January 3, 2011 10:54 pm
Blood Test for Cancer Cells Creating Big Buzz
Researchers at MD Anderson Cancer Center will be among the first doctors to start using a new blood test for cancer cells. The test holds lots of promise for fine-tuning cancer treatment, but right now it's only for people who have already been diagnosed with the disease. Carrie Feibel has more.
January 3, 2011 10:37 pm
One More Year For Kubiak
Despite failing to make the playoffs once again and finishing the season with a losing record, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak is coming back for one more year. Texans' owner Bob Mcnair made the decision yesterday, much to the dismay of many Texans' fans. Bill Stamps has the story.
January 3, 2011 10:03 pm
I Resolve to Get in Shape!
It is one of the most common New Year's resolutions: a vow to lose weight and get fit. Research shows that a lot of gym memberships go unused and attendance returns to normal in a little over a month after the new year. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 3, 2011 9:34 pm
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January 3, 2011 8:41 pm
Last Minute Tax Code Changes Will Likely Mean Delays For Filing Income Tax Returns
Now that we're in January, taxpayers will start receiving the statements they need to file their federal income tax returns. But if you're in the habit of filing your return as soon as you get your w-2s and 10-99s, you may have to wait awhile this year. As David Pitman reports, the IRS is still trying to update its processing systems to handle some last-minute changes to the tax code.
January 3, 2011 8:33 pm
Houston's Rothko Chapel Celebrates Anniversary
One of the most well-known spots in Houston's museum district is marking a milestone. The Rothko Chapel is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, as it provides visitors from all over the world with a quiet place for spiritual reflection and artistic appreciation. The story from Gail Delaughter.
January 3, 2011 6:06 am
A "Toxic Tour" of Houston's Eastside
Houston has a number of sightseeing tours — most of them focus on the city's attractive destinations. But there is one tour that offers a sobering look at the dark side of Houston's industrial landscape. The KUHF NewsLab's Wendy Siegle explored these areas with guide Juan Parras, who hopes his tour will illuminate some of the more polluted neighborhoods of Houston.
December 31, 2010 6:55 pm
New Plans In The Works For The Big Thicket
Not all Houstonians know that just ninety miles northeast of here lies the big thicket national preserve — a biologically diverse space, home to soaring longleaf pine trees and the endangered Texas trailing phlox. For the first time in three decades the National Park Service is changing how it will manage the area. And as Wendy Siegle reports, the Sierra Club wants to make safeguarding this rare ecosystem the foundation of any new plan.
December 31, 2010 10:03 am
Burn Survivors Fight Social Isolation
Every year about forty thousand Americans are severely burned in fires, car crashes and workplace accidents. The medical treatment of burns has come a long way — but patients still struggle socially, especially if the burns caused disfigurement. One woman is on a quest to help burn survivors regain an active community life. We get the story from KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel.
December 31, 2010 9:50 am
Bauer Business Focus: Jamie Belinne
Searching for a job can and should be a full-time job, in itself. That's according to Jamie Belinne, the Assistant Dean for Career Services at the Rockwell Career Center at the University of Houston. She talks with Ed Mayberry on this week's "Bauer Business Focus."
December 30, 2010 10:05 pm
The Harm of Digital Devices
Children young and old cannot put their Christmas presents down, with their Kindles, iPads and smart phones. But doctors warn of other presents that might come with these devices, like headaches, eyestrain and other symptoms. Pat Hernandez explains.
December 30, 2010 9:34 pm
City's Free Weatherization Program Needs More Participants
A federally funded program that gives low-income Houstonians the opportunity to reduce their energy bills is expiring next year. REEP, the City of Houston's residential energy efficiency program weatherizes the homes of income-qualified Houstonians at no charge. The city hopes it can sign up enough qualified residents before the deadline — otherwise it will have to return the money. But despite the expected savings, the program suffers from low participation rates. Wendy Siegle has more.
December 30, 2010 8:32 pm
City Workers Must Take Unpaid Furloughs
Houston's Mayor announced mandatory furloughs today for many city workers. The city faces a thirteen million-dollar budget gap. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 29, 2010 9:09 pm
A Look At Comic Strips
Comic strips in a newspaper are often the first destination for many readers. Ed Mayberry talked with the editor in charge of the comics at the Houston Chronicle. How are the strips are selected? And why — even during the week — are some in color?
December 29, 2010 8:46 pm
Harris County Weighs in on Beach Access
The Harris County attorney filed a brief today with the Texas Supreme Court, asking it to reconsider a ruling it made last month on the Open Beaches Act. The county joins a growing number of Texas groups that say public access to Texas beaches is under serious threat. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 29, 2010 8:31 pm
Fewer Death Sentences in Texas
The death sentence has declined as a punishment in Texas in recent years. It's down 70$ since 2003, reaching an historic low this year. Texas also is executing fewer prisoners than in past years. The figures compiled by the Texas Coalition to abolish the death penalty. Rod Rice has more.
December 28, 2010 9:33 pm
Old 1910 Courthouse Restoration Near Completion
It's now 100 years old and will soon look pretty much like it did when it first opened a century ago. A project to restore the old 1910 Harris County courthouse to its former glory is almost complete. As Jack Williams reports — it's a rare renovation that's going back in time.
December 28, 2010 9:05 pm
Pecan Growers Worried About Acid Rain
Concern is growing across Texas that pollution from power plants may be killing trees and vegetation. The Environmental Protection Agency has been visiting pecan orchards in the Hill Country to look for damage. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 28, 2010 8:42 pm
Holiday Drinks High in Calories
Lots of people look forward to the holiday-themed drinks churned out by coffee shops, like gingerbread or peppermint lattes. But those beverages often contain loads of hidden calories. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel sat down with a dietitian Ronda Elsenbrook of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic to perform an eye-opening nutritional x-ray of typical caffeine concoctions.
December 27, 2010 10:12 pm
Checking "Green" Credentials
Many companies today market themselves as green. Have you ever wondered if they're telling the truth? A new kind of company is here to separate the genuine do-gooders from the wannabe green-washers. Laurie Johnson has the details.
December 27, 2010 9:05 pm
TX Law For DWI Could Change
For decades, the law in Texas has been that drunk drivers are not eligible for the form of probation known as "deferred adjudication." If convicted of driving while intoxicated, or DWI, you face jail or fines. But a new proposal could change all that. Carrie Feibel explains.
December 27, 2010 9:04 pm
Nonprofits Work Together In New Program
Two years ago, the United Way began a program in which all of its nonprofit agencies started working together and sharing information instead of working independently. They called it the THRIVE initiative.
Bill Stamps has more on THRIVE and how it's helping low income families become financially independent and do things they'd never dreamed of.
December 27, 2010 8:55 pm
Mayor Parker In Office: Past, Present and Future
Houston Mayor Annise Parker is approaching the end of her first year in office. She says it's been a challenging time, but she's pleased with the progress she's made so far. David Pitman has this look back at Parker's first year, and a look ahead to what she's facing in 2011.
December 27, 2010 10:34 am
Employees Faced With Ethical Dilemmas in This Economy
In a tight jobs market some employees may find themselves in a tough ethical situation, as they consider reporting suspected workplace violations. Workers may be afraid to say anything because they're afraid of getting fired. But legal avenues are available to people who suspect wrongdoing — as Gail Delaughter reports.
December 24, 2010 10:32 pm
UH police officer killed while driving to crime scene
A police officer with the University of Houston died in a car accident early this morning while responding to a call near campus. Officer Ann O'Donnell was 24 years old. She is the first UH officer to be killed while on duty. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 24, 2010 9:00 pm
Local Food Movement Gaining Momentum in Houston
Houston may not be on the list when people talk about cities with a sustainable food culture, but that doesn't mean it's not trying. Houstonians are growing local, buying local, and selling local on a much larger scale, thanks to paradigm-shifters like the recession and even Hurricane Ike. From the KUHF Newslab, Wendy Siegle reports on Houston's rapidly progressing local food movement.
December 24, 2010 8:00 pm
Don't ignore cardiac risks during holidays
It's been long known that the holidays are hazardous to your health. Cardiologists talk about the "Merry Christmas Coronary" or the "Happy New Year Heart Attack." But emergency rooms will be busy this weekend, too. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel looks into the reasons why and asks a doctor what can be done.
December 24, 2010 9:52 am
Bauer Business Focus: Atour Eyvazian
Today's "Bauer Business Focus" is with an Iranian immigrant whose first job was as a janitor at a Jack-In-The-Box 25 years ago. Ed Mayberry talks with Atour Eyvazian, who now owns and operates 49 restaurants in the Houston area.
December 24, 2010 9:12 am
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Internet purchases play an expanding role in Christmas shopping. Ed Mayberry reports that experts are tracking the trends of this holiday shopping season for lessons that will carry through into 2011.
December 23, 2010 10:35 pm
New Greenhouse Gases Rules Pit Texas Against Feds
The fight continues between Texas and the federal government over air pollution. Yesterday the Environmental Protection Agency informed the state that it will take over the permit process for greenhouse gases in Texas. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.