August 3, 2010 11:24 pm
Texas Aims to Get State-Wide Rail Back on Track
In an effort to secure federal funding for state rail projects, the Texas Department of Transportation is developing a state-wide rail plan. The future of both freight rail and passenger rail is on the agenda. From the KUHF newslab, Wendy Siegle has more.
July 22, 2010 10:08 pm
Houston Partners With The Electric Vehicle (EV) Project
The EV Project, one of the largest electric vehicle initiatives in the U.S., has come to Houston. Clean tech giant ECOtality runs the project and is partnering with the city in an effort to advance the creation of Houston's electric car infrastructure. Wendy Siegle reports.
June 28, 2010 9:18 am
Location of Proposed Park & Ride May Irk Nearby Residents
If you're one of the many residents in the Pearland area who has been hankering for a Park & Ride, you'll be happy to know that you're probably going to get one soon. But for residents living in the SouthFork subdivision in Manvel, the Park and Ride's proposed location may be a little too close for comfort. From the KUHF NewsLab series, "Exploring Houston," Wendy Siegle tells the story.
June 9, 2010 5:21 am
290-Hempstead Corridor: Will it Proceed as Planned?
If you're tired of sitting in traffic on 290 the Northwest Freeway, you're probably wondering if the congestion will ever let up. The good news is that plans for the expansion and reconstruction of one of Houston's most clogged corridors are getting close to federal approval; the bad news is that a crucial part of the plan is in limbo. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle has more.
May 27, 2010 8:02 pm
War of Words Continues Over Texas Clean Air Rules
The war of words continues between the Environmental Protection Agency and Texas Governor Rick Perry. The fight is over threats by the EPA that it will take over the state's clean air permitting process if things don't change. Wendy Siegle reports.
May 17, 2010 2:46 am
The Woodlands Aims to Become Bike-Friendly Community
Across the nation, more and more people are swapping their cars for their bicycles. Still, the majority of workers continue to commute by car. In an effort to help wean drivers off their gas guzzlers, cyclists in the woodlands are taking action to encourage more members of their community to get on their bikes. In the latest installment of the KUHF NewsLab's "Exploring Houston" series, Wendy Siegle reports on this north Houston township's ambition to be recognized as a bicycle friendly community.
April 26, 2010 3:51 am
School in Spring Branch Shapes Kids From Inside Out
April is Autism Awareness Month. Around one in 100 children has a disorder in the autism spectrum and for these kids, learning in a traditional school environment is challenging. Wendy Siegle recently made a trip out to a northwest Houston neighborhood, where there's an innovative school that caters to students with neurological differences. It's the latest installment of the KUHF NewsLab's series, "Exploring Houston."
April 21, 2010 10:30 pm
Bringing Concussion-Awareness to the Community
The Houston Texans and the Methodist Concussion Center have joined forces in effort to educate the community on the dangers of concussions. Each year, around three-point-eight million Americans experience a sport or recreation related concussion. Wendy Siegle has more.
April 14, 2010 9:54 am
Off-Street Parking Ordinance: City May Amend To Reflect Current Trends
Houston has long been considered a car-centric city. But when it comes to parking all those cars, the interests of homeowners, businesses, and their patrons often collide. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle has the story on how Houston's off-street parking rules could soon change.
April 12, 2010 4:25 pm
Urban Foraging Hits Montrose
Houstonians are heading to Montrose, but not for the nightlife. They're going to learn about plants-specifically, which ones they can eat. Wendy Siegle has the story on a trend that helps people spot food in places they never did before. It's the second installment of the KUHF NewsLab's series, "Exploring Houston" where we journey through the neighborhoods that make up our city.
March 23, 2010 9:14 am
The High Demand to Park and Ride
Many commuters across the nation turn to park and ride systems to get them to the office. Here in Houston, Park and Ride has been a viable alternative to the inevitable morning gridlock, especially for people living in the outer suburbs. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports on this public transit service that has some users wanting more.
March 18, 2010 10:56 pm
Study Examines Regional Transit
It's a blueprint for how Houstonians may move in the future. Local planners are examining the region’s transit options as part of a year-long study. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle has the story on what the planners will be looking at and how the public is giving its input.
March 4, 2010 9:22 pm
Illegal Dumping Plagues the East End
It's a big problem in the East End — illegal dumping. Houston police officers say they want to put a stop to it and are working with the East End Management District to tackle the mess head on. Wendy Siegle reports.
March 1, 2010 5:15 am
Houston, One of the Most Affordable Cities..Or Is It?
Houston lists among the most affordable cities in the U.S., according to a survey that was released recently. But critics of the survey say the report is misleading. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
February 17, 2010 9:43 pm
Environmentalists Criticize Perry's Challenge of EPA 'Endangerment' Finding
Governor Perry's move this week to take legal action against the EPA's greenhouse gas findings has drawn stark criticism from Houston environmental groups. Wendy Siegle has more.
February 2, 2010 9:39 pm
ICE Raid in Southeast Houston
A business in southeast Houston was raided today by Immigration and Custom Enforcements, or ICE. Wendy Siegle reports.
January 27, 2010 10:12 pm
Environmental Impact of Oil Spill
Clean up of the largest oil spill in Texas since 1994 continues near Port Arthur this morning. Crews are working to recover the 462,000 gallons of crude from the Sabine-Neches waterway. So far, most of the oil has been contained, but some has started to seep into sensitive eco-systems. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports on the spill's current impact on wildlife and local residents, and the measures being taken to curb environmental damage.
January 25, 2010 6:00 am
Teachers Learn From The Down Under
According to the website for the Texas state comptroller, Texas ranks 49th in verbal SAT scores and 50th in percentage of adults with a high school diploma. There are a lot of reasons for why Texas lags behind the rest of the nation and educators, politicians and parents are scrambling to find solutions. In the mean time, some teachers are in search of new methods to bring into the classroom, and some are going to the land down under to find them.
January 14, 2010 8:45 pm
Medical Labs in a Bag?
After the devastating earthquake, the world's eyes are on Haiti. Some say the tragic event reemphasizes the country's need for stronger infrastructure — especially in the medical sector. A group from Rice University spent time in Haiti last year to test a compact medical tool they developed that can increase access to healthcare in Haiti and other developing countries. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
December 28, 2009 9:45 pm
Pervasive Natural Gas Extraction Technique Raises Concerns
A pervasive technique responsible for unlocking huge gas reserves in the U.S. has spurred increasing opposition over the past few years. Critics say the technique has dangerous environmental consequences. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports on this controversial process that breaks through rock to release natural gas not obtainable any other way.
December 24, 2009 8:00 pm
Young Students Get Inspired by Art
Elementary students from a few Houston area schools have been given a unique opportunity to connect with art. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports on a new project aimed at inspiring students to get creative and start writing.
December 10, 2009 9:00 am
Nearby Residents React to American Acryl Explosion
Yesterday's explosion at the American Acryl plant was felt and heard by many residents in the area. But as Wendy Siegle reports, residents in the area realize the potential risks of living near refineries.
December 2, 2009 10:02 pm
Plans in the Works for Houston Autoimmunity Center
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has announced plans for a new center focusing on research and treatment of diseases caused by immune system malfunction. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
November 26, 2009 10:00 am
Other People's Junk Becomes Non-Profit Treasure
Across the nation people are using creative solutions to deal with their tighter budgets. Workers have lost jobs and non-profits have lost funding, but going green may be a step in the right direction. From the KUHF Newslab, Wendy Siegle reports.
November 4, 2009 10:54 pm
Local Residents Concerned over Fate of Pavilion
A community pavilion in La Porte has been closed down since Ike and some residents want to see it back in operation. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
October 21, 2009 10:57 pm
Report Analyzes Toxic Chemical Releases in Texas Waterways
A statewide environmental organization has released a report summarizing the discharge of cancer-causing chemicals into Texas' waterways. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
October 15, 2009 8:56 pm
Sister Cities Houston and Perth Celebrate 25 Years
Out of all the cities in the U.S., Houston has the most defined connection to Australia. One city in particular has more in common with our city than you may think. This week, a local Australian mayor paid Houston a visit. From the KUHF News Lab, Wendy Siegle reports.
October 8, 2009 9:50 pm
EPA Reevaluates Popular Weed Killer
The EPA has announced it will review the health effects of a popular weed killer used mainly by the agricultural industry. From the KUHF News Lab, Wendy Siegle has the story.
September 21, 2009 9:00 am
Rough Streets In Houston Raise Questions About Maintenance
There's been a lot of talk about the new roads and toll-ways that are being built around Houston. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle investigates the underreported condition of the city's existing streets.
September 7, 2009 8:30 am
Are Chemical Plants Doing Enough to Prevent the Release of Benzene?
There's something in the air, and no, it's not love. If you live in or around Houston's industrial complexes or ship channels, you're probably aware of it—and Houston's unusually high concentration of petrochemical companies bear part of the blame. From the KUHF News Lab Wendy Siegle has the story.