September 11, 2009 10:09 pm
Paying Tribute to 9/11 Victims
Despite heavy clouds and light rain, Houston police and firefighters paid tribute to the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The victims honored included emergency responders to the World Trade Center Twin Towers that fell in New York City. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 11, 2009 12:24 am
Keeping the Border Safe
Saying he cannot wait for the federal government to help, Texas Governor Rick Perry announces the latest effort to enhance border security. It involves using highly skilled
Ranger Reconnaissance teams to address the threat along the Texas-Mexico border. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 9, 2009 10:56 pm
Hoping to Prevent another Hurricane Power Outage
When Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Gulf Coast one year ago this weekend — it resulted in the largest power outage ever for Centerpoint Energy. The direct hit affected more than 95-percent of the company's customers and the storm will affect rate payers for years to come. Pat Hernandez tells us why.
September 8, 2009 9:49 pm
President Talks to Students
It wasn't the State of the Union address, but President Barack Obama delivers one of his most anticipated speeches to the nation's school students. Although it created controversy before he delivered it, teachers at one east side elementary school say they thought their students listened and understood what the President had to say. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 4, 2009 8:31 pm
Burglar-Proof Your Home
An economic recession affects everyone, even robbers. Law enforcement agencies report an increase in certain crimes they attribute to the economic crisis, including home burglaries. The Houston Police Department says there are ways to keep your home safe from even the most dogged burglars. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 2, 2009 12:02 am
Local Push for National Health Reform
Leading child advocacy groups in Texas join state lawmakers and other community leaders here in Houston to urge Congress to enact comprehensive health reform for children. They say the measure must be affordable, simple and seamless. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 28, 2009 9:59 pm
Three Words that Mean the World to a Child
Parents might be quick to tell their children to do their chores, clean their rooms and do their homework. But how often do they just say three words? A local parenting author says telling them "I love you" can positively shape a child's personality and even to their own children. Pat Hernandez has the story.
August 28, 2009 8:00 am
Pension Board Chief Answers Critics
A new budget was approved by the Houston Municipal Employees Pension System Board of Trustees (HMEPS). It is not the proposed budget that included a payroll increase for the staff. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 26, 2009 9:06 pm
Texas Prepares for Outbreak
State health and emergency management officials co-host a series of regional conferences to discuss the outbreak of the H1N1 flu. One conference was held in the Houston area. Attendees discussed the three aspects of responding to the pandemic: preparedness, planning and purpose. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 25, 2009 10:59 pm
Harris County Answers Federal Criticism
Harris County has responded to findings by the Justice Department that conditions at the county jail were unconstitutional. The 300-page response was an answer to a 25-page report by the department's Civil Rights Division following an investigation of the jail last year. Pat Hernandez has the story.
August 24, 2009 9:29 pm
"Welcome Back" One Last Time
It was the first day of school for about a half million Houston area students, including 200-thousand in the HISD. It also marked the last first day of school visits for Dr. Abe Saavedra, the outgoing Houston school superintendent. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 21, 2009 10:23 pm
Stores Ready for Tax Free Holiday Weekend
Shoppers looking for deals headed to stores today for the Texas sales tax-free weekend before the start of school on Monday. Some stores took advantage by adjusting their hours of operation this weekend. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 20, 2009 11:29 pm
Houston School Board Names Superintendent Finalist
The Houston School Board names a lone finalist for superintendent of the HISD. He's Doctor Terry Grier, the current superintendent of the San Diego unified school district. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 19, 2009 9:49 pm
Shop till you Drop Tax Free this Weekend
The annual sales tax holiday in Texas will take place this weekend. Because school starts for many on Monday, waiting until Friday to shop doesn't leave busy parents much time. Retailers remain hopeful because the sales tax exemption has been expanded this year to include many school supplies priced under a hundred dollars. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 18, 2009 10:45 pm
Optimistic about Houston Home Sales
Home sales in the Houston area fell again in July, but not as much as before. Experts point to the sale of foreclosed homes as the reason. Last month the decline was about half of what it was at the beginning of the year. One realtor says buyers are back out in the marketplace. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 17, 2009 10:33 pm
Hutchison: Perry Has Worn Out His Welcome
Texas Republican Kay Bailey Hutchison made it official. She announced her intention to be the next governor of the Lone Star State. She blasted incumbent Rick Perry for being the governor too long. Political pundits expect the two GOP heavyweights to show no mercy. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 17, 2009 8:59 pm
HISD Interim List is Shortened
The HISD school board is using this week to narrow down its list of superintendent candidates with the start of the new school year just around the corner. Pat Hernandez has the latest.
August 17, 2009 6:58 am
Valor for the Anonymous Battle
Almost 40 years after leading his men in and out of a daring rescue mission in the dense jungles of Vietnam, a Houston businessman has succeeded in obtaining for them the nation's highest group award for military valor. He hopes it will be presented by the President soon. Pat Hernandez has the story.
August 12, 2009 10:43 pm
Breakthroughs in Regenerative Medicine
World experts in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine are meeting at Rice University this week. They are discussing the latest scientific research on growing cells, tissues and organs for transplantation. Pat Hernandez says successes in the relatively young science are now leading to clinical reality.
August 11, 2009 10:15 pm
Healthcare Professionals to Continue Eunice Shriver's Legacy
Eunice Kennedy Shriver carried on the family's public service tradition by founding the Special Olympics. One Houston healthcare professional says her work in helping Special Olympians will continue despite her passing. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 10, 2009 11:44 pm
Houston Symphony CEO to Head Down Under
The Houston Symphony Society is looking for a new leader. Executive Director and CEO Matthew VanBesien is leaving Houston to be the new managing director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra next year. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 10, 2009 10:41 pm
Survey Says: HISD Doing a Good Job
Results of a new survey show a marked improvement in public perception of the Houston Independent School District. The overall opinion among parents and the general public has risen significantly since the time the last survey was conducted. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 7, 2009 11:19 pm
Coordinating the next Hurricane Strike
The University of Houston is host to a conference on hurricane preparedness. Participants include state and local leaders who shared lessons learned from Hurricane Ike, and how to be better prepared for the next storm. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 6, 2009 10:47 pm
Dueling School Accountability Ratings
Almost 90-percent of schools in the Houston Independent School District meet federal accountability standards. That's the good news. The bad news is the district does not. The outgoing HISD superintendent says the problem has to do with each state having a different federal standard. Pat Hernandez has the story.
August 5, 2009 9:30 pm
Last Hopes for Survival
The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released captive-bred Attwater Prairie Chickens at a preserve in Texas City. They're almost extinct, but the release program is an annual effort to increase the population of the birds found only in Texas. Pat Hernandez has more.
August 3, 2009 9:54 pm
Farewell to His Army of Educators
Principals and administrators pack the auditorium at Chavez High school before the start of the new school year. It marks the last time they'll hear from Houston Independent School Superintendent Abe Saavedra before he leaves at the end of the month. It is a bittersweet departure as the district posted its best accountability ratings ever last week. Pat Hernandez has the story.
July 31, 2009 11:27 pm
Full Body Screening without Physical Contact
Airline passengers at one terminal at Bush Airport can save time by going through a screening process that's being tested by the Transportation Security Administration. The new full body scanners will improve security and allow screeners to quickly scan passengers for potential weapons without physical contact. Pat Hernandez has more.
July 30, 2009 9:48 pm
Harnessing the Sun’s Energy
After months of installation, Houston Mayor Bill White unveiled an array of solar panels on top of the Brown Convention Center. More than 600 panels provide a tiny portion of energy to the facility, but it marks the beginning of a pilot program designed to promote the best use of solar energy. Pat Hernandez has more.
July 29, 2009 10:40 pm
Extra Patrols to Address Recent Robberies
Deputies with Harris County Precinct 6 conducted a special crime reduction initiative to address recent robberies in the Denver Harbor neighborhood in east Houston. Extra patrols went out to businesses where crimes have taken place. Pat Hernandez visited one of those businesses where a deputy constable conducted an on-sight investigation where a robbery took place.
July 29, 2009 10:00 am
Ex-worker Charged with Torching Gallery Furniture
An ex-employee of Gallery Furniture is charged with setting the fire that destroyed the furniture warehouse. The owner of the store credits the work of investigators in making the arrest. Pat Hernandez has more.