December 3, 2010 8:48 pm
Medical Center Construction Prompts Weekend Closure of METRO Rail
Metro's light rail service will be down this weekend. The transit agency is parking the rail cars at eight o'clock tonight — through midnight Sunday to allow for work on an expansion project in the medical center.
David Pitman reports.
November 18, 2010 9:03 pm
State Says Metro Doing Better Job With Transparency
Metro has gotten a pat on the back from the State Comptroller's Office over its efforts to be a more open agency. Laurie Johnson explains.
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.
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.
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 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 15, 2010 11:15 pm
METRO Pledges Budget Cuts, Debt Payments
METRO officials have slashed the agency's budget and say they'll stop operating on a deficit and start paying for projects with cash. The move comes a week after METRO was slapped with a reprimand from the Federal Transit Administration for its bidding practices on the city's light rail project. Laurie Johnson reports.
September 9, 2010 9:31 pm
Light Rail Construction To Be Delayed
Metro now says light rail construction projects will be delayed as the transit agency rebids the purchase of more than 100 rail cars. Capella Tucker reports.
September 9, 2010 1:02 am
FTA: Metro Light Rail Plan Violates Federal Laws
After a four month long investigation into Metro's procurement practices, the Federal Transit Administration found the agency in violation of federal laws. Metro says it will be fine moving forward despite the results. Wendy Siegle has more.
September 3, 2010 9:21 pm
AAA Expects More Texans To Hit The Road For Labor Day Weekend
You'll find more company on the roads during the three day weekend. The American Automobile Association is expecting an uptick in Labor Day travel. David Pitman has more.
August 16, 2010 10:00 am
Grassroots Effort To Keep Walmart Out of The Heights Grows
Walmart officials could have more information this week about a plan to build a SuperCenter near the West End neighborhood in the Heights. Residents there have been hard at work organizing against the plans over the past several weeks, an effort that now has thousands of supporters. Jack Williams reports.
August 11, 2010 10:30 pm
Houston Councilmembers Consider Changing Their Terms
Houston Councilmembers took steps today to place city charter amendments dealing with city elections on the November ballot. The propositions will give voters a chance to make decisions about redistricting and term limits. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 22, 2010 10:45 pm
More Money for a Bus Ticket?
It's only been two years since Metro last raised its fares, but two years ago is also when the econony began to take a turn for the worse. Now Metro says another fare increase is a possibility. Bill Stamps has more.
July 22, 2010 9:42 pm
Crisis Calls Rise Dramatically
Houston's Crisis Center is seeing a startling increase in the number of suicide-related calls this year. The economy and job losses are among the top reasons people say they need help. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 20, 2010 11:40 pm
Pounds Fill Up
It is a trend happening at animal shelters here and across the country. They're receiving more dogs and cats due to the economy, and pet adoptions aren't keeping up. Pat Hernandez has more.
July 20, 2010 9:25 pm
Historic Preservation Gets Some Teeth
The city wants public comments on proposed changes to its Historic Preservation Ordinance. The new ordinance would tighten up some restrictions for the kind of development that can be built in historic districts. It would also make it easier for neighborhoods to get a historic designation. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 16, 2010 10:30 pm
Big Rig Truck Accidents Increasing in Houston
If you're listening to this broadcast from you car as you head home from work, the last thing you want to hear is that there's a major accident on a freeway that affects your commute. And if it seems like that's happening in Houston more and more lately, it's not your imagination. Bill Stamps reports.
July 13, 2010 9:01 pm
Fired Man Charged with Murder
A Fort Bend County man is charged with murder after the body of his former boss was found in Sugar Land. Detectives in Mississippi located the suspect and will soon extradite him back to Texas. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 13, 2010 9:00 pm
TxDOT, HGAC To Start New Houston-Area Traffic Survey
If you're out shopping or conducting other business over the next few months and someone randomly approaches you and starts asking questions about where you came from and how you got where you needed to be, don't be alarmed. It's just part of a new survey to help planners figure out where new roads should be built, and where existing roads should be upgraded. David Pitman has more.
July 12, 2010 10:06 pm
Move Over or Slow Down
If you're driving past a police officer on the side of the road with his lights flashing, Texas law states you must switch lanes or slow down. If you don't, you yourself could end up with a ticket. The law has been on the books for some time and is rarely enforced, but this week officers will be out issuing reminders to drivers. Bill Stamps has more.
July 12, 2010 9:30 pm
Salvation Army Christmas Comes Early
It doesn't look or feel anything like Christmas, but if you go downtown this week you might notice folks in Santa hats ringing bells for the Salvation Army. Laurie Johnson explains.
July 12, 2010 10:00 am
They Gauge More Than Rainfall
During last week's drenching rains here in the Houston area, local bayous, for the most part, stayed within their banks, with only the typical street flooding that comes with big storms. But as Pat Hernandez reports, a team of people was watching the rising water, just in case, thanks to a huge network of sensors that monitor flood levels.
July 12, 2010 10:00 am
Where the Ashby High Rise Stands
Nearly three years after it all began, the Ashby High Rise is still under debate. The property developers are pursuing a lawsuit against the City of Houston to try to build the 23-story mixed use tower. Laurie Johnson has the story.
July 9, 2010 8:49 pm
ReNew Houston Campaign Meets Petition Drive Deadline
Houston is one step closer to a new way to pay for some badly-needed upgrades to its aging infrastructure. Organizers of a petition drive say they have turned in enough petition signatures to get a charter amendment on the fall ballot that, if approved, would set up a dedicated source of funding for streets and storm drains. David Pitman reports.
July 7, 2010 9:44 pm
Rev. Jackson Attends Houston Rally
Civil rights leader Reverend Jessie Jackson was in Houston this afternoon speaking on behalf of mass transit workers. Jackson and union leaders are asking Congress to change the rules regarding how federal transportation dollars can be used. Bill Stamps explains.
July 7, 2010 9:30 pm
Houston's Drainage Problem: When It Rains, It Floods
As the Houston area braces for another round of storms and heavy rain this week, the City of Houston is looking at ways to improve drainage and reduce flooding. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 6, 2010 9:42 pm
Residents Say Goodbye to Houston Eyesore
After years of legal wrangling, a run-down apartment complex in southeast Houston has been torn down. The building had been vacant for more than twenty years and was used for all types of illicit activities. Bill Stamps has more.
June 24, 2010 9:37 pm
Summer Travel Gets a Boost
In a sign that people may feel more secure about the economy — there's a marked increase in the number of Texans who plan to travel for the July Fourth weekend. Laurie Johnson reports.
May 27, 2010 8:32 pm
More Texans Traveling Over Holiday Weekend
More Texans will travel this holiday weekend than did last year. That according to a Triple-A survey that shows many families are making up for missed vacations in past years. Ed Mayberry reports.
May 6, 2010 9:22 pm
METRO Poised for Management Shake-up
METRO's president Frank Wilson is likely to resign tomorrow afternoon during a METRO board meeting.
If that happens — board members will be charged with naming an interim leader. Laurie Johnson has the story.