December 9, 2011 6:56 pm
Specialty License Plates: Government Or Private Speech?
The Sons of Confederate Veterans is suing the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. This follows the DMV's refusal last month to allow a specialty plate with the confederate flag. The group claims that decision violates the First Amendment: right to free speech, and the Fourteenth Amendment: guarantee of equal protection under the law. This case will likely hinge on whether specialty plates are considered government speech, or private speech.
December 9, 2011 11:25 am
Bauer Business Focus: Dan Bellow
Exxon Mobil's announcement earlier this year that it will relocate its Houston offices to The Woodlands sent shudders through the commercial real estate community. Dan Bellow, president of the Houston office of Jones Lang LaSalle, says the move is likely to be a net positive for the city. Bellow joins Andrew Schneider as this week's guest on the Bauer Business Focus.
December 9, 2011 6:14 am
Rising World Refining Capacity May Hurt Gulf Coast
A new study by Houston publisher Hart Energy predicts that world refining capacity will grow over the next several years. That’s despite recession-related drops in demand for finished fuels and the closure of some existing refineries.
December 9, 2011 12:00 am
PUC Suggests Eliminating Cap On Electricity Price
Electricity could cost you a lot more this summer if regualtors decide to remove price controls.
December 8, 2011 11:23 pm
A One Stop Shop For Abused Children
Sexually abused children are the focus of the Children's Assessment Center. The partnership between the Harris County Commissioners Court and the CAC foundation works with dozens of area agencies to give these children medical and psychological attention.
December 8, 2011 10:23 pm
Proposed Parking Changes Alarm Restaurant Owners
Houston's Planning Department is making changes to parking requirements for the city's restaurants and bars. At issue is balancing the need for more parking with the increasing density of urban neighborhoods. The Parking Commission will ask council to vote on the changes by the end of the year.
December 8, 2011 10:03 pm
Astros Name New GM
The Astros officially announced their new General Manager today. Jeff Luhnow comes from the World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent eight years in the front office. As Bill Stamps reports, the Astros are hoping Luhnow can replicate St. Louis' success here in Houston.
December 8, 2011 7:41 pm
Gov. Perry's Controversial New Ad Targets The Most Conservative
Governor Perry's latest campaign ad is prompting an online backlash. But a local political expert says it's what the governor has to do to set himself apart from the other GOP candidates in Iowa.
December 8, 2011 11:25 am
KUHF Conversations: Andrew Burks
Houston's run-off election is this Saturday and there are two races that affect all Houston voters — the At-Large positions. Andrew Burks is running for Position Two against Kristi Thibaut. Burks is a minister and owns a small telecommunications business.
December 8, 2011 9:59 am
Noble, Shell Debut New Offshore Rig Design in the Gulf of Mexico
Partners Shell and Noble Corporation are welcoming the offshore drilling rig Noble Bully I to the Gulf of Mexico. It's the first of a new class of rig that its designers say will raise the bar for both safety and productivity.
December 7, 2011 10:43 pm
Urban Living Outside the Loop?
A proposed Houston ordinance that would extend the city's urban development zone out to the beltway drew a lot of public interest at City Hall. The changes would allow builders to develop more townhomes outside the loop and create higher density neighborhoods. Residents want more time for public input.
December 7, 2011 10:30 pm
Remember Your Plants Outside During Cold Snap
With the freezing nights and the cold weather just gearing up, what advice does a local nursery have to maintain your outdoor plants?
December 7, 2011 10:16 pm
UH Move To Big East Is Official
It's official. The University of Houston has accepted an invitation to switch conferences. The Cougars move from Conference USA, where it has been the past 15 years, to the Big East Conference is expected to be a big boost for the University.
December 7, 2011 9:18 pm
The Gold Coin Strikes Again
More gold coins are found inside another Salvation Army Red Kettle here in Houston. With the price of gold at an all time high, officials say the coins couldn’t have come at a better time
December 7, 2011 8:55 pm
Houston Drivers Need To Prepare For Sudden Winter Blasts
While transportation officials say it's best to stay home when the roads get slick, crews are prepared to de-ice bridges and overpasses for drivers who have to brave the elements.
December 7, 2011 7:05 pm
Latest National Report Card Shows HISD Students Scoring Higher Than Other Large Urban Districts
Students in the Houston Independent School District are performing better than students in other big cities on a test that's become known as the nation's report card.
December 7, 2011 10:00 am
Texas Drops to 44th out of 50 in State Health Rankings
In KUHF Business News, Texas has dropped to 44th out of 50 states in terms of overall health, down four places from last year. That's according to the 2011 America's Health Rankings, just published by United Health Foundation. Andrew Schneider has this morning's business report.
December 7, 2011 10:00 am
KUHF Conversations: Kristi Thibaut
Kristi Thibaut is a former State Representative who is running for election to Houston City Council. Ms. Thibaut is in the run-off race for At-Large Position Two – running against Andrew Burks. At-Large Two is the council seat left open by term-limited Councilmember Sue Lovell.
December 6, 2011 10:47 pm
5 Months to Go
Construction is proceeding on schedule for a new soccer stadium on the east end of downtown. The $90 million facility will be home to the Houston Dynamo soccer team.
December 6, 2011 10:21 pm
State Parks in Financial Trouble
The summer heat and wildfires may be over, but their effects are still being felt throughout Texas. With more people staying home the parks have lost millions of dollars, money that was being counted on in the budget. One of the parks having financial problems is Sheldon Lake State Park near I-10 and Beltway East.
December 6, 2011 9:41 pm
Houston Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.1%
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the October numbers on hiring and unemployment rates for metropolitan areas. Houston is showing improvement in both.
December 6, 2011 9:33 pm
Rice U. PolySci Chair: South Carolina Will Be Make-Or-Break For Governor Perry
We could know in about six weeks whether Governor Rick Perry will continue his campaign for the GOP Presidential Nomination. One local political expert says if the Governor doesn't finish strong in South Carolina late next month, he'll likely pack it in. Before that, Governor Perry has to make it through the Iowa Caucus and the New Hampshire Primary.
December 6, 2011 10:00 am
KUHF Conversations: Jolanda "Jo" Jones
Jolanda Jones – a two-term Houston Councilmember and attorney – is running for a third and final term in At-Large Position Five against challenger Jack Christie. Jones and Christie have been in the same match-up before in 2009 – Jones won that run-off race.
December 6, 2011 6:16 am
The Woodlands to Host Newest Chapter of U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce
The U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce is announcing its newest chapter will soon open in The Woodlands.
December 5, 2011 10:56 pm
Strategy for Long Term Gulf Restoration
A final strategy for long-term restoration of the Gulf of Mexico has been released by the task force appointed by President Obama, following last year's deepwater horizon drilling rig explosion and years of deterioration.
December 5, 2011 9:47 pm
Houston's Cold Front Could Bring Hot Problems
Cold and even icy weather are in the forecast for the Houston area this week — which means more people will be firing up their furnaces. When the temperatures drop, fire safety experts say it's important to be prepared.
December 5, 2011 9:30 pm
Black Caucus Not Happy With New Map
Two different redistricting maps, one by the Texas legislature and another by federal judges have both come under fire by different minority groups. Texas Legislative Black Caucus speaks out.
December 5, 2011 8:43 pm
After Tough Loss, Cougars Heading To Bowl In Dallas
After a disappointing loss over the weekend, the University of Houston Cougars are starting preparations for a bowl game in Dallas.
December 5, 2011 5:01 pm
Houston Poaches Cancer Scientists From Boston
MD Anderson is gaining 28 scientific researchers, who bring a retinue of 27 post-docs and PhD students.
December 5, 2011 11:25 am
Researchers At Odds With Texas Over Rise In Gulf
It sounds unbelievable, but if scientists are right, much of what is now Galveston Island could someday be underwater. State Impact Texas reporter Dave Fehling looks at why the issue has now become — political.