June 2, 2010 9:45 pm
At Odds Over Air Quality
Texas Governor Rick Perry wants the federal government to stop what he calls a "power grab" by the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA and the state are at odds over the way Texas issues emissions permits which the government claims does not comply with the Federal Clean Air Act.
Pat Hernandez has more.
June 2, 2010 1:41 am
Ready For Any Oil Spill
Officials of Texas coastal counties say they are prepared to respond to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Right now the slick is far enough away to not impact the Texas coast. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 31, 2010 4:57 am
Study Finds Houston Vulnerable
On the day before the start of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season, a new report from a think tank based at Rice University finds that a major hurricane would devastate the Houston-Galveston region. But one of the authors of the report says area leaders could lessen the potential danger by keeping the public informed. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 28, 2010 9:20 pm
OMG! No More Texting In Missouri City
Missouri City motorists will be reminded this Memorial Day weekend that texting while driving will be against the law beginning June first. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 27, 2010 9:57 pm
Targeting Intoxicated Drivers and Boaters
Area law enforcement agencies will be on the lookout for intoxicated drivers and boaters this Memorial Day holiday weekend. The Harris County District Attorney's Office says DWI drivers or boaters will not be tolerated in order to protect the public. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 26, 2010 9:55 pm
Cornyn Wants Assurances
The proposed multi-billion dollar merger of United and Continental Airlines will be examined at two Senate hearings Thursday in Washington. One hearing takes a look at the effect on industry competition, while the other examines the impact of consolidation. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 25, 2010 10:52 pm
Hiring Freeze Dilemma
A Harris County hiring freeze means the sheriff's department is having to pay millions in overtime. County Judge Ed Emmett is thinking hard about lifting the hiring freeze to save taxpayers money. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 24, 2010 10:36 pm
A Safe End To The School Year
Only days remain before school is out for the summer. Thanks to a nationally recognized program, added security will be in place at schools in the greater Houston area to ensure kids start their summer break safely. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 20, 2010 9:52 pm
Knowledge and Equipment Are A Lifesaver
There has been a decrease in the number of fatalities from boating accidents over the last couple of years. This weekend marks National Safe Boating week. Officials say life jackets and education are essential in keeping deaths from boating accidents down. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 19, 2010 9:37 pm
Using DNA to Eliminate Suspects
It's a crime that still haunts a Katy neighborhood more than two decades later. The body of a real estate agent was found in a bedroom of a model home where she had an office. Detectives with the Harris County Sheriff's Cold Case Squad hope DNA evidence will help them crack the case. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 18, 2010 9:13 pm
Keeping the Space Program in the Area
Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia joins a group of Houston area residents on a trip to Washington. The group is comprised of NASA supporters hoping to stress to the importance of full funding for space programs. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 14, 2010 9:51 pm
Attorney: Video Only Part Of The Problem
A Houston teacher who was fired after being videotaped beating a 13 year old student, has apologized for her actions. Her attorney says the incident that was caught on a cell phone camera is the "tip of the iceberg" of problems plaguing the alternative school. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 12, 2010 9:17 pm
Police History and Memories
Hundreds are on hand as the Houston Police Department Museum and Officers Memorial is opened. Some of the artifacts on display include a police helicopter suspended overhead, badges and some effects from slain officers and memorabilia for sale. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 11, 2010 10:46 pm
Mayor Unveils Proposed Budget
Mayor Annise Parker balances the city's proposed budget without a tax hike or major service cuts. Pat Hernandez reports from City Hall on the Mayor's version of what the budget should look like next fiscal year.
May 11, 2010 8:35 pm
Agreeing to Disagree
Harris County's AAA bond rating is the subject of conversation at Commissioner's Court. While everyone agreed that the designation was good, one commissioner didn't agree with County Judge Ed Emmett comments on how much lawyers make in the sale of bonds. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 10, 2010 10:49 pm
Oil Spill Effect on Seafood
BP scrambles to try and cap a massive undersea oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. It's believed that oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank a mile down, is rushing up from the seabed at a rate of 5-thousand barrels a day. Officials are hoping to minimize the damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 7, 2010 8:47 pm
Brown Saving the Environment
Texas Governor Rick Perry says incentives, not mandates, encourage innovation in business and technology. He made his comments in Stafford southwest of Houston, at the roll-out of UPS' expanded fleet of hybrid electric vehicles. They are the first to be introduced in Texas. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 5, 2010 10:00 pm
Lawyers Rush to Gulf Coast
Lawyers from around the country set their sights on the Gulf of Mexico as the massive oil spill cleanup continues. They're filing lawsuits seeking damages that officials say could easily surpass the hundreds of millions awarded in the Exxon Valdez disaster. Pat Hernandez has more.
May 4, 2010 10:33 pm
Lawmaker Not Convinced
Houston Democratic congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says she's not convinced the proposed merger between Continental and United Airlines will benefit the American people. She's written to the Attorney General and the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee to review the agreement. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 3, 2010 10:14 pm
Airline Merger: We All Gotta Ride it Out
Now that United Airlines agreed to merge with Houston based Continental Airlines to create the world's largest carrier, reaction in Houston to the proposed deal is mixed. Area lawmakers are concerned what impact it will have on Houston's economy. Continental employees hope they still have a job, and airline passengers wonder if ticket prices will change. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 3, 2010 3:21 am
Harris County Secures Highest Rating Possible
Harris County is a good investment. That's according to Moody's Investor Services, one of the nation's top bond-rating agencies. It raised Harris County's bond rating to triple-a. That's the highest possible rating offered by the agency. Pat Hernandez tells us what that means for Harris County.
April 29, 2010 10:03 pm
Response to Arizona Immigration Law
The new Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration has sparked an uproar from the oldest Hispanic organization in the United States. LULAC, the League of United Latin American Citizens, announced an economic boycott of the State of Arizona until the law is repealed or declared unconstitutional. Pat Hernandez has the story.
April 28, 2010 9:00 pm
History Worth Saving
Harris County says it will hire an architect to help decide whether an iconic pavilion in Laporte on Galveston Bay should be restored or torn down. Built in the 1950s, the Sylvan Beach Pavilion has hosted countless banquets, weddings and dances over the years. Although it withstood Hurricane Ike, county officials want to think long and hard about whether it's worth the money. Pat Hernandez reports.
April 27, 2010 10:09 pm
Proper Indigent Defense
Harris County Commissioners Court approved plans to apply for state grant money to launch a public defender's office. It will assign lawyers to defend the indigent on appeals of felony cases, and officials hope it helps reduce jail overcrowding. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 26, 2010 10:46 pm
Oil Rig Dilemma
Oil from the sunken drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico could pose an environmental threat to sensitive marshes and beaches from Louisiana east to Florida. Robot submarines are being used to activate valves at the well head. Pat Hernandez talked to an expert who hopes they cut off the leak.
April 23, 2010 9:35 pm
Scout Fair for Adventure
Nolan Ryan was one, so were George Bush, John F. Kennedy and Barack Obama...also Bill Gates, Walter Cronkite, Harrison Ford and George Strait. They are some of the men who were Boy Scouts. Houstonians can get a glimpse of the life a scout entails at the annual Scout Fair later today at Reliant Arena. Pat Hernandez tells us more.
April 22, 2010 9:34 pm
More Buildings Go Green
Houston's commitment to energy efficiency continues. It kicked off a multi-million dollar project to retrofit downtown buildings to reduce energy consumption. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 21, 2010 10:04 pm
More for Water in Houston
Houston residents will soon be paying more for turning on the tap. City Council voted to raise water and sewer rates by nearly 30-percent for an average household. The vote was not unanimous, but Mayor Annise Parker is confident the action will withstand any legal action that may result. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 20, 2010 10:27 pm
Wall Pays Tribute
A Greenway Plaza food court is filled with people — not because they were hungry. They were on hand for the unveiling of the Wall of Heroes. It recognizes the contributions and sacrifices of veterans and current military members. Pat Hernandez was on hand for the dedication.
April 19, 2010 9:36 pm
One House at a Time
Some Houston police officers trade their uniforms for work clothes. They're spending this week repairing the southeast Houston home of an elderly resident. The effort is possible through a non-profit organization that provides home repair services for older low-income residents. Pat Hernandez has more.