April 26, 2010 7:27 am
Two Views on Rail in Southeast
Along Martin Luther King BLVD in southeast Houston, large holes and orange cones mark construction on the southeast light rail line. But some residents are still fighting METRO over that line — and others are happy to see it come. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
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 19, 2010 9:16 pm
Visit to a Sikh Temple
Off of HWY 290, near Fairbanks North Houston, down what looks like a country road, you'll find a large building that belongs in northern India. Melisa Galvez visited the community that’s quietly thrived there for almost forty years. It's the third story in the KUHF NewsLab series, "Exploring Houston" where we journey through the neighborhoods that make up our city.
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.
April 5, 2010 4:56 am
The East End: Mystical Yerberias
All around the East End neighborhood of Houston, you'll notice stores with an enigmatic name: Yerberia. Familiar in Mexican communities, Yerberias offer remedies for health, personal—even legal problems.
It's the first of the KUHF NewsLab's series, "Exploring Houston" where we journey through the neighborhoods that make up our city.
April 1, 2010 10:56 pm
Cash for Clunker-Dishwashers
No, it's not an April Fools joke. The federal government will give Texas residents up to 1600 dollars to switch out their old appliances for new, energy efficient models. But there are a couple of hoops to jump through. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
March 29, 2010 6:13 am
Think Your House is Affordable? Think Again.
Houston is widely considered one of the most affordable cities when it comes to housing. A new study, however, challenges the typical view of what makes a house affordable. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
March 24, 2010 9:55 am
A Trip to Work By Bike
With spring coming, you might want to take a bike ride around Houston. Now Google maps can help you with that. NewsLab reporter Melissa Galvez commuted to work by bike to see how it works.
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 8, 2010 5:09 am
HISD Launches Radio Station
By the summer, Houston will welcome a new radio station-launched by the Houston Independent School District. It’s the first of its kind in the country, and it won’t be available on your FM dial. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
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 3, 2010 10:56 pm
Giving Bats a Home
Most people know that you can see bats emerge from the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. But you might not know that 250,000 bats live under Houston's Waugh Drive Bridge. Despite these impressive numbers, bats across the city are in danger. But some boy scouts are ready to help. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.
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 26, 2010 10:40 pm
Consuming Kids with Advertising
Ads for everything from movies to Cheetos to iPods are on children's television, t-shirts — even ads at school. But some Houston-area parents think too much commercialism is harmful to their kids. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
February 19, 2010 11:03 pm
HISD's State of the Schools
This afternoon, HISD Superintendant Terry Grier gave his first State of the Schools address. The focus of his message was very clear: people, people, people. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
February 15, 2010 10:55 pm
Recipe for Success
Last week, the White House announced First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign, which aims to eliminate childhood obesity within a generation. And it turns out they want to learn from Houston. From the KUHF newslab, Melissa Galvez has the story.
February 4, 2010 11:59 pm
Where Does Houston’s Water Come From?
Earlier this week, we told you about nationwide drinking water report that highlighted the large number of chemicals found in Houston's tap water. While the levels of each chemical were too small to raise health alarms, it still begs the question: where do all those chemicals come from? From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
February 1, 2010 10:30 am
What's In Houston's Water?
Recently, a non profit called The Environmental Working Group released a study of drinking water quality across the nation. Out of the 100 largest cities, Houston ranked 95th on their list. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports on what this means for the water coming out of your tap.
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 21, 2010 9:18 pm
Civil War Soldier Comes Back to Life
At the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, a Civil War era soldier is about to come to life. A new exhibit will let visitors see forensic science at work-and bring them face to face with a man who died over one hundred and forty years ago. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has more.
January 18, 2010 11:00 am
Park Program Gets Kids Moving
It seems like running around and getting sweaty is what being a kid is all about. But a lot of kids aren't getting enough physical exercise these days. Almost half of Houston's fourth graders are considered overweight or obese. So HISD is instituting a new program to get kids moving. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.
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.
January 12, 2010 6:00 am
Restaurants Go Green
A lot of people want to "go green" in their daily lives. Restaurants in particular can have a big impact on the environment because of how much they consume and waste. But turning green isn't easy-or cheap. How some local restaurants are making it happen. From the KUHF Newslab, Melissa Galvez reports.
January 4, 2010 2:19 am
Burn Fat With a Pill
At this time of year, many of us wish we could just pop a pill to get rid of the holiday pounds we've put on. A researcher at the University of Texas Health Science Center says someday, we can. Sort of. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports on the complex future of the "exercise pill".
December 31, 2009 7:00 pm
Discovering the Secrets in Old Cures
For 5,000 years, traditional Chinese medicine has relied on herbs and acupuncture to treat every type of illness. But these products aren't widespread in the U.S. — mostly because Western doctors don't really know how they work. Now, researchers at UT Health Science Center Houston are cracking open the ancient code. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
December 29, 2009 9:00 pm
Give Your Old Computers a New Home
If you or your children got a new computer for Christmas, you might be wondering what to do with the old one. If it's less than 3 or 4 years old-there's a deserving kid out there who could use it. And there’s a non-profit that will connect you both. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez has the story.
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.