January 27, 2011 9:06 pm
Natural Gas May Not be as Clean as Believed
Natural gas is considered by many to be the clean and abundant fuel of the future. It is touted by industry and government proponents as being 50% cleaner than oil and coal. However, Pro Publica reporter Abrahm Lustgarten says the Environmental Protection Agency has taken a deeper look at natural gas and found it may not be as clean as it's been billed. Rod Rice spoke with Lustgarten from his office in New York City.
January 27, 2011 9:51 am
Thursday AM January 27th, 2011
Texas Energy producers respond to President Obama's proposal to cut tax benefits for oil in this morning's KUHF business report with Andrew Schneider.
January 27, 2011 6:17 am
Texans Choose Trucks Over Hybrids
The Houston Auto Show is underway at Reliant Center. Between now and Sunday Houstonians can check out the latest models of their favorite vehicles including a few concept cars, created just for show. There's a lot of talk about hybrids this year, but are they catching on in this neck of the woods? Bill Stamps went to the show to find out.
January 26, 2011 10:33 pm
Giffords Upgraded To "Good," Moves to TIRR
Doctors upgraded the condition of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords today from serious to good. She was moved this morning to a rehabilitation hospital in the Texas Medical Center. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
January 26, 2011 9:52 pm
HISD Distributes Over $42 Million in Performance Awards
The Houston Independent School District is paying over $
42 million in performance awards to teachers and principals, based on academic gains in core subjects in the past year. Ed Mayberry reports.
January 26, 2011 9:44 pm
Wednesday PM January 26th, 2011
Texas Alliance of Energy Producers on Obama's State of the Union speech...New home purchases hit 47 year low...ConocoPhillips and United Continental quarterly earnings...Icahn takeover bid for Dynegy...
January 26, 2011 9:26 pm
City Budget Trimming Continues
With less than half the fiscal year remaining — Houston's Mayor says she needs to trim another eight million dollars from the city's budget. Laurie Johnson has the update.
January 26, 2011 9:02 pm
A Dietitian Weighs In On Additives In Fast Food
Taco Bell is threatening to countersue the lawyers who claim in a lawsuit that the meat in the company's menu items isn't what it's advertised to be. A group of attorneys from Alabama says Taco Bell uses so many additives that the meat can't 'legally' be considered beef — or even the more generous label of "taco filling." But does that necessarily mean the tacos, burritos, and chalupas are unfit to eat? David Pitman got in touch with a dietitian to find out.
January 26, 2011 9:25 am
Wednesday AM January 26th, 2011
House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp is calling for Congress to ratify three outstanding free trade agreements within six months. Andrew Schneider looks at the prospects for action.
January 26, 2011 6:05 am
Houston-Area Family of Five Gets First All-Electric Nissan Leaf in Texas
The first Nissan leaf to come to Texas has landed in the hands of a Houston-area family. The family picked up their new ride at a dealership in clear lake. They'll likely be the only one's driving the leaf around here for a while because as Wendy Siegle reports, the production of the car is moving a bit slower than anticipated.
January 25, 2011 11:13 pm
It's Bonus Time for HISD
It may seem like a second Christmas for a number of employees with the Houston Independent School District. HISD is paying more than 42-million dollars in bonuses to deserving teachers and administrators. Bill Stamps has more.
January 25, 2011 10:51 pm
Budget Hearings Underway
Harris County Commissioners are going through their operations and looking for areas they can do without. They're learning how to function in light of the budget crunch. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 25, 2011 9:33 pm
Tuesday PM January 25th, 2011
Labor Department job growth numbers...Falling home prices...SEC rules on executive pay...BP oil spill litigation...
January 25, 2011 9:09 pm
What's Swimming With You?
Houston's waterways have an infection of sorts. Many of the region's bayous — creeks and rivers have unsafe levels of bacteria. As Laurie Johnson reports — a consortium of local governments proposes a list of activities to help reduce bacteria levels in public waterways.
January 25, 2011 8:45 pm
DPS Offers Surcharge Amnesty
If your driver's license has been suspended for failure to pay state-mandated surcharges, you can now take advantage of a one-time payment amnesty. Rod Rice reports.
January 25, 2011 8:00 pm
TX Senate Opens Public Debate, Prepares For Vote On Voter ID Law
Public testimony gets underway today in the Texas Senate on a proposed law requiring voters to show a photo ID when they go to the polls. Republicans say voter ID laws are needed to prevent fraud. Democrats contend it's a partisan move designed to increase GOP margins on Election Day. As David Pitman reports, voter impersonation does not appear to be a widespread problem in Texas.
January 25, 2011 8:44 am
Tuesday AM January 25th, 2011
A new report by global outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas shows that job cuts in the technology sector last year hit their lowest level in ten years. KUHF business reporter Andrew Schneider looks behind the numbers.
January 24, 2011 11:10 pm
Hiking Up Fee Could Help Houston's Congestion Problems, But Not Solve Them
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst says instead of taxes, maybe we should increase vehicle fees to pay for highways. A Houston-area transportation planner likes the idea. Wendy Siegle explains why.
January 24, 2011 10:50 pm
The Super Bowl of Speeches
President Obama has a recent surge in approval ratings. Some believe his performance with tonight's State of the Union speech could cause those numbers to rise even higher. Bill Stamps spoke with one local political observer about what's at stake.
January 24, 2011 10:32 pm
Emmett Says This Is The Year
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says this year a decision will be made on what to do to with the Houston Astrodome. He says that decision will rest on Harris County Commissioners. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 24, 2011 9:55 pm
Monday PM January 24th, 2011
Supreme Court rulings on gender discrimination, credit card interest rates...Railroad job growth...Halliburton's fourth-quarter earnings...J.C. Penny closing catalog business...
January 24, 2011 6:42 am
Firefighter Pension Chief Says City Should Slow Down
The Houston Firefighter's Pension says the city needs to take a deep breath as it looks for ways to pay for increasing pension benefit contributions that could peak in a few years. As Jack Williams reports, pension officials say the situation is not as bleak as the city might have you believe.
January 24, 2011 6:11 am
Monday AM January 24th, 2011
President Hu Jintao's visit to Washington last week underscored currency as one of the biggest sore points in U.S.-Chinese relations. KUHF business reporter Andrew Schneider looks at why Beijing is reluctant to let the yuan appreciate faster.
January 24, 2011 6:00 am
Are Big Rigs Safe?
Houston freeways and highways are notorious for traffic. Long commutes are made even worse by accidents involving big rig trucks, which happen quite frequently. The Houston Police Department has an entire division devoted to making sure trucks are safe and drivers are obeying the rules. Bill Stamps reports.
January 21, 2011 11:20 pm
Giffords Arrives At Houston Rehabilitation Center
Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords left the Tucson hospital Friday where she's been recovering from a gunshot wound to the head. Now she's at a rehabilitation center in Houston.
Carrie Feibel reports from the facility.
January 21, 2011 10:57 pm
Finding Cuts Easier said than Done
Layoffs are underway in Harris County and all departments are being told to draft plans on trimming budgets to make up a huge budget deficit. Pat Hernandez tells us Sheriff Adrian Garcia says that's easier said than done.
January 21, 2011 10:35 pm
KUHF, KUHT To Merge In Plan To Create 'Houston Public Media'
You may have heard by now about plans to merge KUHF with KUHT, the local PBS station. A nationwide search begins next month for the CEO who will lead the combined stations. In the meantime, there aren't many details to share about how the merged stations will look, or sound. David Pitman reports.
January 21, 2011 10:09 pm
Friday PM January 21st, 2011
Union membership drops to 1930s levels...EPA approves 15% corn-based ethanol for all cars made in last decade...Schlumberger's fourth-quarter earnings...Camden Property Trust number 10 on Fortune list of "100 Best Places to Work"
January 21, 2011 9:37 pm
Houston METRO Slashes Fare to Airport, Hopes to Lure More People On-Board
METRO is making changes to its airport service. The agency hopes the cheaper fares and added stops will entice people to take the bus to Bush Intercontinental Airport. Wendy Siegle reports on the shuttle that could see more of its notoriously empty seats filled soon.
January 21, 2011 8:48 pm
The Last Shuttle Mission Awaits Funding
It now looks as if the last space shuttle flight will be in June. A flight that would have only flown if a rescue was needed has now been made an actual mission. But as Rod Rice reports, NASA still doesn't have the money to pay for it.