March 9, 2010 10:35 pm
Harris County Budget: No Frills
It took some doing, but Harris County Commissioners approved a new budget that is less than the blueprint of last year. It also contains no property tax increase and no layoffs. But it does contain some painful budget decisions. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 8, 2010 10:22 pm
Celebrity with a Cause
When country music superstar Tim McGraw makes a stop at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo tonight, fans will be happy to know that a portion of the proceeds from his tour stop will benefit SEARCH Homeless Services. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 8, 2010 5:20 am
Spring Break Alcohol Prevention
Harris County is one of the most populated counties in the United States. It also has more drunk driving deaths per capita than any other county. With spring break around the corner, Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Houston Police Department are launching an effort at area high schools to remind young people about the dangers of drinking and driving. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 3, 2010 9:39 pm
Plotting Strategy to Unseat the Incumbent
Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White says GOP opponent Rick Perry has honed his tactics of diverting attention from his own poor job performance as governor. The day after he beat six primary opponents to win the party's nomination, White told reporters in Houston that it's time for change in Austin. Pat Hernandez has more.
March 3, 2010 7:29 pm
White Faces Perry in November
Former Houston Mayor Bill White beat six other candidates in the Democratic Primary last night. He will now face the winner of the GOP race, incumbent Governor Rick Perry. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 26, 2010 9:39 pm
Students Celebrate Go Texan
More than a dozen trail riders have hit memorial park in the traditional start of rodeo season. One ride took time out to interact with students from Garden Oaks Elementary in northwest Houston. As Pat Hernandez tells us, the trail riders were just as excited as the students.
February 25, 2010 11:08 pm
League Honors Two Political Giants
The Houston League of Women Voters breaks from tradition. In the nine year history of honoring women for their contribution to the State of Texas, the league recognized two men for their achievements: former Lt. Governor Bill Hobby and former Houston Senator Jon Lindsay said they were surprised but honored by the league. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 24, 2010 10:23 pm
NASA Downsizing a Big Hit to Houston
The retooling of NASA is a concern for area leaders worried about what that could mean to the local economy. Houston Mayor Annise Parker said the projected job loss would be a huge blow to Houston and surrounding communities. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 23, 2010 9:58 pm
Less Money to Function
Falling property values in Harris County mean shrinking tax collections. That is what county commissioners are facing as they consider a new operating budget. They're trying to figure out how to cut more than 50-million from the spending blueprint. Pat Hernandez has the story.
February 22, 2010 11:32 pm
Port Benefits from Stimulus Package
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi gets briefed on the benefits of the economic stimulus package to the Houston Ship Channel. She conducted closed door roundtable session at the Port of Houston. It was attended by Houston Democratic lawmakers like Congressmen Al Green, Gene Green and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee. Pat Hernandez has the story.
February 22, 2010 7:10 am
Pay Now, or Pay More Later
Got an outstanding traffic ticket? The eyes of Texas law enforcement will be upon you. More than 300 agencies are taking part in the "Great Texas Warrant Round Up." Notices are now being mailed to let offenders know that they could be arrested beginning the first weekend in March. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 19, 2010 1:35 am
Some Think Cap and Trade Not Good for Texas
Texas could lose jobs and billions in economic activity in twenty years if a Cap & Trade energy bill passed by the House of Representatives last summer becomes law. That's according to new research released by a non-profit free-market research group. Texas Senator John Cornyn says the benefits of the measure won't be enough to make up for that loss. Pat Hernandez has the story.
February 17, 2010 10:07 pm
"Parka Bandits" Target Auto Parts Stores
They come to the auto parts store, but not to buy a part. Houston police say a pair of armed robbers has hit a dozen auto parts stores in north Houston since late December. The HPD needs your help in catching the robbers before someone gets hurt. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 16, 2010 10:30 pm
Regents Vote to Increase Tuition at UH System
University of Houston students will be paying a little more for an education. As expected, the Board of Regents voted to increase tuition. Pat Hernandez tells us the hike will affect campuses in the UH System.
February 15, 2010 10:37 pm
One Step Away From Committing Murder
They have open warrants for their arrest and they remain fugitives at large. Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia announces a new initiative with Houston Crime Stoppers aimed at arresting dangerous felons evading capture. Pat Hernandez has the story.
February 12, 2010 9:05 pm
Cause of Fatal Tugboat Accident Unknown
The day after the body of a missing crewmember was found the Coast Guard hopes to raise a submerged tugboat from the Houston Ship Channel today in order to determine why it sank. Pat Hernandez has the story.
February 11, 2010 10:27 pm
County Judge Assesses State of Harris County
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says that Harris County remains among the nation's strongest and most stable local economies despite numerous financial challenges. His comments came during his state of the county address. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 10, 2010 9:53 pm
Green House Promotes Solar Power
Reporters are invited to tour a green house in Upper Kirby that is powered by solar energy. A report from two environmental organizations shows that the Texas economy could benefit from stronger solar energy standards. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 9, 2010 10:58 pm
More Talk But No Commitment
East End residents urged the Harris County Commissioners Court to act on a proposed stadium for the Houston Dynamo. County Judge Ed Emmett says a lot of decisions need to be made before he and commissioners agree on a site. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 9, 2010 4:02 am
Retooling the Space Program
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden is busy defining the direction of the space agency after the shuttle program is retired. The direction includes the future of employees at the Johnson Space Center. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 8, 2010 5:03 am
Support System for Foster Care Alumni
More than 31 thousand children in Texas are in foster care. Who are they and what does their future hold? Foster care Alumni of America is an organization of people who've been through the system. Pat Hernandez talked to a couple of members living in Houston. He found that they share a bond as strong as in a biological family.
January 29, 2010 9:35 pm
Taking a Stand Around the World
Houston Congressman Ted Poe is sponsoring legislation that addresses the issues of violence against women throughout the world. He joined local leaders at the Houston area women's center to raise awareness about the issue. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 28, 2010 9:48 pm
Getting the Count Right this Time
Ten minutes to answer ten questions that will last ten years. In March, the 2010 Census will arrive in mailboxes throughout the Houston area. Mayor Annise Parker is calling on the business and religious communities to do their part to help get everyone counted. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 27, 2010 10:19 pm
Money Reward for Helping Students Academically
There are a lot of smiling faces in the Houston Independent School District. More than 40-million dollars in performance bonuses were handed out to teachers and staff whose students made the biggest gain scholastically. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 26, 2010 9:54 pm
Too Many Shootings Involving Police Officers
A number of civil rights organizations came to Houston City Hall to address the number of officer involved shootings in the Houston area over the past year. They are calling for an independent investigation. More from Pat Hernandez.
January 25, 2010 9:59 pm
Bad Oil Spill Could Have Been Worse
The cleanup from Saturday’s oil spill in Port Arthur continues. Response to the accident was almost immediate and officials say that prevented the state's biggest oil spill in more than a decade from being worse than it was. Pat Hernandez has the story.
January 22, 2010 9:04 pm
A Race They Could Have Won
Political pundits are still analyzing the stinging defeat of Martha Coakley in the Massachusetts senatorial race. The big question waiting to be answered is what happens to the health care bill? Pat Hernandez has more.
January 20, 2010 10:37 pm
School Districts May Still Apply for Federal Funding
It might not be the end of the federal grant money for education that was recently turned down by Texas Governor Rick Perry. President Barack Obama announced this week that he will let individual school districts apply for that money. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 19, 2010 11:32 pm
Another Chief Search for New Mayor
Three weeks after she became mayor, Annise Parker is looking for a Houston Fire Chief. Phil Boriskie announced his resignation yesterday and will return to the firehouse. Mayor Parker says the search for his replacement will not be rushed. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 15, 2010 10:38 pm
Same Course, Different Reason for Running
Sunday's Chevron Houston Marathon is the largest annual single day sports event here, with a record field of more than 26-thousand participants. An elite field of professional runners will be way ahead of the majority. But for many, the reason for taking on the course will come from the heart. Pat Hernandez profiles some of them.