June 25, 2012 10:00 am
Child Advocate Program Seeks More African Americans
Casa, the Spanish name for house, also is the name of a program that connects volunteer advocates with children in the foster care system. In the state of Texas and the Greater Houston area, there's a tremendous need for more African American CASA's, and the people who run the program are asking community members to step up.
June 24, 2012 1:09 pm
Advocates Worry Food Aid Cuts Could Hurt Texas Families
As legislators tinker with what some say is the cornerstone of America's food safety net, some Texans are concerned about what cuts could mean for low-income families, if they come to fruition.
June 23, 2012 12:27 pm
Some Political Players Take a Pass on Primary
Turnout was relatively low in the state's May primaries. In some counties, one party or the other didn't muster a single vote, even from the most dedicated partisans.
June 22, 2012 11:24 pm
Federal Grant To Help Connect Bike Trails With Transit Stops
The Department of Transportation has announced the latest round of Tiger Grant funding for projects around the country. Houston is one of three Texas cities to be awarded these coveted federal grants. The money will be used to close major gaps in Houston's bike grid.
June 22, 2012 9:47 pm
Leak Repaired At Battleship Texas
The Battleship Texas reopens to visitors now that crews have fixed a leak that threatened the 100-year-old vessel. But more work is needed to preserve the ship for future generations.
June 22, 2012 9:25 pm
Tropical Storm May Form In The Gulf
Forecasters will be busy this weekend trying to predict how a system of disturbed weather in the southern Gulf of Mexico will develop. Computer models don't have much to go on yet.
June 22, 2012 9:03 pm
ERCOT Debuts Energy Saver Mobile App
The state's electric grid operator has released a smartphone app to provide real-time alerts when conservation is most critical this summer. Sufficient generation is anticipated to meet the summer demand, but ERCOT's Robbie Searcy says there may be times when usage outstrips supply.
June 22, 2012 8:11 pm
A Week Of Houston LGBT Pride Wraps Up With Saturday's Festival And Parade In Montrose
More than 300,000 people are expected to line up Saturday along Westheimer for the "Pride Houston" parade. The parade — a celebration of pride in the LGBT community — is the culmination of months of hard work behind the scenes.
June 22, 2012 6:01 pm
Voters To Ask Questions At Cruz-Dewhurst Debate
Republican voters will be asking questions when Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst meet tonight for their first one-on-one debate. The voters in the small audience come from north Texas.
June 22, 2012 3:04 pm
Ambitious Plan To Save Houston's High Schools
The Houston Independent School District faced some trying times last year when it had to cut jobs and close schools to trim its budget. Yesterday it unveiled a massive building program that would be paid for by a bond referendum. The Board has until August to decide whether or not to place the bond on the ballot for the November election.
June 22, 2012 11:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: John Walsh
The American Moving and Storage Association recently released its quarterly list of the country's ten most popular moving destinations. Joining Andrew Schneider on this week's Bauer Business Focus to discuss Houston's ranking is John Walsh, director of the Graduate Real Estate Program at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business.
June 22, 2012 10:11 am
Texas Businesses On Edge Of Chairs Over Health Care Verdict
Texas businesses have kept their powder dry while waiting for next week's expected Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act. But many expect to see higher deductibles and reduced coverage for their employees.
June 22, 2012 1:48 am
Houston Charter School Gets National Award For Work With Low-Income Students
A Houston charter school that works to get low-income kids into college has won a national honor.
June 21, 2012 9:41 pm
No Swimming Or Hiking At This Summer Camp, But There's Liquid Nitrogen
After spending the school year learning academic subjects such as science and math, a group of local middle school students are having a blast at summer camp, learning aboutscience and math.
June 21, 2012 7:08 pm
Top Stanford Exec Pleads Guilty
R. Allen Stanford's former chief investment officer has pleaded guilty to obstruction a week after the disgraced Houston financier was sentenced to 110 years in prison for bilking investors out of more than $7 billion.
June 21, 2012 7:00 pm
Houston Gasoline Prices Fall By Another Nickel
Another week brings another drop in gasoline prices. The reason should sound pretty familiar by now.
June 21, 2012 3:43 pm
Some Services Restored, But Money Still Tight In City's New $4.2 Billion Budget
The Houston City Council has approved a new fiscal year budget of $4.2 billion dollars. The financial picture looked a little brighter this year when compared to significant cuts made last year to city services.
June 21, 2012 10:26 am
GOP Bid To Block Power Plant Emissions Rule Fails
The Democrat-led Senate defeated a bid to block the Environmental Protection Agency from setting the first federal standards to reduce toxic air pollution from power plants.
June 20, 2012 9:24 pm
Astro Fans Rate New Owner
We're about three months into the baseball season and the Astros find themselves in second to last place in their division. Ten and a half games behind the first place Reds. This is the team's first year under new owner Jim Crane, so what do fans think of the job he's doing so far?
June 20, 2012 9:06 pm
Houston Council Could Get Longer Term Limits
Houston councilmembers want the city to re-examine term limits. As part of the budget process today — City Council moved to have the Ethics Committee consider putting a term limits vote before the public.
June 20, 2012 8:42 pm
Law Enforcement Targets Weekend Drunk Boating
The Coast Guard will be increasing its presence in areas with heavy recreational boat traffic this weekend.
June 20, 2012 8:40 pm
Houston Boat Show Could Be An Economic Indicator
With last summer's drought and a still recovering economy, organizers at Houston's summer boat show hope things are a bit different this year. Vendors say a lot of things to get people to buy luxury items like boats this weekend.
June 20, 2012 7:30 pm
Interior Dept. Holds First Central Gulf Lease Sale Since Deepwater Horizon Spill
The U.S. Department of the Interior says today's oil and gas lease sale for the Central Gulf of Mexico attracted over $1.7 billion in high bids. It's the first lease sale for the Central Gulf since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
June 20, 2012 9:58 am
As Hiring Improves, Bullying May Prompt More Workers To Bolt
Houston continues to outpace much of the country in job creation. That could soon put the city at the head of another national trend — employees quitting hostile work environments.
June 19, 2012 10:38 pm
Legal Minds Examine Winners And Losers In Clemens Trial
Now that Roger Clemens has been found not guilty of lying to Congress, the analysis of the trial and the aftermath has been non-stop and whose reputation suffered the most— Clemens? The federal government? A couple of legal minds answer that question.
June 19, 2012 10:25 pm
C-section Deliveries In U.S. Plateau At 33%, But Texas Rate Is Higher
New data from hospitals shows that the rate of births by C-section has leveled off, after rising for eight years. But Texas still has one of the highest rates.
June 19, 2012 9:16 pm
Historic Emancipation Park Will Get Big Makeover
Plans are in the works to give one of Houston's most historical parks a $33 million makeover. Located on Dowling Street in the Third Ward, Emancipation Park was purchased by freed slaves back in 1872. It was later donated to the city. The park has deteriorated over the years, but the city hopes to return this piece of Houston history to its former glory.
June 19, 2012 9:09 pm
YouTube Video Captures Vandal Defacing Picasso Painting At The Menil Collection
Officials at the Menil Collection have confirmed a vandal spray-painted a Pablo Picasso painting last week. Most of the 80-year-old artwork has been fixed.
June 19, 2012 6:09 pm
Houston Home Sales Hit Four-Year High
Houston home sales took off in May, according to the latest report by the Houston Association of Realtors.
June 19, 2012 10:32 am
Houston-Istanbul Flights Will Slash Travel Time To Turkey
Turkish Airlines announced it will open direct service between Houston and Istanbul, starting April 1 of next year.