March 29, 2012 8:02 pm
Media Hype And Lotto Fantasies Drive Non-Players To Snap Up Tickets
Sales of tickets for tomorrow's Mega Millions drawing could top $30 million in Texas. That's more than ten times the amount sold in a typical week. And that likely means there are a lot of people snapping up tickets who wouldn't give your run-of-the-mill lotto drawing a second thought.
March 22, 2012 10:00 am
KUHF Conversations: The Objectives of Sharia Law
This weekend, the Islamic Learning Foundation in Houston will host a series of lessons called "Compassionate Justice: The Objectives of Shariah." The classes are open to everyone of any faith. This is part of a broader effort by an Islamic advocacy group to help people gain a better understanding of what Shariah Law is, and what it isn't. KUHF's David Pitman spoke with Sh. Omar Suleiman. Sh. Suleiman teaches at the Islamic Learning Foundation in Dallas, and will this weekend's classes in Houston.
March 16, 2012 7:54 pm
Wonder What HCAD Thinks Your House Is Worth? The Notice Is In The Mail.
Property value notices start going out today to nearly a million residential property owners in Harris County. Those values determine how much property tax owners will pay at the end of the year. As David Pitman reports, the vast majority of homeowners will find their appraisals are either flat, or even lower, than last year.
March 15, 2012 11:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Mayor Annise Parker On Tour De Houston
Tour De Houston is back. It's a bike ride to raise money for reforestation. And it's needed now more than ever. The drought has wiped out more than 18,000 trees in city parks and other public spaces. KUHF's David Pitman met Houston Mayor Annise Parker at her office to talk about the Tour — why it didn't happen last year, how it was brought back this year, and what will riders see along the 20, 40, and 60 mile routes.
March 14, 2012 8:35 pm
Research Group Says Texas Tops Government Spending Transparency List
Texas tops a new survey on state government transparency. What is the criteria used to judge how open states are about the way they spend taxpayer money?
March 9, 2012 5:12 pm
Expert: Obama's Fundraising Probably Won't Translate Into A Harris Co. Victory
President Obama's fundraising stop in Houston today could bring in upwards of $3 million. And while that's a lot of money, one local political expert is predicting the president won't win Harris County this year, like he did in 2008.
March 8, 2012 11:00 pm
Houston Pump Prices Flat This Week, Says AAA
As Spring Break approaches, gasoline prices remain essentially flat. The latest AAA survey finds the average pump price didn't change at all in Houston over the last week, and rose only "two" cents statewide.
March 7, 2012 11:00 pm
Law Prof.: Claim Of Self-Defense In Deadly Road Rage Fight Appears Justified
Houston Police continue their investigation into Monday's deadly road rage incident on the Gulf Freeway. One of the men involved says he was acting in self-defense when he put another man in a headlock. The man later died. David Pitman spoke with a local law professor who says, based on the facts that are known right now, it appears the self-defense claim will likely hold up.
March 6, 2012 5:39 pm
What It Means For Texas Not To Be A Part Of Super Tuesday
Texas should have been one of the states holding primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday. But the protracted battle over congressional redistricting maps pushed our primary to late may. David Pitman takes a look at what sort of impact Texas would have had, if it had been able to stick to the original schedule.
March 5, 2012 10:06 pm
Car Sharing Service RelayRides Expands To Houston, Rest Of Nation
A new kind of car sharing service is expanding across the nation. It's called relay rides. It's the first peer-to-peer car rental network in the country.
March 5, 2012 10:03 am
Houston Caravan To Protest Tuscon's Removal Of Hispanic History Books From Classrooms
One week from today, a caravan of protesters will set off from Houston to Tuscon. The group is upset over Tucson's recent decision to end its Mexican-American studies program. Tucson's program used books published at the University of Houston.
March 2, 2012 6:22 pm
East End Intersection To Close For Nearly A Week As METRO Installs Light Rail Tracks
Starting tonight, a key intersection on the east side of downtown will be shut down for nearly a week. This is part of Metro's latest push to complete two extensions of its light rail system.
February 27, 2012 6:19 pm
HISD Online Survey Asks Whether Consolidating Schedules Is A Good Idea
The Houston Independent School District is asking parents and students what they think about a potential change to the schedule. The district has posted an online survey to find out if consolidating start and end times makes sense, or if it would be too disruptive.
February 16, 2012 9:04 pm
Expert: Texas' Role In Choosing GOP Nominee Now Greatly Diminished
It now appears Texas won't have as much influence as some would like in selecting the Republican presidential nominee. The federal judge in the protracted battle over voting district maps says the state should 'not' expect to be able to hold its primary before late May. By then, the GOP may have pretty much figured out who will go up against President Obama in the fall.
February 16, 2012 11:25 am
KUHF Conversations: Josef Helfenstein
A mainstay of the Menil Collection is about to close. For 15 years, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel has housed frescoes from the 13th century that were looted from a Greek Orthodox Church in Cyprus. KUHF's David Pitman stopped by the chapel to ask Menil director Josef Helfenstein why these frescoes meant so much to John and Dominique de Menil, and how he feels about the pieces going home.
February 14, 2012 6:52 pm
Drought Conditions Improve, But There's Still A Big Rainfall Deficit
The drought in the Houston area is not over. But conditions are getting better. It could take months, if not years, to reach a complete recovery from one of the worst droughts in decades.
February 13, 2012 8:31 pm
Gulf Fwy. HOV Lanes Now Accepting Toll-Paying Single Drivers
Today is the first day of the new HOT lane on the Gulf Freeway. It's actually not a brand-new lane, but a new use for the existing HOV lane. The difference here is the letter "T," for toll. Commuters who can't, or don't want to carpool can now pay for the privilege of driving solo in the HOV lane during the morning and afternoon rush.
February 10, 2012 6:33 pm
Local Mortgage Lender Says National Settlement Won't Go Far Or Fast Enough
It could be months before distressed homeowners in Texas see any relief from the settlement with the nation's five largest mortgage lenders. The state is in line to get $428 million. That money will go to write down loans, pay for loan refinancing, and cover fines for breaking state laws.
February 8, 2012 7:03 pm
HCAD Predicts Property Values May Be Flat In 2012
Property values in Texas are up slightly. The State Comptroller's office says the total value of all land and buildings in Texas increased by a little more than 1 percent in 2011, to reach $1.67 trillion. Property values also rose in Harris County last year, but the people who keep track of those values don't expect much, if any, of an increase this year.
February 6, 2012 8:58 pm
Expert: Gov. Perry's Baggage Will Likely Mean No Run For Fourth Full Term
Governor Rick Perry is taking a slow and cautious step back into the spotlight. The governor will speak at a Republican fundraising dinner in Round Rock this evening. It's his first public appearance since he suspended his presidential campaign 2 1/2 weeks ago.
February 3, 2012 8:26 pm
Why Houston Home Prices Don't Follow Trends In National Surveys
This week, a national survey of home prices showed November sales prices were down in 19 of the 20 cities surveyed. The Case-Shiller index does not include Houston, where prices have remained relatively stable, compared to the cities in the survey. There are a number of reasons why Houston home prices don't reflect what's happening in much of the rest of the nation.
February 2, 2012 8:22 pm
Rice U. Study Finds Hand Recounts Not 100% Accurate
When someone, or some issue, wins an election by a razor-thin margin, election officials typically hold manual recounts. But recounting votes by hand isn't an iron-clad guarantee of an accurate result. A new study from Rice University finds that hand recounts have a margin of error of their own.
February 1, 2012 4:48 pm
Ketamine Study Doc Says Don't Try 'Special K' On Your Own To Fight Depression
Earlier this week, NPR ran a series of reports on a study conducted in Houston that found ketamine might be highly effective in treating severe cases of depression. Ketamine is an animal tranquilizer. It's also a party drug known as "Special K". The lead doctor in the study says ketamine's potential ability to fight depression should not be tested at home.
January 30, 2012 8:38 pm
Expert Says Ron Paul Not Seeking Nomination, But GOP Platform Influence
Ron Paul has already moved his campaign to the next round of states holding caucuses. The Lake Jackson congressman essentially skipped Florida, which holds its presidential primary tomorrow. One local political expert says Paul's strategy is not to 'win' the nomination, but to earn enough delegates to shape the GOP platform.
January 30, 2012 10:01 am
HIV Advocates Say Medicaid Expansion Could Challenge Patient Care
One of the uncertainties surrounding the health care overhaul is how it will affect Texans living with HIV and AIDS. A provision of the Affordable Care Act will shift more low-income patients to Medicaid in a couple of years. But there are questions about how those patients might fare once they are on Medicaid.
January 25, 2012 11:25 am
KUHF Conversations: HADA President Wyatt Wainwright On The Houston Auto Show
The Auto Show is back in town. Between Wednesday afternoon and Sunday evening, nearly 500,000 people are expected to pass through the doors of Reliant Center to check out the newest vehicles, from Aston Martin to Volkswagen.
January 23, 2012 8:46 pm
AG To Clarify Childhood Abuse Reporting Law Procedures For Adult Claims
The Texas Attorney General's office has been asked to clarify whether health professionals working with adults, who say they were abused as children, must report the cases. The AG's office has to issue an opinion on the matter by late spring.
January 20, 2012 4:50 pm
More Bridge Repair Means More Lane Closures On I-45
For the second weekend in a row, TxDot is shutting down some lanes on the North Freeway for bridge maintenance. This time around, crews are focusing on the southbound side of I-45 between Little York and Parker.
January 19, 2012 10:00 am
KUHF Conversations: Claudia Kolker
Houston journalist Claudia Kolker says the presence and influence of immigrants in the United States can help everyone lead healthier and happier lives. Kolker, who is a contributing editor to the Houston Chronicle's editorial board, travelled the country to study various customs and practices ranging from post-natal care, to studying, to saving money, diet, and relationship help. She compiled what she found, backed up by scholarly research, in a book called "The Immigrant Advantage - What We Can Learn From Newcomers to America about Health, Happiness, and Hope". Kolker sat down with Morning Edition host David Pitman to talk about one of the customs that helped her.
January 18, 2012 8:23 pm
Citrus Disease Confirmed In Texas, Prompts Temporary Quarantine
A destructive citrus plant disease that wiped out crops in Florida has been confirmed in Texas. State agriculture officials found the disease known as 'citrus greening' in a grove in the Rio Grande Valley.