October 15, 2013 6:27 am
The Business of Student Financial Aid: Students Complain They Lose Money To Fees
Many students around the country use loans and other financial aid to help pay for college. Increasingly, colleges are not sending the money directly to students. Instead, they're outsourcing that job to companies that transfer the funds to students.
October 15, 2013 5:00 am
FERC Green-Lights Dynegy's Illinois Expansion
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission says Ameren Corp. can sell five Illinois coal-fired power plants to Houston-based Dynegy — though the deal still hinges on a pollution-control waiver.
October 14, 2013 5:00 am
Brazil Looks To Houston As Model Port As It Develops Offshore Oil
Brazil is about to take a major step toward developing its recently discovered offshore oilfields — estimated to contain the equivalent of more than 8 billion barrels of oil. While Houston companies aren't playing a direct role at the moment, the city isn't sitting on the sidelines either.
October 10, 2013 11:29 am
Houston Economy Shows Broad-based Gains in September
A September survey of Houston purchasing managers revealed the city's economic activity has climbed to its highest level in half a year.
October 10, 2013 5:00 am
Men's Wearhouse Spurns $2.3B Takeover Bid By Jos. A. Bank
Houston-based Men's Wearhouse says its board has rejected an unsolicited $2.3 billion bid by rival Jos. A. Bank to acquire the menswear chain.
October 9, 2013 5:00 am
What A Federal Default Would Mean For The Oil Industry
Just over a week remains before the federal government is expected to reach its borrowing limit. What can the oil and gas drillers expect if the debt ceiling isn't raised in time?
October 8, 2013 5:00 am
Partial Shutdown Of FAA Taking Toll On Aircraft Sales
Local businesses are starting to feel the impact of the federal government's shutdown, now entering its second week.
October 7, 2013 5:00 am
First Week Of Government Shutdown Costs Houston At Least $42 Million
The federal government is a relatively minor employer in Houston. But the shutdown is still taking a bite out of the local economy.
October 4, 2013 5:00 am
Chevron Phillips Chemical To Begin $6 Billion In Local Construction In 2014
Chevron Phillips' board of directors has approved $6 billion worth of upgrades to the company's Baytown and Old Ocean plants.
October 3, 2013 4:46 am
Shutdown Pares Interior Dept's Work On Offshore Drilling To Essential Functions
Offshore oil and natural gas companies are expressing concern about the effects of a prolonged government shutdown.
October 1, 2013 5:00 am
Speaker Straus: Houston Could Make Or Break Water Funding Referendum
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus headlined the Greater Houston Partnership's State of Water event Monday. The event was devoted to raising awareness about a referendum on funding for the State Water Plan.
September 30, 2013 10:26 am
Oilfield Worker Deaths Spike Along With Rise In Production
Oil drilling companies are on a hiring binge. Demand for crude is climbing just as much of their workforce is heading for retirement. It's a rare bright spot in the job market, but there’s a definite dark side.
September 30, 2013 10:22 am
Fake Employer Scams Target Texas Jobseekers
The Texas Workforce Commission is warning of a scam targeting job-seekers across the state.
September 27, 2013 5:00 am
Canada's PM Harper Weighs In On Keystone XL Fight
Canada's prime minister says he "won't take no for an answer" if the Obama Administration rejects the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would carry oil from the Alberta oil sands to the Texas Gulf Coast.
September 26, 2013 5:00 am
Bill Gates Buys Four Seasons Houston
Bill Gates is taking a major stake in Houston's downtown. The Microsoft founder and multi-billionaire is buying the Four Seasons Hotel Houston for an undisclosed sum.
September 25, 2013 5:00 am
UK Seeks Texas Support For Transatlantic Trade Deal
The United States and the European Union are gearing up for the second round of talks on a transatlantic free trade agreement.
September 24, 2013 5:00 am
Holiday Hiring Expected To Slip For First Time Since 2008
Retailers are gearing up for their busiest three months of the year. Early indications are that stores will be hiring fewer workers this holiday season than in 2012.
September 23, 2013 4:47 am
Construction Jobs Tied To Energy Sector Fall Across Central US
Texas lost more construction jobs than any other state in the country last month.
September 20, 2013 11:11 am
Metro Unemployment Falls To 6.1%, Despite Seasonal Job Cuts
The Texas Workforce Commission is reporting unemployment fell in August, both in the Houston area and statewide.
September 20, 2013 5:00 am
Census Bureau: Roughly 1 Million Greater Houston Residents Living In Poverty
Greater Houston is one of only a handful of the nation's largest metro areas that saw poverty rates drop last year. But this is one front on which the region has yet to recover from the Great Recession.
September 19, 2013 11:34 am
As Big Crew Change Begins, Oil Companies Struggle to Hold on to Institutional Memory
The oil and natural gas industry is facing a wave of retirements over the next several years — a trend known as "the big crew change." But some analysts are saying companies need to do more than simply finding enough replacements.
September 18, 2013 5:00 am
Purchases — and Prices Paid — Lift Houston Economy In August
Houston economic activity rose in August, following a three-month plateau.
September 17, 2013 11:25 am
Home Sales Top 7,000 For Fourth-Straight Month
Monthly home sales powered ahead in August, according to the latest analysis by the Houston Association of Realtors.
September 16, 2013 5:00 am
Beijing's Anti-Corruption Campaign Takes Aim At Top Chinese Oil Company
China National Petroleum Corporation is the latest target of an anti-corruption drive under Chinese president Xi Jinping.
September 13, 2013 5:00 am
Smartphones or Servers? Dell Comes to a Fork in the Road
Michael Dell faces some hard choices about where to take the company that bears his name, now that shareholders have approved his bid to take Dell private.
September 12, 2013 3:56 pm
Dell Shareholders Approve Buyout By Founder Michael Dell, Partners
Dell says a preliminary tally shows that shareholders have approved a $24.9 billion offer from its founder to buy the company and take it private.
September 12, 2013 10:48 am
Harvest In Talks To Sell Itself To Argentina's Pluspetrol
Independent oil producer Harvest Natural Resources is once again courting a buyer for its troubled Venezuelan assets. Those holdings constitute the bulk of Harvest's operations.
September 11, 2013 5:00 am
Saved by the (Southwestern) Bell: Telephone Museum Reopens
It's been a year since Houston's Telephone Museum lost its home in the Heights. AT&T has moved much of the collection to the company's regional headquarters in Bellaire. The exhibit is now once again open to the public.
September 10, 2013 5:00 am
Monthly Car Sales Downshift In August, But Pace Still Blistering
Houston area auto sales dropped back in August. That's following the strongest July sales in a dozen years.
September 9, 2013 3:07 pm
Mild August Eases Pressure On Texas Electricity Grid, Power Customers
Cooler-than-normal temperatures helped to relieve strain on the Texas electricity market in August.