January 21, 2013 2:45 pm
Local Hen Movement Takes New Legislation To City Council
Last August we spoke to a movement working on making it legal to keep chickens in Houston's backyards. Currently the ordinance says it's illegal to have hens within 100 feet of an adjacent building. "Hens for Houston" has since been trying to change this by educating as many people as possible about its mission and about keeping chickens. Recently, the next step was facing Houston City Council and it was a session unlike any other.
January 21, 2013 10:00 am
Mars Journey: Researchers Test Methods For Doing 'Astrosurgery' In Zero Gravity
NASA is hoping to send humans to Mars within twenty years. In the private sector, companies are working on plans to mine asteroids and launch tourists into orbit. This all means humans will soon be spending longer and longer amounts of time in space, and potentially getting sick or injured up there. As KUHF Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel found, researchers are already developing the techniques to conduct surgery in space.
January 21, 2013 9:30 am
Inauguration Day 2013 Blog
January 21, 2013 5:28 am
KUHF Conversations: Dr. Scott Parazynski
UTMB in Galveston recently became the new medical contractor for U.S. scientists working in Antarctica. UTMB has hired doctors and assistants for three polar research bases and also provides drugs and supplies. The new director of the program is Dr. Scott Parazynski, a former shuttle astronaut who lives here in houston. He is currently touring the medical clinics in Antarctica. Kuhf Health and Science reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with him before he left.
January 21, 2013 4:59 am
Mental Health Advocates Hope For More Funding This Session
Texas ranks near the bottom of states for per capita mental health funding. Some mental health advocates are hoping that more national talk of psychological issues will lead to greater funding this legislative session.
January 21, 2013 4:30 am
MLK Jr. Remembered In Kids Speeches For Annual Gardere Oratory Competition
Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday is celebrated in a special way every year in Houston. Twelve elementary school children came together at a church downtown to give speeches honoring Dr. King. The kids tried to channel his activism, vision and zeal. They all succeeded, even if there could only be one winner.
January 21, 2013 4:00 am
2013: Not The Year Of Shale
Hydraulic fracturing — "fracking" for short — is helping energy companies to unlock domestic oil and gas formations long considered inaccessible. But such fuels still account for only a fragment of total U.S. production.
January 20, 2013 7:51 pm
Houston Folk Art Park Attracts Volunteer Artists
Houston's Orange Show Center for Visionary Arts – organizer of the annual Art Car Parade — has added a new attraction. It's Houston's first folk art park, and it's something the whole community can contribute to.
January 20, 2013 6:18 am
Lawmakers Look to Medical Parole to Cut Prison Costs
As lawmakers try to trim the budget for health care for prison inmates, one bill aims to cut costs by re-examining a program that releases inmates deemed the oldest, sickest and most expensive.
January 19, 2013 6:22 am
For Dean of Senate, Public and Private Blur
Critics say the dean of the Texas Senate, John Whitmire, D-Houston, is a poster boy for a legislative culture in which real and perceived conflicts of interest are commonplace. Whitmire says he's proud of his four decades in office.
January 18, 2013 6:04 pm
Survey Being Taken On Downtown Retail Shopping Needs And Habits
It's a simple survey, but an organization that promotes Downtown Houston business hopes 20 questions will help them pinpoint how to attract more retailers to the area. The move comes after the loss later this year of a longtime downtown department store.
January 18, 2013 4:12 pm
HISD To Continue Bonuses For Early Resignation Notices
Many employees who give their two week notice are quickly shown the door. But Houston school teachers can receive an extra cash bonus if they give notice months ahead.
January 18, 2013 3:06 pm
Catholic-Run Halfway House Gets Cool Welcome From Houston Neighbors
Angela House — a residential recovery center for women — is looking to relocate to the East End and residents of the neighborhood aren't too happy about it.
January 18, 2013 2:51 pm
Supreme Court To Look At Lawsuits By Stanford Investors
The Supreme Court will hear an appeal seeking to shut down class-action lawsuits from investors who lost money in a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by R. Allen Stanford.
January 18, 2013 12:45 pm
Traffic Alert: Here's One Freeway To Avoid This Weekend
A portion of one of the freeways heading into downtown Houston will be closed this weekend to fix a bridge.
January 18, 2013 11:55 am
Texas And Houston Jobless Rates End Year At 6%
Houston's unemployment rate edged up in December, even as the state's jobless rate fell. That's according to the latest release from the Texas Workforce Commission.
January 18, 2013 9:54 am
Oil And Gas Related Earthquakes?
The science linking oil and gas drilling activity and earthquakes has been established for decades. And with the current boom in domestic drilling, more earthquakes are happening and states are taking action to fight them. But not in Texas, where the most drilling is taking place. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports.
January 18, 2013 9:21 am
Sen. Cornyn And Cruz Hear How Texas Counties Opt Out Of Social Security
Experts say social security faces the real threat of going broke because of longer life expectancy, a large Baby Boomer population entering retirement age and inflation. Texas Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz heard an alternative to the government's plan that's been successful for over 30 years.
January 18, 2013 5:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Sir Peter Westmacott
Nearly a thousand Houston companies report business or trade ties to the United Kingdom. Sir Peter Westmacott is Her Majesty's Ambassador to the United States. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week's installment of the Bauer Business Focus.
January 18, 2013 3:25 am
McClanahan Takes Reins At GHP
CenterPoint Energy CEO David McClanahan has taken over as the new chairman of the Greater Houston Partnership.
January 17, 2013 5:06 pm
Improving Freight Transportation Infrastructure and Direct Flights to China
Transportation officials look at freight movement in and out of Texas ports, TxDOT tries to keep trucks from hitting bridges, and Houston travelers can now hop on a direct flight to Beijing.
January 17, 2013 4:16 pm
Report Finds Numerous Problems On Texas Roads
A study by a transportation research group has found a high number of issues on Texas roads and especially here in Houston.
January 17, 2013 10:06 am
Drought Eases In The Houston Area, But It's Not Yet Over
The steady, soaking rain we saw last week and earlier this week is helping Harris and surrounding counties slowly emerge from the drought. But not everything is back to where it should be, yet.
January 17, 2013 4:30 am
Houston Expert Weighs In On Doping
Texas native Lance Armstrong's eagerly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey is scheduled to air tonight. In it, Armstrong reportedly admitted for the first time to doping.
January 17, 2013 3:45 am
Uncertainty Over Debt Ceiling Threatens Houston's Recovery
The coming showdown in Washington over whether to raise the nation's debt ceiling could deal the recovery a major setback, and Houston would not be immune.
January 16, 2013 5:09 pm
State And Federal Government Consider Gun Measures
Earlier today, President Obama announced a broad set of policies that he hopes would help curb gun violence. In Texas, lawmakers are considering a host of gun measures.
January 16, 2013 4:33 pm
New Reagan K-8 Dedicated In Honor Of Former Superintendent
This year, a new school opened in southwest Houston. Today, the campus got an official dedication — and a visit from its namesake.
January 16, 2013 3:57 pm
Ten Year Old Cold Case Solved With Help Of DNA
Cherita Thurman was found tied and badly beaten in her north Houston apartment ten years ago. Now, Harris County authorities have announced another cold case murder has been solved.
January 16, 2013 3:23 pm
Houston Councilmember Protests 'Fear Mongering' Over Flu Vaccine
In an unusual turn of events at city hall today — one Houston councilmember voted against accepting a grant to fund childhood immunizations. The lone doctor on the council used his "no" vote to protest flu vaccines.
January 16, 2013 2:56 pm
Houston Symphony Announced Andrés Orozco-Estrada Is New Music Director
The Houston Symphony has announced its next music director, who will replace long-serving conductor Hans Graf. The announcement comes before the Symphony's centennial season.