December 3, 2009 9:23 pm
Carving Out Votes in Unlikely Places
Election Day for Houston's run-off is just over a week away. The battle between Annise Parker and
Gene Locke will be hard fought over the next few days — with each candidate working to eke out votes outside their group of core supporters. Laurie Johnson reports.
December 2, 2009 11:10 pm
Counting Votes Before Election Day
The run-off for City Controller is underway with Councilmembers Ron Green and MJ Khan racing to the finish line. As Laurie Johnson reports — both men are relying largely on reputation and personal outreach to win the election.
November 30, 2009 9:11 pm
Texting for Charity
The Salvation Army is bringing its Red Kettle fundraising campaign into the 21st century.
You'll still see the bell ringers outside grocery stores and malls. But now your cell phone is the organization's latest fundraising tool. Laurie Johnson explains.
November 30, 2009 11:00 am
Higher Turnout Possible for Run-Off
Early voting starts today for the Harris County run-off election.
Several high profile races are on the ballot — which may drive even more voters to the polls than in the general election. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 20, 2009 9:57 pm
Brady Clashes with Treasury Secretary
A day after he called for the Treasury Secretary's resignation – Congressman Kevin Brady says he stands by his words. The fiery exchange during a Congressional Hearing has drawn national attention — both positive and negative — which may be exactly the result Brady was hoping for. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 20, 2009 11:00 am
Generating Election Interest…When There Isn't Any
Just three weeks before the runoff Election — Houston's candidates for mayor and city controller are in a statistical dead heat. Annise Parker leads Gene Locke by three percentage points in the KUHF-11 News survey. The candidates for controller are also in a three point divide. But what is unusual is that so late in the campaign season a large chunk of voters still don't know who they'll vote for. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 18, 2009 10:02 pm
Charging More and Paying Less
Houston Councilmembers unanimously denies a rate increase request from Centerpoint Energy.
The energy company wants to raise rates for natural gas — but the city says the increase is unreasonable.
Laurie Johnson has more.
November 17, 2009 9:46 pm
Banking on the Future of Electric Cars
Houston aims to become a leader in the use and promotion of electric cars. The city now has 10 hybrid plug-in vehicles and ten charging stations scattered around the area. Laurie Johnson has more.
November 16, 2009 10:00 pm
Arson Arrest Brings Partial Relief
Bail has been set for a man accused of starting at least one fire in the heights. But more than a dozen other arson cases remain unsolved — leaving residents in the area concerned the problem may not be over. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 13, 2009 9:54 pm
Local Muslims React to Houston Mosque Allegations
Houston's Muslim community is in turmoil over the proposed seizure of a local mosque and Islamic school. The U.S. government listed the Islamic Education Center of Houston as one of the assets of the Alavi Foundation which allegedly has ties to the Iranian government. Laurie Johnson has more.
November 12, 2009 8:49 pm
Report: Texas Cuts Emissions by 2%
The state's carbon dioxide emissions are down by two percent according to a new report by Environment Texas. The decline is a reversal of a decades-long trend of rising pollution. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 11, 2009 8:54 pm
Veterans' Court Pilot Program First in Texas
As hundreds of people converged downtown for the Veteran's Day Parade — Harris County officials gathered on the steps of the criminal justice center to announce a new court program for veterans.
It's a pilot program intended to help rehabilitate veterans out of the justice system and into society.
Laurie Johnson reports.
November 10, 2009 9:01 pm
Brown Endorses Parker
One week after losing the race for mayor in the general election — Councilmember Peter
Brown is throwing his support behind Annise Parker. Brown announced his endorsement on the steps of city hall. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 9, 2009 9:04 pm
What Ida Means for Houston
Tropical Storm Ida's progress through the Gulf of Mexico is a reminder that hurricane season isn't over yet. Although the storm won't affect the Texas Coast — Houstonians should still pay attention to it.
Laurie Johnson has more.
November 6, 2009 9:31 pm
Free Swine Flu Vaccines
Four thousand Swine Flu vaccinations will be given away for free tomorrow. Laurie Johnson has more on the Houston area clinics.
November 5, 2009 9:30 pm
METRO's Political Future Uncertain
With three new light rail lines already under construction and a fourth soon to break ground, METRO's chairman wants political leaders to restore full funding to the organization. As Laurie Johnson reports, Metro's physical presence in the region is growing, but that doesn't mean the money will follow.
November 4, 2009 9:24 pm
City Hall Shake-Up
Houston City Council will look a lot different in the next couple of months. At least five new councilmembers will sit around the table, along with a new mayor. Laurie Johnson reports.
November 4, 2009 7:00 am
Race for Mayor Continues
Election Day is over but Annise Parker and Gene Locke aren't done campaigning. The two leading mayoral candidates will go head to head in a run-off election on December twelfth. Laurie Johnson reports on what's in store on the mayoral campaign trail.
November 2, 2009 6:00 am
What to Expect at the Polls
Election Day is tomorrow. Races for Houston mayor – city controller and a number of council positions are on the ballot. Voters will also decide the outcome of several statewide propositions. Laurie Johnson has more on what to expect at the polls.
October 29, 2009 9:00 am
Mayoral Election Rests on Image vs Issues
With early voting wrapping up and Election Day less than a week away — it's decision time for Houston voters. But Houston's top three mayoral candidates sound a lot alike — at least when it comes to the issues. Which is why according to the KUHF-11 News survey — many people heading to the polls will probably make their choice for mayor based on something as simple as image. Laurie Johnson reports.
October 28, 2009 10:00 am
Houstonians Balk at Possible Taxes
Houston's next mayor and city council will likely have to make some tough decisions when it comes to the budget and finances. A KUHF-11 News survey shows how and where voters want their tax dollars put to work. Laurie Johnson reports.
October 27, 2009 10:00 am
Race for the Run-off
There's still a week left until Election Day but one thing is already clear — two of the top three candidates for mayor will end up in a run-off election. A KUHF-11 News survey shows the race for the run-off is extremely close. Laurie Johnson reports.
October 21, 2009 9:08 pm
Oil Spill Off Galveston Coast
An oil spill is under investigation about 40 miles off the coast of Galveston. Coast Guard officials say two ships collided around midnight — causing one to spill about 18-thousand gallons of oil. Laurie Johnson reports.
October 19, 2009 9:13 pm
Red Light Camera Violators Beware
Red light camera scofflaws may soon have a new penalty facing them. An agreement between Houston and Harris County could mean people who don't pay their red light camera tickets won't be able to renew their vehicle registration. Laurie Johnson reports.
October 16, 2009 10:22 pm
Harris County Faces Unexpected $100 Million Debt
A series of unfortunate financial events surrounding the financing of Reliant Stadium could force Harris County to make some tough decisions over the next five years. As Laurie Johnson reports, the Harris County Sports Authority is facing some huge and unexpected bills.
October 14, 2009 8:59 pm
SafeClear Gets Five-Year Extension
The city's SafeClear towing program will continue for at least another five years.
Houston councilmembers have renewed the contract despite some concerns over lack of transparency in the bidding process. Laurie Johnson has more.
October 13, 2009 10:34 pm
Mayor White's Advice for New Mayor
With less than a month to Election Day Houston Mayor Bill White has advice for the city's next mayor — keep tight reins on the budget. The mayor released his recommendations for the city's fiscal year 2011 – projecting little growth in Houston's revenue. Laurie Johnson reports.
October 12, 2009 9:33 pm
Red Light Cameras Finally Pay Off
For the first time since the red light camera program started — the revenue collected is finally being allocated.
The funds are supposed to be distributed to regional trauma centers.
But for the past two years the state held onto the money until now.
Laurie Johnson reports.
October 9, 2009 9:20 pm
UH Joins Texas Medical Center
The University of Houston is the newest member of the Texas Medical Center. It joins 47 other institutions as part of the largest medical center in the world. TMC officials say they are impressed by the university's commitment to the health sciences. Laurie Johnson has more.
October 8, 2009 8:49 pm
Houston Woman is First Hispanic Female Texas Supreme Court Justice
Governor Rick Perry has appointed a Houston woman to the Texas Supreme Court. Eva Guzman is the first Hispanic female to serve on the state's highest court. The governor made the announcement at Guzman's alma mater Austin High School in the East End. Laurie Johnson reports.