September 16, 2009 9:27 pm
UT Admissions to Cut its Automatic Acceptance Rate
Students who have their hearts set on getting into the University of Texas will have to hit the books a little harder, if they want a guaranteed spot in the freshman class in a couple of years.
The Austin campus announced this week it will take advantage of a recent rule change that allows it to cut its automatic acceptance rate.
David Pitman has more.
September 16, 2009 8:59 pm
Council Approves BARC Contract
After weeks of wrangling — Houston Councilmembers finally approved a contract to pay the city's turnaround agent for BARC. The unanimous vote officially puts the city's pound under new leadership through the end of the year. Laurie Johnson has more.
September 16, 2009 8:47 pm
Governor Touts More Money for Border Security
Texas Governor Rick Perry comes to Houston to reiterate the importance of border security. He outlined the state's efforts to combat the increasing transnational gang threat in Texas communities. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 16, 2009 8:00 am
Wednesday AM September 16th, 2009
The co-founder of Greenpeace is in Texas to counter those who say nuclear reactors have serious financial, health and security risks. Dr. Patrick Moore heads a group that promotes nuclear energy as a clean, safe and dependable source of power, as Ed Mayberry reports.
September 15, 2009 11:33 pm
Homeless Get Surprise Gift
It's estimated there are between ten and twelve thousand homeless people living in Houston. Many of the agencies to help the homeless believe a good number of those living on the streets don't take advantage of the services. Bill Stamps followed one local agency as they headed out to the streets to pass out clothing.
September 15, 2009 10:27 pm
Grand Parkway Stays in County Control
Harris County Commissioners Court has approved an option for the Grand Parkway that keeps the project out of the control of the Texas Department of Transportation. The so-called "local primacy" option commits Harris County to build its portion of the project. Pat Hernandez has the story.
September 15, 2009 9:53 pm
Fears Continue Over Heights Arson
Houston police and fire officials continue the search for an alleged arsonist in the Heights area. As many as nine fires may have been set by one person. People in the community are fearful of how long this may continue and how much more damage could be done. Laurie Johnson has more.
September 15, 2009 9:28 pm
Tuesday PM September 15th, 2009
Public defender appointed for R. Allen Stanford…Blockbuster plans up to 960 store closings…Houston home sales lag just ten per cent behind the same month last year…
September 15, 2009 9:12 pm
New Study Supports Car Towing
A new study finds the City of Houston's program to clear stalled and damaged cars from freeway lanes as quickly as possible is cutting down on the number of accidents on those freeways.
David Pitman has more.
September 15, 2009 8:00 am
Tuesday AM September 15th, 2009
Leadership can be higher-pressure in an economically-challenged business climate. Ed Mayberry talked with an author who encourages embracing that challenge.
September 14, 2009 11:33 pm
Hurricane Ike Revisited
One year after Ike hit the area, experts gather at Rice University to discuss the hurricane, which include: the storm's track, impact and lessons learned from the new "bench mark." Pat Hernandez has more.
September 14, 2009 11:04 pm
Galveston Beaches to Get a Face-lift
Galveston's beautiful coastline has deteriorated — Hurricane Ike is partially to blame. Most of the erosion has being going on for years. Now, the government is writing the city a big check to help restore the area. Bill Stamps has more.
September 14, 2009 10:12 pm
Jurors are Appreciated This Week
The justice system doesn't work exactly as
planned in Harris County.
Rod Rice reports the District Clerk says too
few people bother to show up for jury duty.
September 14, 2009 9:45 pm
Monday PM September 14th, 2009
Retail gasoline price continues dropping…Venezuela signs with five mainly Russian energy companies to exploit its heavy crude oil…Chevron announces development plan off northwest Australia…
September 14, 2009 9:07 pm
HFD Continues Search for Arsonist
The Houston Fire Department is investigating another fire in the Heights today. They're trying to determine if it's connected to a string of arson cases in the area. Laurie Johnson has more.
September 14, 2009 6:41 am
A Year Later, Bolivar Healing Slowly
As the sun rose one year ago yesterday, the path of destruction left behind by Hurricane Ike became a lot more real with the morning light. Nowhere was the devastation felt worse than on the Bolivar Peninsula, a swath of land 27 miles long that took the brunt of Ike's arrival. As Jack Williams reports, a year after Ike, Bolivar is starting to feel and look normal again.
September 14, 2009 5:45 am
Electronic Health Records
As Congress argues over President Obama's health care proposal, one major piece of his plan is already rolling out. The stimulus package passed in February included 20 billion dollars to get doctors to move to electronic health records, which Obama says will save millions. But two local medical professionals say electronic health records are about more than just saving paper. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
September 14, 2009 5:08 am
Monday AM September 14th, 2009
Houston was one of the last areas to be hit by the recession. And a Federal Reserve Bank economist says it could be one of the last areas to recover. Ed Mayberry reports.
September 11, 2009 10:09 pm
Paying Tribute to 9/11 Victims
Despite heavy clouds and light rain, Houston police and firefighters paid tribute to the lives lost in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The victims honored included emergency responders to the World Trade Center Twin Towers that fell in New York City. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 11, 2009 9:28 pm
HISD's New Boss Lays Out Goals
It's the first day on the job for HISD's new superintendent. Terry Grier spent the day visiting schools and getting to know some of the people he'll be working with at HISD. Bill Stamps has more.
September 11, 2009 8:57 pm
Friday PM September 11th, 2009`
Financial experts, industry and government officials look at Houston’s economy over next 18 months…Federal deficit surges into record territory…Sales tax receipts down 12.5 per cent from same month last year…
September 11, 2009 8:20 pm
FEMA Helps TSU with Ike Recovery
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
continues it effort to help Texas Southern
University recover from Hurricane Ike.
Rod Rice reports that FEMA will pay for most
of the repairs to the Leonard Spearman
September 11, 2009 8:00 pm
This weekend is one of remembrance for folks on Bolivar Peninsula. Along with looking back on the nation's tragedy of 9-11 — they're also looking back at their community one year ago when Hurricane Ike ravaged nearly all of the homes and businesses in the area. Laurie Johnson has more.
September 11, 2009 8:00 am
Friday AM September 11th, 2009
One noted investor and market analyst says improving housing prices are a seasonal balance, and the housing market still hasn't hit bottom. Ed Mayberry reports.
September 11, 2009 12:24 am
Keeping the Border Safe
Saying he cannot wait for the federal government to help, Texas Governor Rick Perry announces the latest effort to enhance border security. It involves using highly skilled
Ranger Reconnaissance teams to address the threat along the Texas-Mexico border. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 10, 2009 10:10 pm
Galveston, One Year After Ike
This weekend marks the one year anniversary of Hurricane Ike. One year ago the storm blew through Southeast Texas causing billions of dollars worth of damage. One of the areas hit hardest was Galveston. Bill Stamps talked with Galveston residents who are still putting their lives back together one year later.
September 10, 2009 9:39 pm
Thursday PM September 10th, 2009
First-time claims for jobless benefits falls more than analyst predictions…Retail gasoline prices continue dropping…Texas Alliance of Energy Producers says Texas economy would be damaged with proposed tax code changes…
September 10, 2009 8:55 pm
Trees for Galveston
Hundreds — perhaps thousands — of trees died on Galveston Island after Hurricane Ike.
The island's urban canopy was decimated but is slowly being replaced by donations and a reforestation project.
Laurie Johnson reports.
September 10, 2009 8:00 am
Thursday AM Septmeber 10th, 2009
The U.S. government accountability office is being asked to review the army's decision to award a contract for light military trucks to Oshkosh Corporation in Wisconsin. The vehicles have been made in Sealy for 17 years, and the sudden loss of the contract could cost more than 3,000 Texas jobs. Ed Mayberry reports.
September 9, 2009 10:56 pm
Hoping to Prevent another Hurricane Power Outage
When Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Gulf Coast one year ago this weekend — it resulted in the largest power outage ever for Centerpoint Energy. The direct hit affected more than 95-percent of the company's customers and the storm will affect rate payers for years to come. Pat Hernandez tells us why.