damage caused by Hurricane Ike, almost a year ago. Jim Bell explains.
August 6, 2009 9:01 pm
Hurricane Forecast Revised Downward
The quiet hurricane season has the experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration predicting fewer hurricanes than they were expecting before the season
started. Jim Bell reports.
August 5, 2009 9:04 pm
Natural Gas Platform Explosion
The Coast Guard will investigate a fire and explosion on a natural gas rig in the Gulf of Mexico not far from Galveston. Jim Bell reports.
August 3, 2009 8:44 pm
Unique Masters Program at UH
The University of Houston has a new and unique Master's Degree program school officials say will go a long way toward preparing the next generation of space science professionals.
Jim Bell explains.
August 3, 2009 4:56 am
Battleship Texas Update
The retired Battleship Texas will finally get the makeover it's needed for years. The state now has the money, and work that will save the old battle wagon for future generations will be completed over the next three to four years. Jim Bell has an update.
July 31, 2009 9:09 pm
Bryan Chemical Plant Fire
Investigators in Bryan are digging through the smoldering rubble of a chemical plant, after a huge fire forced thousands of people out of their homes yesterday and overnight. Things are back to normal in Bryan today, as Jim Bell reports.
July 28, 2009 10:34 pm
Public Defender for Death Row Appeals
People sentenced to death in Texas will soon get better legal representation for their appeals. A Public Defender's office has been created just for them, as Jim Bell reports.
July 27, 2009 9:13 pm
Countrywide Makes Restitution
Thousands of Texans who got sub-prime mortgages from Countrywide Mortgage are now eligible for restitution and other assistance, under a settlement with the Texas Attorney General. Jim Bell reports.
July 23, 2009 9:12 pm
Texas Clipper Update
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is almost out of options, in its
search for a way to correct the botched sinking of a WWII era ship in the
Gulf of Mexico last year. Jim Bell reports.
July 20, 2009 9:32 pm
Apollo 11 Anniversary
On this 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we look back at a time when space travel was not as routine as it seems to be today. It was a time of adventurers making history by going where no one had gone before. Jim Bell reports.
July 20, 2009 5:18 am
Remembering Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite — "the Dean of American Journalism" — has died at the age of 92. Cronkite started his career in Houston, and during his long career in television, he earned the title of "Most Trusted Man in the World." Jim Bell has more.
July 16, 2009 8:54 pm
Elissa Sailing Again After Ike
After surviving Hurricane Ike last summer, the tall ship "Elissa" is getting
ready to begin training a fresh crop of volunteer crewmembers at the Texas
Seaport Museum in Galveston this weekend. Jim Bell reports.
July 14, 2009 8:59 pm
Prisons Want to Jam Cell Phones
Texas and more than two dozen other states are asking the federal
government for permission to jam cell phones inside state prisons.
Jim Bell explains why.
July 6, 2009 2:26 am
Patriots by the Lake
The Harris County Housing Authority has announced plans to develop a master
planned community for military veterans. It will be the first development of its kind
anywhere in the country, as Jim Bell reports.
July 1, 2009 9:20 pm
Houston VA Studies Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Houston VA Hospital has received a $5 million dollar grant to study
and develop treatment for traumatic brain injuries, especially in veterans
of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim Bell reports.
June 29, 2009 8:58 pm
Famous Houston Actress Dies
Funeral arrangements are pending for Gale Storm, a Houston actress
and singer who became one of early television's biggest stars. Storm
died over the weekend at age 87. Jim Bell reports.
June 26, 2009 9:24 pm
Free HIV Testing
A group of local health agencies and community organizations will provide
free HIV testing in Houston's Hispanic community tomorrow, as part of the
annual National HIV Testing Day. Jim Bell reports.
June 25, 2009 9:07 pm
Property Tax Deadline Looms
The Harris County Tax Office is issuing its "final warning" for
about a hundred thousand delinquent taxpayers. Time is running
out for them to pay their property taxes....or else. Jim Bell reports.
June 22, 2009 9:46 pm
Texas Voting Rights Ruling
In an important decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a small central Texas water district can be exempted from a major provision of the Federal Voting Rights Act. Jim Bell reports.
June 19, 2009 9:20 pm
Conference on Minority Health
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will hold its annual conference on health care disparities next week. This work is part of a national effort to make health care available to more people who need it, as Jim Bell reports.
June 18, 2009 10:28 pm
Rice Gets Grant to Study Hurricane Impact
Rice University is getting a one-and-a-quarter million dollar grant to study the
full impact of hurricanes, and what governments and people should do to be ready
the next time a hurricane hits. Jim Bell reports.
June 17, 2009 8:02 pm
The New Green Economy
Nothing is all bad. Even climate change. There are some "up-sides" in the
changes we will have to make to cope with the changing climate in the coming
decades. A public forum will be held on this subject tonight, as Jim Bell reports.
June 10, 2009 9:30 pm
Digital TV Myths
With the switch to digital television less than two days away, the Federal
Communications Commission is going all out to dispel some of the myths
surrounding the new technology. Jim Bell explains.
June 9, 2009 9:00 pm
Shuttle Crew Prepares for Saturday Launch
The crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour has arrived in Florida to get ready for Saturday morning's scheduled launch to the International Space Station.
Jim Bell reports.
June 8, 2009 10:53 pm
SCOTUS Rules on Judges and Campaign Donations
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled elected judges must step aside from cases
involving people who've made big donations to their campaigns. A former Texas
Supreme Court judge says this won't have much impact in Texas, as Jim Bell reports.
June 8, 2009 9:00 am
Students Teaching Students
A unique summer enrichment program begins tomorrow at two Houston schools.
This program has college and high school students teaching middle school students,
and motivating them to stay in school and go to college. Jim Bell reports.
June 3, 2009 9:54 pm
Galveston Hurricane Preparedness Meeting
Galveston hosts its annual Hurricane Preparedness Town Hall Meeting tonight.
Officials say the death and destruction Hurricane Ike left behind last year are proof
of the need to be ready for a storm, if it comes. Jim Bell reports.
June 2, 2009 11:15 pm
CHIP Expansion Dies in Committee
Childrens' advocates are decrying the legislature's failure to pass a bill that would have expanded the Children's Health Insurance Program. They say thousands of Texas children may have to go without health insurance, as Jim Bell reports.
June 1, 2009 11:31 pm
Early Voting in City Runoff
Early voting is underway in the runoff election for Houston City Council District H. Jim Bell reports.
May 29, 2009 9:07 pm
NASA Rents Rides on Soyuz
The Russian Space Agency has signed a multi-million dollar contract with NASA to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station when the old Space Shuttle is retired. Jim Bell reports.