April 20, 2011 10:58 pm
High on Houston
Houstonians are optimistic about the city's future. According to an annual survey conducted by Rice University, 9 out of 10 respondents believe that Houston is a better place to live than most other metropolitan areas. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 19, 2011 10:21 pm
Harris County Lifts Hiring Freeze
Harris County Commissioners lift the hiring freeze that has kept department heads from filling positions. Sheriff Adrian Garcia pleaded with commissioners to lift the freeze to allow him to hire more staff to cut down on overtime. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 18, 2011 11:33 pm
Top Houston Schools
In a list every parent should be aware of — the latest school rankings are out this week. Some principals are finding it more of a challenge to maintain their campus performance. Budget cuts are leaving some teachers without a job. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 18, 2011 6:23 am
Tougher Penalties for Vehicle Break-ins
It's a crime that usually gets first time offenders a slap on the wrist. Law enforcement agencies here in Houston and across Texas want lawmakers to change the law and send auto burglars to state jail the first time they're convicted. Pat Hernandez has the story.
April 14, 2011 9:50 pm
How Far Can It Go?
High school and college teams from around the world come to Houston in a challenge to design, build and test energy efficient vehicles. The event takes place this weekend at Discovery Green downtown. Pat Hernandez has a preview.
April 13, 2011 10:03 pm
Rights for Crime Victims
The FBI reports that crime dropped in the first six months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009. National Crime Victims' Rights Week calls attention to the impact crime has on victims and their families. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 12, 2011 9:53 pm
A Space Milestone
Houston joins the rest of the world in paying tribute to former cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin. His 108 minute orbit around the Earth 50 years ago, launched a new era in human history. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 11, 2011 10:51 pm
Wildfire Threat Remains High
The fire danger remains critically high across the northern and western parts of Texas as dry, hot and windy conditions continue. The Texas Forest Service says people need to be careful outside. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 8, 2011 9:50 pm
Rewarding Sweat Equity
The sounds of power saws and hammers echoed throughout Houston's Sunnyside and Third Ward neighborhoods today. Workers traded a day at the office to take part in the only non-profit, volunteer based effort to restore the homes of low income seniors. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 7, 2011 10:34 pm
Drought Could be Around for Awhile
We need rain. The worst Texas drought in over 40 years is delaying crops from being planted and forcing ranchers to reduce cattle herds. The state's leading climatologist says we may not see relief for a while. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 6, 2011 9:45 pm
More Cuts Coming to HISD
Four small schools and hundreds of jobs in the Houston school district are on the chopping block. The cuts are needed to overcome a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 5, 2011 10:29 pm
Canine Officers Donated
The Harris County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit welcomes four new "officers" to the ranks. The donation was made possible by a non-profit dedicated to supporting Texas law enforcement. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 4, 2011 11:14 pm
Rights are Protected
Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee is the latest in a growing list of U.S. leaders to denounce a Florida pastor for inciting violence after burning a Quran. But one law professor says the cleric's actions are protected. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 1, 2011 9:26 pm
Harmful Pet Toxins
It may seem like commonsense advice, but a dropped pill can be bad news to pets as well as children. For the third year in a row, human medications top the list of harmful pet toxins. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 31, 2011 10:36 pm
Getting Ready for Round Two
A day after jurors couldn't reach a unanimous verdict in the federal bribery and conspiracy trial of Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole, both sides are preparing to go at it again. One legal expert says a more streamlined but better presentation should result. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 30, 2011 11:01 pm
Eversole Mistrial Declared
A mistrial is declared in the federal case involving Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole. Jurors could not unanimously agree on all the charges against him. A date for a new trial will be determined soon. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 30, 2011 12:56 am
Still No Verdict
After three days of deliberating, the jury in the federal corruption case involving Harris County Commissioner Jerry Eversole remains deadlocked. It's been struggling to reach a verdict. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 25, 2011 6:56 pm
It's All Up to the Jury
Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of Jerry Eversole. The long time Harris County Commissioners is accused of conspiracy and bribery. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 24, 2011 9:15 pm
Congressional Hearing on EPA Pollution Mandate for Texas
A hearing is held in Houston to discuss the impact of greenhouse gas pollution regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency on the Texas economy. It's been a hotly debated issue for nearly 20 years. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 23, 2011 10:12 pm
Tata Enters Plea
Jessica Tata, owner of a west Houston home daycare where four toddlers died in a fire, has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and other charges. She is being represented by prominent local defense attorney Mike DeGeurin. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 22, 2011 9:55 pm
Layoffs Lead to Unexpected Resignation
The fallout from the leanest budget passed by Harris County in quite a while is being felt. Long time Constable Bill Bailey announced his resignation at Commissioner's Court after layoffs he had to make in his department. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 21, 2011 9:38 pm
Daycare Owner To Return
The Houston community was shocked when a daycare fire claimed the lives of four toddlers, and the owner fled to Nigeria before charges could be filed. Pat Hernandez tells us that Jessica Tata has waived extradition back to Texas.
March 18, 2011 8:15 pm
Houston City Council voted to add two new seats this year, which would give the council 16 members. The process for creating the new districts is underway to have an equal number of citizens represented by each district. Pat Hernandez has the story.
March 16, 2011 8:59 pm
Firestorm Over Alleged Gang Rape
Advocates react to the publicity surrounding the alleged gang rape of an 11-year old east Texas child. The head of the Houston area women's center says victims of such a crime are not to blame. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 15, 2011 11:45 pm
Pharmacies See Run on Iodine
With worries the nuclear radiation threat in Japan could cross over into the United States, some pharmacies in Texas are selling out of supplements containing iodine. One pharmacist says sales are brisk for people taking them out of Texas. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 14, 2011 9:00 pm
Copper Theft by City Workers
The price of copper is hovering at near all-time highs. Thieves are targeting newly built subdivisions all over Houston. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 14, 2011 3:58 am
Rally to Save Critical Funding
With the Texas budget in such a deep hole, lawmakers scramble to find ways to make up a multibillion dollar shortfall. But thousands of adults and children with disabilities here and across the state, including a very special musician, could be the latest group affected by budget cuts. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 11, 2011 10:04 pm
Deepwater Horizon Hearing
It's another hearing on the nation's worst oil spill. A hearing is held in Houston with industry representatives to analyze the causes of the Deepwater Horizon accident. The gathering was aimed at identifying measures to prevent another disaster. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 9, 2011 10:18 pm
NASA calls it a perfect mission. Space shuttle Discovery returned from 13 days in orbit carrying six crew members home from the International Space Station. The longest flying space shuttle will now be retired. Pat Hernandez has the story.
March 8, 2011 10:30 pm
Commissioners Approve Budget
Harris County Commissioners passed a 1.23 billion dollar budget that will impact law enforcement and some services to residents. The leaner spending blueprint reflects a significant dip in the main source of revenue for the county — property taxes. Pat Hernandez has the story.