July 8, 2013 6:29 pm
Emergency Managers Convene in Advance of Hurricane Season
With Tropical Storm Chantal racing toward the eastern Caribbean, it's a reminder to emergency managers in southeast Texas that the busy part of the hurricane season is almost here. Those leaders got together for an emergency preparedness "tune-up" that could come in handy later in the summer.
July 3, 2013 5:14 pm
Why Planning Fireworks For Houston's Independence Day Celebration Takes Months
One of the country's largest land-based fireworks show will cap off the annual July 4th celebration in downtown Houston tomorrow night. Preparation is months in the making for a pyrotechnic feast for the eyes.
July 2, 2013 5:38 pm
Which Galveston Beaches Pose Dangers To Visitors?
With hot weather expected this July 4th holiday, many people will be headed to area beaches. Galveston officials announce a program to keep visitors safe in and out of the water.
July 1, 2013 4:59 pm
Supreme Court Ruling On Voting Rights Act Motivates Civil Rights Groups In Houston
In the wake of last week's Supreme Court decision, for some groups, it's all about ensuring integrity in the process. Civil rights groups are announcing the creation of a statewide initiative to make sure violations of the federal Voting Rights Act do not go unchecked.
July 1, 2013 4:34 am
17th Annual Barrier Breaker Award Honors Aubrey and Gene Locke
It's about overcoming employment barriers in a dignified way. Career and Recovery Resources is a nonprofit, United Way agency that helps people overcome employment barriers.
June 27, 2013 5:04 pm
Monday Starts Texas Legislative Special Session Two In Austin; Abortion Among The Topics
Texas lawmakers will start Monday on the second special session, which includes a debate on abortion restrictions and several other issues. With the new session, the entire legislative process starts over for each bill.
June 26, 2013 4:51 pm
1,170 Flags Mark Those Killed On Texas Roadways From A Drunk Driver
In an effort to save lives over the extended 4th of July weekend, the Texas Department of Transportation is introducing its "Faces of Drunk Driving" safety campaign, to remind motorists to drive smart and be sober when you get behind the wheel.
June 25, 2013 3:57 pm
Harris County Leaders Consider Ambitious Plan To Refurbish The Astrodome
A plan to turn the vacant Houston Astrodome into a giant convention and expo center will now get a closer look from Harris County. The proposal, which was formally presented to county commissioners today, is an ambitious effort to give the Dome new life and return it to some of its former glory.
June 24, 2013 4:48 pm
New Firework Law Might Make Buying Easier This 4th of July
Fireworks are now on sale in Houston and outlying areas. Officials anticipate brisk sales thanks to a new state law on the books and no ban due to dry weather.
June 21, 2013 5:17 pm
Houston Increases Renewable Energy Footprint
The City of Houston increases its renewable energy consumption to 50-percent. A two year agreement with Reliant Energy will account for half of its electricity demand.
June 20, 2013 5:03 pm
What Do You Think About The Astrodome Proposed Plan?
Residents weigh in on the plan to save the Astrodome and possibly spend as much as $194 million dollars to turn the iconic landmark into a state-of-the-art conference and exposition center. One historian says to do anything less would not be right.
June 20, 2013 10:15 am
Astrodome To Be Saved And Re-purposed Pending Commissioner's Decision
As expected, the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation recommended renovation of the Astrodome with public funds. The iconic landmark would be turned into a state-of-the-art conference and exposition center.
June 19, 2013 5:19 pm
Campaign Hopes To Retrain And Increase Railroad Safety
Union Pacific Railroad announced a billboard campaign to increase rail safety. The site took place at a crossing in Northeast Houston, where last year, two collisions occurred.
June 18, 2013 5:17 pm
How Students Follow In Astronauts' Footsteps … Literally
As part of their summer vacation, 50 area middle school students designed a durable space suit and rubbed elbows with the first African American astronaut to walk in space. The kids from all over Houston got to sharpen their math and science skills at the University of Houston.
June 17, 2013 5:18 pm
Grassroots Effort By Heights Residents Not Enough To Save 100 Year Old Tree
In a Houston Heights neighborhood, residents are upset that a giant sycamore tree was cut down. The owner of the property says he tried to save the 100 year old tree, but was told by experts that it was unstable.
June 14, 2013 5:36 pm
North Forest ISD Continues Fight Even After Judge Dismisses Lawsuit
The North Forest School District is running out of legal options as it fights closure. Today, a judge in Austin dismissed the district's lawsuit against the Texas Education Agency. The district's last hope is the Justice department.
June 13, 2013 8:28 pm
Carnival Triumph Sets First Sail After 'Cruise From Hell'
Four months after an engine fire left it stranded in the Gulf of Mexico, the Carnival Triumph was back in the water with a sold out cruise leaving Galveston. It follows an extensive multi-million dollar repair with upgrades.
June 12, 2013 7:01 pm
Texas House Select Committee Holds Redistricting Meeting In Houston
The Texas House Select Committee on redistricting held the last of three hearings in Houston yesterday. The panel collected public input after Texas Gov. Rick Perry called a special session to address the constitutional questions surrounding the current redistricting maps.
June 11, 2013 4:41 pm
Is The Dome A Historical Landmark?
One Houstonian favors saving the Astrodome as a historical landmark. That may bring in funding, but what strings come with a historic designation?
June 10, 2013 9:31 pm
Deadline Arrives For Proposals On What To Do With The Astrodome
Midnight was the deadline for private interests with viable funding sources to submit plans for the empty Houston Astrodome. The Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation will submit an idea of its own next week. Harris County lawmakers are expected to consider all the plans at the end of June.
June 7, 2013 8:19 pm
Tips For Pet Owners To Reduce Tick And Flea Infestations
It's not just your imagination. The tiny, blood-sucking pests are causing big problems for some pet owners here in Houston. But there are proven ways to get them off your animal and out of your home.
June 6, 2013 10:04 pm
Soaring Temperatures Prompt City And Reliant Energy To Open Cooling Centers
With rising temperatures indicating a hot summer, the City of Houston has opened "beat the heat" centers for low income and seniors to cool off. The city's largest energy provider will assist people who may have trouble paying their summer electric bills.
June 5, 2013 6:32 pm
Photos: Thousands Attend Tribute And Memorial Service For Houston's Four Fallen Firefighters
Thousands attended a memorial service today for the four Houston firefighters killed while battling a motel fire last week. It was a somber ceremony for the three men and one woman who died doing jobs they loved. The service celebrated their lives and legacy within the Houston community.
June 4, 2013 8:14 pm
Investigation Continues Into Southwest Fire That Killed Four Houston Firefighters
The evidence recovered at the site of last Friday's 5-alarm fire will hopefully give investigators a clearer picture into the cause that killed four Houston Firefighters.
June 3, 2013 4:46 pm
Houston Clergy Members Ensure Another Safe End Of School Year
The halls of many schools in the area will have familiar faces this week as students count down the final days of class. Hundreds of ministers will join school district police officers as they roam campus hallways in an annual effort to ensure a safe and peaceful end to the school year.
May 31, 2013 7:25 pm
Gulf Coast Officials Prep For 2013 Hurricane Season
Hurricane season begins tomorrow and lasts through the end of November. Meteorologists are predicting an active year. Officials at TranStar — the emergency operations center in Harris County — will be paying close attention to activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
May 31, 2013 10:34 am
Rep. Kevin Brady And Conroe Company Make Cases For Tax Reform
As some lawmakers in Washington look for ways to revamp the nation's tax code, one local company says adjusting the tax system to make things simpler and easier to navigate could actually create more jobs in Houston. They claim a tax code revision might make Texas even more business-friendly than it already is.
May 29, 2013 4:48 pm
What Houston Utilities Learned From A 'Category Tree' Hurricane
With the start of hurricane season just a few days away, Houston's largest power provider says it's still looking for ways to lessen the effects of a big storm on the city's power grid.
May 28, 2013 5:25 pm
Are You Ready For Hurricane Season This Year?
It's estimated close to a million new residents have arrived in the Greater Houston area since Hurricane Ike slammed Southeast Texas in 2008. With the start of hurricane season just a few days away, local emergency officials say for the newcomers and everyone else, right now is the time to be putting the finishing touches on a personal hurricane plan.
May 27, 2013 5:00 am
New Leader Of Houston's Crime Stoppers Has Tips On How To Prevent Crime
Crime Stoppers Houston has a new leader at the helm. It follows a unanimous decision by the search committee and board of directors. The new executive director succeeds Katherine Cabaniss, who is now a district court judge.