March 29, 2010 8:44 pm
Houston Billionaire-Philanthropist Dan Duncan Dies
Dan Duncan — long known as Houston's wealthiest man — died Sunday night at his River Oaks home of unknown causes. The natural gas pipeline billionaire was one of the city's most active philanthropists who concentrated much of his focus on the Texas Medical Center. Laurie Johnson has more.
March 26, 2010 10:10 pm
Racing on a Gallon of Gas
The streets of downtown Houston will serve as a racetrack this weekend for the world's most energy-efficient cars. The Shell Eco-Marathon challenges students to see how far they can get a vehicle to go on one gallon of gas. Laurie Johnson reports.
March 25, 2010 10:28 pm
NASA Funding: Houston, We Have a Problem
Local officials hope a barrage of visits to Washington DC will convince Congress to save NASA's human spaceflight program. Last week Houston mayor Annise Parker lobbied Congress. This week — Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia and members of the Bay Area Economic Partnership followed up with more Congressional meetings. Laurie Johnson reports.
March 24, 2010 9:31 pm
Lakewood Sale Halted by City Council
Houston's plan to sell the former Compaq Center to Lakewood Church hit a snag. Councilmembers delayed the deal because they think the city could get more money for the property. Laurie Johnson reports.
March 23, 2010 9:29 pm
Alabama Theatre's Future Uncertian
Houston's historic Alabama Theatre could soon undergo renovations. As Laurie Johnson reports — Weingarten Realty is considering a plan to gut the interior and lease the space as a big box retail store.
March 22, 2010 11:07 pm
Texas Legally Challenges Healthcare Bill
Health care reform legislation that was passed by the Texas is one of 38 states threatening to challenge Congress's health care legislation. As Laurie Johnson reports — several state attorney generals say the federal healthcare overhaul is unconstitutional.
March 22, 2010 7:50 am
Where Have All the Barcodes Gone?
Technology under development through Rice University could eliminate the need for checkout lines at the grocery store. As Laurie Johnson reports — Rice's nanotube research is part of an international effort to change the way retail stores track and sell inventory.
March 17, 2010 9:07 pm
METRO Investigates Glare
In the ongoing investigation of Monday's bus-light rail accident — METRO officials want to determine if something is wrong with traffic signals at the intersection of Main and St. Joseph Parkway. Laurie Johnson reports.
March 16, 2010 8:09 pm
Houston Home Sales Down for Third Month
Houston home sales are down again for the third month in a row. However — the sale of higher-priced houses is on the rise. Laurie Johnson has more on the state of Houston's housing market.
March 10, 2010 8:35 pm
Houston Faces 100 Million Shortfall
The City of Houston faces a nearly 100-million dollar shortfall next fiscal year. Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the budget gap is widening rather than narrowing. Laurie Johnson reports.
March 9, 2010 10:40 pm
Judge Rescinds Death Penalty Ruling
A Houston judge who ruled the death penalty is unconstitutional has rescinded that ruling. His decision allows attorneys on both sides of a death penalty case to present briefings on the validity of capital punishment. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 26, 2010 9:09 pm
Send One Suit
A Houston non-profit has a S.O.S message — send one suit. Dress for success launches its suit donation drive next week with the goal of collecting enough suits to help thousands of women find jobs. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 23, 2010 9:19 pm
Jackson Lee Campaigns on Her Record
Houston's 18th Congressional District is known for its strong — outspoken leader Sheila Jackson Lee.
Jackson Lee is running for re-election to a fifth term in Congress — but she's also facing a vocal challenger in the Democratic Primary on March second. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 22, 2010 11:27 pm
Race for the 18th District
With the March second primary just days away — there's a lot of attention focused on Texas's 18th Congressional District. It has long been held by Sheila Jackson Lee — but Houston councilmember Jarvis Johnson is a strong challenger who says it's time for a candidate who will take the position seriously.
Laurie Johnson reports.
February 17, 2010 11:13 pm
Police Labor Contract Expires Soon
The current labor contract between the Houston Police Officers Union and the City expires in June. Contract negotiations are often a messy battle — but the depressed economy may actually make it easier to come to terms. As Laurie Johnson reports — both sides are already in discussions on the future of the contract.
February 16, 2010 9:44 pm
Brennan's Reopens After Ike
Just one day after the popular Vietnamese restaurant Mai's burned down — another
Houston institution shuttered by fire reopens. Brennan's of Houston — one of the city's landmark restaurants — opens tonight after Hurricane Ike closed its doors more than a year ago. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 15, 2010 9:32 pm
NASA's Future Disappoints Retired Astronaut
NASA employees and people connected with the space program are still shocked over the president's plan to scrap a return to the moon. Retired Astronaut Gene Cernan is the last man to walk on the moon and says he believes the U.S. must go back. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 10, 2010 8:38 pm
New Police Chief Possible by March
Houston is still without a permanent police chief or fire chief. But Mayor Annise Parker says she plans to select a new police chief by next month and a fire chief will come sometime later. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 9, 2010 10:20 am
Houston Democrats Seek Statewide Support
The state's leading democratic candidates for governor used last night's debate as an opportunity to introduce themselves to voters. The two men — former Houston Mayor Bill White and Houston businessman Farouk Shami — exchanged ideas and asked for Texans to consider each of them as a positive change for the state. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 5, 2010 10:06 pm
Democrats Debate for Governor
Democratic gubernatorial candidates Bill White and Farouk Shami will debate on Monday night. It's the only scheduled debate on the Democrats side heading into the March second primary. As Laurie Johnson reports — the two leading candidates will be on the attack — but not against each other.
February 4, 2010 9:15 pm
NASA's Last Night Launch
The official countdown is underway for NASA's Sunday launch of Shuttle Endeavor. It's the first of five missions before the shuttle is retired. As Laurie Johnson reports — this trip will bring the final U.S. parts to the International Space Station.
February 3, 2010 10:02 pm
Watch Your Water Bill Rise
Houstonians will see their water bills go up in April and possibly again later in the year. Houston's water-sewer system is losing money and city officials say rates must be raised to keep the system running. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 2, 2010 8:48 pm
NASA Officials Stay Positive
NASA officials are putting a positive spin on the president's proposed budget for the space agency.
Although NASA's plans for a new space ship have been nixed — they say the outlook is good for space exploration. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 1, 2010 9:29 pm
Doctors Predict Third Wave of H1N1
The flu season has not been as severe as public health officials feared. However — the natural progression of the flu indicates a new wave of outbreaks could take place over the next few weeks. As Laurie Johnson reports — there is still a strong chance that H1N1 will spread again.
January 27, 2010 11:01 pm
Houston Expands Curbside Recycling
The City of Houston plans to use stimulus funds to expand its curb side recycling program. About 20, 000 homes will be added for recycling collection. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 26, 2010 10:51 pm
Deadlock Over Red Light Camera Penalty
Houston police want to put the brakes on drivers who disregard the city's red light cameras. A grace period for violators ends this weekend. That means HPD has permission to put holds on drivers' vehicle registration renewals. But as Laurie Johnson reports — HPD can't really move forward with their plan.
January 25, 2010 11:00 am
The Text Effect
In the nearly two weeks since the Haiti earthquake — text message donations have dramatically changed the way people think about and respond to charitable giving. More than 25 million dollars has been raised so far from millions of people adding a ten-dollar text to their cell phone bills. Laurie Johnson takes a look at how the Haiti situation could change the future of fundraising.
January 20, 2010 11:02 pm
Councilmembers Irate Over Delayed HFD Report
This week's shake up at the Houston Fire Department has city council members calling for a speedy resolution to an ongoing internal investigation. The city's Office of Inspector General is supposed to generate a report on racial and sexual harassment issues in the fire department. Council members say that report is long overdue. Laurie Johnson has more.
January 19, 2010 8:48 pm
Houston's Response to Haiti
It has been one week since the worst earthquake in two hundred years hit Haiti. The Houston Red Cross says the disaster response will not be over any time soon and donations are still needed. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 18, 2010 9:02 pm
One Girl's Story Changes the Law
Parents are used to vaccinating children for childhood diseases — but what about when it's time to go to college? Texas law now requires a vaccination for college students living in on-campus housing.
Laurie Johnson reports.