December 27, 2010 8:55 pm
Mayor Parker In Office: Past, Present and Future
Houston Mayor Annise Parker is approaching the end of her first year in office. She says it's been a challenging time, but she's pleased with the progress she's made so far. David Pitman has this look back at Parker's first year, and a look ahead to what she's facing in 2011.
December 22, 2010 9:08 pm
Eversole's Indictment Reflects Lack of Scrutiny Of Commissioners Court
Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole will return to federal court in February. The five-term Republican in precinct four was indicted this week on bribery and tax charges. As David Pitman reports, one local political analyst says Eversole's eventual trial may reveal some not-so-flattering details about how Harris County Commissioners Court operates.
December 13, 2010 8:40 pm
How To Keep Pipes From Bursting When It Freezes Again
The worst of the freezing weathering appears to be over, for now.
Lows tonight are expected to be mostly in the mid 30's. But another round of cold air is due by the weekend, bringing overnight lows back to near-freezing. This is as good a time to make sure the exposed pipes in and around your home are well protected. David Pitman has more.
December 9, 2010 8:57 pm
HISD Trustees Set To Vote On Creating All-Boys School
One month after the Houston Independent School District approved creating its first "all girls" school, the board is set to do the same for boys. This afternoon, trustees will vote on a proposal to open an all-male college prep academy. David Pitman has more.
December 6, 2010 9:05 pm
Houston Gas Prices Up Sharply, Still Below National Average
The price of gasoline is on the rise in Houston. But it's unlikely we'll break the three-dollar-per-gallon mark by the end of the year. David Pitman has more.
December 3, 2010 8:48 pm
Medical Center Construction Prompts Weekend Closure of METRO Rail
Metro's light rail service will be down this weekend. The transit agency is parking the rail cars at eight o'clock tonight — through midnight Sunday to allow for work on an expansion project in the medical center.
David Pitman reports.
December 2, 2010 9:59 pm
HISD Begins 10-15m Computer Security Upgrade Following Confirmed Breach
The Houston Independent School District announced today that it will spend upwards of 15 million dollars over the next two years to improve security on its computer networks. As David Pitman reports, the upgrade comes after a month-long investigation confirmed a security breach that was first noticed in late October.
December 1, 2010 8:36 pm
Attorney Beats Teacher in HISD Trustee District VIII Runoff
The Houston Independent School District is getting another new trustee. Juliet Stipeche narrowly defeated Judith Cruz yesterday in a runoff election. Stipeche will finish out the term of Diana Davila, who left the district 8 seat in July. David Pitman has more.
November 30, 2010 9:02 pm
A Quiet End To A Quiet Hurricane Season — At Least For The U.S.
The 2010 Atlantic hurricane season officially comes to an end today. This year was remarkable both for the number of storms it produced and how few of them threatened the United States.
David Pitman has more.
November 29, 2010 8:43 pm
Venezuela Prez. Talks About Selling Citgo
The President of Venezuela is talking about "possibly" selling Citgo — the country's petroleum corporation based in Houston.
Hugo Chavez needs the cash to fulfill some of his promises, like building more public housing.
As David Pitman reports, this is not the first time the idea of selling Citgo has come up.
November 24, 2010 9:41 pm
Thanksgiving Deals On The Car Lot
The day after Thanksgiving isn't just a good time to hit the malls to find bargains on clothing, toys, and electronics. It could also be one of the best days of the year to buy a car. David Pitman reports.
November 22, 2010 6:39 am
The full plate of Galveston Co. Judge-Elect Mark Henry
Local politicians who won their first elected offices earlier this month are busy getting ready for their new jobs. One of them is Galveston County Judge-elect Mark Henry. The small businessman defeated 16-year incumbent Jim Yarbrough in the biggest Republican sweep of the county since reconstruction. As David Pitman reports, Henry is preparing for his new responsibilities "without" the typical entourage.
November 19, 2010 8:11 pm
Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Comes Back Next Month
The State Comptroller's Office has set a date to begin the second round of a rebate program for people who buy energy-efficient appliances. David Pitman has details.
November 17, 2010 8:34 pm
Gift Will Help Sustain Rice Urban Research Institute
The institute that puts together the annual Houston area survey is about to receive a tremendous financial gift — and a new name. Rice University is set to formally announce later this afternoon a multi-million dollar endowment that will support expanded research on how Houston is changing, and how those changes compare with other cities around the world. David Pitman has more.
November 8, 2010 8:31 pm
HISD To Hold Public Meeting On Proposed All-Girls School
The Houston Independent School District will hold a public meeting this evening to talk about the possibility of opening the district's first all-girls school. Houston already has an all-boys charter school and Ryan Middle School divides classes by gender. But, as David Pitman reports, this would be the first single-gender school under the umbrella of HISD.
November 3, 2010 8:49 pm
Prop 3 Supporters Say They Respect Voters' Voice On Red Light Cameras
It's now up to the Houston City Council to figure out exactly when and how to dismantle the city's red light camera system. In an unexpected result, voters rejected proposition three, which would have kept 70 cameras snapping pictures of red light runners at 50 intersections. David Pitman has more.
November 1, 2010 8:55 pm
Shuttle Discovery Flight Review Ends With 'Go' For Wed. Launch
Mission managers for space shuttle Discovery's final flight voted unanimously today to continue forward with Wednesday's scheduled launch. Managers in Houston and Florida met this morning for the traditional flight review, and, as David Pitman reports, they found no reason to interrupt the countdown.
October 29, 2010 8:31 pm
Higher Ed. Board Proposes Change For University, CC Funding
There could be a change coming in the way public universities and community colleges in Texas are funded. The state Higher Education Coordinating Board is backing a plan that would put a greater emphasis on performance in order for schools to receive a part of their base funding. David Pitman explains.
October 27, 2010 11:15 am
KUHF Conversations: Gordon Quan
Former Houston City Councilman and founder of the immigration law firm Foster Quan, Gordon Quan, comes to KUHF's studios to talk with David Pitman about his campaign for Harris County Judge. Quan explains why he wants the job, and what he thinks he can do better than incumbent Ed Emmett.
October 26, 2010 11:00 am
KUHF Conversations: UH Prof. Murray on City Charter Amendment 3
For four years, Houston has been snapping hundreds of thousands of pictures of drivers running red lights. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether to keep the system, with Proposition 3. David Pitman welcomes UH Political Science Professor Dr. Richard Murray back to the program to talk about who benefits from the red light camera system, and what it might mean for the city if voters decide it should be scrapped.
October 25, 2010 11:09 am
KUHF Conversations: UH Prof. Murray on City Charter Amendment 1
As election day approaches, KUHF is taking a closer look at some of the ballot issues voters will decide. Proposition 1 would set up a dedicated, pay-as-you-go fund to improve Houston's aging streets and drainage system. David Pitman sits down with University of Houston Political Science Professor Dr. Richard Murray to discuss some of the issues surrounding Prop. 1, including the desire by schools and non-profits to be exempt from having to contribute the water bill surcharge to pay for the program.
October 14, 2010 8:58 pm
Memorial Drive To Close For Rosemont Bridge Construction
Part of a main artery through central Houston will be closed this weekend, so crews can install some key components of a new pedestrian bridge over Buffalo Bayou. David Pitman reports.
October 13, 2010 8:55 pm
Galveston Holds Town-Hall Meeting On Rebuilding Public Housing
A town-hall meeting is set for this evening in Galveston to talk about rebuilding the hundreds of public housing units lost to Hurricane Ike. This meeting comes as the state tells the city that it must commit to replacing the destroyed public housing, or several southeast Texas counties could lose a third of the money earmarked for Ike recovery. David Pitman has more.
October 11, 2010 8:41 pm
Suspicious, Powdery Mail Now at 17 HISD Campuses
The Houston Independent School District says today that "four" more schools have received suspicious mail. That brings the total, so far, to 17 campuses where Hazmat crews have been called in to deal with the envelopes. David Pitman has more.
September 27, 2010 6:07 am
More Teens Get Botox, But Why?
A recent survey finds Botox treatments for teenagers are on the rise. But, as David Pitman reports, that doesn't necessarily mean more teens are seeking injections to treat wrinkles they don't yet have.
September 16, 2010 8:46 pm
Perry, White Stand Their Ground In Dispute Over Debates
It looks like the campaign for Texas Governor will 'not' include a debate between incumbent Governor Rick Perry and Democratic challenger Bill White. The deadline Perry set White to release another batch of his income tax returns came and went without White complying with Perry's demand. David Pitman has more.
September 10, 2010 8:39 pm
Houston Muslims Say All Is Calm, As Ramadan Ends
Muslims in Houston are spending the day marking the end of Ramadan. One local Islamic leader says the community hasn't experienced any increase in harassment or threats, despite this year's holy month being dominated by religious controversies. David Pitman reports.
September 9, 2010 8:34 pm
HFD Union Leader Says Department Has No Proof To Fire 3 Firefighters
The union that represents Houston's firefighters says it will help three of its members fight to get their jobs back. The department fired the men over a racial epithet that was written on a patient's electronic medical record. As David Pitman reports, the union says the department has no way to prove who's responsible for the act.
September 8, 2010 8:50 pm
Tomball Councilman Explains Rejection Of Immigration-Related Laws
The Tomball City Council has rejected two ordinances aimed at illegal immigration. A councilman who voted against the measures last night says one of the laws wouldn't have solved a real problem, while the other would have resulted in legal challenges the city can't afford. David Pitman has more.
September 7, 2010 9:07 pm
Tomball City Council To Vote on Illegal Immigrant Laws
The Tomball City Council could vote tonight on some new laws designed to fight illegal immigration. As David Pitman reports, the ordinances bear a strong resemblance to what a Dallas suburb passed a few years ago.