May 18, 2011 10:15 pm
Filling Houston's Food Gaps
Sixteen communities in Houston are considered food deserts, places where grocery stores are in short supply. But the City of Houston is attempting to fill the gap. Officials are tossing around ideas to incentivize supermarkets to open up in lower-income areas. As Wendy Siegle reports, the goal is to try to shorten the distance between families and healthy food.
May 16, 2011 4:59 am
Wheelchair Tennis Clinic in Montrose
Nearly two years ago, a Houston tennis pro began coaching a free clinic for people in wheelchairs. The initial response was slow, with only a couple of students. Now the weekly program bustles with activity. Wendy Siegle sat in on one of the practices of the only wheelchair tennis clinic in Houston.
May 10, 2011 8:29 pm
Texas Scores Money For High Speed Rail
Texas has secured $15 million dollars in federal funds for the development of a proposed high-speed rail line from Houston to Dallas. The Texas Department of Transportation applied for a portion of the grant money last month. Wendy Siegle reports.
April 18, 2011 9:48 pm
Houston Gets Emergency Solar-Powered Generation Units
The City of Houston is buying 17 mobile solar-powered units from the University of Houston. The containers will be able to power small appliances and devices during emergency situations or widespread power outages. And as Wendy Siegle reports — the inside of the units are fitted-out to be used for offices, storage, and first aid stations.
April 13, 2011 8:54 pm
Houston Makes Ford's List of Most Electric Car-Ready Cities
The Ford Motor Company has just released a list of the 25 most electric-car ready cities in the country. And as Wendy Siegle reports, Houston is on it.
April 11, 2011 10:15 am
KUHF Conversations: Hilton Kelley, 2011 Recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize
A Port Arthur man has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for North America, which is often described as the Nobel Prize for grassroots environmentalism. Hilton Kelley is the first Texan and first African-American male to win the prize. Kelley was raised in Port Arthur, a town dotted with chemical plants and refineries. He's being honored for his fight for environmental justice in that community. Wendy Siegle spoke with Kelley about his award.
April 11, 2011 6:29 am
Missouri City to Get Second Park & Ride
Missouri City is getting a new park and ride. As Wendy Siegle reports, Metro is currently scoping out possible locations to put the new lot, which is expected to serve workers in the medical center.
April 6, 2011 9:44 pm
Pollution-Free Power For Electric Car Owners
Power company Green Mountain Energy unveiled the state's first pollution-free electricity package today for owners of electric vehicles. As Wendy Siegle reports, a Houston-area man is the first to sign up for the package.
April 1, 2011 10:08 pm
"Talk Text Crash" TxDOT Launches Distracted Driving Campaign
The Texas Department of Transportation launched its "Talk Text Crash" campaign at the University of Houston today. TxDOT hopes the month-long campaign will raise more awareness about the dangers of distracted driving. As Wendy Siegle reports, students were able to get behind the wheel of a driving simulator to see how easy it is to lose control when sending a text.
March 31, 2011 10:18 pm
METRO Looking into Natural-Gas Powered Buses
METRO is considering whether to add natural gas-fueled buses to its fleet. The transit agency is partnering with Austin and the Texas Transportation Institute to explore its options for natural gas. Wendy Siegle reports.
March 30, 2011 10:18 pm
TxDOT: Bike/Ped Accommodations a Must For New Road Projects
The Texas Department of Transportation has adopted a new policy: all new road projects must make room for pedestrians and bicycles, not just cars. As Wendy Siegle reports, the new rules mean Houston should start seeing more bike and pedestrian-friendly roadways in the future.
March 30, 2011 6:20 pm
New Bi-Partisan Smart Tech Transportation Bill Introduced In House
U.S. Reps. Mike Rogers, R-MI, and Russ Carnahan, D-MO, have introduced a new smart transportation technology bill (H.R. 995) into the House that would give six cities the opportunity to share in $1.2 billion dollars — as long as the money is used to fund innovative transportation technologies.
March 28, 2011 9:18 am
KUHF Conversations: Stacy Malkan
Lipstick, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo. We use these products every day, but what's in them? The campaign for safe cosmetics is hosting a seminar in Houston today to the discuss the latest research on toxic chemicals in personal care products. Stacy Malkan is co-founder of the group and author of the book Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry. She's one of the experts on the panel at today's seminar, and spoke with Wendy Siegle.
March 25, 2011 9:58 pm
TPC Maintains Funding for Bike/Ped, But Give Rest to Roads/Freight Rails
Local policy makers today voted not to take away money from bike and pedestrian-oriented projects. As Wendy Siegle reports — it was a small win for Houston cyclists, but not the outcome most were pushing for.
March 23, 2011 8:35 pm
New Advocacy Group Wants More Money For Houston's Transportation System
As Texas lawmakers struggle to trim the budget, transportation advocates are hoping the legislators keep the scissors away from the dwindling pot of transportation dollars. A new organization called TAG — the Transportation Advocacy Group Houston Region — is calling on politicians to find more ways to finance highway and transit projects. Wendy Siegle reports.
March 21, 2011 11:03 pm
South Texas Nuclear Company Opens Brand New Emergency Response Center
Japan's nuclear crisis has renewed the debate over the safety of atomic energy programs around the world. Houston's nearest facility is the South Texas Project, a nuclear energy plant in Matagorda County. As Wendy Siegle reports — STP has just opened a brand new joint information center and emergency response system.
March 18, 2011 9:33 pm
Two Direct Connector Lanes Open at 59 and Sam Houston Tollway Interchange
The Texas Department of Transportation opened two new fly over lanes in northeast Harris County today. As Wendy Siegle reports — the direct ramps connect north and southbound US 59 to the newly constructed section of Beltway 8 East.
March 17, 2011 10:39 am
Divvying Up Bike/Ped/Road Money
Local transportation policy makers have $80 million dollars to distribute. Last month, they stalled on deciding what to do with that money. Everything from bikeway projects to road projects is on the table. As Wendy Siegle reports — discussions on how to allocate the funding is causing transportation advisors to reevaluate how Houston's transportation system will look in the future.
March 16, 2011 3:16 am
KUHF Conversations: Galina Tachieva & Tom Low
Houston's known for being a sprawling city. But it's now home to an increasing number of high density, pedestrian-friendly developments — think City Centre, Midtown, and Sugar Land town square. Wendy Siegle spoke to two sustainable development experts about this trend. They're in Houston today to lead an urban planning workshop, where they'll talk about how their ideas can be applied to Houston.
March 14, 2011 11:11 pm
Sending Relief Donations to Legitimate Aid Organizations
With last week's devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan, donations are pouring into aid organizations from around the world. But as Wendy Siegle reports — how can you make sure your money is going to a reputable organization, and not to some scam?
March 11, 2011 10:23 pm
Giffords Making "Leaps and Bounds" in Rehab, Has Been Told She Was Shot
Two months into her recovery from a bullet wound to the head, doctors say Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is progressing in "leaps and bounds." She has no recollection of the tragic incident in Tucson, but for the first time she has been told what happened to her. Wendy Siegle reports on what her doctors here in Houston are calling a "tremendous recovery."
March 10, 2011 10:20 pm
Triple Homicide in Northeast Harris County
Authorities are investigating a multiple homicide that left three men dead in northeast Harris County this morning.
March 9, 2011 10:12 pm
Texas Lawmakers Consider State Distracted Driving Bills
The Texas House Transportation Committee discussed five bills today that would limit the use of cell phones while driving. All five dealt with texting behind the wheel, but just one would prohibit both typing
and talking on the phone while driving. Wendy Siegle reports.
March 7, 2011 3:52 am
City Initiative Brings Fresh Produce to Houston's 'Food Deserts'
According to a recent study, Texas has fewer supermarkets per capita than any other state in the U.S. the shortage is most prevalent in low-income areas, making it hard for people to find fresh fruits and vegetables. But as Wendy Siegle reports, the Houston Health Department is spearheading a new initiative to bring fresh produce to a few underserved areas around the city.
March 1, 2011 10:27 pm
House-Passed Bill Would Slash Funding For Columbia Bottomlands Forest
Just over a week ago, the Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution bill that would keep federal programs funded for the rest of the fiscal year. It's now being taking up by the Senate. The bill includes drastic cuts to environmental programs across the county. Wendy Siegle reports on what it would mean for the Columbia Bottomlands Forest here in southeast Texas.
February 25, 2011 11:10 pm
Bikeway Funding Safe For Now
Cyclists in the Houston area won a small victory today: at its monthly meeting, the Transportation Policy Council decided to postpone a vote on a proposal that would put several bike and pedestrian-oriented projects on hold. As Wendy Siegle reports, the decision came after a number of people came out to oppose the proposal.
February 25, 2011 8:27 am
METRO Plans to Add Nearly 20 Cars to Main Street Line
The Metropolitan Transit Authority has announced plans to add 19 more light rail cars to its fleet. METRO says the new cars will help serve more riders on the existing main street line. Wendy Siegle reports.
February 23, 2011 9:59 pm
Policy Makers May Delay Funding For Some Bike/Pedestrian-oriented Projects
Local transportation policy makers may vote this Friday to stall money for bike and other alternative transit projects in the Greater Houston area. As Wendy Siegle reports — cyclists are gearing up to protest the proposal.
February 22, 2011 10:59 am
Grand Parkway, Seg E: Traffic Benefits Vs Environmental Costs
First there was Loop 610, next came Beltway 8, now planners are working on a possible third ring road that would circle around Greater Houston. A section of the Grand Parkway that would connect I-10 with US 290 is next in line to be built. In the second of our two-part series, Wendy Siegle looks at the expected traffic benefits and the potential environmental costs of Segment E.
February 21, 2011 10:24 pm
Last Portion of Sam Houston Tollway Opens Saturday
Commuters in northeast Harris County will have a new way to get downtown come Saturday. The final section of the Sam Houston Tollway is near completion and will open to the public this weekend. Wendy Siegle reports.