December 4, 2013 4:03 pm
Virtually All Of Houston Area Now Out Of Drought
The Houston Metro area has essentially recovered from a multi-year drought. The latest map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows no drought conditions at all in Harris, Fort Bend, Waller, Montgomery, Liberty, and Chambers counties.
December 2, 2013 11:19 am
UH Engineering Professor Michael Economides Dies
A University of Houston chemical engineering professor who became known around the world for his work on the oil-and-gas extraction method commonly called ‘fracking’ has died.
November 25, 2013 5:30 am
Could The Economy Recover Faster And Stronger If Obama Were More Like Reagan?
On a recent trip to Houston, Senator Ted Cruz said if President Obama had acted more like President Regan, the economic recovery would have been quicker, and produced millions more jobs. But how well does that claim stand up to scrutiny?
November 15, 2013 10:45 am
What's With Sen. Cruz's Silence As Sen. Cornyn Seeks Re-Election?
U.S. Senator John Cornyn today officially kicked off his campaign to win a third term. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Cornyn at this morning's rally in Austin was Governor Rick Perry. But notably absent was the junior senator from Texas — Ted Cruz.
November 11, 2013 2:10 pm
Voters Who Cast Ballots Without Proper ID Have One More Day To Get Vote Counted
Tomorrow is the deadline for voters who didn't have a proper photo ID on Election Day to present one in order for their votes to be counted. Harris County says there aren't that many voters who still need to make another trip to ensure their ballots are recorded.
November 6, 2013 1:22 pm
How Ben Hall Conceded Mayoral Race A Month Ago
Houston Mayor Annise Parker easily avoided a runoff, winning her third term with 57-percent of the vote. Analysts say challenger Ben Hall essentially conceded the race a month before yesterday's election.
November 1, 2013 12:49 pm
Early Voting At A Record High This Year
Harris County expects this early voting period will set an all-time record.
October 21, 2013 5:30 am
OPEC Plus 40 — How Houston Changed, Then And Now
Forty years ago this month, the oil producing countries of the Middle East decided to cut oil exports in what became known as the OPEC oil embargo of 1973. It sent a shock around the world, forcing everyone to rethink how they acquire, and consume, energy. How did the embargo change Houston and how are the effects still felt today?
October 15, 2013 2:18 pm
Sheriff Offers Patrol Training To Mobile Food Vendors
The Harris County Sheriff's Office wants food trucks to help keep the county safe. Today, the sheriff's office announced the "Mobile Food Vendors on Patrol Program" program.
September 24, 2013 1:38 pm
UH Geoscientists Focus Their Attention On An Active Fault In Pakistan
Today's deadly earthquake in southwestern Pakistan happened along a branch of a fault that will be getting a lot of attention here in Houston. A geoscientist at the University of Houston has won a nearly half-million dollar grant to better understand the largest fault of its kind in Central Asia.
September 18, 2013 11:38 am
Will Senator Wendy Davis Run For Governor? We'll Find Out On October 3rd
State Sen. Wendy Davis will announce two weeks from tomorrow whether she intends to run for governor. The Democrat from Fort Worth earned national attention this summer for her filibuster against new statewide abortion restrictions.
September 17, 2013 11:51 am
HISD Walks Parents Through The New Online Magnet School Application Process
Parents of students who want to attend one of Houston Independent School District's magnet programs will have an easier time filling out applications. The district is rolling out a new online application that promises to streamline the process for parents and the district.
September 16, 2013 6:00 am
How Some Of The State's (Lesser-Known) New Road Rules Affect You
This month, a number of new laws kicked in that change, or clarify, some of the rules of the road in Texas. One change that has received a lot of attention is the expansion of the state's move over/slow down law. TxDOT vehicles are now on the list with police, fire, emergency vehicles, and tow trucks — for which drivers must move over or slow down if they're on the side of the road with their lights on. But there are several other important changes that recently took effect.
September 13, 2013 4:02 pm
Need A Last-Minute Passport? Do It Now Or Drive To Dallas
People in Houston who need an emergency passport are about to have one less option for a while. The Passport Agency office downtown will shut down later this month for renovations.
September 10, 2013 4:00 pm
How President Obama Can Answer An Important Constitutional Question With Tonight's Speech On Syria
President Obama will make his case for what to do about Syria this evening. The President could put on hold plans for a military strike, after Russia proposed to secure Syria's stockpiles of chemical weapons. David Pitman talked with a local political expert who expects tonight's speech to answer the fundamental question of whether the President needs Congress to be on board with taking military action abroad.
September 6, 2013 3:10 pm
The NSA, Online Encryption, And You
The ongoing story of the National Security Agency's surveillance practices became even more intriguing this week with revelations that the NSA and its British counterpart cracked encryption codes — and have been doing so for years.
August 30, 2013 1:31 pm
Montgomery Co. Expands 'No Refusal' To Include Labor Day
Montgomery County is expanding its "No Refusal" weekend to cover the Labor Day holiday. Starting this evening, and lasting through Monday night, suspected drunk drivers who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer will face a court order to give up a blood sample.
August 28, 2013 11:50 am
Houston VA/BCM Study Confirms Ketamine's Effectiveness In Treating Depression
Before it became a recreational drug on the club scene, ketamine was, and still is, a common anesthetic. Now, a follow-up study on the drug here in Houston shows that it could be a lifeline for depression patients who haven't responded well to other treatments.
August 22, 2013 4:00 pm
Syrians in Houston Want Action, After Reports of Chemical Attacks Outside Damascus
Syrian activists in Houston say it's time for the U.S. to take action. They're urging lawmakers and the Obama Administration to come out with a stronger response to the alleged chemical attacks on civilians in and around Damascus.
August 21, 2013 2:05 pm
August 19, 2013 3:36 pm
Texas Department Of State Health Services Confirms Multiple Cases Of Measles
State health officials are urging everyone to make sure they’re vaccinated against measles. Right now in Texas, there are nearly a dozen reported cases. One of those cases is in Harris County. The rest are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
August 16, 2013 2:11 pm
What The Gulf's Tropical Activity Could Develop Into
Monday Update: The tropical disturbance has dissipated.
August 12, 2013 6:00 am
How Austin Is Making Things Easier For Craft Breweries
One of the new laws that came out of this year's legislative session gives craft brewers and brew pubs in Texas a bit more freedom in how they sell their beer. How will this change affect brewers and their customers?
August 1, 2013 1:41 pm
Why The Houston Area Should Look Forward To The Peak Of The Tropical Season
The entire Houston metro area is heading into August under a persistent drought.
July 30, 2013 2:13 pm
Any Frustrated Commuters? There's An App To Tell Congress About Your Traffic Delay
Commuters fed up with traffic delays now have a direct line to their representatives in Washington. A new app called “I’m Stuck” gives drivers, flyers, and rail passengers a way to share their frustrations.
July 25, 2013 12:18 pm
Paid Parking Starts On Saturday Along Galveston's Seawall
For the first time in Galveston's history, drivers are about to have to pay to park on Seawall Boulevard.
July 23, 2013 2:20 pm
Friendswood Company Accused Of Posting Fake Car Dealership Reviews
An automotive consumer website is suing a reputation management firm in Friendswood. Edmunds.com alleges that "Glowing Reviews.com" created thousands of fake accounts to post positive reviews of car dealerships.
July 19, 2013 3:09 pm
HFD Pension Fund Among The Strongest In The Nation
The pension for Houston firefighters is one of the strongest in the country. That's according to the latest ranking of the nation's public pension funds.
July 18, 2013 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: State Rep. Garnet Coleman (D) on Texas' Stand Your Ground Law
Garnet Coleman sits down with Morning Edition Host David Pitman to talk about why he thinks the state's "stand your ground" law should be changed. Rep. Coleman sponsored a bill this past session to roll back changes that lawmakers passed in 2007, but the bill never made it out of committee. In this interview, Coleman explains what he thinks it will take for lawmakers to seriously consider limiting stand your ground provisions to protecting one's home.
July 12, 2013 5:02 pm
AG Abbott's Sunday Announcement -- Are We About To See a GOP Primary Battle For Governor in 2014?
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is preparing to make what his campaign spokesman calls a "major announcement" this weekend. The campaign isn't saying what, exactly, Abbott will be talking about in San Antonio on Sunday. But, it's widely believed that Abbott will formally declare his intention to run for governor in next year's election.