July 16, 2010 9:36 pm
Saving the Gulf: Economy and Ecology
Conservationists say more than just cleaning up the oil spill will have to be done to protect the Gulf of Mexico. A new report issued by the Nature Conservancy calls for restoring the gulf's fragile ecosystem in order to preserve the region's economy. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 14, 2010 9:39 pm
Unemployment Benefits Vote Could Come Next Week
After four failed tries, the U.S. Senate is expected to take another crack at passing an unemployment benefits package next week. It's a vote that could affect 100,000 out-of-work Texans. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 13, 2010 9:01 pm
Fired Man Charged with Murder
A Fort Bend County man is charged with murder after the body of his former boss was found in Sugar Land. Detectives in Mississippi located the suspect and will soon extradite him back to Texas. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 12, 2010 9:30 pm
Salvation Army Christmas Comes Early
It doesn't look or feel anything like Christmas, but if you go downtown this week you might notice folks in Santa hats ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Laurie Johnson explains.
July 12, 2010 10:00 am
Where the Ashby High Rise Stands
Nearly three years after it all began, the Ashby High Rise is still under debate. The property developers are pursuing a lawsuit against the City of Houston to try to build the 23-story mixed use tower. Laurie Johnson has the story.
July 7, 2010 9:30 pm
Houston's Drainage Problem: When It Rains, It Floods
As the Houston area braces for another round of storms and heavy rain this week, the City of Houston is looking at ways to improve drainage and reduce flooding. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 6, 2010 9:00 pm
Ike Housing Extended
Nearly two years after Hurricane Ike — FEMA is extending its temporary housing for a number of families who still don't have permanent homes. Laurie Johnson reports.
June 24, 2010 9:37 pm
Summer Travel Gets a Boost
In a sign that people may feel more secure about the economy — there's a marked increase in the number of Texans who plan to travel for the July Fourth weekend. Laurie Johnson reports.
June 23, 2010 9:01 pm
Bipartisan Effort to Save Manned Spaceflight
A coalition of lawmakers is asking the President for a compromise on the future of human spaceflight.
As Laurie Johnson reports — the bipartisan group sent a letter to the administration outlining strategies to save NASA's Constellation Program.
June 22, 2010 8:44 pm
Houston Charities Among the Best in Nation
Houston ranks second in the nation for the financial health of charities. As Laurie Johnson reports — the city's largest non-profits were compared to those in 29 other metropolitan areas and beat out all but one city.
June 18, 2010 9:10 pm
City's Bilingual Pay Might Go Away
A proposed amendment to the city budget could save taxpayers more than a million dollars a year.
One councilmember says it's time for Houston to eliminate its monthly stipend for bilingual employees.
Laurie Johnson reports.
June 17, 2010 9:02 pm
The Fight for Free e-Filing
Harris County is poised to take on the state for the right to file court documents electronically for free.
As Laurie Johnson reports -- the Harris County District Clerk's Office wants the state to change its rules for e-filing.
June 16, 2010 8:44 pm
Budget Give and Take
Next week Houston councilmembers will hash through and ratify the city's 2011 fiscal budget.
As Laurie Johnson reports — in anticipation of that process—council submitted dozens of amendments to the proposed budget — hoping to get their projects and ideas approved.
June 15, 2010 9:00 pm
Preparing the Port for an Oil Spill
The problems with stopping the flow of oil in the Gulf could serve as lessons here at home. Laurie Johnson spoke with Port of Houston officials about what plans are in place if a major oil spill occurs in the Houston Ship Channel.
June 14, 2010 9:57 am
Is Gulf Seafood Safe?
As the oil spill drags on in the Gulf — images of oiled birds and sea turtles are becoming more common.
But what about Gulf wildlife that's headed to kitchens and tables? Laurie Johnson has this report on what you need to know about eating Gulf seafood.
June 9, 2010 9:32 pm
Historic Preservation Gets Muscle
Houston could soon have some tougher development restrictions in place as the city council considers beefing up protection for historic districts and deed-restricted neighborhoods. Laurie Johnson reports.
June 7, 2010 8:57 pm
Houston Marathon Switches to Lottery Registration
Long-distance runners in Houston will have a new method to sign up for the annual Houston marathon.
For the first time the Houston marathon will use a lottery system to select runners. Laurie Johnson reports.
June 2, 2010 9:39 pm
Mayor Forms Continental Advisory Panel
As Continental continues to move forward on a potential merger with United Airlines —
Houston's mayor wants a group of business leaders to advise her on the merger's economic impact.
Laurie Johnson has more.
June 1, 2010 8:23 pm
Energy Bills Heating Up
Summer hasn't officially started yet — but the Houston heat has arrived and that means higher energy bills. That's why Reliant Energy is starting its annual voluntary moratorium on disconnections for people who can't pay their monthly bills. Laurie Johnson reports.
May 28, 2010 8:51 pm
Staying Safe in the Heat
It may seem early in the year to worry about heat stroke -- but city health officials say the recent high temps mean Houstonians need to be on guard against heat-related illnesses. Laurie Johnson reports.
May 27, 2010 8:18 pm
Feds Predict A Busy Hurricane Season
Buckle your seatbelts — the federal government says we could be in for a very busy hurricane season. Laurie Johnson has details.
May 26, 2010 9:38 pm
Buy Appliances Tax-Free
If you're in the market for new appliances you could get some of them tax-free this weekend.
As Laurie Johnson reports — the state is offering a sales tax holiday to promote energy efficiency.
May 25, 2010 9:25 pm
Investigators Lack Evidence in Ali Lowitzer Case
It has been one month since Ali Lowitzer went missing from her Spring neighborhood. The 16-year-old girl disappeared and hasn't been heard from since getting off a school bus on April 26th. As Laurie Johnson reports — the lack of evidence has authorities still calling it a runaway case.
May 24, 2010 9:22 pm
HISD Asks Public for Help
The Houston Independent School District wants input from the community as it puts together a long-term strategic direction plan. As Laurie Johnson reports — the district is forming the plan based off feedback from Houstonians.
May 20, 2010 8:52 pm
Final Spacewalk for Atlantis Astronauts
NASA astronauts are resting today before the start of tomorrow's third and final space walk outside the International Space Station. Laurie Johnson reports.
May 19, 2010 9:51 pm
UTMB: Inmate Care Won't Change Despite Layoffs
Layoffs within the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston's correctional care program won't change the quality of care offenders get. That according to officials at UTMB, who say 363 employees in the program will lose their jobs in July. Laurie Johnson reports.
May 17, 2010 9:25 pm
BP Tries New Tactic to Plug Oil Well
BP officials plan to try a new method to stop the flow of oil from a leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. The plan — known as top kill — could go into effect by the end of the week. Laurie Johnson has more.
May 17, 2010 4:17 am
How the Oil Spill Clean-up Works
While engineers try to come up with ways to cap the leaking oil well in the Gulf of Mexico — thousands of people are working on cleaning up the giant oil slick. Laurie Johnson explains the different attack methods used against the thick globs of crude oil.
May 14, 2010 9:01 pm
Search Resumes For Missing Spring Teen
The search for a missing Spring girl continues this weekend two-and-a-half weeks
after Ali Lowitzer stepped off her school bus and disappeared. Laurie Johnson has the latest.
May 11, 2010 9:14 pm
Taking the Census Safely
U.S. Census officials are responding to fearful residents in Houston after a man was killed and his family was beaten and robbed by someone posing as a census worker. As Laurie Johnson reports — there are things to look for and ways to verify that the person knocking at your door does work for the census.