June 6, 2011 8:47 pm
Troopers in US, Mexico, Canada, Focus on Commercial Vehicle Safety During Enforcement Drive
You might see more commercial vehicles pulled over during the next few days. Tomorrow, the Texas Department of Public Safety will take part in a three-day enforcement drive covering the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. As David Pitman reports, the goal is to make sure commercial vans and trucks are being operated as safely as possible.
June 3, 2011 9:18 pm
HISD Puts Out Call For More Apollo 20 Math Tutors
The Houston Independent School District is looking for dozens of math tutors for its Apollo 20 program. That's the three-year effort the district began last fall to improve student achievement at 20 under-performing elementary, middle, and high schools. David Pitman has more on the qualifications and the kind of workload the tutors can expect.
June 2, 2011 8:49 pm
HISD Apollo 20 Program Receives $6m Pledge From Houston Endowment
The Houston Independent School District is getting a big chunk of private cash to help its Apollo 20 program. As David Pitman reports, the HISD believes it can complete the program to improve under-performing schools without dipping into its general fund.
May 31, 2011 11:35 am
KUHF Conversations: Lex Frieden
When it comes to preparing for hurricane season, people with disabilities face extra challenges gathering supplies, fortifying their homes, and mapping out an evacuation plan. UT Health Science Center Professor Lex Frieden, who uses a wheelchair, is part of a local effort to get people with disabilities better prepared for storm season. He came to our studios to talk with David Pitman about how the experiences of the last few major storms have lead to improvements in making sure people with disabilities are ready for whatever might happen.
May 23, 2011 10:00 am
It's Seat Belt Enforcement Season. Who Still Doesn't Wear Them?
Whenever you're driving or riding in a car or truck, police can ticket you for not wearing a seatbelt — even if you're doing nothing else wrong. Starting today, officers crack down on seat belt scofflaws for the next two weeks. David Pitman looked into whether these enforcement campaigns actually work, and what kind of driver still refuses to buckle up.
May 18, 2011 9:21 pm
HISD Looks To Outside Teachers To Fill Hundreds Of Vacancies
The Houston Independent School District has told more than 700 teachers they won't have jobs next year because of budget cuts. But the district also has to fill hundreds of teaching positions that "are" in the budget because other teachers are quitting or retiring. And, as David Pitman reports, the HISD is widening its net to find the most qualified replacements.
May 17, 2011 8:32 pm
UH Meeting, Health Fair To Focus On Fighting Childhood Obesity Among Houston's Minorities
The problem of childhood obesity in Houston is the focus of a community meeting and health fair this evening. People can learn the latest research into why more kids than ever are overweight and share their ideas on how to tackle it. As David Pitman reports, one goal is to change behaviors and attitudes toward food and exercise among the area's two largest minority groups.
May 16, 2011 9:32 pm
Analyst: Houston Gas Prices Have Peaked And Should Soon Start Falling
Gasoline prices in Houston may have hit their peak — at least for next several weeks. That's the view of one analyst who tracks local pump prices. As David Pitman reports, fuel prices have barely budged in the last seven days.
May 12, 2011 7:58 pm
HISD Board To Vote On New Teacher Evaluation Standards
The board of the Houston Independent School District will vote this evening on a new way to evaluate teachers. This would replace standards the state developed 20-years-ago. The district claims the new evaluation criteria will provide better feedback to improve teacher performance. But the teachers' union says the standards haven't been thoroughly tested. David Pitman reports.
May 11, 2011 7:59 pm
Authorities Remind High-Schoolers To Avoid Booze At Prom And Graduation Parties
High school seniors across the Houston area are getting ready for two rites of passage: prom and graduation. Authorities are reminding them, and their parents, that alcohol should not be a part of the festivities. David Pitman reports.
May 9, 2011 8:43 pm
Houston Water Officials Say City Is Not On Verge Of Water Restrictions
People in Houston are using more water, as a severe drought continues. But the city says we're not quite to the point of having to put water restrictions into place. David Pitman reports.
May 6, 2011 8:57 pm
Metro Wants Your Help To Name New Light Rail Stations
As construction continues on METRO's light rail expansion, the transit authority is asking for the public to come up with names for nearly two dozen new light rail stations. David Pitman has more.
May 3, 2011 8:21 pm
East End Businesses To Learn How Environmental Design Can Cut Crime
Business owners in Houston's East End are getting more tips this evening on how to protect themselves. A crime prevention symposium will focus on how environmental design can keep criminals from striking. David Pitman reports.
April 29, 2011 8:17 pm
Weekend Road Work Shuts Down Several Lanes on US 59 at 610 West Loop
The Texas Department of Transportation is urging drivers to avoid using the Southwest Freeway near the West Loop this weekend. Crews will shut down several lanes, along with a connector ramp, in the area of 59 and 610 tonight for work that will last until early Monday morning. David Pitman has more.
April 27, 2011 10:02 am
KUHF Conversations: METRO Board Chair Gilbert Garcia
Gilbert Garcia makes a return visit to KUHF to talk with David Pitman about the accomplishments he and the board of the Metropolitan Transit Authority have made in the year since his appointment by Mayor Annise Parker. The two touch on efforts to increase transparency with board meetings, the decision to write off $180 million, and METRO's efforts to repair its relationship with the Federal Transit Administration — a relationship essential to METRO getting the money it needs to build out the light-rail system.
April 25, 2011 9:00 pm
Study Finds Big Payoff In HS Dropout Prevention Programs
Only 54 percent of ninth-graders in the Houston Independent School District complete high school. A new study puts a price tag on the economic benefits of cutting that number in half. As David Pitman reports — the group behind the study hopes it will convince state and local governments to think twice before making massive cuts to education spending.
April 21, 2011 8:53 pm
Marijuana-Like Herbal Substances To Be Banned In Texas
A statewide ban kicks in tomorrow on products that look like marijuana, and cause users to have a pot-like high. But they're not marijuana. David Pitman has more.
April 20, 2011 8:42 pm
Harris Co. Reduces Jail Inmate Visitation To Four Days A Week
The Harris County Sheriff's office is changing its jail visitation schedule. As David Pitman reports, it's one part of the sheriff's larger plan to save money.
April 20, 2011 10:01 am
KUHF Conversations: Rice U.'s Stephen Klineberg and the 2011 Houston Area Survey
Rice University Sociology Professor Stephen Klineberg and KUHF's David Pitman discuss some of the key findings from this year's Houston Area Survey — notably how people in the area are worried about America's future, yet they're more confident in an improving quality of life in Houston.
April 18, 2011 8:38 pm
May Do Better To Ask For Extension Than Rush To Beat Tax Deadline
There are just hours left to file a federal income tax return for 2010 or seek an extension.
One local accountant says if your return isn't triple-checked and ready to send to the IRS by now, then you shouldn't try to rush to beat the midnight deadline.
David Pitman has more.
April 18, 2011 6:44 am
Houston Area Survey at 30: The Story Behind the Survey
The 30th annual Houston Area Survey is coming out this week. The survey takes a look at what people in Houston and Harris County think on a variety of topics — from the economy to abortion. It has become a guidepost to how the area has changed, and how people feel about those changes. David Pitman talked with the creator of the survey to learn the story behind it, and where he expects the survey to go from here.
April 5, 2011 9:18 pm
New Desks For HISD's Disabled Students
Severely disabled students at Houston public schools are about to get some extra help. The district will install hundreds of new workstations that will allow special-needs students more flexibility and independence. David Pitman reports.
April 1, 2011 8:47 pm
Sundance Strikes Deal To Take Over Angelika's Old Space At Bayou Place
Downtown Houston is one big step closer to having another venue for art and independent films.
Sundance Cinemas has worked out a deal to take over the space that housed the Angelika Film Center.
And, as David Pitman reports, Sundance will spend the next several months getting it in shape for a fall opening.
March 29, 2011 7:52 pm
HISD Schedules Special Community Meetings on Proposed School Closures
The Houston ISD Board will vote in a few weeks on whether to shut down four elementary schools. This is part of the district's plan to make up for a 171-million-dollar budget shortfall. A series of community meetings will begin this weekend for parents and others to share their thoughts on the possible closures. David Pitman has more.
March 24, 2011 9:38 pm
HISD Hopes To Re-Open Hamilton Middle School Friday After Early-Morning Arson
Houston ISD officials hope to re-open Hamilton Middle School tomorrow morning. Crews have spent the day cleaning up after a pair of overnight fires. Investigators believe a student deliberately set them. David Pitman has more.
March 22, 2011 9:41 pm
House Debate Set To Resume On TX Voter ID Bill
Debate is expected to resume on the state House floor tomorrow on the voter ID bill. As David Pitman reports, the bill was delayed because of a wording issue.
March 21, 2011 8:54 pm
Forecasters Expect Drought To Continue Through Spring
The drought that's gripping Harris and surrounding counties is showing no sign of letting up. Forecasters say the conditions that have choked off rain for the last six months will likely continue through the spring. David Pitman has more.
March 14, 2011 8:32 pm
Combs Says There Are Three Options Concerning the Budget
The state's chief financial officer says it's virtually impossible for Texas to solve its budget shortfall with cuts to services alone. Comptroller Susan Combs is suggesting lawmakers get serious about tapping into the state's rainy day fund. David Pitman has more.
March 11, 2011 9:07 pm
Rice U. Geophysicist Says Don't Worry About Tsunamis In Gulf Of Mexico
The chances of a tsunami, triggered by an earthquake, hitting the Gulf Coast like the tsunami in Japan are very low.
That's according to a local geophysicist who says the conditions required for such an event almost never happen on this side of the globe. David Pitman has more.
March 10, 2011 8:46 pm
HISD Board To Vote On Significant Budget Cuts
The Houston Independent School District Board will meet at 5pm today to review, and likely take a vote on, some steep budget cuts. As David Pitman reports, the cuts up for consideration today would erase only about a third of the projected shortfall for next year's budget.