January 9, 2009 10:24 pm
Low Mortgage Rates Good for Local Market
While the unemployment rate continues to creep up, mortgage rates have gone the other way the last month or so. This week, the average interest rate on a 30-year mortgage is at 5-percent. On a 15-year loan, it's even better, at 4-point-6 percent. The low rates have prompted a refinancing rush that has local mortgage brokers, like Bob Stanwood, working long hours to keep up.
January 8, 2009 11:00 am
Local Reservist Honored For Rare Silver Star Award
An Army reservist from Humble will be publicly honored this weekend for his actions during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2008. As Jack Williams reports, Specialist David Hutchinson is believed to be one of only five army reservists to ever receive the Silver Star award for valor.
December 29, 2008 9:55 pm
Looking to the Future with Sheriff-elect
When Harris County Sheriff-elect Adrian Garcia settles into his new job after the first of the year, he'll have his hands full. With 4-thousand employees and a budget of 380-million dollars, the sheriff's department is the marquee law enforcement agency in the state's most populous county. Jack Williams sat down with Garcia to find out what the veteran community leader has in store.
December 29, 2008 2:53 am
Rice Researchers Say Tiny Cages Can Hold Super-Dense Hydrogen
Gas prices are lower now, but over the summer hit the four-dollar a gallon mark here in Houston. Scientists are now working harder than ever to figure out ways to perfect alternative ways to power vehicles. At Rice University, researchers have taken a small step toward figuring out how to store hydrogen in a dense-enough form to be used as fuel. Jack Williams explains.
December 26, 2008 9:00 pm
Hypermiling? Local Man Says It Works
Even though gas prices have dropped drastically over the past few months, driving techniques to improve gas mileage are still gaining popularity. So-called
"hypermilers", drivers who use an array of fuel-saving tools, are getting eye-popping results when it comes saving fuel. Earlier this year, Jack Williams took a ride with one of the nation's best hypermilers, Dan Bryant.
December 19, 2008 11:51 pm
Kids Health Insurance Applications Lost After Ike
Lost paperwork is at least partly to blame for the potential loss of kids Medicaid coverage for more than 72-thousand Texas children. The Health and Human Services Commission says it lost thousands of applications in September and
October, during and after Ike. Now, many of those low income kids could lose their coverage at the end of the year. Jack Williams reports.
December 18, 2008 10:33 pm
Hope In the Search For Ovarian Cancer Treatment
New research on two key enzymes associated with ovarian cancer survival rates could help change the way the cancer is treated. As Jack Williams reports, the presence of two proteins, named Drosha and Dicer, usually meant patients lived much longer with ovarian cancer.
December 16, 2008 10:06 pm
Mayor Announces Run For Senate
Houston Mayor Bill White has officially announced his run for
U.S Senate. He made the announcement via the internet.
The three-term mayor will likely face former Texas
Comptroller John Sharp in the Democratic primary.
December 16, 2008 9:57 pm
Houston Docs Drawing Roadmap For Bioartificial Heart
It may sound far-fetched, but some of the world's foremost heart experts and researchers think it might be possible someday to grow an actual bio-artificial heart. They're in Houston this week creating a roadmap they hope will lead to the use of stem cells to make a biological heart to replace one that's damaged or diseased.
December 15, 2008 9:32 pm
Run-off Time for Senate District 17
Just when you thought the long election season over there's one more race to decide. Voters in Senate District 17 cast ballots tomorrow to choose a winner in a run-off between Democrat Chris Bell and Republican Joan Huffman.
December 12, 2008 9:05 pm
HPD Says Goodbye To Fallen Officer
Family members and hundreds of friends and colleagues remembered fallen Houston Police Officer Timothy Abernethy Friday in a touching funeral service. The HPD veteran was killed last weekend. On a clear, cool day, his spirit and dedication were on display as the people closest to him said goodbye. Jack Williams reports.
December 8, 2008 9:40 pm
A Cut of Holiday Spirit
It's a cherished Christmas memory for many here in Houston, picking and cutting down a Christmas tree and then hauling it home to be decorated together with family. It's also a tradition that's starting to fade a bit, with only a handful of Christmas tree farms left in Houston. As Jack Williams reports, one of those farms in spring is still growing Christmas cheer.
December 8, 2008 4:00 am
Domestic Auto Quality? Experts Say Yes
As the big three domestic automakers beg for bailout money in Washington, there is a glimmer of hope for those companies when it comes to improved quality. As Jack Williams reports, American-made cars and trucks that used to be in the repair shop more than they were on the road have seen a remarkable turn-around over the last few years.
November 25, 2008 11:00 pm
Last-minute Holiday Traveling
Expect fewer people to hit the road over the next few days compared to last Thanksgiving holiday.
Jack Williams reports.
November 24, 2008 3:37 am
Monday AM November 24th, 2008
With the struggling economy, Houston homeowners are likely looking for ways to cut their energy bills this winter. As Jack Williams reports, there are some simple tips to save money.
November 20, 2008 11:58 pm
Friday AM November 21st, 2008
Gas prices in Houston continued their free-fall this week. Jack Williams reports.
November 19, 2008 7:10 pm
Thursday AM November 20th, 2008
With the latest drop in consumer prices, things we buy are getting cheaper. That could actually brighten the Christmas shopping outlook. But as Jack Williams reports, one marketing expert says consumers may be slowly changing how they spend their money.
November 18, 2008 11:42 pm
Wednesday AM November 19th, 2008
The Small Business Administration has approved more than 304-million dollars in low-interest disaster loans after Hurricane Ike. Jack Williams reports.
November 17, 2008 11:36 pm
Tuesday AM November 18th, 2008
With many households expected to tighten their belts this Christmas, an economist from Texas A&M University says it may not be as hard as you might think. Jack Williams reports.
November 13, 2008 10:22 pm
Friday AM November 14th, 2008
New mortgage rules unveiled this week will make it easier for homebuyers to understand what they're getting into. Jack Williams reports.
November 12, 2008 11:40 pm
Thursday AM November 13th, 2008
Houston car and truck dealers say they're seeing a slight rebound in sales as gas prices have dropped the last month or so. Jack Williams reports.
November 11, 2008 10:03 pm
Wednesday AM November 12th, 2008
With crude oil dipping below 60-dollars a barrel, some energy analysts say that price is lower than it should be. Jack Williams reports.
November 10, 2008 10:27 pm
Tuesday PM November 11th, 2008
In KUHF business news, a non-profit organization that helps lower income Houston families prepare their tax returns for free is looking for volunteers. Jack Williams reports.
November 9, 2008 11:00 pm
New Flood Control Project to Help Northeast Houston
A new project that will widen and deepen Hunting Bayou on the city's northeast side should help alleviate frequent flooding in nearby neighborhoods. "Project Hunting" will cost 176-million dollars and take years to complete, but will eventually dramatically shrink the 100-year flood plain in the area. Jack Williams reports.
November 6, 2008 12:20 am
How Low is Too Low for Gas In Houston?
Just a few months ago, sixty or seventy dollar-a-barrel oil was unheard of, but the recent drastic drop in prices now means 2-dollar-a-gallon gas in some parts of Houston.
Lower oil prices in the nation's energy capital would
usually be bad news, but energy experts say prices would have to drop quite a bit more to begin really affecting our local economy. Jack Williams reports.
November 5, 2008 7:13 am
Returning Victory for Cornyn
Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn will be returning to Washington after defeating Democratic challenger Rick Noriega last night.
October 15, 2008 11:51 pm
NASA 50th Part Five
As NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary this month, the agency, known mostly for its triumphs, is also reflecting on its tragedies. Seventeen astronauts have died since 1967 in three different accidents. In the fifth of a six-part KUHF series, Jack Williams spoke with one man who has been at NASA for the past 42 years. He's watched the agency change after each of those mishaps.
October 10, 2008 11:14 pm
Med Students, Teachers Making Switch To Digital Journals
If you walk into the Houston Academy of Medicine -Texas Medical Center Library today, you'll see a big open space right near the entrance. It's the clearest sign of a major shift in how medical students, doctors and researchers both access and disseminate information. Jack Williams explains.
October 8, 2008 1:00 pm
Pilot Walks-Away From SW Houston Plane Crash
A dramatic rush-hour plane crash just off the Southwest Freeway
earlier today left the pilot shaken but unhurt. The twin-engine
plane made an emergency landing in a field south of 59 near
Bissonnet just before 7 am and then burst into flames.
October 6, 2008 4:52 pm
Big Mortgage Company Agrees to Help Texas Homeowners
The Texas Attorney General's office and mortgage lender
Countrywide Financial Corporation have agreed on a
settlement that should help some homeowners avoid foreclosure.