February 23, 2011 9:03 pm
Discovery Ready to Take Off For Final Space Voyage
After months of delays, space shuttle Discovery is set to lift off tomorrow Thursday afternoon (3:50 cst) from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There are two more scheduled shuttle missions after this one, but it's the last trip into space for Discovery. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
February 23, 2011 8:43 pm
Stranded Whale Fights for Survival
A 12-foot long pygmy sperm whale is fighting for its
life at a marine mammal rescue facility in Galveston.
February 23, 2011 9:54 am
To Expand, or Not to Expand
There's a big national resource out in the Gulf of Mexico, one that you've probably never heard of. It's the "Flower Garden Banks," a marine sanctuary, which is what they call national parks that happen to be under water. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that federal officials are thinking about expanding the size of the sanctuary. And for those who know about it, that has made the banks a bit of a battleground.
February 23, 2011 2:47 am
Holly Frontier Merger
Frontier Oil announced it is merging with Holly Corporation of Dallas. Andrew Schneider reports on what the combination means for Houston's refining industry.
February 22, 2011 10:51 pm
Living with Cri$i$
Harris County department heads are given a budget draft that details recommendations on where to reduce spending. The proposal cuts 138-million dollars from current spending thanks to declining tax revenue. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 22, 2011 10:32 pm
Local Lawmakers Seek Drilling Permits
A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to know why the federal Government is taking so long to issue drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico. The lawmakers say zero deepwater drilling permits have been issued since the moratorium was lifted last year. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 22, 2011 9:48 pm
Libya Unrest Worries Oil Industry
As Libya's government cracks down on opposition activists, major oil producers are suspending production and repatriating workers. One Houston analyst says there are more worries this time about Middle East protests because they are increasingly violent. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 22, 2011 9:08 pm
Coast Guard Baffled by Spill
The Coast Guard is baffled this evening by mile long oil slick along the shore in Galveston Bay. Crews are working to clean up the mess but so far they have no idea where the oil came from. Bill Stamps has more.
February 22, 2011 10:59 am
Grand Parkway, Seg E: Traffic Benefits Vs Environmental Costs
First there was Loop 610, next came Beltway 8, now planners are working on a possible third ring road that would circle around Greater Houston. A section of the Grand Parkway that would connect I-10 with US 290 is next in line to be built. In the second of our two-part series, Wendy Siegle looks at the expected traffic benefits and the potential environmental costs of Segment E.
February 22, 2011 12:48 am
Business Around The Uprising In Libya
The uprising in Libya is sending fresh shockwaves through the oil industry...Houston companies in crisis mode...
February 22, 2011 12:13 am
Will Fire Affect Astrodome Future?
Last week's electrical fire at the Houston Astrodome is sparking debate once again about the facility's future. The blaze didn't cause much damage but did force the closure of a Houston Rodeo event being held next door at Reliant Arena. Bill Stamps has more on what happens next.
February 21, 2011 11:23 pm
Lawmakers Poised to Allow Guns on Campus
Texas is about to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus. Because of its gun culture and size, Texas has become a prime battleground for the issue. Some Houston lawmakers though, are not in favor of the legislation. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 21, 2011 10:24 pm
Last Portion of Sam Houston Tollway Opens Saturday
Commuters in northeast Harris County will have a new way to get downtown come Saturday. The final section of the Sam Houston Tollway is near completion and will open to the public this weekend. Wendy Siegle reports.
February 21, 2011 9:39 pm
Could the Public Union Protests in WI Happen in TX?
The protests in Wisconsin over collective bargaining rights for many public employees would probably never happen here in Texas.
David Pitman explains why.
February 21, 2011 9:31 pm
Poll: Texans Want Balanced Budget, But Have Untouchable Items
Texans are enthusiastic about balancing the state budget, but they have items they want to be untouchable. And a poll shows respondents don't want a state income tax or increased sales taxes to be part of the solution. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 21, 2011 8:54 pm
New Technology Helps Solve Harris County Cold Case
Murder cases that have gone cold for many years can be tough to finally crack.
But as Rod Rice reports — sometimes the passage of time can help lead to a suspect.
February 21, 2011 8:58 am
The Grand Parkway: Road to Nowhere or a Must For Houston's Future?
The Grand Parkway was dreamed up long ago as a 180 mile ring road circling greater Houston. But less than thirty miles have been built so far. The Texas Department of Transportation now says it expects to have the nearly half billion dollars it needs to build the next section. It would run north-south and connect the Katy Freeway with US 290. But that segment is highly contentious because it would run across the Katy Prairie and would spur suburban development. In the first of our two-part series, Wendy Siegle traced the route Segment E could take.
February 21, 2011 6:05 am
Monday AM February 21st, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled an ambulance service company had acted illegally in firing an employee for negative comments she'd made about her boss on Facebook. But, as Andrew Schneider reports, employees still need to be careful about what they post on social media.
February 21, 2011 5:31 am
State Budget Slices Deep
The Texas House and Senate have submitted their proposals for a much leaner state budget. The cuts slice deep into state services and have a lot of agencies and organizations worried about the future. Dipping into the rainy day fund could relieve some of those worries — but right now that option isn't on the table. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 20, 2011 6:21 am
Facebook-Connected Smartphones Can Compromise Privacy
Experts advise users of social networks and smartphones to be on top of their security settings. Smartphones now allow users to "check in" with location-based services, making that information available to friends and even non-friends. Ed Mayberry has more.
February 18, 2011 11:16 pm
Restoring Public Trust
Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveils new initiatives aimed at restoring public trust in the Houston Police Department. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 18, 2011 10:48 pm
Friday PM February 18th, 2011
Senator Hutchison on ports and harbors bill...East End commercial development...American Airlines hiring more flight attendants...
February 18, 2011 10:32 pm
Warrant Round-up Time
Law enforcement agencies throughout the area and around the state will be joining together next month to arrest people with outstanding warrants. As Rod Rice reports the annual "Great Texas Warrant Round-up" is a way to clear cases and give people a chance to avoid an embarrassing arrest.
February 18, 2011 10:09 pm
Volunteer Lawyers Offer Help to Veterans
The Houston Bar Association is reaching out to veterans. Local attorneys are providing services free-of-charge to vets who are struggling to get benefits, along with those hoping to resolve family law issues. Gail Delaughter has details.
February 18, 2011 9:39 pm
Former U.S. Census Director Analyzes Changing Demographics
The latest census shows the Houston metro grew by 26.1 percent in the past decade, with the Hispanic population in Texas accounting for two-thirds of the state's staggering growth. The new demographic data will be used to redraw boundaries for Congress. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 18, 2011 10:15 am
Friday AM February 18th, 2011
Unrest in Bahrain is creating fresh challenges for the U.S. As in Egypt, the Obama Administration is caught between its desire to support pro-democracy demonstrators and its need to stand by a key regional ally. Andrew Schneider reports on how turmoil in Bahrain could affect local business.
February 18, 2011 9:52 am
Bauer Business Focus: Jim Hawkins
The Credit CARD Act of 2009 was meant to block aggressive marketing of credit cards to college students. That's not what's happening, according to a study by Professor Jim Hawkins of the University of Houston Law Center. Hawkins joins Andrew Schneider on this week's "Bauer Business Focus."
February 17, 2011 11:33 pm
Reaction Over Another DOJ Request
There is another call for a Justice Department investigation of the Houston Police Department. The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice claims there is an apparent culture of lawlessness in the HPD that needs to end. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 17, 2011 10:13 pm
Thursday PM February 17th, 2011
Federal crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants...ExxonMobil rolls out new system to contain undersea oil spills...Help for oil rig workers hurt by deepwater drilling moratorium...
February 17, 2011 9:56 pm
HISD Touts Progress, Faces Challenges
The superintendent of Houston schools says the district has made significant progress over the past year — but faces monumental challenges in the future. Dr. Terry Grier used the State of the Schools speech as an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the district. Laurie Johnson has more.