June 30, 2009 9:55 pm
Gang Members Arrested
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, working jointly with federal state and local law enforcement officers have arrested 116- street gang members and immigration violators, including some from Houston. The arrests were made as part of an ongoing initiative called operation community shield. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 30, 2009 3:28 am
Stanford Spends another Night in Jail
Texas billionaire investor R. Allen Stanford should find out later today whether he is released on bond, or remains jailed before the start of his trial. He's accused of bilking thousands of investors out of seven billion dollars. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 29, 2009 9:00 am
Health Reform Must Include Children
The debate in health reform includes some of the heaviest hitters: senior members of Congress, insurance company giants and Washington's top lobbyists. Now, add children to that mix, including one who received a lung transplant at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. She recently went to Washington to urge lawmakers to include children's health needs in health reform legislation. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 27, 2009 11:00 am
Select Senior Clinics
As lawmakers discuss the President's healthcare overhaul, two local doctors celebrate the opening of a second clinic designed specifically for seniors. They embrace a medical philosophy that provides coordinated and personal care to older patients. Pat Hernandez has more on Select Senior Clinics of Texas.
June 26, 2009 3:11 am
Government to Argue Stanford's Bond
A man accused of bilking investors in an alleged 7-billion dollar Ponzi scheme, has pleaded not guilty to fraud. Bond is set at a half-million dollars for Texas financier R. Allen Stanford. He was returned overnight to a Montgomery County jail, but could be released later today. His attorney says there is a lot of work to do to prove his client's innocence. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 24, 2009 10:37 pm
Lawmakers Want Governor to Add CHIP to Special Session
Texas leads the nation when it comes to children without health insurance. Houston State Representative Garnet Coleman would like to see that change. He's sent a letter to Governor Rick Perry, urging him to include legislation regarding the children's health insurance program in the upcoming special session. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 23, 2009 10:14 pm
Ethics Reform Package Sails Through Commissioners Court
Without fanfare but in an unanimous vote, Harris County Commissioners have adopted an ethics reform package. The revised list contains changes to a measure proposed by an ethics task force put together by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 22, 2009 10:40 pm
City Water Supply Uninterrupted After a Hurricane
Hurricane Ike left downed power lines that not only shut off electricity to homes and businesses, but pumps that were essential to basic services. Houston's Municipal Water Supply was shut off, making the tap unsafe to drink. A study found that using a specific non-grid alternative power source would eliminate the need to shut off the water supply in the event of another hurricane like Ike. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 19, 2009 11:10 pm
Indictments Bring Some Relief
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford has been indicted for what prosecutors say is a 7-billion dollar scheme to defraud investors. Also indicted were three executives of Houston based Stanford Financial group and a former bank regulator in Antigua. The indictments bring several questions: Will it bring relief to investors and will it lead to legal action in similar cases? Pat Hernandez has more.
June 18, 2009 10:43 pm
New Property Room Erases Police Problems of Past
After years of dealing with a cramped and outdated evidence storage facility, the Houston Police Department has a new property room. The new 50-thousand square foot facility replaces the one built back in the 70s. It has the most modern security features to efficiently house evidence. Pat Hernandez was on hand for the ribbon cutting.
June 17, 2009 10:52 pm
Disaster Workshop Targets Seniors
Hurricane Ike showed how severe weather can affect the senior population which may not always have loved ones to rely on. A workshop targeted for elders was presented by the UT Medical School. It was held in the Sunnyside Area, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Ike. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 16, 2009 10:40 pm
The 99K House Looks More Expensive
Houston Mayor Bill White helps cut the ribbon to a new house in the fifth ward. But this isn't just any house. It's unique because it is an affordable, sustainable dwelling. The award winning design showcases amenities specially suited for the hot and humid Gulf Coast climate. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 15, 2009 10:17 pm
It's Time to Pay Up
The Houston Police Department and Municipal Courts announce a tried and proven measure to clear up the back log of outstanding traffic warrants...with an arrest. A warrant sweep is now underway in neighborhoods and businesses throughout the city. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 12, 2009 11:34 pm
Texas Fires First Salvo at GM Bankruptcy Plan
Texas attorney general Greg Abbott has filed an objection to the General Motors bankruptcy reorganization plan. Under the plan still to be approved, GM is insisting that current dealers sign a new agreement if they want to be part of the new GM operation. Abbott claims it violates the free market rights of dealers established under Texas law. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 11, 2009 10:47 pm
Digital Switch May Not Mean Disposal
On the eve of the transition to digital television, Houston
residents are being told not to trash their TVs. The digital switch could result in a wave of electronic waste to area landfills. Local lawmakers joined environmental advocates to encourage consumers to help protect the environment.Pat Hernandez has more.
June 10, 2009 10:48 pm
Tweaking of Proposed City Budget Begins
Houston City Council presents amendments to the proposed 2010 operating budget. It is a 4-billion dollar spending blueprint that keeps the property tax rate and spending the same. Council members presented a "wish list" of projects they believe should be included. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 9, 2009 10:32 pm
Report Critical of County Lockup
Harris County Commissioners discuss a U.S. Department of Justice report that detailed problems in the Harris County Jail. The report included an alarming number of inmate deaths due to poor medical care. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 5, 2009 10:04 pm
Fund Encourages Texans to Inquire, Innovate and Inspire
Texas Governor Rick Perry says the state's emerging technology fund strengthens the economic environment while cultivating research and innovation. He came to town to announce ETF Investments in five Houston area companies. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 4, 2009 11:05 pm
HUD Sends Millions for Housing after Ike
It is an effort to rebuild Houston's housing stock after Hurricane Ike. The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs present over 87 million dollars in disaster recovery funds to the city of Houston following last year's hurricane season. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 3, 2009 10:13 pm
Controller Concerned about Red Ink
Houston City Controller Annise Parker has good news and bad news when it comes to revenue. In her monthly report to City Council, parker says her office is projecting an operating shortfall of 38-million dollars. The good news...that's about 14-million dollars better than the month before. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 2, 2009 11:46 pm
Inspections Save Lives and Make Highways Safer
"Roadcheck 2009" mobilizes federal, state and local law enforcement officers from more than a thousand locations across the country, Mexico and Canada. They're checking commercial vehicles and drivers for compliance of federal safety regulations. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 1, 2009 10:41 pm
Volunteers Needed for Storm Response
The start of hurricane season is an important time of year for the American Red Cross. It offers a blueprint for a safe summer that includes water safety and storm preparation. Now the agency is putting the call out for more trained volunteers. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 1, 2009 9:52 am
Are We Ready for the 2009 Hurricane Season?
Today marks the beginning of the 2009 hurricane season. It is a reality for people living near the gulf coast. While tracking hurricanes is now underway for the next six months, one local leader says preparing for the volatile storm season should be year round. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 28, 2009 11:45 pm
Poor Kids Go Hungry when School Lets Out
Federal child nutrition programs are designed to feed school children under 18 living below the poverty line. In Harris County, about 60-percent of school children qualify for a free or reduced school lunch. But few of them will be having food this summer. Community activists say more summer food sites are needed to ensure children do not go hungry. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 27, 2009 11:57 pm
Red Light Cameras to Stay for Now
Houston City Council approves a contract extension that allows the police department to use cameras at traffic intersections. The vote comes despite a plea from a staunch opponent and a measure pending in Austin that might ban the devices. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 26, 2009 11:26 pm
President's Pick for High Court Praised
President Barack Obama has picked federal judge Sonia Sotomayor for the united states supreme court. If confirmed for the impending vacancy, she would be the first Hispanic to sit on the highest court in the land. Minorities say the nomination creates an historic opportunity to break new ground. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 22, 2009 11:07 pm
Study Finds Low High School Graduation Rates
It is the time of year when thousands of high school students walk across the stage and receive their diploma. But one community advocacy group says too many students who should be graduating are not. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 21, 2009 11:01 pm
Long-awaited Exhibit Comes to Houston
China's first emperor rode with vast armies and conquered large territories surrounding the country. More than two thousand years later, the emperor's grave site was found. Along with it, an underground vault containing an entire army of clay warriors meant to guard their leader into the afterlife. A sampling of that discovery is on display at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Pat Hernandez has more on the exhibit.
May 20, 2009 10:23 pm
Lawsuit Claims Debt Settlement Fraud
Four debt settlement companies are being sued by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. They're accused of misleading their customers with claims to eliminate or reduce their debt. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 19, 2009 10:14 pm
Urging Children and Families to be Water Wise this Summer
Memorial Day officially marks the beginning of summer, with pools opening and families taking a trip to the beach. It is also the time when water fatalities increase. The Houston YMCA launches its annual campaign to educate the community about drowning prevention. Pat Hernandez has more.