September 25, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: Brandi Brevard
Houston ISD's Apollo 20 program comes under the national spotlight this evening. A new Frontline documentary, Dropout Nation, will take viewers through a semester at Sharpstown High School — a campus with one of the district's highest dropout rates. The school is one of 20 the district is focusing with its Apollo program to increase student success and graduation numbers. KUHF's David Pitman talked with Sharpstown High's campus improvement coordinator Brandi Brevard.
September 25, 2012 4:52 am
Wide Pay Gap Persists Between Texas Women And Men
An analysis of the latest Census data finds wide disparity in pay rates between men and women persists across much of Texas.
September 24, 2012 5:08 pm
Weekend Flare Burn-Off Not Unusual For Nearby Residents
It started yesterday and you can still see what's left of a huge flare burn-off at a chemical plant near the Houston Ship Channel. Columns of black smoke could be seen for miles around. But flares, like the one in southeast Houston, aren't that uncommon for residents who live around the plants.
September 24, 2012 4:26 pm
HPD Chief: 'Wait and See' In Police Shooting Of Disabled Man
City leaders are asking the community to reserve judgment in the case of a wheelchair-bound man who was shot by a Houston police officer at a group home over the weekend. The mentally challenged man was a double amputee who threatened to kill the officers and his house mates.
September 24, 2012 4:14 pm
HISD Holds Meetings To Outline Bond Issue Plans
A series of community meetings begins tonight on HISD's plans to modernize schools. The work is proposed under a one-point-nine billion dollar bond issue that goes before voters this November.
September 24, 2012 3:23 pm
Expert: Hurricane Season For Houston May Be Over
There are still more than two months left in the official Atlantic hurricane season, but one local expert says we're pretty much done when it comes to threats to the Houston area.
September 24, 2012 6:30 am
Homeland Security's Focus On Photographers At Texas Refineries
Two weeks ago, a bomb threat led to the evacuation of the UT campus in Austin. There was no bomb. But coming on the heels of violence directed at Americans in the Middle East, the incident raised what has become a perplexing — and costly — security issue for Texas: How to respond to the threat of terrorism. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been investigating this with regard to what’s called "critical infrastructure."
September 24, 2012 5:30 am
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Will Use Reduced Mortality As New Measure Of Research Success
Frustration with the slow pace of cancer research has prompted M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to launch a new effort to speed up the work. The program will target eight deadly cancers using new technology and a new sense of urgency.
September 24, 2012 5:10 am
Political Parties With Two Distinct Philosophies Try To Woe Voters This Election
With less than two months before the upcoming election, what factors will determine who occupies the White House? For the candidates, tailoring the message to specific groups of voters is the name of the game.
September 24, 2012 4:00 am
Houston Bucks Slowdown Among Nation's Biggest Metro Areas
A new study by the Brookings Institution shows Houston bucked a second-quarter trend that saw the rate of recovery slowing across much of the country.
September 23, 2012 8:32 am
Houston Apartment Dwellers Get A Vegetable Garden
It's the time of year when Houstonians get to plant their fall vegetable gardens. This year for the first time — families at south Houston apartment complex will get to grow their own vegetables.
September 22, 2012 7:00 am
Questions About Old Blood May Have Implications for DNA
Harris County says it is running out of room to store blood in closed investigations. The district attorney is asking the attorney general to allow courts to order the destruction of old evidence. Some worry that could set a dangerous precedent.
September 21, 2012 5:23 pm
Uninsured Houstonians Call On Governor To Reconsider Medicaid Funding
When it comes to the highest percentage of people without health insurance, Texas tops the list. The greatest number of Texans live right here in Houston. On Friday morning Houstonians boarded buses to Austin to urge Governor Rick Perry to expand Medicaid coverage.
September 21, 2012 5:05 pm
M.D. Anderson Announces New Research Push on 8 Cancers
Today M.D. Anderson launched a new effort to accelerate the fight against eight types of cancer. It's called the "Moon Shots Program" and takes its inspiration from the national push to reach the moon in the 1960s. The cancer hospital will re-organize research teams around new technologies and push for discoveries that actually reduce patient deaths.
September 21, 2012 4:04 pm
Light Rail Expansion Means Weekend Delays For Drivers
Work on Houston's new light rail lines is starting to move into the downtown area, and that means some weekend detours for drivers for the next several months.
September 21, 2012 3:38 pm
Houston Dog Rescue Groups Band Together For Weekend Benefit
It's a problem that seems to be getting worse in some of Houston's most historic neighborhoods. Abandoned and abused dogs run the streets of the Fifth Ward, the East End and in the so-called "Corridor of Cruelty" near 59 and Little York. Now three groups are banding together to raise money and increase awareness to try to stop the abuse.
September 21, 2012 12:39 pm
Houston Accounts For 1-in-10 New Texas Jobs In August
Texas led the nation in month-to-month employment growth for August, adding 38,000 new jobs, according to the latest numbers from the Texas Workforce Commission and the U.S. Labor Department.
September 21, 2012 12:31 pm
Greater Houston Partnership Announces Support Of Election Bond Proposals
The Greater Houston Partnership's board of directors approved resolutions supporting bond proposals of the City of Houston, HISD and Houston Community College.
September 21, 2012 6:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Arif Momin
A recent study by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporations found roughly one in eight Texans is living without access to a bank account, well above the national average. Arif Momin of EmagineNET Labs joins Andrew Schneider on this week's Bauer Business Focus to discuss the challenges facing "the unbanked."
September 21, 2012 5:10 am
Houstonians More Anxious About Retirement
A new survey on retirement readiness by Ameriprise Financial finds Houstonians' optimism about retirement has taken a significant hit.
September 20, 2012 5:24 pm
Census: One Quarter Of Houstonians Now Live In Poverty, 38 Percent Are Children
New data from the Census Bureau shows that Texans seem to be doing slightly better from a year ago when it comes to measurements such as median income and health coverage. Yet poverty is still creeping up across the state.
September 20, 2012 4:20 pm
Busy Southwest Houston Corridor Is Getting A Major Upgrade
A popular thoroughfare in southwest Houston is getting a major makeover. Officials have broken ground on a multi-million dollar improvement project on Bellaire Boulevard that's designed to accommodate future growth.
September 20, 2012 4:03 pm
New Galveston Beach Police Idea: Armed Lifeguards?
This summer, the Galveston seawall introduced the T0urism Oriented Policing program. These are essentially armed lifeguards trained as police officers to keep the peace and promote tourism. This service may be on the brink of expansion, which not everyone is happy about.
September 20, 2012 3:48 pm
Houston Gasoline Prices Slowly Go Down
Gasoline prices are down slightly in Texas this week. The average price of gasoline dropped two cents from last week — and Texans are paying considerably less than the rest of the nation.
September 20, 2012 6:30 am
KUHF Conversations: The Menil Collection Turns 25
This week, the Menil Collection marks its silver anniversary. For 25 years, the building has welcomed visitors, free of charge, to tour the private collection of 20th century art assembled by John and Dominique de Menil. KUHF's David Pitman stopped by the collection to talk with the museum's Vance Muse, on the significance of the collection’s quarter-century, and to take a closer look at one of the special exhibits to mark the milestone.
September 20, 2012 4:48 am
Harris County Foreclosures Back To Pre-Recession Levels
Postings and foreclosures for Harris County are down this month compared to a year ago.
September 19, 2012 5:25 pm
Last Chance To See Space Shuttle Endeavour Before It Moves To California
Endeavour has landed in Houston. The retired space shuttle arrived At Ellington Field for a one-day stop. It departed Kennedy Space Center in Florida as it rode the back of a specially fitted NASA 747. The sight attracted thousands of people who wanted to be a part of history.
September 19, 2012 5:10 pm
Harris County Reaches Agreement With State Over Purging Suspected Deceased Voters
The Harris County official in charge of voter registration says he’s reached an agreement with state officials on purging voter rolls of supposedly dead voters.
September 19, 2012 4:08 pm
Harris County District Attorney Candidates Debate Each Other
In one of the more high profile local races, candidates for Harris County District Attorney recently faced each other. Organizers of the event call it the first debate since Democratic candidate Lloyd Oliver fought off his party's attempt to remove him from the ballot.
September 19, 2012 3:39 pm
No Plans For Houston Ban On Texting While Driving
State and local officials are joining forces to convince people to stop texting while driving. But for now — the campaign doesn't have any enforcement in the city of Houston.