February 8, 2011 9:53 pm
Perry's View on Texas
Governor Rick Perry released his suggested budget and gave his state of the state speech to lawmakers today. The governor painted a rosy picture of the Texas economy — despite the fact that his budget slashes some state agencies altogether and cuts others by ninety percent. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 3, 2011 11:58 pm
Son of Former Enron President Found Dead
Authorities say John Taylor Skilling, the youngest son of former Enron executive Jeff Skilling, was found dead in his apartment this week.
February 2, 2011 9:22 pm
Houston Braces for Ice Storm
With the worst of the severe weather ahead of us — City of Houston officials are mobilizing to respond to weather emergencies tomorrow and Friday. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 1, 2011 9:19 pm
Shuttle Discovery Ready for Launch
Shuttle Discovery is back on the launch pad at Kennedy Space Center after nearly three months of flight delays. As Laurie Johnson reports — NASA officials say multiple problems on the shuttle are repaired and discovery is ready to fly to the International Space Station.
January 31, 2011 9:36 pm
Stratford High Coach Dies After Assault
A Stratford High School coach has died after injuries from an assault. Christopher Matthews was the girls' soccer coach and a history teacher at Stratford in Spring Branch ISD. He died late last night and students were informed early this morning. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 31, 2011 9:56 am
Houston's Homeless Census
Although the 2010 census is officially over — a special population count takes place tonight in Houston and across the country. It's called the Point in Time homeless count and it's a federal effort to track the number of people who are homeless or in shelters. As Laurie Johnson reports — the homeless Count is especially critical this year.
January 27, 2011 9:24 pm
Texas Voter ID Bill Passes Senate
Yesterday lawmakers in the Texas Senate approved a Voter Photo ID bill that will now go to the Texas House. It's the first of many bills that lawmakers want to deal with before the challenge of balancing the state's budget. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 26, 2011 9:26 pm
City Budget Trimming Continues
With less than half the fiscal year remaining — Houston's Mayor says she needs to trim another eight million dollars from the city's budget. Laurie Johnson has the update.
January 25, 2011 9:09 pm
What's Swimming With You?
Houston's waterways have an infection of sorts. Many of the region's bayous — creeks and rivers have unsafe levels of bacteria. As Laurie Johnson reports — a consortium of local governments proposes a list of activities to help reduce bacteria levels in public waterways.
January 14, 2011 10:18 am
Immigration Status Questions Abound
Houston's diverse population and large immigrant community could put the city at the forefront of the debate over so-called sanctuary cities. Governor Rick Perry told lawmakers he wants to create legislation to abolish sanctuary cities. And that has immigrant service groups concerned. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 13, 2011 8:23 pm
Political Shuffling To Begin with No Hutchison Senate Run
Now that Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has announced she won't seek a fourth term, the political posturing to see who will fill her seat will probably begin immediately. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 12, 2011 10:15 pm
Redistricting Draws Battle Lines
Houston lawmakers are about to tackle what could be one of the most contentious and complicated issues of the year — redistricting. And although the process hasn't yet begun — turf wars and disagreements are already popping up. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 11, 2011 8:54 pm
Governor Declares Emergency Issues for Legislative Session
Texas lawmakers are officially on the job for the 82nd legislative session. The Texas House and Senate convened today — swearing in the largest number of freshmen house members in Texas in nearly 40 years. As Laurie Johnson reports — Governor Rick Perry declared two emergency issues as priorities for the session.
January 6, 2011 9:57 pm
Developments in the Vaccination Debate
An influential study linking autism to vaccinations is now debunked as fraudulent. Immunization experts in Houston say that's great news for physicians. But they say it may not do much to change the minds of people who are already opposed to vaccines. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 5, 2011 9:19 pm
Houston's Legislative Agenda
With the start of the New Year comes the start of a new legislative agenda for Texas lawmakers. Cities across the state will bring their requests to Austin — including the City of Houston. Laurie Johnson reports on Houston's legislative plans.
January 4, 2011 11:20 pm
Metro Gets More Good News From Feds
More good news for Metro. The transit authority has received what it considers another green light of sorts from the Federal Transit Administration for work on two new light rail lines. Laurie Johnson reports.
December 27, 2010 10:12 pm
Checking "Green" Credentials
Many companies today market themselves as green. Have you ever wondered if they're telling the truth? A new kind of company is here to separate the genuine do-gooders from the wannabe green-washers. Laurie Johnson has the details.
December 23, 2010 8:29 pm
Give the Gift of Blood for the Holidays
Houston hospitals are in need of extra blood donations this week and next. As Laurie Johnson reports — it's a challenge to keep blood in supply during the holidays.
December 22, 2010 10:01 pm
Drainage Fee Drill-Down
Today's final Houston City Council session of the year was the setting the mayor chose to announce her structure for the city's drainage fund.
As Laurie Johnson reports — Mayor Annise Parker proposes a fee that will amount to about five dollars a month for the average household.
December 21, 2010 8:59 pm
Texas Grows Political Clout
New census numbers reveal that Texas is the big winner when it comes to new Congressional seats.
The state gained four seats which will be assigned to specific districts next year. As Laurie Johnson reports — all of this will create a new effect on the political landscape.
December 20, 2010 9:38 pm
East End Violence
Two violent robberies and shootings in the East End over the past week have folks in the area on edge. Both shootings occurred after robbers tried to steal cash at two different businesses. In each case — the store owners shot the suspects. As Laurie Johnson reports — Constable Victor Trevino says his officers are stepping up their patrol of the area.
December 20, 2010 10:38 am
A Closer Look at Houston's Drainage Fund
This Wednesday Houston Mayor Annise Parker will lay out her plans for the city's new drainage fund. The fund was approved by voters on the November ballot and must go into effect by July first of 2011. As Laurie Johnson reports — the next several months will be a process of hammering out exactly how that fund will work.
December 17, 2010 9:10 pm
Don't Get Stranded
More people will be on the roads this holiday season according to Triple A. And that also means more people will get stranded while they travel. As Laurie Johnson reports — nearly one and a half million drivers are estimated to need roadside assistance between now and the new year.
December 16, 2010 9:22 pm
BARC Overflows Capacity
Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control — known as BARC — is over capacity and needs to make space for more animals. As Laurie Johnson reports — an unusual spike in law enforcement activity has left BARC with no room for strays.
December 15, 2010 9:51 pm
Houston Officially Raises Fees
As expected Houston will raise the rates for around 150 fees over the next three weeks. The fees are for special services and permits and will bring in millions of dollars in revenue for the city. Laurie Johnson reports.
December 14, 2010 9:32 pm
Environmental Groups Take On Oil Giant
Environment Texas and the Sierra Club have filed a joint lawsuit against ExxonMobil's Baytown facility — the largest oil refinery in the United States. The environmental groups say Exxon continues to violate the clean air act by releasing illegal amounts of pollutants into the air. Laurie Johnson reports.
December 13, 2010 10:29 pm
Metal Thieves Steal from Graveyards
Harris County authorities are looking for a new type of metal thief in the Houston area. Metal thieves have long preyed on homes and businesses — stealing valuable copper and other semi-precious metals.
But as Laurie Johnson reports — the crime has taken a disturbing turn.
December 10, 2010 8:25 pm
Peter Marzio, MFAH Director, Dies
Peter Marzio — the long-time director of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston — has died. He passed away at the age of 67 after a battle with cancer. Laurie Johnson has more.
December 10, 2010 6:17 am
Rep. Opposes Pre-Pay Electric Service
A Houston state lawmaker says he's not happy about a proposed change in consumer protections for electricity customers who pre-pay for their service. Laurie Johnson reports.
December 8, 2010 9:03 pm
Houston Furloughs and Fees
The City of Houston continues to grapple with ways to balance the budget shortfall. Now councilmembers have given the mayor authority to enact mandatory furloughs for city employees.
They're also considering a litany of fee increases to help close the 26-million dollar gap.
Laurie Johnson reports.