April 20, 2010 10:28 pm
Leaders Speak Out Against Pay Day Lenders
State Representative Sylvester Turner says he’ll propose a new law that will outlaw or change the way payday lenders currently do business. Turner and other community leaders spoke at a meeting this afternoon at the United Way building. Bill Stamps has more.
April 19, 2010 10:43 pm
Appliance Rebate Program Underway
This past weekend marked the first time people with rebates for energy efficient appliances were able to use them. Bill Stamps stopped by a local home improvement store to see how sales are going.
April 19, 2010 7:44 am
Pink Ribbon Ladies at it Again
Buying a house and finding a cure for cancer aren't things you'd normally think have anything in common, but in northwest Houston there's a multi-million dollar home for sale. And whoever buys it will be doing a lot for cancer research. Bill Stamps explains.
April 16, 2010 5:17 am
Singing Birds May Lead to Cures
A University of Houston professor says the genes of a small bird called a Zebra Finch could one day provide the key to cures for things such as autism, learning disabilities and speech impairment. Bill Stamps explains.
April 14, 2010 9:59 pm
Better Check Those Trash Bags
Now that the winter weather is behind us, many Houston homeowners are paying more attention to their yards. But there's a new law in effect that could impact what you do with those old leaves or tree branches. Bill Stamps explains.
April 9, 2010 10:24 pm
Sheriff Defends Overtime Policy
Last month the Harris County Sheriff’s Department paid close to a million dollars in overtime to deputies and detention officers. The sheriff is calling it a victory. Bill Stamps explains why.
April 8, 2010 9:27 pm
Making Your Yard Greener
Now that spring is here and the weather has improved, many Houston homeowners are paying attention to their lawns again. But what should you focus on this time year? Bill Stamps spoke with some experts to find out.
April 7, 2010 9:33 pm
Red Light Cameras: Do Houstonians Want Them?
A local political action committee says it now has proof Houstonians are in favor of having red light cameras at intersections. A survey paid for by the group "Keep Houston Safe" shows a majority of Houstonians are in favor of the cameras. Bill Stamps has more.
April 6, 2010 10:27 pm
City is Better Prepared for Hurricane Evacuation
Hurricane season is a few months away, but city emergency planners have a new tool at their disposal should a big one come our way. Bill Stamps explains.
April 5, 2010 10:47 pm
Astros Fans Thinking Big
A new season and a new manager have many Astros fans excited about the new season. Thousands of fans showed up early at Minute Maid Park today for the team's home opener against the Giants. Bill Stamps has their thoughts on the upcoming season.
April 2, 2010 9:55 pm
Apple's much anticipated iPAD goes on sale tomorrow. Bill Stamps stopped by the Galleria to see if we can expect the same long lines of eager buyers for the iPAD as in previous Apple sales.
April 1, 2010 10:09 pm
National Census Day
Today is National Census Day. It's supposed to be the last day to get your forms in, although you can still put it in the mail. Today volunteers with the Houston Housing Authority went door to door to spread the word. Bill Stamps has more.
March 31, 2010 8:59 pm
Hutchison Says She's Staying
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says she'll finish out the remainder of her term. During her campaign for governor, Hutchison said she would resign in order to focus on beating Rick Perry. She's apparently had a change of heart. Bill Stamps explores some of the possible reasons.
March 29, 2010 9:47 pm
A Congresswomen's Census Plea
A local congresswoman is urging Houstonians to fill out their census and mail it in. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says some of the people who stand to benefit the most from the census are the ones who aren't turning them in. Bill Stamps has more.
March 29, 2010 9:28 am
Do School Uniforms Work?
Years ago you could look in most public school yearbooks and find someone who was voted best dressed. But how can you tell with a uniform dress code? Uniforms are believed to curb a number of problems and Bill Stamps tells us if it's working.
March 25, 2010 9:22 am
Don't Throw Out That Old Tent!
With spring and summer just around the corner many people will be buying new outdoor recreation equipment like tents. But before you throw out your old one, listen to this. Bill Stamps reports how it could benefit the people of Haiti.
March 22, 2010 10:01 pm
Bye-Bye Rodeo, Hello NCAA
There's no rest for crews at Reliant Park. The rodeo ended last night and workers immediately had to begin preparing for the NCAA men's Sweet Sixteen Regional Basketball Finals. Bill Stamps has more.
March 22, 2010 6:05 am
Are Charter Schools Better?
Charter schools have grown in popularity in recent years as parents look for ways to improve their child's educational experience. But just how much of a difference can a school make? A University of Houston professor researched the issue and has some interesting findings. Bill Stamps has more.
March 18, 2010 9:37 pm
Census: So Easy Everyone Can Do It
By now most people should have received their census form in the mail. In the past, the form was longer and more detailed, but this time they've made it shorter and simpler to be sure that everyone is counted. For this report, Bill Stamps filled out his census and tells us what to expect.
March 17, 2010 11:09 pm
Group Files Complaint Against Houston Zoo
An animal rights group has filed a complaint with the Federal Government against the Houston Zoo. The group In Defense of Animals says the zoo is knowingly breeding elephants that will contract the herpes virus and most likely die. Bill Stamps has more.
March 16, 2010 10:53 pm
UH Basketball Returns to Glory
When people fill out their March madness tournament brackets, they'll notice a name that hasn't been there in almost two decades. The University of Houston Cougars is in the NCAA tournament this year. Bill stamps reports how it's been a long time coming.
March 15, 2010 11:05 pm
WWII Planes on Display at Ellington Field
For two days, vintage World War II era military planes are over to Ellington Field. The planes are on public display until Wednesday. And as Bill Stamps found out, you can even take a ride if you'd like.
March 12, 2010 10:02 pm
Is Rodeo Good For Business?
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is more than halfway over. Every day for nearly three weeks thousands of people flood Reliant Arena for the carnival, rodeo activities and the concerts at night. But what impact does the large crowd each night have on nearby businesses? Bill Stamps headed over there to find out.
March 11, 2010 9:43 pm
Teach For America Gets An A
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst paid a visit to a north Houston high school. Dewhurst was a guest teacher in the Teach for America program, a program that takes recent college graduates of all majors and gives them a teaching job in struggling schools. Bill Stamps has more.
March 10, 2010 10:30 pm
Yates: Best Ever?
Here in Houston there's a high school basketball team that may be one of the best ever in the state of Texas. Not only is the Jack Yates boys' basketball team undefeated, they've won many of their games by a hundred points or more. The school held a big pep rally as the team headed for the state semi-finals in Austin. Bill Stamps has more.
March 9, 2010 9:57 pm
Missing Energy Exec's Body Found
Searchers in New Orleans have found the body of Houston energy executive Doug Schantz. The body was pulled from the Mississippi River earlier this morning. Bill Stamps has more.
March 8, 2010 10:53 pm
Still No Sign of Missing Energy Exec
The family of missing Houston energy executive Doug Schantz is making a plea to the public for help. Schantz went missing early Friday while on a business trip in New Orleans. Bill Stamps has the latest.
March 5, 2010 9:55 pm
Clean up Volunteers Needed
Organizers of the Great American Clean Up are hoping for thousands of volunteers tomorrow. They’ll be planting trees and picking up garbage at Wiess Park on Post Oak. Today they held a big campaign kickoff rally at Sam Houston Park. Bill Stamps has more.
March 4, 2010 10:37 pm
Kid Invasion at the Rodeo
It's day three of the Houston Livestock and Rodeo at Reliant Park. Country Music Star Kenny Chesney will take the stage in a few hours. Earlier today the Rodeo looked more like Disneyland…with all the kids roaming around. Bill Stamps stopped by and has this story.
March 3, 2010 9:06 pm
Should Parents Back Off?
This time of year millions of high school seniors are holding their breath, waiting to hear if they been accepted to the college of their choice? One expert says often times it's the parents who make this process more stressful than it has to be. Bill Stamps has more.