June 25, 2012 11:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Gail Collins
Gail Collins is a national columnist for The New York Times, but for the past few years she's taken a special interest in what happens here in our state of Texas. Now she's written a new book: As Texas Goes ... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American. She'll be speaking tomorrow night at the Wortham Center, as part of The Progressive Forum. KUHF reporter Carrie Feibel has this sneak-preview chat with Collins.
June 21, 2012 3:43 pm
Some Services Restored, But Money Still Tight In City's New $4.2 Billion Budget
The Houston City Council has approved a new fiscal year budget of $4.2 billion dollars. The financial picture looked a little brighter this year when compared to significant cuts made last year to city services.
June 19, 2012 10:25 pm
C-section Deliveries In U.S. Plateau At 33%, But Texas Rate Is Higher
New data from hospitals shows that the rate of births by C-section has leveled off, after rising for eight years. But Texas still has one of the highest rates.
June 12, 2012 10:08 pm
Corpse Flower About to Bloom In Galveston's Moody Gardens
It's been almost two years since a corpse flower bloomed at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Now another corpse flower is about to bloom in Galveston.
June 11, 2012 10:32 pm
Lawsuit Accuses Harris County Hospital District of Illegally Charging Patients Who Can't Pay
A legal advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the Harris County Hospital District, for charging fees to patients who can't pay, and for other billing practices.
June 11, 2012 10:21 am
Science Museum Unveils New Prehistoric Hall Of Rare Fossils
The Houston Museum of Natural Science has unveiled its new fossil hall, an $85 million journey through evolution. Although dinosaurs dominate visually, the exhibit contains other, subtle beauties, such as ribbon-like bands of ancient slime.
June 8, 2012 9:45 pm
UTHealth School Of Dentistry Moves To New Home
The University of Texas School of Dentistry is moving into a new home in the Texas Medical Center. The six-story building is off Old Spanish Trail, south of the VA Hospital. Class sizes are growing and the school needs more space.
June 6, 2012 6:45 pm
Online Map Pinpoints Hurricane Risks for All Harris County Homes
The City of Houston and Rice have launched an online “storm risk tracker” for every address in Harris County. Residents can see how vulnerable their properties are to wind, flood and power loss when a hurricane comes through. Updated on June 6, 2012.
June 6, 2012 11:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Rice Engineering Professor Phil Bedient.
Hurricane Ike is now four years in the past, but scientists are still studying its tremendous impact. Now the Texas A&M University Press has just published "Lessons from Hurricane Ike" — a series of essays on what scientists have learned, and what can be done for the next big storm. KUHF Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with the book's editor, Rice engineering professor Phil Bedient.
June 4, 2012 10:07 pm
Schools Get Ready to Serve Summer Meals
School districts across Texas are gearing up to begin providing students with free meals over the summer break. Spring Branch ISD opens some free-meal locations today, and Houston ISD starts providing meals next week.
June 1, 2012 10:17 pm
Arthritis Stigma Persists Despite Being #1 Cause Of Disability
Nearly one million adults in the Houston area suffer from various forms of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation is trying to end stereotypes about the disease, which many dismiss as an old person's condition that can't really be treated.
May 31, 2012 10:00 pm
Dragon Splashes Into The Pacific Ocean, Mission Success
The Dragon capsule splashed down in the Pacific and into the history books today, becoming the first privately-owned spaceship to make a round-trip journey to the International Space Station.
May 30, 2012 9:24 pm
SpaceX Capsule Cleared To Leave Space Station and Head Back To Earth
The first private spaceship to visit the International Space Station will attempt to return to earth tomorrow. Astronauts have loaded the Dragon capsule with cargo to bring back to Earth, and are preparing to release the unmanned vehicle about 4:30 tomorrow morning.
May 28, 2012 11:38 pm
Military Families Touched By Suicide Speak Out On Memorial Day
Memorial Day offers all Americans a chance to grieve, honor, and recognize troops who died fighting. In many ways, the rituals — like playing "taps" and offering wreaths — are straightforward and comforting. But some military family members in Houston still struggle to find closure, because their loved ones died of suicide.
May 26, 2012 12:37 am
Dragon Docks At ISS In First For Commercial Space Flight
The first privately-controlled spaceship has reached the International Space Station. The Dragon capsule, belonging to the California company SpaceX, docked with the station this morning.
May 24, 2012 9:08 pm
Unmanned Cargo Capsule Close to Space Station, Preparing to Dock
Two days ago, SpaceX successfully launched the first commercial spaceship towards the International Space Station. The unmanned capsule is now quite near the space station and waiting for NASA to give permission to dock.
May 18, 2012 9:38 pm
Private Company Will Attempt To Reach Space Station With Cargo
Early tomorrow morning a private company, SpaceX, will launch a rocket into orbit from Cape Canaveral. Many are saying it will usher in a new era of commercialized space flight. But the mission remains highly experimental.
May 16, 2012 10:34 pm
Legislators Grappling with State-Wide Shortage of Healthcare Workers
A Texas Legislative Committee met this week in Houston to discuss urgent health problems facing the state. Among them, the shortage of primary care doctors and the role nurses may play in filling the gap.
May 14, 2012 11:02 pm
Texas Forest Service Launches Scientific Survey Of Drought
It's estimated that last year's drought killed hundreds of millions of trees in Texas. But those have just been educated guesses. Now the Texas Forest Service is starting a more scientific survey across the state.
May 11, 2012 10:05 pm
Houston Opens New $17 Million Regional Health Laboratory
The City of Houston has moved its public health laboratory into a newly renovated building near the DeBakey Veterans Hospital. Scientists perform half a million tests in the lab every year, checking for everything from rabies to daily pollen counts.
May 10, 2012 11:42 pm
EPA Allows Change At Gas Pumps
The Environmental Protection Agency announced today that the nozzles on gasoline pumps will no longer need to have a special attachment to prevent fumes from escaping. It's still up to Texas to decide whether it's a good idea to take them off.
May 10, 2012 12:04 am
METRO Passes Federal Audit On All Counts
Metro has passed an extensive review by the Federal Transit Administration which examined 24 performance categories, from bus maintenance to lobbying.
May 7, 2012 9:53 pm
SpaceX Launch To Space Station Delayed
A private spaceflight company had expected to launch a mission to the International Space Station today, but the launch has been delayed until May 19.
May 7, 2012 10:30 am
Rice Students Invent New Air Filter For Buses
Some Rice University engineering students have developed a technique to sterilize the air on a bus. The invention has a lot of public health potential, and Metro is watching closely.
May 3, 2012 9:24 pm
City Speeding Up Water Shut-Off for Delinquent Property Owners
The City of Houston is launching an aggressive crackdown on people who are behind on their water bills. Six hundred commercial customers will have their water shut off today, and in two weeks the city will start to focus on hundreds of delinquent accounts at apartment buildings and single-family homes.
May 2, 2012 11:11 pm
Parents Of Sextuplets Share Their Story At Texas Children's
The Pearland couple who gave birth to sextuplets last week spoke publicly today for the first time. Lauren and David Perkins appeared at Texas Children's Hospital along with the neonatologists caring for their six babies, and they also spoke privately with KUHF Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel.
May 2, 2012 11:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Dr. David Callender
The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston has just broken ground for a new hospital tower, which will feature more than 300 beds and 20 operating rooms. The new construction is part of UTMB's ongoing recovery — and growth — after Hurricane Ike in 2008. KUHF Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel visited Galveston and talked with the president, Dr. David Callender.
April 30, 2012 10:33 pm
Federal Judge Blocks Texas Rule Excluding Planned Parenthood
The latest battle between Texas officials and Planned Parenthood has concluded today with a temporary victory for Planned Parenthood in federal court.
April 27, 2012 9:17 pm
Texans To Get $186 Million In Health Insurance Rebates
Health insurance companies are getting ready to send out millions of dollars in rebate checks to their customers. Texas consumers and businesses are going to get the biggest chunk of money.
April 25, 2012 7:43 pm
The Menninger Clinic Moves Closer To Med Center To Amp Up Research
The Menninger Clinic is moving to a new location next week. The new $50 million campus is just a few miles south of Reliant Stadium. The private psychiatric hospital, which started in Topeka, Kansas, wants to be closer to the Texas Medical Center.