October 1, 2012 6:01 am
Could The 'Space Leadership Preservation Act' Fix What Ails NASA?"
A group of congressmen is pushing for a major overhaul of NASA. They have introduced a bill they call the "Space Leadership Preservation Act." The bill's authors say it will bring more stability to NASA, and better use of taxpayer money.
September 25, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Brandi Brevard
Houston ISD's Apollo 20 program comes under the national spotlight this evening. A new Frontline documentary, Dropout Nation, will take viewers through a semester at Sharpstown High School — a campus with one of the district's highest dropout rates. The school is one of 20 the district is focusing with its Apollo program to increase student success and graduation numbers. KUHF's David Pitman talked with Sharpstown High's campus improvement coordinator Brandi Brevard.
September 20, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: The Menil Collection Turns 25
This week, the Menil Collection marks its silver anniversary. For 25 years, the building has welcomed visitors, free of charge, to tour the private collection of 20th century art assembled by John and Dominique de Menil. KUHF's David Pitman stopped by the collection to talk with the museum's Vance Muse, on the significance of the collection’s quarter-century, and to take a closer look at one of the special exhibits to mark the milestone.
September 13, 2012 2:54 pm
Four Years After Ike, Galveston's Tourism Industry Makes Better-Than-Full Recovery
Four years ago today, Hurricane Ike made a direct hit on Galveston. The island is still struggling to recover in some areas — like public housing. But Galveston's tourism industry is back in better shape than before the storm.
August 27, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: HISD Superintendent Grier Lays Out District's Priorities For New School Year
This morning, about 200,000 students in the Houston Independent School District are starting the first day of class for the 2012-2013 school year. HISD is rolling out a new a curriculum, developed with input from teachers, to better reflect what students have to know for the STARR, and other standardized tests. KUHF's David Pitman recently sat down with Superintendent Dr. Terry Grier at HISD headquarters.
August 27, 2012 5:00 am
What 'No Compromise' Politics Does To Governing
The Republican National Convention is postponed today due to weather caused by Tropical Storm Isaac . Texas Senate candidate Ted Cruz will deliver a speech at the event. Cruz and several other tea party-backed candidates have staked out positions of "no compromise" on key issues. But how does that sort of campaign rhetoric affect the business of governing?
August 16, 2012 6:25 am
KUHF Conversations: NPR Ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos
What are the biggest complaints among NPR listeners these days? How do you determine whether a story is biased? And what's the difference between being fair, and being balanced in one's reporting? Those are just some of the questions NPR's Ombudsman, Edward Schumacher-Matos, faces every day. He recently sat down with KUHF Morning Edition Host David Pitman to talk about his job.
August 15, 2012 1:43 pm
Ft. Bend Co. To Drop Packets Of Baited Vaccine To Fight Rabies
Fort Bend County is taking a new approach to fight rabies in wildlife. It involves dropping vaccine packets from the air, and hoping animals like skunks and raccoons eat them up.
August 9, 2012 12:00 pm
Feds Sign Off On More Money For Two METRO Light Rail Lines
A big chunk of cash is on its way to Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority to help with light rail construction. It's another installment of the nearly one billion dollars in federal money committed to Houston’s light rail lines.
August 2, 2012 3:25 pm
Rice U. Expert Says Houston's Class Segregation Brings Consequences
The Pew Research Center says Houston is more geographically segregated when it comes to income and class than any other metro area in the country. One sociologist says if this kind of class segregation continues unabated, it could have serious consequences for social mobility.
August 1, 2012 3:31 pm
Sadler: Don't Automatically Assume That Cruz Is Going To Win In November
The Democrat in the race for U.S. Senate says it's way too early to write him off in a head-to-head matchup against Republican Ted Cruz. Paul Sadler easily defeated Grady Yarbrough in last night's primary runoff. Sadler hopes his moderate message, and grassroots fundraising, will help buck recent history for Democrats in Texas.
July 30, 2012 3:54 pm
Phone Bank And Ad Wars Heat Up On Final Full Day Before GOP Senate Runoff Election
The two GOP candidates in the race for the Senate nomination are keeping a fairly low profile on the last full day of the campaign — ahead of tomorrow's runoff election. But the phone banks and the ad wars will stay busy from now through tomorrow evening.
July 27, 2012 1:04 pm
How Ted Cruz Won Tea Party Support, And Dewhurst Didn't
Some of the Tea Party's biggest names will be in the Woodlands this evening. Sarah Palin and Senator Jim DeMint are the headliners for a rally to support Ted Cruz. The former solicitor general faces Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday's runoff election for the GOP Senate nomination.
July 26, 2012 6:25 am
KUHF Conversations: Former Educator Grady Yarbrough
Tuesday July 31st is the Texas primary runoff for both Democrats and Republicans vying for the vacated seat of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KUHF's David Pitman spoke with former educator Grady Yarbrough on his views.
July 25, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Former East Texas State Representative Paul Sadler
Tuesday July 31st is the Texas primary runoff for both Democrats and Republicans vying for the vacated seat of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KUHF's David Pitman spoke with former East Texas state Representative Paul Sadler on his views.
July 24, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Former Solicitor General Ted Cruz
Tuesday July 31st is the Texas primary runoff for both Democrats and Republicans vying for the vacated seat of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KUHF's David Pitman spoke with former Solicitor General Ted Cruz on his views.
July 23, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst
Tuesday July 31st is the Texas primary runoff for both Democrats and Republicans vying for the vacated seat of Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. KUHF’s David Pitman spoke with Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst on his views.
July 17, 2012 11:35 am
No Prime-Time Speech For Ron Paul At GOP Convention
Ron Paul will not get a prime-time speaking slot at the GOP National Convention next month. The Lake Jackson congressman did not win enough delegates in his presidential campaign to receive 15 minutes at the podium. But that doesn't necessarily mean that Paul won't get to speak at all.
July 11, 2012 3:56 pm
City of Galveston Lifts Boil Water Notice
The City of Galveston could know by early afternoon whether it can lift a boil water notice. The city is waiting on test results to determine if e-coli bacteria is still present in the water supply.
July 6, 2012 9:00 pm
Why Thousands of Computers Will Lose Internet Access on Monday
On Monday, hundreds of thousands of computers may lose access to the Internet. David Pitman spoke with a local computer expert to find out what's behind this, and how users can make sure their computers won't be knocked offline.
July 3, 2012 8:46 pm
Another No-Refusal Holiday in Houston
Harris County is preparing for the fourth of July holiday by extending its 'No Refusal' program. Starting tomorrow, drivers who are suspected of being under the influence, and refuse a breathalyzer test, will have blood drawn.
July 2, 2012 9:48 pm
Gunfire into The Air More Can Be More Lethal
Wednesday is the fourth of July. It's a holiday some people choose to mark by shooting guns in the air and authorities are, once again, reminding people that's dangerous and illegal. It's rare for a gunshot fired in the air to hit someone.. but, as David Pitman found out, when that happens, it's often more deadly than other kinds of gunshots.
June 28, 2012 11:29 am
KUHF Conversations: METRO Chair Gilbert Garcia
Whenever you buy something that's subject to sales tax inside the service area for METRO, one penny of the sales tax goes to the transit agency. Nearly 25 years ago, voters decided that METRO should share a quarter of its sales tax revenue with the General Mobility Fund. The fund helps to pay for road and bridge work in Houston, Harris County, and several other cities that are part of METRO. This fall, voters will be asked to decide whether METRO continues making contributions to the fund, or return to the days when METRO kept all the sales tax money to itself.
June 22, 2012 8:11 pm
A Week Of Houston LGBT Pride Wraps Up With Saturday's Festival And Parade In Montrose
More than 300,000 people are expected to line up Saturday along Westheimer for the "Pride Houston" parade. The parade — a celebration of pride in the LGBT community — is the culmination of months of hard work behind the scenes.
June 21, 2012 7:00 pm
Houston Gasoline Prices Fall By Another Nickel
Another week brings another drop in gasoline prices. The reason should sound pretty familiar by now.
June 18, 2012 10:30 am
Harris Co. DA Candidate Lloyd Oliver Says He'd Keep Lykos' Policies If He Wins
The Democrat in the race to become Harris County's next district attorney says he wants to keep two of the most controversial changes Pat Lykos made to how certain cases are prosecuted. But Lloyd Oliver also says he would make some tweaks to those programs.
June 14, 2012 5:35 pm
Sluggish Global Economy Brings Another Drop In Pump Prices
The price of gasoline continues its slow and steady decline. Pump prices in Houston and the rest of the state are down for the ninth week in a row.
June 7, 2012 7:23 pm
AAA Says Gasoline Prices Could Continue Falling Through The Summer
For the eighth week in a row, gasoline prices are down in Houston, and the rest of the state. And the trend of declining prices at the pump is expected to continue.
May 31, 2012 7:19 pm
What To Expect As Cruz And Dewhurst Head Toward GOP Senate Nom. Runoff
Two months from today, Republican voters will return to the polls to decide the runoff for the GOP Senate nomination. Establishment Republican David Dewhurst is fending off an insurgent challenge from Ted Cruz, who has significant tea party support. And voters can expect the runoff campaign to get a bit more personal.
May 31, 2012 11:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Harris Co. Judge Ed Emmett On Hurricane Season Preparedness
Every year when hurricane season rolls around on June 1st, we hear the same thing — make a plan and be prepared. We all know about how we should stock up on food, water, medication, ice, and — after the harsh lessons of Hurricane Ike in 2008 — find a way to get backup power, in case you're one of the unlucky ones who goes for up to two weeks without electricity. So what's new in hurricane preparedness this year? KUHF's David Pitman recently stopped by the office of Harris County Judge Ed Emmett to find out.