November 28, 2013 3:00 pm
Why Small Businesses Are Looking Forward To This Saturday
Thanksgiving rings in the start of the holiday shopping season with large retailers offering great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the last few years, another special shopping day was added to the mix: Small Business Saturday. So how much of an impact has that day made?
November 28, 2013 5:00 am
Stagnant Wages, Mounting Bills Weigh On Holiday Shoppers
A new study finds consumers are heading into the holiday shopping season with high levels of anxiety about paying the bills they already owe. What does that mean for the retail sector?
November 27, 2013 6:41 pm
Captain Injured In Tragic Incident That Killed Four Firefighters Is Released From Hospital
It's been six months since a motel fire in southwest Houston killed four firefighters and injured 13. Today, the last firefighter was released from the hospital.
November 27, 2013 5:55 pm
Volunteers Prepare For Houston's Annual Thanksgiving Feast Estimated To Feed 20,000
Volunteers spent all day Wednesday, preparing for the annual Thanksgiving Day Big Super Feast in downtown Houston. The event will offer more than a traditional turkey dinner.
November 27, 2013 3:26 pm
Houston And Topless Clubs Reach Agreement To Fight Human Trafficking
A lawsuit between the City of Houston and area topless clubs has been settled after 16 years of litigation. The settlement also creates a fund for the Houston Police Department to fight human trafficking.
November 27, 2013 2:50 pm
Harris County Lawyers Have New Rules For Filing Civil Court Documents
Big changes are on the way to the Harris County Courthouse as the District Clerk launches a new system of record-keeping for civil and family courts.
November 27, 2013 10:36 am
Parents Question Investigation Into Cheating At Jefferson Elementary
Earlier this month the Houston Independent School District announced it was looking into possible cheating at two elementary schools. Last night parents from one of those schools, Jefferson Elementary, gathered at a town hall meeting. They came with questions and concerns.
November 27, 2013 6:30 am
How One High School Counselor Advises Undocumented Students For College
For high school seniors, the season for college applications is getting into full swing. At one high school here in Southwest Houston, counselors are making sure students apply — including some students with special circumstances.
November 27, 2013 5:00 am
TexPIRG Warns Magnets Among Fastest-Growing Toy Safety Problems
The Texas Public Interest Research Group, or TexPIRG, has released its annual guide to unsafe toys, just in time for the holiday shopping season.
November 26, 2013 11:53 pm
Attorney: Accused Sharpstown Principal Did Report Alleged Abuse
Last week, the principal from Sharpstown High School was arrested and accused of not reporting alleged abuse involving a teacher and a student. The principal’s attorney says the opposite happened.
November 26, 2013 5:00 pm
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Praises Houston For Promoting Health Law
While the nation prepares for Thanksgiving, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius took a moment to thank local and state officials who are trying to implement the Affordable Care Act — despite a problematic web site and resistant Republicans in many states, including Texas.
November 26, 2013 4:29 pm
Paul Bettencourt Makes It Official, Announces Run For Senate District 7
Former Harris County tax assessor-collector Paul Bettencourt says he wants to be the next state senator from District 7. That's the seat now held by state Sen. Dan Patrick, who is in the crowded field challenging Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.
November 26, 2013 3:31 pm
Longfellow Elementary School Students Announce This Season's Most Popular Toys
The holiday shopping season is upon us. High time to decide what to get your children or grandchildren. To make things easier for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, some Houston fifth graders have again conducted a survey among their peers.
November 26, 2013 3:21 pm
Houston Fire Chief Withdraws Resignation, Will Remain In Houston
Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison has reversed his decision to resign and will stay on as the head of the Houston Fire Department.
November 26, 2013 2:46 pm
In A Reversal, Men's Wearhouse Launches Takeover Bid For Jos. A. Bank
Men's Wearhouse is turning the tables on its recent pursuer. The Houston-based retailer is offering to buy out rival Joseph A. Bank Clothiers for $1.5 billion.
November 26, 2013 6:30 am
Is A Gridlocked Congress Good For Texas Oil & Gas?
Last week, there was a lot of news out of Washington about the "partisan gridlock" that has prevented Republicans and Democrats from compromising and passing laws. It's an important issue to the Texas oil & gas industry. In some ways, the industry thinks it could benefit more if the federal government does less. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling explains why that is.
November 26, 2013 5:00 am
Criminals Expected To Target Holiday Shoppers
The Harris County Sheriff's Office is warning holiday shoppers to be on guard against car burglars and thieves.
November 25, 2013 4:50 pm
Fans Ask For Change As Houston Texans Lose Ninth Straight
The Houston Texans have just lost their ninth game in a row, and with a 2-9 record and five games left in the regular season, they are now one of the worst teams in the NFL. Some fans are ready for a personnel change.
November 25, 2013 4:42 pm
$30 Million Dollar Project Aims To Improve Pedestrian Mobility Throughout Houston
There's progress today in an effort to improve bicycle and pedestrian paths in key parts of Houston. Six new projects will close significant gaps in two major paths inside the 610 Loop. The projects are being completed with both government grants and local dollars.
November 25, 2013 3:39 pm
Houston Homeless Services In Critical Response To Cold Weather
As temperatures dip below freezing this week, Houston's homeless are at high risk if they are unprepared for the cold weather.
November 25, 2013 5:44 am
Experts Say Test Scores Raise Red Flag In HISD Cheating Investigation
The Houston Independent School District recently announced that outside investigators are examining possible cheating on high stakes tests at two elementary schools. The investigation is ongoing. But experts say recent test scores indicate some red flags.
November 25, 2013 5:30 am
Could The Economy Recover Faster And Stronger If Obama Were More Like Reagan?
On a recent trip to Houston, Senator Ted Cruz said if President Obama had acted more like President Regan, the economic recovery would have been quicker, and produced millions more jobs. But how well does that claim stand up to scrutiny?
November 25, 2013 5:00 am
As Xbox One Hits Shelves, Microsoft Ponders Sale Of Gaming Console Division
Microsoft's Xbox One launched just after midnight on Friday, following hard on the heels of Sony's PlayStation Four. But Microsoft may not be in the gaming console business much longer.
November 24, 2013 6:00 am
Court May Clarify Rule On Impairment, Death Penalty
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in the case of a Florida death row inmate — who claims he does not have the mental capacity to face execution — could provide more guidance to states like Texas.
November 23, 2013 6:00 am
Water Recycling Minimal But Growing On Texas Oilfields
As the drought continues across Texas, more oil and gas companies are considering the long-term benefits of water recycling, and state officials are trying to make the transition easier.
November 22, 2013 5:42 pm
Astros Lawsuit Could Have Implications For Houston Sports Fans
Houston Astros owner Jim Crane has filed a lawsuit alleging fraud in connection with his purchase of a share of Houston’s regional sports network. The outcome of the suit could have an impact on whether more fans will be able to watch Houston sports teams on television.
November 22, 2013 4:29 pm
Life Magazine Photographer Recalls Photographing JFK, Before and After the Assassination
On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — a former Life magazine photographer who lives in Houston recalls chronicling the events that changed the nation.
November 22, 2013 3:51 pm
DA: We Will Arrest People Who Don't Report Sexual Abuse Of A Child
The Harris County District Attorney's office says it's serious about prosecuting people who know about suspected sexual abuse but don't report it to authorities. The strong words today come after the arrest of a high school principal in Sharpstown for not contacting authorities after learning about alleged abuse involving a teacher and students.
November 22, 2013 6:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: John Beddow On The Future Of Print Journalism
American City Business Journals is the third-largest employer of business journalists in the country and the parent company of the Houston Business Journal. Like all print media, the company is struggling to adjust to a rapidly changing media landscape. John Beddow is publisher of the Houston Business Journal. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week’s installment of the “Bauer Business Focus.”
November 22, 2013 5:00 am
Taking A Break From Job Hunting For The Holidays? Employers Aren't
Job seekers often put their search on hold during the holiday season. Those that do may be missing out on their best chance to start the New Year employed.