April 30, 2013 4:28 pm
Water Plan Funding Bill Sinks In Texas House
It was possibly the most high profile piece of legislation at the capital this session. House Bill 11 was a plan to pull $2 Billion from the states rainy day fund, to fund water projects in Texas for the next 50 years. It had the backing of the governor, the state's business community, and many environmental groups. But last night it could not muster the votes to gain approval in the Texas House of Representatives.
April 30, 2013 4:11 pm
'All Clear' Given After Downtown Municipal Court Evacuates From Bomb Threat
The Herbert W. Gee Municipal Court building downtown received a bomb threat just before 2 p.m. this afternoon.
April 30, 2013 3:40 pm
Houston Officials Hope New Initiative Solves Parking Problems In Busy Corridor
Drivers will now have to start feeding the meters on Washington Avenue, the district west of downtown. The city is putting a new plan into effect that's designed to cut down on parking problems in a neighborhood that's seen explosive growth.
April 30, 2013 12:31 pm
TX Gay Rights Group Not Upset By The AG's Opinion On Domestic Partner Benefits
State Attorney General Greg Abbott has says it's a violation of the state constitution for local governments and school districts to offer marriage-like benefits to same-sex partners. One of the state's leading gay rights groups says it's neither surprised, nor disappointed, by Abbott's opinion.
April 30, 2013 4:26 am
Small Business Survey Finds Optimism for Hiring, Raises
A majority of Texas business owners plan to grow their businesses over the next six months, according to a survey of small businesses.
April 29, 2013 5:37 pm
Why Stress Can Make You Sick And What Houston Has To Do With It
A new study shows stress can put you at higher risk for heart disease. Houston routinely places higher up in "Most Stressful Cities" rankings. Long working hours and long daily commutes can contribute to a heightened stress level.
April 29, 2013 5:05 pm
Furry Friends Help Rice Students De-Stress During Finals
Finals are a source of stress for many university students this time of year. Schools have been offering extended library hours and extra counseling sessions for a long time, but some colleges are coming up with quirky ways to help students tackle exams.
April 29, 2013 4:54 pm
Texas Bill Would Abolish Death Penalty
A bill to abolish the death penalty in Texas will finally have a committee hearing in the State House. The bill's sponsor says this represents progress in a state where support for capital punishment remains strong.
April 29, 2013 3:03 pm
New Harris County Gambling Task Force Hits Ground Running With Successful Busts
Last week two illegal game rooms in Southwest Houston were shut down. Two people were arrested and authorities seized gambling devices, cash, drugs and weapons. A Harris County task force formed just last month has been busy putting these operations out of business.
April 29, 2013 10:40 am
Houston Bucks National Trend On Law School Grad Employment
The latest report from the American Bar Association finds, on average, just over half of new law school graduates are have found full-time work in law within a year of earning their degrees. But the picture appears brighter for students at the two law schools Houston.
April 29, 2013 10:23 am
Figures Show Houston Can Be A Dangerous Place To Walk
Figures show the Houston area is one of the most dangerous places in the country for pedestrians, with a rising number of people who are hit and killed while walking. But experts say changes in infrastructure would make getting around on foot a lot safer.
April 29, 2013 4:20 am
CarShare Program Offers Options For Those Using Alternative Transportation
There's another transportation option in the Energy Corridor — shared vehicles that can be used for errands while at work.
April 28, 2013 6:43 am
Cash for Road Repair in Shale Areas Proves Elusive
Efforts by state lawmakers to find money to repair South and West Texas roads torn up amid a drilling boom appear to be stalling, according to some officials working on the matter. Officials say that vehicular accidents in these regions are on the rise and that natural gas production could be threatened if the issue isn't addressed.
April 27, 2013 7:30 am
Galveston Still Healing 5 Years After Hurricane Ike
Hurricane Ike rammed into the Texas coast in 2008, causing more than $50 billion in damage. Nowhere was the impact more evident than Galveston. The city still faces challenges related to Ike, but many leaders are optimistic about rebuilding efforts.
April 26, 2013 4:57 pm
In State of City Address, Mayor Unveils Two Programs Aimed At Growth
Houston Mayor Annise Parker says the city continues to lead in the country in job creation and the place more people are moving to. In the annual State of the City address, Parker says Houston can only get better.
April 26, 2013 3:53 pm
Study Finds Houston Teacher Bonuses Yield Benefits For Some, Not All
One trend in education across the country is to pay teachers extra based on student test scores. Here the Houston Independent School District has paid out more than $200 million dollars in teacher bonuses. A new report from Rice University tries to evaluate how effective that bonus program has been.
April 26, 2013 2:40 pm
Exhibit Shows The World Through The Eyes Of The City's Homeless
A new project by a homeless charity group engages people living on the streets of Houston to capture their lives in photographs. The results can be seen on the walls beneath City Hall.
April 26, 2013 11:40 am
Houston Mayor Turns To Social Media To Lower Unemployment
If you don't have a resume or don't even know how to put one together, don't worry — there’s an app for that. It's called Tweet My Jobs and the City of Houston has partnered up with the company to help job seekers find employment.
April 26, 2013 8:38 am
Obama Honors Families At Memorial For West Explosion Victims
At a memorial service on Thursday, President Obama and Texas officials honored those who were injured or died in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion. "Today our prayers are with the families of all who we've lost — the proud sons and daughters of West whose memories will live on in our hearts,” President Obama said.
April 26, 2013 6:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: John Lopez
U.S. student loan debt now exceeds $1 trillion, and the delinquency rate on college loans is rising. John Lopez is a clinical assistant professor of finance at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business. He joins Andrew Schneider on the Bauer Business Focus to discuss the high cost of financing a college education.
April 26, 2013 5:29 am
What The Profiling Of A Houston Muslim Tells Us About The National State Of Mind
Last weekend's search of a graduate student's bag at an international film festival event here in Houston has sparked debates about profiling of Muslims. A lot of it has to do with last week's bombings in Boston.
April 26, 2013 5:00 am
Acting Secretary Of Labor Pushes Minimum Wage Increase
The Acting Secretary of Labor has been making the rounds in 20 U.S. cities to stump for the president's plan to raise the minimum wage.
April 25, 2013 4:46 pm
George W. Bush's Presidential Library Asks: What Would You Have Done?
A crowd of 10,000 was on hand for the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The heavily guarded event in Dallas was attended by the five living presidents and their wives.
April 25, 2013 3:47 pm
What Technical Degrees Earn You More Money Than A Bachelor's?
Most people go to college thinking after they pay all that tuition money and get their degree, they'll make a good salary. But a new report says maybe not so much.
April 25, 2013 2:53 pm
University of Houston Bans Smoking On Campus
The University of Houston is the most recent campus to enact a complete ban on smoking and tobacco use.
April 25, 2013 6:30 am
Limiting Environmental Enforcement Raises Fears Of 'Race To The Bottom'
It's been called the "Texas miracle" — the way the state has created more jobs than any other. Texas has attracted new businesses — in part through financial and tax incentives, and by promising less regulation. But some economists warn that while that approach may be working for now, the Texas "business-friendly" attitude may cost the state in the environment.
April 25, 2013 5:48 am
Houston Neighborhoods Are Unique Study Case For Air Pollution
An air pollution mobile lab will soon roam the streets of Houston — looking for concentrations of particulate matter.
April 25, 2013 5:24 am
Harmony Charter Schools Receive Mixed Grades in Latest Rankings
We’ve reported this week about the latest school rankings from Children at Risk, including how charter schools fared. One charter school network got mixed grades.
April 25, 2013 5:00 am
UH Symposium Targets Energy Services Companies Expanding Internationally
Energy services companies that are going global can benefit from today's "New Markets, New Money" symposium at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston.
April 24, 2013 5:20 pm
New Initiative Hopes To Reduce Houston Homeless Population
A report on houston's homeless finds more than 8,700 people without a permanent home. Efforts are underway to reduce that number.