February 11, 2009 10:18 pm
Dealership Defaults on City
The closure of the Lawrence Marshall dealership in Hempstead has left the City of Houston in a bit of a lurch. The dealership provided many of the city's vehicles and parts.
As Laurie Johnson reports — city officials may have to sue to recover losses from the dealership's bankruptcy.
February 10, 2009 9:40 pm
Enrollment Deadline Approaches for Prepaid Tuition
The deadline is approaching for Texas parents who want to lock in college tuition rates.
The Texas Tuition Promise Fund will close enrollment at the end of this month.
Laurie Johnson has more on what parents should know about the program.
February 6, 2009 8:59 pm
Four Catholic Schools Closing
The archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will close four catholic schools in the region. Cardinal Daniel Dinardo says the decision was not made lightly, but was prompted by financial and demographic factors. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 5, 2009 9:21 pm
Car Dealerships Crash
The list of big-name auto dealerships closing their doors has grown. The mega-dealer Lawrence Marshall shut down and laid off 240 employees this week. As Laurie Johnson reports –
Houston auto sales are down about 17 percent.
February 4, 2009 9:32 pm
Houston Projects $53 Million Shortfall
Houston's coffers will be a little emptier this year.
That's according to the latest budget analysis by city officials. As Laurie Johnson reports — the city is estimating a 53-million dollar shortfall this fiscal year.
February 2, 2009 8:50 pm
More Ike Relief for Galveston County
It's been more than four months since Hurricane Ike hit the region. Residents in Galveston County, who are still in recovery mode, are getting some extra help this week. County officials are holding a series of meetings to help people learn about grants and other disaster relief. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 2, 2009 7:00 am
Annise Parker Officially Announces Run for Mayor
Houston City Controller Annise Parker is expected to announce her official candidacy for mayor later this morning.
Laurie Johnson had the chance to sit down with Parker and talk about her campaign.
January 28, 2009 9:40 pm
Houston Develops 5,000-Acre Park
The city of Houston is about to develop a five-thousand acre park north of Lake Houston. As Laurie Johnson reports – this will be the largest park in the city system.
January 27, 2009 9:29 pm
State of the State: Strong, but Prudent
Governor Rick Perry gave his annual State of the State address to Texas lawmakers today. The governor focused on how Texas should prepare to weather the tough economy and be ready for future natural disasters. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 26, 2009 5:25 am
Making Art Out of a Disaster
A modified FEMA trailer is the subject of a new art exhibit at Rice University.
The trailer is designed to be a mobile art studio that can travel to disaster locations.
Laurie Johnson has more on the emergency response studio.
January 22, 2009 10:08 pm
Salmonella Outbreak Reaches Texas
The salmonella outbreak has reached Texas. One case is reported in Harris County and one in Galveston County. Four other cases are reported across the state. Laurie Johnson has more.
January 21, 2009 9:26 pm
HISD Reaches Out to Parents
In an ongoing effort to better communicate with parents and the community — HISD is holding a series of informational meetings on district programs and initiatives. Laurie Johnson has more.
January 20, 2009 9:26 pm
Houstonians Celebrate History
Houstonians assembled in churches and schools across the city today to witness the Inauguration of President Barack Obama. More than a hundred people gathered at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in the heart of the Third Ward.
Laurie Johnson was there.
January 16, 2009 8:56 pm
State officials and leaders spent the day touring Galveston Island to see the devastation left behind by Hurricane Ike. As Laurie Johnson reports — former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels says Galveston has a marathon of a recovery ahead.
January 12, 2009 9:37 pm
Pairing Back the Texas Budget
The two-year revenue estimate for Texas is out. State Comptroller Susan Combs released her estimate today—saying Texas has a little more than 77-billion dollars to spend over the next two years. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 9, 2009 10:09 pm
Texas Sales Tax Still Sees Gains
Despite all the talk of dismal retail sales — terrible interest rates and lack of consumer confidence — Texas sales tax revenues are up.
The state comptroller's office shows the numbers are higher than this time last year. Laurie Johnson has more.
January 8, 2009 9:14 pm
Houston Gets Tough on Parking
Houston has new parking meter rules — sort of.
No more feeding the meters when your time has expired.
But what most people don't realize is that has always been the rule — and now it'll be more vigorously enforced.
Laurie Johnson reports.
January 7, 2009 9:08 pm
Houston's Outlook in Real Estate
Houstonians eyeing the worsening economy may be able to look at commercial real estate for clues.
As Laurie Johnson reports — some local analysts say the worst isn't over for Houston — but relatively speaking the outlook is still good.
December 31, 2008 9:00 pm
Drumline in Miniature
The Shadydale Drum Corps in HISD is considered one of the best in the city. The drummers frequently win competitions and just took home first place in San Antonio's regional meet. And as Laurie Johnson reports, the Drum Corps has a special reason to brag about their accomplishment.
December 29, 2008 6:21 am
Stretch Your Money With a Flex Account
As year-end approaches — people with medical flex spending accounts may be looking for ways to use up any left-over money.
As Laurie Johnson reports — now is the time to stock up on last minute medical expenses as well as plan for next year.
December 24, 2008 10:00 pm
Houston's Landmark Beer Can House is Open for Consumption
The Beer Can house is a long-time Houston landmark. It fell into disrepair after its owner died. But the Orange Show restored the house and is opening it to the public. Houston Public Radio's Laurie Johnson has the story.
December 23, 2008 9:05 pm
You'd Better Watch Out: DPS is in Town
Drivers on the roads are under additional scrutiny this week. The Texas Department of Public Safety is increasing the amount of patrols over the holiday. Laurie Johnson has more.
December 22, 2008 9:20 pm
Home for the Holidays
As Christmas approaches — several hundred Hurricane Ike evacuees are still in transitional housing. As Laurie Johnson reports — the Houston Housing Authority is working to get those families into a stable environment as quickly as possible.
December 11, 2008 9:48 pm
Christmas Karaoke at the Airport
Travelers and employees at Houston’s
Bush intercontinental airport are in the holiday spirit. This December — the airport is hosting holiday karaoke — where you can pick from a list of your favorite Christmas songs and entertain the masses.
Laurie Johnson has more.
December 10, 2008 11:04 pm
HPD Officer Safety
As Houston Police Officers mourn the death of one of their own, Houston Councilmembers discuss whether more needs to be done to protect law enforcement officers. Laurie Johnson has more.
December 9, 2008 9:11 pm
Harris County Seeks New Tax Assessor
The man known throughout Harris County for collecting your property taxes, renewing your vehicle registration and verifying your voter status is resigning. Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt will step down in a few
weeks to enter the private sector.
Laurie Johnson has more.
December 3, 2008 11:04 pm
Greener Traffic Lights
The city of Houston is poised to spend more than 16-million dollars on traffic signals. It's part of an ongoing effort to reduce energy consumption. Laurie Johnson explains.
December 2, 2008 8:50 pm
Houston Christmas Tree Goes Green
Hermann Square in front of city hall is in the process of being transformed into a winter wonderland. The Mayor's annual Holiday Celebration is on Friday. And this year the party is doing the fashionable thing by going green. Laurie Johnson has more.
November 26, 2008 10:50 pm
Cars Vulnerable When Holiday Shopping
If you plan to go shopping and take advantage of the after-Thanksgiving sales — be aware thieves plan to go shopping in the parking lots and take advantage of you.
As Laurie Johnson reports — the holiday shopping season is the worst when it comes to auto burglary.
November 24, 2008 10:34 pm
Convention Center Gets New Hotel
Houston's convention center is set to gain another hotel.
Houston-based American Liberty Hospitality announced today they've secured the funding to construct a 19-story hotel adjacent to the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Laurie Johnson reports.