April 26, 2011 9:43 pm
Houston Delegation Behind Bipartisan Push to Refocus NASA Mission
A bipartisan group of lawmakers, including two from the Houston area, are behind legislation that would refocus NASA's mission. As Ed Mayberry reports, the measure proposes that NASA return to the moon by 2022, as a stepping stone for the exploration of mars and other destinations.
April 26, 2011 4:51 pm
BSNF Cars Jump Track Near Downtown
Several cars of a Burlington Northern Santa Fe freight train derailed near downtown Houston this morning shortly before 10 a.m., on Union Pacific tracks near Congress at Dowling.
April 25, 2011 9:23 pm
Corporate Philanthropy Covers Some State Education Shortfalls
A corporate donation of $2.5 million will help fund the Houston Independent School District's Apollo 20 program, which works to accelerate academic achievement and college preparation. Ed Mayberry reports.
April 22, 2011 10:42 pm
Yard Waste Savings
The City of Houston stopped picking up yard waste in plastic bags a year ago, now only picking up clippings and leaves that are left in compostable bags. That change has saved the city considerable money in just a year's time, according to Marina Joseph with the Solid Waste Management Department.
April 22, 2011 10:36 pm
Court Rules on Houston Water Appeal
An appeals court in Austin has upheld a lower court ruling that two local political activists cannot hold up the city's new water rate structure.
April 21, 2011 9:50 pm
The 175th Anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto
Ceremonies commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Battle of San Jacinto were held at the San Jacinto Monument in La Porte today. It was in 1936 that General Sam Houston led Texans to victory over Santa Anna's forces, as Ed Mayberry reports.
April 20, 2011 9:24 pm
Supreme Court Rules on Religious Freedom in Prison
The Supreme Court has ruled that a federal law intended to protect the religious rights of prison inmates bars most lawsuits seeking money from states that violate the law. The court ruled in a suit filed by Texas prison inmate Harvey Sossamon, who complained that he was denied the chance to participate in Christian worship services.
April 20, 2011 10:30 am
The Deepwater Horizon Rig Explosion a Year Later
The Deepwater Horizon rig explosion — and the resulting oil spill — is spawning significant changes in the drilling industry. New containment technology is being developed, and government regulators are revamping the whole process. Ed Mayberry looks at how things stand for offshore drilling a year after the BP explosion.
April 19, 2011 1:50 am
New Office Replaces Department of Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance
The mayor names her choice to lead the city's new Office of Business Opportunities. As Ed Mayberry reports — this replaces the former Department of Affirmative Action and Contract Compliance.
April 15, 2011 9:47 pm
HISD Teacher Appraisal System to Change
The Houston Independent School District is considering a new teacher appraisal system that takes into account more than just a single classroom observation or just one student test score. Ed Mayberry reports.
April 14, 2011 9:09 pm
CPSC Launches "Pool Safely" Program to Prevent Drownings
The chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission is alarmed by the number of drownings and near-drownings in private swimming pools. The commission launched its "Pool Safely" campaign at a drowning prevention conference, as Ed Mayberry reports.
April 11, 2011 8:24 pm
Tax Expert Offers Last-Minute Filing Advice
The deadline for filing federal income taxes is looming. But before hitting "send" or mailing in that return, an Ernst & Young tax expert recommends taking one last look. Ed Mayberry reports.
April 7, 2011 8:21 pm
GHP Board Endorses Expanded use of Rainy Day Fund
The Greater Houston Partnership's Board of Directors is calling for additional usage of the state's rainy day fund.
April 6, 2011 8:59 pm
Senator Hutchison Moves to Protect Military Pay During Shutdown
Congressional negotiators continue working to strike a deal that sets spending limits through the end of September, with the threat of a government shutdown looming. Ed Mayberry reports that a Texas senator wants to at least ensure that military pay isn't halted.
April 5, 2011 11:58 pm
U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Texas Execution
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the first scheduled execution of a Texas death row inmate using pentobarbital. Cleve Foster was to have been executed this evening for the 2002 slaying of a Sudanese woman in Fort Worth — the first Texas execution since the state switched to pentobarbital in its lethal three-drug mixture.
April 4, 2011 8:44 pm
Texas Senate Conference Committee to Work Out Budget With House
The passage of House Bill 1 this weekend returns the focus on the Texas budget to the state Senate. Spending gaps between the House and the Senate bill in progress will have to be hammered out in a conference committee, which both chambers will then have to approve, as Ed Mayberry reports.
April 4, 2011 9:15 am
NCAA Final Four Comes Down to Championship Game
After a weekend of music, food and drink, tailgating and basketball, the Final Four winds up tonight at Reliant Stadium with the championship game. As Ed Mayberry reports &madsh; based on the number of tickets sold, this year's Final Four is the largest ever.
March 31, 2011 9:44 pm
Councilmember and Law Enforcement Officials Discuss Gang Activity Prevention
After Wednesday night's shooting death at Worthing High School, Councilmember Wanda Adams met with school and law enforcement officials to discuss ways to combat gang activity.
March 29, 2011 9:04 pm
Public Health Students Study Japan Nuke-Scale Emergency Response
Public health students are learning organization skills needed to respond to disasters like the damaged nuclear plant in Japan. The emergency response class is at the UT School of Public Health, as Ed Mayberry reports.
March 28, 2011 11:49 pm
The Jury Wheel Database Reloaded
Harris County has reloaded its jury wheel — the database used to summon potential jurors. Ed Mayberry reports the wheel contains 2.4 million names drawn from licensed drivers, Texas ID card holders and registered voters.
March 28, 2011 8:35 pm
City Reveals Volunteer Initiatives Program
The City of Houston has unveiled a new volunteer website to focus efforts on three areas: after school mentoring, veterans training and CPR training. Ed Mayberry reports.
March 25, 2011 9:29 pm
METRO Drivers Compete in Safety Competition
METRO celebrates the safety accomplishments of its bus and light rail operators this weekend. Ed Mayberry tells us that Saturday's METRO rodeo family day recognizes employees with cumulative years of having no preventable accidents.
March 24, 2011 8:22 pm
Closing Arguments Set for Eversole Bribery Trial
Closing arguments are set in the trial of longtime Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole, who is charged with taking bribes to steer real estate contracts to a developer. Eversole's defense team has rested without calling witnesses. Ed Mayberry reports.
March 23, 2011 8:49 pm
Former House Speaker Tests Presidential Waters
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich continues his test of the 2012 presidential waters with a stop in Houston. Ed Mayberry reports.
March 22, 2011 11:21 pm
Texas Lawmakers Voice Support for Human Trafficking Legislation
Two bills in the Texas Legislature would toughen laws against human trafficking, as well as provide aid to victims. Governor Rick Perry and bill sponsors stopped in Houston to voice support, as Ed Mayberry reports.
March 11, 2011 11:00 pm
Houston Red Cross Office Accepting Donations for Japan Earthquake Relief
The 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan have left hundreds dead and hundreds more missing. As with all other disasters, the Red Cross is mobilized to help. Ed Mayberry reports.
March 10, 2011 8:59 pm
State Officials Ask For Federal Help at the Border
The Texas Agriculture Commissioner is highlighting the need for increased border security, citing recent attacks on farmers and ranchers in south Texas. Ed Mayberry reports.
March 9, 2011 8:46 pm
Experts Offer Tips on Getting Better Gas Mileage
Most respondents to a new AAA Texas poll say gasoline prices are reaching the tipping point to cause them to drastically reduce their driving. Experts offer tips on getting the most out of a fill-up. Ed Mayberry reports.
March 8, 2011 9:08 pm
"Underwater Mortgages" Increase, But Houston Home Sales Still Above Water
The number of Americans who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth rose at the end of last year, according to a report from CoreLogic. But like in other measurements of the health of the housing industry, Houston maintains somewhat better statistics. Ed Mayberry reports.
March 7, 2011 8:43 pm
Jury Selection Begins for County Commissioner Eversole's Bribery Trial
The bribery and conspiracy trial of long-time Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole began today with jury selection. Ed Mayberry reports.