March 5, 2010 9:00 pm
Harris County Constables To Begin Warrant Round-Up
Harris County Constables have a message for people with outstanding traffic tickets, and other fines related to misdemeanors — pay up, or expect to be arrested. A warrant round-up is getting underway tomorrow, as David Pitman reports.
March 4, 2010 8:58 pm
DPS Warns Teens To Avoid Mexican Border Towns During Spring Break
The Texas Department of Public Safety is, for the very first time, warning high school and college students to stay away from border towns in northern Mexico during spring break. The DPS says the recent spike in drug-and-gang-related violence has made those areas far too risky for a safe trip. David Pitman reports.
March 2, 2010 9:17 pm
KBR Granted More Government Money
Houston defense contractor KBR has won another multi-billion dollar government contract to continue providing services in Iraq. This new contract comes on the heels of KBR losing millions of dollars in award fees because of bad electrical work at a U.S. base in that country. David Pitman has more.
March 1, 2010 9:16 pm
Plan Allows States to Directly Handle Food Stamps
The Houston Food Bank today began playing a larger role in helping low-income people get signed up for food stamps. Its part of a plan designed to improve the state's track record in handling food stamp applications in a timely manner. David Pitman has more.
February 26, 2010 8:10 pm
Texas Studies Effectiveness Of Unleaded Hunting Ammo
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department wants to find out whether ammunition "without" lead is as effective in hunting doves as ammo "with" lead. David Pitman reports on how the department has wrapped up two years' of collecting doves in a study on ammunition in real-world hunting conditions.
February 25, 2010 8:57 pm
If You're Already A Cop, the DPS Wants You
The Texas Department of Public Safety is putting out the call for law enforcement officers who want to make the leap from being local cops and deputies to DPS troopers. For the first time in its 75-year history, the DPS is dramatically shortening the time it takes for current officers to earn a trooper's badge, as it tries to fill hundreds of vacancies. David Pitman has more.
February 24, 2010 9:10 pm
Tobacco Vaccine Could Be Reality Soon
The federal government is giving Texas A&M and a private company 40 million dollars to develop flu vaccines from tobacco. As David Pitman reports, the goal is to be able to respond to flu outbreaks with new vaccines quicker than current technology.
February 23, 2010 8:55 pm
New Poll Shows Medina Fading in GOP Governor Primary
With a week to go before the primary election in the governor's race, a new poll out today shows incumbent Rick Perry is still very likely to face a runoff. But it probably won't be against GOP activist Debra Medina, whose poll numbers have taken a hit in the past two weeks. David Pitman has more.
February 23, 2010 11:00 am
KUHF Conversations: Bill White
Former Houston Mayor Bill White, one of the two top Democratic contenders in the March 2nd primary election for governor, sat down with KUHF's David Pitman to talk about what he'd do differently, if elected. The two also talk about campaign strategy, and whether Texas, which hasn't had a Democratic governor since 1994, is ready for one now.
February 16, 2010 11:30 pm
Primary Predictions in the Race For Governor
Early voting got underway today for the primary election in the governor's race. One local political scientist says it's easy to predict right now who'll grab the Democratic nomination. But the GOP race isn't so clear cut. David Pitman reports.
February 16, 2010 10:23 am
KUHF Conversations: Farouk Shami
Houston-area businessman Farouk Shami made his name, and fortune, with the CHI haircare product line. Now, he's hoping his business experience will be enough to vault him into the governor's office. Shami is one of two, along with former Houston Mayor Bill White, vying for the Democratic nomination for governor. He sat down with KUHF's David Pitman to explain exactly how he'd work to bring more jobs to the state, and his disatisfaction with the Democratic party.
February 15, 2010 9:24 pm
UH May Increase Tuition
The University of Houston Board may soon join other state universities in asking its students to pay more for an education. As David Pitman reports, the UH Board of Regents will meet tomorrow to consider a nearly four percent increase in tuition and fees.
February 15, 2010 9:57 am
The Challenges of Fighting Depression While Unemployed
The Labor Department says about eight million people in the United States have become unemployed during the recession. Mental health experts say the depression that some people experience after losing their jobs can keep them locked in a vicious cycle — unable to treat their illness effectively enough to land another job.
However, there are resources available in the Houston area to help those with depression get back on their feet, whether they have a job or not.
David Pitman has more..
February 12, 2010 10:31 pm
DADS is Hiring
The state says it will hire almost three dozen new investigators to help speed up its response to complaints against nursing homes. David Pitman reports.
February 10, 2010 10:08 am
KUHF Conversations: New Study Finds Overqualified Workers Not as Productive
As more people in Houston and across the nation hunt for work, more employers are dealing with overqualified applicants. A new study from the University of Houston looks at the impact hiring overqualified workers can have both on the employer, and the employee. KUHF's David Pitman sat down with study author and UH associate psychology professor Christiane Spitzmueller to talk about it.
February 4, 2010 8:20 pm
Sticky Gas Pedals Are Rare, But Simple To Deal With
With all the attention being paid to Toyota's accelerator problems, some drivers may be wondering what's the best strategy to deal with a car that suddenly goes into 'runaway mode.'
Car experts say the chances of that actually happening are very small. But there is a right way, and a wrong way, to bring a car with a stuck throttle under control, as David Pitman reports.
February 2, 2010 8:24 pm
Local Hospitals Make Dubious Consumer Reports List
A consumer advocacy group says hospitals in the Houston area need to do a better job at reducing a certain kind of bloodstream infection among ICU patients.
Consumer Reports looked at central-line infection rates at a dozen area hospitals. And, as David Pitman reports, more than half of them did worse than the national average.
February 1, 2010 8:52 pm
Former Astronaut Says Man Space Flight May Not be Dead
The White House is promising to fight any congressional efforts to save NASA's "Constellation" program. The Obama administration's budget plan out today calls for Constellation to be scrapped.
NASA has spent nine billion dollars over the last few years on Constellation. It's intended to replace the aging shuttle fleet, and eventually return astronauts to the moon.
But at least one expert in the space industry says it's too soon to write off the program, just yet — as David Pitman reports.
January 29, 2010 8:53 pm
Need To Find The Next Metro Bus Or Train? There's An App For That
A software developer has come out with an application that he hopes will get more people into the habit of riding Metro busses and light rail lines.
The "Ride Houston" iPhone app is designed to make it easier to find the right bus or train at the right time.
More from from David Pitman.
January 28, 2010 9:00 am
KUHF Conversations: Houston Auto Show Opens
The 28th annual Houston Auto Show is going on right now at Reliant Center. David Pitman caught up with Wyatt Wainright, the president of the Houston Automobile Dealer's Association to talk the economy is affecting the show, and peoples' buying habits.
January 22, 2010 8:17 pm
HCSO Announces Employees' Bill of Rights
The Harris County Sheriff's Office today announced its first-ever employee "Bill of Rights."
The office says the purpose is to make sure employees get fair and consistent treatment if they're ever brought up on complaint charges. But the employees' union says the measure falls short, as David Pitman reports.
January 21, 2010 8:54 pm
Environmental Group Says Government Should Do More For the Electric Car
A state environmental group says the day is fast approaching when electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles will be a viable option for more drivers to help reduce air pollution and the nation's dependence on foreign oil.
Environment Texas came to Houston today to share details of a new report it commissioned on electric cars.
Advocates hope the findings will lead to policy changes in Texas and the rest of the nation to encourage more people to make the switch.
David Pitman has more.
January 18, 2010 8:56 pm
Collection Complaints Increase Fifteen Percent
We've heard a number of economists say the worst of the recession appears to be behind us. But with unemployment in Texas above 8 percent, there are still a lot of people who continue to have trouble paying their bills and that's lead to increases in both complaints and lawsuits in Houston against debt collection agencies who turn to abusive and illegal practices to get people to pay up.
David Pitman has more.
January 12, 2010 9:01 pm
Animal Group Says Houston Zoo Mistreats Elephants
An animal advocacy group is once again calling the Houston Zoo one of the ten worst in North America for elephants — accusing the zoo of inhumane and disrepectful treatment. But the zoo says the claims are not based in truth.
More from David Pitman.
January 11, 2010 9:05 pm
Local United Way Says Recession Drives Record Number of Calls To Help Line
The United Way of Greater Houston says calls to its 2-1-1 Helpline set a record last year, as the recession forced more people than ever to ask for assistance with basic needs.
As David Pitman reports, nearly three-quarters-of-a-million people called the United Way, seeking referrals to other agencies that provide food, shelter, and affordable medical care.
David Pitman has more.
January 7, 2010 9:43 pm
New Study Suggests Capital Punishment is a Deterrent
Texas is set to carry out its first execution of 2010 this evening. Kenneth Mosley will be given a lethal injection for the 1997 murder of a suburban Dallas police officer during an attempted bank robbery.
Meanwhile, a new study suggests that capital punishment is actually a deterrent — at least in Texas. David Pitman reports.
January 5, 2010 10:27 pm
Is Your Anti-Freeze Prepared For Frigid Weather?
With temperatures expected to dip into the mid-to-low 20's by Friday morning, now is the time for drivers in Houston to make sure their cars are prepared to handle the frigid weather.
And, as David Pitman reports, just because the radiator "looks" full, that doesn't mean the anti-freeze in it is up to snuff.
January 4, 2010 11:00 am
Mayor Parker Says Budget, Infrastructure, and New Police Chief Are Top Priorities
A ceremonial inaguration will be held this morning for Houston's new mayor. Annise Parker officially took the oath of office over the weekend in a private ceremony. She chose to do it that way, because the mayor is required to take office by January 2nd. And by holding the public inaguration on a workday, Parker was able to avoid racking up a huge amount of overtime for all those city employees, such as the police, that need to be on hand during such an event. KUHF's David Pitman visited with Mayor Parker while she was cleaning out her controller's office a few days ago, and she told David that her top priority will be to make sure the city can continue to provide essential services with less money to go around.
January 1, 2010 7:00 pm
This Old Green House — A Home From the '70's Shows It's Never Too Late To Go Green
When people hear the term "green" home, they usually think of something newly-built with the latest in renewable materials and efficient appliances.
But one home in suburban Houston that dates back to the Carter administration is proof that you don't "always" have to start from scratch to have a certified green home.
David Pitman reports.
December 23, 2009 8:53 pm
Houston Leads South In Existing Home Price Gains
Sales of existing homes are up significantly in Houston, as buyers rush to take advantage of low mortgage rates, and tax credits that have been expanded to cover more types of buyers.
David Pitman reports.