August 15, 2013 4:45 pm
Harris County Sheriff For The Day Gets Firsthand Look Into Daily Responsibilities
Today the Harris County Sheriff's Office swore in its first annual "Sheriff For The Day." The idea is to give qualified youths an inside perspective on the county's top law man's work — and breed the next generation of law enforcement officers.
August 15, 2013 4:13 pm
The State of Public Education in Houston
Over these next few weeks, Houston area students will head back to school. As Greater Houston parents, teachers, students, and administrators prepare for another school year, Houston Matters thought it might be a good time to examine the state of elementary and secondary education in Houston.
August 15, 2013 1:47 pm
Researchers Find Inspiration From Sea Creatures
Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have come up with a way to make better use of all the water required for hydraulic fracturing, more commonly known as fracking. They've come up with a new way to filter water that was inspired by sea creatures.
August 15, 2013 6:30 am
As Tank Cars Roll Through, Texas Towns Prepare for Accidents
The Federal Railroad Administration is now investigating how safe it is to move crude oil in tank cars. You may have seen them as you waited at a railroad crossing: one after another, shiny, new black tankers. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling wants to know if communities are prepared to deal with an accident.
August 15, 2013 5:00 am
Frost Buys Out Western National Bank For $220 Million
The parent of Frost Bank has signed a merger that will widen the bank's capacity for energy financing.
August 14, 2013 10:24 pm
Houston Boy Gets To Be A Soldier For A Day At Ellington Field
Ellington Field is known for many things — the Joint Reserve Base and NASA among them. Today, it added another: making wishes come true. A sick Houston boy got to be a soldier for a day.
August 14, 2013 9:29 pm
Identity Thieves Posing As Court Officers, Threatening Arrest To Extract Personal Info
The Harris County District Clerk's office is warning that identity thieves are targeting county residents with a scam involving jury service.
August 14, 2013 9:28 pm
Houston Opens New 'Energy Institute' To Students, Teachers And Energy Industry
This year Houston will debut a one-of-a-kind school. It's an Energy Institute. The Houston Independent School District officially opened the school Wednesday to students, teachers — and energy executives.
August 14, 2013 9:20 pm
Amputee Finds Organization Which Rehabilitates Animals With Similar Injuries
Many pet owners consider their pets to be an important part of their family. But not all pets are fortunate to receive this kind of loving treatment. In honor of National Homeless Animals Day on Saturday, one organization works hard to connect dogs and cats with families that appreciate their contribution to their lives.
August 14, 2013 11:05 am
Rail District Hopes To Start Preliminary Work On Crossing Upgrade Project
The Gulf Coast Rail District is getting ready to take the next step in a major project designed to eliminate long waits at some railroad crossings.
August 14, 2013 5:00 am
Texas AG's Office: American Merger Could Cut Service At Smaller Texas Airports
Texas is one of six states joining the Justice Department in its suit to block the merger of U.S. Airways and Fort Worth-based American Airlines.
August 13, 2013 5:15 pm
Why A Conservation Group Needs Millions In Less Than A Week To Preserve Prairie
Conservationists are trying to keep an untouched grassland area in Deer Park from being developed into a residential subdivision. They are trying to buy the land from the developer but time is running out.
August 13, 2013 4:48 pm
With Petition Signatures Delivered, Possible Legal Battle Brews Over Education Tax
This morning, the Early to Rise campaign for a new education tax finished its petition drive. It delivered thousands of signatures to the Harris County Judge. But the judge says there could be lawsuits whether or not the petition makes the ballot.
August 13, 2013 4:31 pm
Astrodome Referendum Will Be On The November Ballot
Harris County commissioners voted unanimously to let the Harris County voters decide the fate of the Houston Astrodome. The measure will be placed on the November 5th ballot and will ask voters to authorize the sale of bonds to finance a plan to turn the vacant stadium into a state-of-the-art convention center and exhibition space.
August 13, 2013 2:52 pm
Houston's Thanksgiving Day Parade Will Carry On
Houston's Thanksgiving holiday parade will continue — thanks to new sponsorships and intervention from the mayor.
August 13, 2013 10:38 am
Early To Rise Campaign Delivers Petition Signatures To County Judge
This morning, leaders with the Early to Rise campaign are delivering thousands of signatures to the Harris County Judge.
August 13, 2013 5:00 am
Houston Hiring Remains Steady, But Prices Are Climbing
Houston economic activity has held steady for the third month in a row, according to the latest survey of local purchasing managers.
August 12, 2013 5:36 pm
Reasons Unclear For Stark Drop In Number Of Endangered Sea Turtle Nests
Conservationists are alarmed after the number of Kemp's ridley sea turtle nests in Texas has unexpectedly declined from last year. The reason for this is not entirely clear.
August 12, 2013 5:01 pm
How Thieves Are Targeting Pet Owners At Dog Parks
Authorities are warning dog owners visiting any of the city's parks to be wary of your surroundings. They say criminals are targeting unsuspecting visitors who may become distracted because they may be focused on their furry family members.
August 12, 2013 4:41 pm
Documenting The Texas Drought Through Social Media
Nearly all of Texas is in some stage of drought with no relief in sight. Three state agencies are asking Texans to submit photos of drought conditions from across the state.
August 12, 2013 4:27 pm
Houston Gets Its Next Portion Of Light Rail Funding
Millions more are on their way to Houston as part of the federal funding agreement for two new light rail lines.
August 12, 2013 10:27 am
Officials Hope New Toll Road Eases Congestion In Northwest Harris County
Construction starts this fall on a new toll road designed to ease congestion in northwest Harris County. Officials say the road is desperately needed to support a growing population.
August 12, 2013 6:00 am
How Austin Is Making Things Easier For Craft Breweries
One of the new laws that came out of this year's legislative session gives craft brewers and brew pubs in Texas a bit more freedom in how they sell their beer. How will this change affect brewers and their customers?
August 12, 2013 5:00 am
Door-to-Door Scams Involving Security Systems On The Rise
The Texas Attorney General's office is warning of an upswing in scams tied to door-to-door sales of security systems.
August 11, 2013 6:00 am
Whooping Crane Case Could Affect State Water Supplies
A federal appeals court will hear arguments Thursday in a lawsuit over whooping cranes that could have major implications for Texas water supplies and for natural resource planning across the United States.
August 9, 2013 5:44 pm
Houston Scientist Joins Call For More Research And Regulation Of Caffeinated 'Energy Drinks'
The Institute of Medicine held a conference this week on the health hazards of caffeinated energy drinks – and food products with added caffeine.
August 9, 2013 5:41 pm
Houston Holiday Parade Up In The Air — Floats Are Sold To Hidalgo
The future for Houston's annual Thanksgiving Day parade is unclear after its organizer announced that it will no longer produce it. The Houston Festival Foundation says it couldn't keep up with the rising costs.
August 9, 2013 5:11 pm
UH Psychologist Leads New Study Looking Into The Impact Of Military Deployment
New research is being conducted that examines the impact of military deployment on families. What makes this different from previous research?
August 9, 2013 4:24 pm
Campaign for Early Education Tax Finishes Petition Drive, Faces Critical Next Step
For weeks, a campaign has been collecting signatures to put a new tax on the ballot in November. If passed, the proposed tax would create $25 million dollars to improve early education in Harris County. The next week will be critical to see if the proposal gets on the ballot.
August 9, 2013 3:53 pm
Texas Adds Road Workers To Move Over/Slow Down Law
A new law to protect road construction workers will go into effect on September first. It's a law you might have thought already existed.