December 30, 2011 11:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Joseph Pratt
Joseph Pratt teaches business history at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business. He's written histories of Amoco, Baker Botts, and Brown & Root and is currently working on a history of the offshore petroleum industry. Pratt joins Andrew Schneider for a year-end roundup of Houston business on this week's Bauer Business Focus.
December 30, 2011 9:07 am
Hospitals Tighten Belts On Eve Of Medicare Cuts
Healthcare organizations are putting the brakes on spending. They're citing cuts in Medicare reimbursement and uncertainty about the Affordable Care Act.
December 29, 2011 11:39 pm
Perry Hopes To Gain Momentum In Iowa
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been traveling around Iowa the last couple of weeks, trying to gain some momentum going into next week's Iowa caucuses.
December 29, 2011 6:04 pm
Book Chronicles NFL's Greatest Moments
As the Houston Texans end a winning season, the National Football League has provided fans with unforgettable moments on the gridiron. A new book testifies to this incredible era, and reminds readers the role the sport continues to play in American culture.
December 29, 2011 5:28 pm
Gold For Cash
After the holidays, some people will be heading back to the store to make exchanges. There is one exchange that is permanent and can never be taken back.
December 29, 2011 9:21 am
Meritage Backs Senate Bill To Cut Cost Of Energy-Efficient Homes
A Senate bill that would encourage the retrofitting of homes with energy-efficient features has picked up the support of a homebuilder with major operations in Houston.
December 29, 2011 1:50 am
Stanford's Request To Delay Trial Denied
A federal judge has rejected a request by disgraced financier R. Allen Stanford that his trial be postponed. His attorneys were hoping for a continuance until April.
December 28, 2011 11:10 pm
Companies Sued For Polluting San Jacinto River
Harris County has filed suit against two major companies for polluting the San Jacinto River — and doing nothing about it for more than 45 years.
December 28, 2011 6:53 pm
Med Center CEO Reflects On 27 Years Of Growth
Richard Wainerdi will retire next year as president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center. Wainerdi reflects on the history — and future — of houston's medical sector.
December 28, 2011 6:24 pm
New Commissioner Settling Into Job
He's only been on the job for three months now, but the newest member of Harris County Commissioners Court says he's never felt more comfortable. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle says some of his skills as a judge have helped out in his new job.
December 28, 2011 9:20 am
Drought Leads More Businesses To Install Artificial Grass
Houston's drought is leading many local businesses to try to cut their water usage and use an approach that's gaining popularity.
December 27, 2011 11:24 pm
Holiday Blues vs. Depression
This time of year can be difficult for many people as they struggle with what's known as the holiday blues. Mental health experts say people need to know the difference between having the blues and suffering from something more serious.
December 27, 2011 11:35 am
Millions Of Dead Trees: Why They Won't Be A Total Loss In Texas
Dead trees are piling up by the millions across Texas. The drought has killed them. But all is not lost. From the KUHF StateImpact Texas reporter Dave Fehling.
December 27, 2011 6:44 am
Free Job-Search Help Dec. 27-28
Challenger, Gray and Christmas is holding its 26th annual two-day national job search call-in.
December 26, 2011 6:40 pm
Some Fuel-Efficient Cars Can Take Years To Pay For Themselves
Sales of cars powered by diesel and hybrid-electric engines are on the rise, as each month of 2011 has brought higher fuel prices than any time in 2010. But for some drivers, making the switch to something that doesn't run on gasoline alone may not save them as much money in the short term as they would like.
December 26, 2011 3:29 pm
Even In Tougher Economy, Travelers Plan Holiday Trips
Some 7.5 million Texans are hitting the road for end-of-the-year holiday travel, according to AAA Texas. Many consumers have been seeking last-minute deals at affordable winter destinations.
December 26, 2011 11:30 am
Texas Wildfires Scattered Birds To The Wind
Bird Watchers across the country are participating in the annual Christmas Bird Count this month. But in Central Texas the tradition has a special importance this year. For StateImpact Texas, Mose Buchele reports the Wildfires in Bastrop County, and across Texas have conservationists paying close attention to local bird populations.
December 26, 2011 10:17 am
How Religious Declarations Don't Reveal Much About Presidential Candidates
There is no official religious test for a political candidate to hold office in America. But that doesn't stop millions of voters from applying religious tests of their own, as they decide how to cast their ballots. One local expert says religion, by itself, doesn't tell us much about how a presidential candidate will actually perform in office.
December 26, 2011 6:43 am
Houston Ranked A Top Destination For LGBT Travelers
A new report by San Francisco-based Community Marketing shows Houston is now one of the top 20 destinations for U.S. gay and lesbian travelers.
December 23, 2011 11:06 pm
Law Enforcement Teams Up For No Refusal Weekend
The Harris County DA's office is giving notice to motorists who drive while intoxicated this holiday weekend. Police will be out in force to protect others from dangerous drivers.
December 23, 2011 9:30 pm
Shopping Countdown Begins!
After today, just one more shopping day until Christmas. As you can imagine, retail stores and malls were full today with people getting last minute gifts.
December 23, 2011 6:14 pm
Texas Insurers Could Send Out $160 Million In Rebates Next Year — Maybe
Starting in 2012, health insurance plans in Texas — and most of the rest of the country — may have to cough up millions of dollars in rebates to customers. The rebates will come from health plans that spend too much on administrative costs instead of medical care. The change is part of the national health overhaul law, the Affordable Care Act.
December 23, 2011 4:50 pm
Is Your Christmas Tree Making You Sick?
At this time of year pediatricians and allergists see an uptick in respiratory illnesses. A new study suggests the cause of the problem might be inside your own home. It could be your Christmas tree.
December 23, 2011 11:25 am
Bauer Business Focus: Andy Hall
There are barely two shopping days left before Christmas. Joining Andrew Schneider on this week's Bauer Business Focus is Andy Hall is president and CEO of Stage Stores. The Houston retail corporation includes such department store chains as Bealls and Palais Royal.
December 22, 2011 10:44 pm
Houston Future Looks Bright
A chief economist for a national online real estate company says 2012 should be a good year for the Houston housing market. The local economy is the main reason for the prediction.
December 22, 2011 10:01 pm
Taking Aim At Celebratory Gunfire
What goes up, must come down. Some people fire guns into the air during the holidays as a way to celebrate. HPD, Crime Stoppers and one Houston councilmember remind citizens that the practice is not only potentially dangerous, but illegal.
December 22, 2011 9:28 pm
TxDot Uses Reindeers To Get Out Serious Message
State transportation officials hope a humorous ad campaign will help keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season.
December 22, 2011 8:12 pm
Stanford Ruled Competent To Stand Trial
A judge says jailed Houston financier R. Allen Stanford is mentally competent to stand trial.
December 22, 2011 6:49 pm
Houston's Airports Have Holiday Reminders For Travelers
Holiday travelers will have lots of company this year at Houston's airports, and if you haven't flown in a while, there are a few things you need to remember to help you get through security quicker.
December 22, 2011 6:24 pm
Day 3: Stanford Competency Hearing
Day three of the competency hearing for jailed financier R. Allen Stanford started with some drama. Stanford is facing charges he allegedly masterminded a $7 billion Ponzi scheme.