July 8, 2009 10:15 pm
Racial Tension Increases at HFD
After the third racially-charged incident in several weeks, some Houston councilmembers are demanding a system wide investigation into the culture and policies of the Houston Fire Department.
The latest incident happened early Wednesday morning when an HFD radio frequency was used to broadcast racially offensive messages. Laurie Johnson reports.
July 8, 2009 9:39 pm
Houston's Animal Control without a Leader…Again
Houston's troubled Bureau of Animal Control and Regulation is without a leader after new director Ray Sim was dismissed just two months after coming over from a similar position in Florida. Pat Hernandez has more.
July 8, 2009 8:56 pm
Wednesday PM July 8th, 2009
White House makes deal with hospitals to fund healthcare reform…NRG Energy turns down latest Exelon offer…G-8 conference underway in l'Aquila, Italy…
July 7, 2009 11:45 pm
Kids play at Minute Maid and learn about Steroids
The Taylor Hooton Foundation is named after a high school athlete who committed suicide after months of using steroids. That foundation came to Houston today to teach kids about the need to live healthy lives and stay away from performance enhancing drugs. Bill Stamps has the story from Minute Maid Park.
July 7, 2009 10:31 pm
HFD: "So Distasteful, So Painful, So Despicable"
The Houston Fire Department is out to find whoever is behind racist graffiti found scrawled on a door at the fire station near Bush Airport. The offensive notes were discovered by two female firefighters. Officials vow to prosecute those responsible. Pat Hernandez has more.
July 7, 2009 9:54 pm
Fighting Gun Control
Texas joins 32 other states in a request to the Supreme Court to hear a case on the right to bear arms. The brief filed by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today calls for the court to overturn a lower court's decision that prohibited a Chicago man from owning a gun. Laurie Johnson has more.
July 7, 2009 8:41 pm
Wednesday AM July 8th, 2009
Galveston County gets another 22-million dollars in FEMA grants to help the continuing Hurricane Ike recovery. Jack Williams reports.
July 7, 2009 9:00 am
Tuesday PM July 7th, 2009
A federal stimulus grant has been awarded to the University of Texas Health Science Center for Parkinson’s disease research. Ed Mayberry reports.
July 7, 2009 8:00 am
Signs of Change
Houston's roadside signs are about to get smaller and less intrusive. The city is poised to enact a new ordinance that will limit the size and type of signs businesses can display along streets. Laurie Johnson explains.
July 6, 2009 10:46 pm
Is Economy Keeping Tourists Home This Summer?
In these tough economic times, many families are having to cut back on their spending. So how is that affecting tourism in the Houston area? Bill Stamps headed to one local hot spot to find out.
July 6, 2009 10:11 pm
Iconic Store Reopens 4th of July
44-days after the warehouse was destroyed by an arson fire, Gallery Furniture reopened in north Houston. Owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale says all the hard work to reopen July 4th paid off with a record attendance. Pat Hernandez has more.
July 6, 2009 9:10 pm
Monday PM July 6th, 2009
Services sector contracts less than expected…Recession affects summer jobs for teenagers…Key advertising forecaster cuts global ad spending estimates once again…
July 6, 2009 8:49 pm
Shriner's Burn Patients Could Come to Houston
The future of the Shriners Hospital for Children
in Galveston is a main topic as Shriners gather
in San Antonio for their annual convention.
Rod Rice reports that the Galveston decision
could affect the Houston Shriners Hospital.
July 6, 2009 2:50 am
Monday AM July 6th, 2009
A web site's annual index ranks the "most-American vehicles" based on where the vehicles are built and percentage of parts made domestically. Ed Mayberry reports.
July 6, 2009 2:26 am
Patriots by the Lake
The Harris County Housing Authority has announced plans to develop a master
planned community for military veterans. It will be the first development of its kind
anywhere in the country, as Jim Bell reports.
July 3, 2009 11:00 pm
Friday PM July 3rd, 2009
Antigua’s financial regulator replacement steps down…AAA survey indicates falling prices…Church-related unemployment support groups proliferate…
July 3, 2009 10:50 pm
No Cost to attend July 4th Celebration Downtown
Houston's annual July 4th celebration tomorrow at Eleanor Tinsley Park downtown salutes local military heroes and honors the 40th anniversary of NASA's Apollo-11 lunar landing. Officials anticipate an even bigger crowd because for the first time, the event is free. But because of the hot weather, patrons are advised to dress appropriately. Pat Hernandez has the story.
July 3, 2009 9:00 am
Friday AM July 3rd, 2009
Job cuts announced in June fell to a 15-month low, according to outplacement consultants Challenger, Gray and Christmas. Ed Mayberry reports.
July 2, 2009 10:16 pm
Is the Sun Killing Your Plants?
The Houston area has been experiencing drought conditions with temperatures in the triple digits. The combination of scorching sun and no rain has wreaked havoc on many plants and trees. Bill Stamps spoke with garden experts to see what you can do — if anything — to save your plants under these conditions.
July 2, 2009 9:49 pm
The Backyard Grill Isn't Just for Meat
The 4th of July holiday weekend will
no doubt includes a lot of backyard grilling.
The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center says
you can have a healthier holiday diet
without giving up the grill.
Rod Rice reports.
July 2, 2009 8:59 pm
Thursday PM July 2nd, 2009
Unemployment rate hits 26-year high of 9.5 per cent; job cuts easing…Exelon raises its offer to buy rival NRG Energy…Continental Airlines asks flight attendants to consider voluntary temporary leaves starting September 1st…
July 2, 2009 8:34 pm
School Board Gets a List of Possible Superintendent Candidates
With less than two months left to the start of the school year, the Houston Independent School District is in need of a new superintendent. Board members received a list of candidates last week. Now they've moved on to start whittling down that list. Laurie Johnson has more.
July 2, 2009 4:14 am
Caution Urged when Handling Fireworks
As is the tradition, bright and colorful fireworks displays will mark July 4th celebrations. Some families will gather at community parks or organized events to view professional fireworks shows. Others will choose to do it themselves with festivities in their neighborhoods or backyards. Authorities say those events will keep them on alert. Pat Hernandez has the story.
July 1, 2009 11:25 pm
Thursday AM July 2nd, 2009
Congressional Republicans from Texas reiterate their opposition to cap and trade legislation that passed the house last week. Ed Mayberry reports.
July 1, 2009 10:55 pm
Reward Increased For Convenience Store Murders
Police are asking for the public's help in solving the murder of a convenience store owner and one of his employees. Now a local business has stepped up to more than double the reward money. Bill Stamps has more.
July 1, 2009 9:32 pm
Wednesday PM July 1st, 2009
Stanford' former CFO reaches plea deal…Pending home sales rise for fourth straight month…Republican Congressmen from Texas blast Cap and Trade legislation…
July 1, 2009 9:20 pm
Houston VA Studies Traumatic Brain Injuries
The Houston VA Hospital has received a $5 million dollar grant to study
and develop treatment for traumatic brain injuries, especially in veterans
of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jim Bell reports.
July 1, 2009 9:02 pm
The Deadline Nears for SBA Disaster Loans
Residents and businesses affected by
the heavy rains and flooding the end of
April have only two weeks to apply for
a disaster loan from the Small Business
Rod Rice has more.
June 30, 2009 11:56 pm
Back to Work: Lawmakers Begin Special Session Today
State lawmakers are in Austin this morning, ready for the start of the special legislative session called by Governor Rick Perry. As Jack Williams reports, it could be a brief reunion at the State Capitol, with only three issues to consider.
June 30, 2009 11:47 pm
Wednesday AM July 1st, 2009
Nearly one in three financial executives say they will be taking fewer vacation days — or skipping vacations altogether — to navigate the current economic climate. Ed Mayberry reports.