July 13, 2010 11:38 pm
Bringing Business Leadership to the Classroom
While most kids are enjoying their summer vacation, some of their teachers are in school, learning to become principals. But the courses are not about assigning detention and choosing textbooks — they cover human capital, data analysis, and transformational change. From the KUHF Newslab, Melissa Galvez has more.
July 8, 2010 10:00 pm
Attorney General to Drivers: Your House Is Safe
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is targeting a car insurance ad that he says could scare Texans into buying coverage they don't need. Melissa Galvez has more.
July 8, 2010 10:00 am
Cars and Phones, Part 3
Across the country, states are enacting laws to combat cell phone use while driving. 28 states have banned texting and 8 forbid even talking on a hand held device. Within Texas, a patchwork of laws covers the state, and not everyone thinks we need more. In the third of our series, Melissa Galvez looks cell phone policy in Texas.
July 7, 2010 10:00 am
Cars and Phones, Part 2
For most drivers in Texas, it is legal to both talk on a cell phone and text while driving — except in school zones and certain cities. There are some who say one or both of those should be outlawed. In the second of our series on distracted driving, Melissa Galvez looks at how such a law could be enforced.
July 6, 2010 5:33 pm
Cars and Phones, Part 1
If you're in the car right now, there's a good chance you can see someone on a cell phone. Most of us do it — and wish others would stop. in the first of a three part series on distracted driving, Melissa Galvez looks at our love affair with cell phones and cars.
July 6, 2010 10:00 am
Researcher Discovers Potential "Exercise Pill"
If you ate too much barbeque and apple pie this weekend, you might wish there was a pill that could shed those holiday pounds. A researcher at the UT Health Science Center says someday, that might be possible. Sort of. From the KUHF Newslab, Melissa Galvez reports on the complex future of the "Exercise Pill."
June 25, 2010 11:11 pm
Take Your Dog to Work Day
For most people, today was just another sunny Friday afternoon. But for thousands of office workers across the country, today redefined the words "dog days of summer." From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
June 21, 2010 9:40 pm
Less Money for Roads in the Future
Houston commuters may have to put up with crowded highways and bumpy roads just a little bit longer. Regional transportation planners are looking at less money for road projects in the coming years. But the public can add their opinion on what's important-and what's not. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
June 14, 2010 7:47 am
Saving History in Freedmen's Town
In the shadow of downtown sits a small neighborhood with a long history. Freedmen's Town — also known as the fourth ward — is the oldest African American neighborhood in Houston, built by freed slaves after the Civil War. Many of its historic homes are being replaced by developments, but one landowner is saving ten little homes. From the KUHF NewsLab series, "Exploring Houston," Melissa Galvez tells the story.
June 9, 2010 11:03 pm
Interfaith Camp For Kids
While most kids are enjoying summer vacation by the pool this week, a group of teenagers is taking time to sit on the floor, eat rice, and think about God. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez visits the first Houston Interfaith youth camp, that challenges students with learning, service, and leadership.
June 7, 2010 4:21 am
Vegetable Gardens at City Hall
The next time you pass by City Hall, you may notice an unusual smell…rosemary, sage, and oregano. With help from the City's Sustainability Office, the Houston Department of Public Works is now maintaining a vegetable garden on Walker Street. They hope their greenery will encourage other Houstonian to plant some seeds. From the KUHF News Lab, Melissa Galvez reports.
May 31, 2010 7:50 pm
Hurricane Map Tracks Many Risks
Should I stay or should I go? As hurricane season begins, Houstonians will start asking that question. But if you're not in the path of the storm surge, the answer isn't always clear. A team at Rice University is developing a tool that could help residents make those tough choices. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
May 24, 2010 4:41 am
METRO Bus Operator Wins At Roadeo
While Michigan can claim the next Miss USA, Houston's got a new champion you've probably never heard of — the number one bus driver in North America. How did he earn such acclaim? From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
May 12, 2010 9:03 am
Fixing Troubled Schools
As the school year winds down for students, HISD is winding up its plans to fix failing schools next year, and in the years to come. That plan includes paying some students for one on one time with a teacher. Melissa Galvez reports.
May 10, 2010 4:51 am
Woodland Heights Wants to Keep Charm
Walking down the tree lined streets of Woodland Heights feels like stepping back in time-to an era when horse drawn carriages brought milk in bottles before tea time. A group of residents wants to preserve this character through historic designation. Like in many similar communities, it highlights the tension between historic charm and individual rights.
Melissa Galvez travels to Woodland Heights in the latest in the KUHF NewsLab series, "Exploring Houston."
May 6, 2010 8:51 pm
Immigration and the Church
While people across the country debate Arizona's recent immigration law, a coalition of local religious groups has been quietly talking about the issue since early January. Prospects for federal immigration reform are uncertain, but they intend to keep pushing—even if means working until next year or beyond. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
May 5, 2010 4:39 am
Getting Intelligent on Transportation
Cars that talk to each other, buses that see in the snow, and cameras that help move accidents-these are just some of the ideas being discussed at the Intelligent Transportation Society Annual Conference in Houston this week. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports on how technology helps us move.
April 27, 2010 11:23 pm
Houston Woos Continental-United Merger
A little over a week ago, United Airlines and Continental Airlines began publicly discussing the possibility of a merger. If it goes through, it will become the largest airline in the world and Houston's business and civic leadership want to see it based right here. Melissa Galvez has more.
April 26, 2010 7:27 am
Two Views on Rail in Southeast
Along Martin Luther King BLVD in southeast Houston, large holes and orange cones mark construction on the southeast light rail line. But some residents are still fighting METRO over that line — and others are happy to see it come. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
April 22, 2010 11:23 pm
METRO Clears CEO's Finances
At a special meeting, the METRO Board released a report which cleared CEO Frank Wilson of any wrong-doing related to his finances. It had been alleged that Wilson and his chief of staff, Joane Wright, improperly used METRO funds.
April 19, 2010 9:16 pm
Visit to a Sikh Temple
Off of HWY 290, near Fairbanks North Houston, down what looks like a country road, you'll find a large building that belongs in northern India. Melisa Galvez visited the community that's quietly thrived there for almost forty years. It's the third story in the KUHF NewsLab series, "Exploring Houston" where we journey through the neighborhoods that make up our city.
April 7, 2010 10:39 pm
New METRO Board Sworn In
The METRO Board has officially sworn in five new members-including a new chairman. They come to an agency which many feel is on rocky footing. Melissa Galvez reports.
April 5, 2010 4:56 am
The East End: Mystical Yerberias
All around the East End neighborhood of Houston, you'll notice stores with an enigmatic name: Yerberia. Familiar in Mexican communities, Yerberias offer remedies for health, personal—even legal problems.
It's the first of the KUHF NewsLab's series, "Exploring Houston" where we journey through the neighborhoods that make up our city.
April 1, 2010 10:56 pm
Cash for Clunker-Dishwashers
No, it's not an April Fools joke. The federal government will give Texas residents up to 1600 dollars to switch out their old appliances for new, energy efficient models. But there are a couple of hoops to jump through. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
March 29, 2010 6:13 am
Think Your House is Affordable? Think Again.
Houston is widely considered one of the most affordable cities when it comes to housing. A new study, however, challenges the typical view of what makes a house affordable. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
March 24, 2010 9:55 am
A Trip to Work By Bike
With spring coming, you might want to take a bike ride around Houston. Now Google maps can help you with that. NewsLab reporter Melissa Galvez commuted to work by bike to see how it works.
March 15, 2010 10:32 pm
METRO Bus and Light Rail Collide
METRO has sustained another accident on its light rail line today. Melissa Galvez reports.
March 8, 2010 9:41 pm
Energy Efficient, Low Cost Homes
Most people think that making their homes energy efficient is a luxury. So it may be surprising that some of the most energy efficient homes in Houston are in low income communities. Melissa Galvez has more.
March 8, 2010 5:09 am
HISD Launches Radio Station
By the summer, Houston will welcome a new radio station-launched by the Houston Independent School District. It's the first of its kind in the country, and it won't be available on your FM dial. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
March 3, 2010 10:56 pm
Giving Bats a Home
Most people know that you can see bats emerge from the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. But you might not know that 250,000 bats live under Houston's Waugh Drive Bridge. Despite these impressive numbers, bats across the city are in danger. But some boy scouts are ready to help. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.