January 21, 2009 11:24 pm
Cautious About Spending State Dollars
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says the state can expect to have over 77-billion dollars available for general purpose spending during the next biennium. Given the turmoil in the national economy, Combs calls the state forecast cautious. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 20, 2009 11:23 pm
A Lesson in History
The start of a new presidency has provided instructors with a teaching moment. But some teachers at Burbank Middle School on the north side are still amazed about the Inauguration of the nation's first African-American president. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 19, 2009 10:36 pm
Lining the Streets for Martin and Barack
It was a perfect day for a parade. In Houston, two parades were held to honor Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Both events drew larger-than-usual turnouts on the eve of the inauguration of the nation's first black president. Pat Hernandez attended the first parade downtown.
January 16, 2009 11:40 pm
Governor’s Recovery Panel Tours Galveston
Four months after Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, the island continues its slow road to recovery. A new state commission created a month after the storm listened to presentations about response and recovery. Members also took a tour of neighborhoods and the city's badly damaged medical center. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 15, 2009 11:25 pm
Mayor Warns of Rough Economic Road in Final City Address
Mayor Bill White delivers his final state of the city address before a packed house downtown. He used the response to Hurricane Ike as an example of how Houstonians have what it takes to weather the coming economic storm. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 14, 2009 11:36 pm
Controversial BARC Hire Stirs Animal Rights Activists
Animal activists come to Houston city hall to voice their displeasure about the new chief veterinarian at The Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care (BARC). They're upset because her license had been suspended in New Jersey. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 13, 2009 10:15 pm
Final Stretch in Billboard Takedown
One of the last billboards that violated Houston’s ordinance has come down. It is among some 800 being removed from neighborhoods around the city. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 12, 2009 11:13 pm
It Will House More of Houston History
Ground is broken for expansion of one of the city's most significant landmarks. The Julia Ideson building is part of the Houston public library system. The project will expand the place that holds one of the largest collections of Texas history. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 12, 2009 10:00 am
Harris County Plays Host to Major Conference
Experts in trade and transportation are in Houston for a two day conference organized by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Special focus will be on U.S. and México trade. Judge Emmett says Houston’s port system plays a major part in that commercial relationship. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 8, 2009 10:51 pm
Looking For a Financial Life Preserver
The city of Galveston is appealing to state lawmakers for financial relief. It wants permission to keep sales tax revenue for awhile to keep the island city functioning.
Pat Hernandez has more.
January 7, 2009 11:36 pm
First Biofuel-powered Flight by a U.S. Carrier
Continental Airlines takes to the air in a jet using biofuel. The demonstration by the Houston-based carrier is the first flight to be conducted by a U.S. commercial airliner. The special fuel blend is made partly from algae. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 6, 2009 10:59 pm
Protecting Young Cell Phone Users from Predators
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says sexual predators are now looking for victims using the cell phone. He urges parents to protect their children in the wireless world. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 5, 2009 11:02 pm
Texas House Considers Next Speaker
An overwhelming number of state lawmakers are throwing their support behind representative Joe Straus to be the next Speaker of the House. The San Antonio Republican told supporters he would end partisanship and special interest favors. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 2, 2009 9:09 pm
Top Truckers Compete in Houston
Nearly 400 professional truck drivers competed in Houston this August in the annual Truck Driving Championship. Pat Hernandez tells us the "Super Bowl of Safety" was sponsored by the American Trucking Association.
December 31, 2008 10:00 pm
Using Trees to Control Flooding
The Harris County Flood Control District is planting nearly 30-thousand trees along White Oak Bayou and other areas of the county. The trees will help the district maintain its infrastructure. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 23, 2008 11:02 pm
New Tax Collector Was Not Everybody's Choice
Harris County Commissioners appoint Houston businessman Leo Vasquez to fill the vacancy left by Paul Bettencourt. He resigned earlier this month after he was re-elected to a
third four-year term. The vote by the court was not unanimous. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 22, 2008 10:01 pm
Avoid Car Break-Ins
It is one of the highest occurring crimes in Houston every two minutes, a vehicle is burglarized in Texas and its contents stolen. These crimes escalate during the holiday season, but they can be prevented. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 20, 2008 12:09 am
Probe Finds Fatal Flaws in Ship's Repair
The coast guard releases a report on the sailboat racing
accident that claimed the life of a Texas A&M University sailor.
Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 18, 2008 11:02 pm
Celebratory Gunfire Will Not be Tolerated
The Houston Police Department will be out on the streets to ensure citizens enjoy their Christmas and New Year’s holiday. Chief Harold Hurt says those who have other ideas will be dealt with. Pat Hernandez has more.
December 17, 2008 11:47 pm
Clinic that Houston Janitors Can Afford
Houston janitors walked off their jobs to protest low wages and benefits. It lead to a health clinic for the union representing the workers. It is a partnership between Baylor College of Medicine and a major healthcare provider. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 15, 2008 11:01 pm
Houston's Mayor Has Higher Political Calling
Bill White is supposed to make it official. The popular Houston Mayor is to announce he will seek the U.S. Senate seat held by Kay Bailey Hutchison. Pundits and party faithful think his chances are good. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 12, 2008 9:52 pm
Obama to be included in Presidential Park in Pearland
President-elect Barack Obama will be in office for only a few months when a larger than life bust of the 44th chief executive is displayed. The sculptures are the creation of David Adickes. Pat Hernandez caught up with the internationally acclaimed artist at his studio near the Heights.
December 5, 2008 10:06 pm
November Job Losses Highest in 34 Years
Employers slashed over a half-million jobs from their payrolls in November. It is the worst decline since 1974, and a much bigger drop than economists had predicted. That means job prospects are even more difficult for those struggling for any kind of work. Pat Hernandez has more.
December 4, 2008 10:21 pm
Program to Help Teens Pregnant With First Child
Some 300 first-time, low-income mothers will benefit from a program that provides long-term nurse home visitation services. It's designed to improve the health of their babies and reduce child abuse and neglect. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 4, 2008 10:00 am
DOT Boss Talks Transportation
The nation's transportation secretary comes to town to talk about...what else? Mary Peters addressed the Texas Lyceum Public Conference. She said high fuel prices this past summer changed the country's driving habits and depleted the highway trust fund. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 2, 2008 11:52 pm
Metro Accused of Not Hiring Local Contractors
Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee accused Metro of not being sensitive in creating local jobs. The Chairman of the Transit agency was there to answer the charges. Pat Hernandez has the story.
December 1, 2008 10:59 pm
Tragedy in Mumbai Results in Solidarity
Members of Houston’s Indian and Jewish community react to the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai. The tragedy served to unite them in solidarity and strength to turn back the evil that tries to divide them in fear. Pat Hernandez has the story.
November 28, 2008 4:00 pm
HFD Offers Fire Safety Tips for Winter
Houstonians are finally turning off the air conditioner. But before you turn on the furnace, fireplace or space heater, make sure they're ready to be used. A few safety tips will go a long way this winter. Pat Hernandez has more.
November 25, 2008 7:00 pm
Union Pacific Railroad Promotes Safety
Railroad crossing accidents go up during the holidays. For whatever reason, motorists are distracted and endanger themselves and their passengers by ignoring railroad warnings. Union pacific was at one Houston area crossing reminding drivers to obey railroad signals.
Pat Hernandez has the story.
November 24, 2008 11:31 pm
Shuttle Crew to Eat Turkey in Space
Shuttle Endeavour's mission to the International Space Station has been extended by one day. That means astronauts will be spending Thanksgiving up in space. Pat Hernandez has the story.