November 28, 2011 10:00 am
The Battle For Houston Council District A
On December 10th, Houstonians will vote in four Houston City Council run-off races. The ballot includes two candidates for District A: incumbent Brenda Stardig and challenger Helena Brown. It's a race that few people expected to end up in a run-off.
November 23, 2011 8:57 pm
NASA To Launch New Mars Rover On Friday
NASA will launch its Mars Science Laboratory on Friday from the Kennedy Space Center. The MSL will deliver a car-sized rover called Curiosity to the surface of mars in august of 2012. The mission is part of NASA's plan to send humans to the red planet.
November 16, 2011 8:36 pm
Houston Considers Stricter Energy Efficiency
Residential building codes for energy efficiency in Houston are about to change — but the question is by how much? Houston Councilmembers meet tomorrow to discuss new energy standards in the city.
November 15, 2011 9:30 pm
Last Chance For North Forest ISD
North Forest ISD officials have one final chance to appeal the school district's closure. The deadline to request a final review is next week.
November 15, 2011 5:45 am
Projected Turnout "Bleak" For Council Run-offs
Eight candidates for Houston City Council are in run-off races on December tenth. The races are important but unlikely to draw many voters.
November 12, 2011 2:13 am
Harris County Seeks 11th Hour Deal On Redistricting
Harris County Commissioners will convene for a special meeting to push through a redistricting plan that passes legal muster. The county has been in litigation with a group of plaintiffs who say the new redistricting map dilutes the voting strength of Hispanics.
November 9, 2011 6:59 pm
Mayor Acknowledges Voter Frustration
The day after just barely pulling out win — Annise Parker says she's excited about keeping her job as Houston's mayor. Parker narrowly won re-election last night after coming very close to a run-off race.
November 9, 2011 9:50 am
Mayor Parker's New Council Challenges
Getting barely 52 percent of the vote — Houston Mayor Annise Parker eked out a win without ending up in a run-off. That could present challenges for the mayor as she works with a number of new council members.
November 7, 2011 9:04 pm
Texas Expands Vaccine Requirements For College Students
More college students in Texas will soon be required to get the meningitis vaccine. A new law goes into effect on January 1st for all incoming college students in the state.
November 4, 2011 9:15 pm
Two Presidential Hopefuls Face Off In Houston
Two presidential candidates will face off in a debate in the Woodlands tomorrow night. Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich will participate in the event sponsored by the Texas Tea Party Patriots group.
November 3, 2011 9:48 pm
Barbara Bush's Family Literacy Legacy
Former First Lady Barbara Bush will hand off the leadership of her literacy foundation to two of her children. Mrs. Bush made the announcement at the U.S. adult literacy conference held in Houston.
November 2, 2011 8:05 pm
Future Of Houston Charter Schools
Charter schools are growing in number and popularity in the Houston area. But there are still a lot of misconceptions about charter schools — even in the education community — which is why the Harris County Department of Education invited charter school leaders to a forum for the first time.
November 1, 2011 9:28 pm
Navigating The Crowded Field Of City Candidates
Houston voters may have a lot of questions on Election Day if they don't do some homework. Many local races include a crowded field of candidates — unfamiliar names and two new council seats.
October 31, 2011 9:55 pm
Voting Centers Could Increase Turnout
New research from Rice University suggests central voting centers on Election Day could significantly increase turnout. The paper released in the Election Law Journal shows voters prefer a more convenient centralized voting system.
October 25, 2011 8:09 pm
Perry's Popularity Strategy
Governor Rick Perry's new economic plan — which includes a flat income tax of 20 percent — could reinvigorate his presidential campaign. Perry's popularity is growing despite what some have called poor performances at Republican Primary debates.
October 19, 2011 10:06 pm
Cool Weather Doesn't Bring Drought Relief
Fall has arrived in the Houston area — but the problems from this summer's drought persist. Local leaders say the change in seasons doesn't signal a change in water issues.
October 19, 2011 2:27 am
Voters Remain Skeptical About City's Drainage Fund
Nearly a year after the proposition was passed — Houstonians are still evenly split on the city's drainage fund. The KUHF-KHOU 11 News poll shows the same voters who opposed it before still aren't convinced the city needs a $125-million fund for streets and drainage.
October 18, 2011 5:31 am
Houston Voters Less Optimistic About City's Future
City of Houston voters are skeptical about the direction the city is heading and the overall performance of city leaders. According to a new KUHF-KHOU 11 News poll of registered voters — people are losing trust in local government.
October 13, 2011 8:10 pm
Harris County Adds Chinese Language To Voting Materials
New data from the Census Bureau shows Harris County needs to add the Chinese language to its voting and election materials. The county's Chinese population grew by 24 percent in the past decade.
October 12, 2011 9:20 pm
HPD Makes Progress In Handling Evidence
Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Houston Police Chief Charles McClelland are touting a new international certification for the police department. The independent audit shows certain sections of HPD meet the highest qualification standards.
October 11, 2011 9:38 pm
Water Main Breaks Aren't Over
More money is needed to address the problem of broken water mains in the City of Houston. The drought caused thousands of breaks this summer and the Public Works Department is still trying to catch up.
October 10, 2011 9:00 pm
GOP Debate Perry's Chance To Regain Ground
As debate season continues — Republican presidential candidates are preparing o face off in New Hampshire tomorrow night. Tuesday's match-up is critical for Texas Governor Rick Perry.
October 7, 2011 10:03 pm
Texas Doctors Oppose Medicare Cuts
New cuts to Medicare funding are under consideration by the federal government. Unless congress rewrites the formula for the Medicare program — doctors will lose nearly 30 percent of their funding for Medicare patients. Texas doctors are urging Congress to fix the problem.
October 6, 2011 8:40 pm
Study Shows Healthcare Coverage Decline For Houston Children
An eight-year study conducted by Texas Children's Hospital shows health coverage for children in the Houston Area has dropped significantly as a result of the recession. More kids are getting insurance through state and federal programs.
October 5, 2011 8:41 pm
Houston To Spend Millions On Tree Removal
Houston could spend as much as $4.5 million removing dead trees. The city authorized the expenditure as part of an emergency response to the drought.
October 4, 2011 7:42 pm
UH Pursues Private Donations, Tier One Status
The University of Houston continues to pursue tier one status — despite ongoing financial difficulties. UH Chancellor Renu Khator addressed staff and students about the future of the university.
October 3, 2011 9:33 pm
Grassroots Protesters Plan to Occupy Houston
The protests on Wall Street are spreading to Houston. A grassroots group called Occupy Houston will rally and march this Thursday to protest corporate and political corruption.
October 3, 2011 6:03 am
Go Online To Meet The Neighbors
Tomorrow night Texans will step out their doors and meet their neighbors for National Night Out. But one Houston man has developed a way for neighbors to connect and protect their communities year round.
September 29, 2011 8:44 pm
Increased Wildfire Risk This Weekend
Texas Forest Service officials warn Friday is a high-risk day for wildfires. The warning is for nearly the entire state as a cold front pushes dryer air and strong winds into Texas.
September 28, 2011 8:54 pm
City Cracks Down On "Bandit" Signs
As campaign season gets into full swing - more candidate signs are popping up in medians and on light poles. Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the city will start cracking down on so-called "bandit signs."