December 16, 2010 9:50 pm
Houston Third Worst Commute in U.S.
If you have a tendency to complain about your commute to work you're probably justified in doing so. According to a recent study, Houstonians have the third worst commute in the country. And as Wendy Siegle reports, the drive is set to get even more unpleasant.
December 8, 2010 11:09 pm
Driver Safety Program Steered By Teenagers, Not Adults
While teens across Texas realize the dangers of texting while driving, many of them do it anyway. The problem is just one of many risky driving habits prevalent among high school students, but teens at a school in Cypress — northwest of Houston — are working to change how their classmates behave behind the wheel. Wendy Siegle reports.
December 6, 2010 9:35 pm
EPA's Legal Actions Net Almost 887 Million Across Five-State Region
The Environmental Protection Agency has released its end-of-year compliance and enforcement results. According to the agency, enforcement efforts in Texas during fiscal year 2010 will result in the reduction of almost fifteen million pounds of pollution. Wendy Siegle has more.
December 1, 2010 11:54 pm
Survey: Texas Drivers Feeling Less Safe on the Roads
Texans feel less safe on the roads than they did five years ago. That's according to a study released by the Texas Transportation Institute. Researchers asked drivers how they feel about traffic safety, and as Wendy Siegle reports, most say too much technology behind the wheel is getting in the way of safety.
November 30, 2010 9:24 pm
New Bayou Tour Boat Replaces One Destroyed By Fire
It's been over four months since the Buffalo Bayou Partnership lost its tour boat to arson. Now, after successfully raising money for a new vessel, the non-profit's educational boat cruise is back in operation. Wendy Siegle has more.
November 25, 2010 7:20 pm
Black Friday: Retailers Hope Shoppers Will Buy, Not Just Browse
Black Friday is tomorrow and retailers are staking their hopes on a big start to the holiday season. But with so many Americans out of work, the big turnout is far from a sure thing. Wendy Siegle reports.
November 24, 2010 11:11 pm
Texas Approves Rail Plan But Passenger Rail Still A Long Ways Off
Last month, the federal government awarded Texas five-point-six million dollars to study a possible rail line from Oklahoma City to south Texas. The grant isn't much considering it was just one quarter of one percent of the total funding doled out to states. But the recent approval of the Texas Rail Plan, may help the state's chances of getting a bigger slice of funding in the future. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
November 18, 2010 11:24 pm
NRG Rolls Out Nations First Privately-Funded Charging Network in Houston
Houston's ambition to become a model city for the electric car just got a major boost from NRG Energy. The power giant is launching the biggest charging network in the nation right here in the oil capital of America. From the KUHF NewsLab, I'm Wendy Siegle.
November 16, 2010 9:47 pm
Ford Names Houston Among First Cities to Get Focus Electric
Houston will be one of nineteen U.S. cities to roll-out Ford's first all-electric vehicle next year. The automaker says it chose the launch markets based on how amenable they were to the electric shift. Wendy Siegle reports.
November 15, 2010 8:46 pm
TSA Says Security Checks Won't Change
The growing reluctance of some air travelers to submit to advanced security screening at airports has TSA officials clarifying the need for sometimes intrusive searches. As Wendy Siegle reports, airports here in Houston either have or will soon have the newest so-called "see through" machines.
November 12, 2010 10:13 pm
Houston is Running Out of Water...Or is it?
A recent study names Houston as one of the ten largest cities in America that could see severe water shortages in the near future. And it's not the only Texas City on the list — San Antonio and Forth Worth made the top ten too. But as the KUHF NewsLab's Wendy Siegle reports, City of Houston's Department of Public Works says the water supply is ample.
November 10, 2010 10:31 pm
EPA Issues Guidance to States on Greenhouse Gas Permitting
The Environmental Protection Agency has issued new guidance for states regulating big polluters. Texas is the only state that has refused to comply with the EPA's permitting program. Wendy Siegle reports.
November 9, 2010 10:44 pm
Greanias Delivers "State of Metro" Address
With Houston well on its way to becoming the third largest city in the nation, providing sufficient public transportation should be a top priority. That's according to Metro President and CEO George Greanias. But as Wendy Siegle reports, Metro has a lot of past mistakes it has to overcome first.
November 8, 2010 6:11 am
Metro Turns Up The Heat
Metro is transforming five high occupancy vehicle lanes into high occupancy toll lanes. That means people driving solo can hop on the lanes at certain times for a fee. But even if hot lanes alleviate some of the traffic, don't expect them to be a silver bullet for Houston's congestion problems. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle reports.
November 3, 2010 7:13 am
Incumbent Garcia Loses in Shocker to Little Known Challenger
In what was the biggest upset of election night locally, Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia was caught-up in all the anti-Democrat sentiment and lost to Republican challenger Jack Morman. KUHF's Wendy Siegle reports.
October 22, 2010 8:52 pm
Home Buyer Tax Credit Program Receives 50 Million Boost
The Federal Housing Tax Credits for home buyers may have expired earlier this year, but there's still another way Harris County residents can get help with their loans. Wendy Siegle has the details.
October 22, 2010 5:19 am
Metro: Light Rail Projects Stalled
Houstonians anxious for Metro to finish its light rail expansion are going to have to stick it out a while longer. Wendy Siegle explains why.
October 13, 2010 11:16 pm
Bayou Greenway Initiative Gets Grant to Complete Gaps in Trail
Houston's extensive bayous are slowly transforming into a series of parks and pathways. It's called the Bayou Greenway Initiative and it recently received a monetary boost to complete an important part of the project. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle explains.
October 11, 2010 10:00 am
Sugar Land Looks at Becoming Less Car-Centric
In suburbia, the car is king. But as communities look to the future they're finding residents want more options for getting around. Sugar Land, Houston's southwestern neighbor, is one of them. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle explains.
October 4, 2010 11:14 pm
Driving on Bumpy Streets May Be Costing You More Than You Think
Across America, states are facing cuts in funding for road maintenance and improvements. The Texas Transportation Institute estimates deteriorating mobility could cost this state more than 1.1 trillion dollars over the next 25 years. But just how much is driving on worn out streets costing everyday motorists? From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle looks at the price of driving on rough roads.
September 30, 2010 9:04 pm
DOJ Grant Means New Cops for Houston
Houston will be able to hire fifty new police officers thanks to an almost 10-million dollar grant from the
Department of Justice. As Wendy Siegle reports, the money comes at a good time for a department struggling to hire new recruits.
September 29, 2010 9:57 pm
2009 Census Data Show Poverty and Uninsured Numbers on the Rise
The recession may have technically ended last year, but that doesn't mean economic hardship among Texans ended along with it. According to 2009 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, more Texans are living in poverty and without insurance than in 2008. Wendy Siegle reports.
September 24, 2010 9:01 pm
Metro To Make Cutbacks In Light Of Reduced Budget
Metro's proposed 2011 budget shows a drastic decrease from its 2010 spending plan. Despite the reduction, officials say fares won't increase and services will remain intact. But as Wendy Siegle reports, in order to operate on a scaled-down budget, the transit agency will have to make some cutbacks.
September 23, 2010 9:28 pm
More Fencing and Warning Signs for Contaminated Area of San Jacinto River
More fencing and warning signs are slated to go up around a contaminated section of the San Jacinto River, according to the EPA. Congressman Gene Green made the request in a letter he sent to the agency last month. Wendy Siegle has more
September 20, 2010 8:43 pm
Metro Meetings Go Live On the Web
With the damning findings of a federal investigation set to delay Metro's light rail plans for at least a year, now more than ever the transit agency wants to distance itself from the old metro. The new Metro board has vowed to provide greater transparency, and to signify the shift it's now streaming every board meeting live on the web for public consumption. Wendy Siegle has more.
September 17, 2010 8:48 pm
HISD Board Votes in Favor of Stricter Ethics Policies
The Houston Independent School District Board has voted to strengthen the district's conflict of interest and financial ethics policies. The tighter rules will apply to all HISD employees, regardless of their position. Wendy Siegle has more.
September 16, 2010 11:02 pm
City Challenges Office Buildings to Go Green
The city is asking building owners and their tenants to become more sustainable in its first annual green office challenge. As Wendy Siegle reports, the year-long initiative calls on businesses to reduce their energy consumption, water use, and waste generation.
September 15, 2010 10:36 pm
Texas Board of Education To Consider Islam in Textbooks
The debate over the content of textbooks in Texas is set to intensify once again. This time, the State Board of Education is targeting how Islam is portrayed in world history books. Wendy Siegle explains.
September 14, 2010 10:19 pm
Shallow Waters Tarred With Deepwater Brush
There may be a moratorium on deepwater drilling, but that doesn't mean the Gulf of Mexico's shallow waters are immune from stricter regulation. More stringent rules mean the federal government is now taking longer to grant permits to operate in the shallow waters, and drillers aren't pleased. Wendy Siegle reports.
September 13, 2010 11:02 pm
TxDOT Needs to Make Big Changes
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was in Houston today to discuss the state of Texas transportation. He says the Texas Department of Transportation needs to make some serious changes if it wants to tackle the state's congestion problems. Wendy Siegle reports.