December 12, 2013 5:41 pm
Houston Area Officials: Funding Key For Future Of Transportation In Texas
Elected officials and representatives from agencies across Harris County came together today for the Greater Houston Partnership's "State of Transportation." The main concern among them is the state's growing infrastructure needs.
December 12, 2013 5:11 pm
Elite Law Enforcement Group Celebrates a Milestone in Houston
When it comes to apprehending the worst criminals on the lam, the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders and Fugitive Task Force has no equal. Law enforcement officials celebrated its 20 years of existence.
December 12, 2013 3:42 pm
Hispanics Signing Up For Obamacare In Strong Numbers
As the roll out of the Affordable Care Act continues, the Obama administration is intensifying its outreach — especially to Hispanic households and Spanish speakers. With the Spanish language ACA website now running, the White House hopes to make up for lost time.
December 12, 2013 5:00 am
Ex-J.P. Morgan Chase Employee Charged In $780,000 Bank Fraud
A former Houston banker has been arrested on charges of bank fraud and money laundering.
December 11, 2013 5:20 pm
To Find Pets A Home For The Holidays, BARC Offers Half-Off Adoptions
With two weeks until Christmas, the City of Houston's animal shelter is making an effort to find homes for its animals this weekend. But the shelter advises against giving away pets as Christmas gifts.
December 11, 2013 4:49 pm
IEDA Responders Recall Devastation After Typhoon Haiyan Hit The Philippines
One month after Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, two emergency responders from an international relief agency based in Houston talk about the aftermath of one of the strongest storms on record.
December 11, 2013 4:26 pm
Houston School Board to Consider Ban on Sensitive Mascot Names
At its meeting this week, the Houston school board will consider a new policy for school mascots. The superintendent wants to ban any mascot names that might be derogatory or culturally insensitive.
December 11, 2013 3:42 pm
Procedural Tactics At Houston City Hall Could Delay Payday Lender Regulations
Houston could soon have new regulations for the payday and auto title lending industry. But a procedural tactic might push the proposed ordinance into lengthy delays.
December 11, 2013 6:30 am
Why Foreign Companies Love Texas
Foreign companies are investing billions of dollars in Texas industrial plants and oil & gas drilling operations. The money is creating local jobs but in some cases, it’s also allowing foreign countries access to valuable American-made technology. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into this.
December 11, 2013 5:00 am
Expo! Expo! Assembles In Houston For Convention
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events is holding its annual meeting at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The event — known as "Expo! Expo!" — is one of the world's leading conventions for convention organizers.
December 10, 2013 5:31 pm
Protesters In Houston Blame Mexican Government For Disappearance Of Thousands Of Its Citizens
Protesters gathered outside the Mexican Consulate in Houston today. They denounced the Mexican government for what they say is its involvement in the cases of thousands who have been killed or have disappeared in that country.
December 10, 2013 5:01 pm
Houston Engineer Paralyzed From Swimming Accident Thanks Ben Taub With A Donation
A Houston oil executive, who underwent successful spinal-cord surgery after a diving accident that left him paralyzed, returned to Ben Taub Hospital to thank doctors and nurses for saving his life. His gratitude included a donation.
December 10, 2013 4:20 pm
Houston Parents, Teachers Rally Against High Stakes Testing
There has been a pushback against standardized tests in Texas public schools. While the Texas Legislature cut back on the number of tests in high school this year, some parents and teachers here in Houston think standardized tests still carry too much weight.
December 10, 2013 3:42 pm
Houston Run-Off Races Could be Decided By Three Percent Of Voters
It's the last day of early voting for the local run-off elections. Several Houston City Council and Houston Community College races are on the ballot. Not many people are showing up at the polls.
December 10, 2013 11:24 am
'Merry Christmas Bill' Aims To Put Christmas Back Into Schools
For a number of years now, there has been disagreement among some over the usage of "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays." This year, the Texas legislature passed a bill that aims to eliminate some confusion in schools. But not everyone agrees with that approach.
December 10, 2013 6:27 am
Feds Investigate School District For Alleged Discrimination Of Ticketing African American Students
Increasingly, police are getting involved in school discipline, writing tickets that can land students in court. In Texas, that practice has led to a pushback from parents, and in one school district near Houston, attention from the federal government.
December 10, 2013 5:00 am
Sysco-US Foods Merger May Raise Antitrust Concerns
The proposed merger of Houston-based Sysco with US Foods would combine the nation’s two largest food service distributors. The deal may pose more challenges than Houston-based Sysco is letting on.
December 9, 2013 4:48 pm
Dos And Don'ts For Office Holiday Parties
The workplace holiday party is upon us. Such events sometime result in cringe-inducing stories of morning-after regret. One expert tells us that it's just as easy to leave a good impression for the boss as it is a bad one.
December 9, 2013 4:32 pm
Pumps, Pipes, Valves and Nozzles: Houston Engineers Gather For Annual Cross-Industry Tech Swap
Experts from Houston's three major industries — energy, medicine and NASA — gathered today at Houston Methodist Hospital to swap ideas about technology. The popular conference, called Pumps & Pipes, is now in its seventh year.
December 9, 2013 3:08 pm
Bad Weather In Other Parts Of The Country Affects Flights Out Of Houston
Travelers headed to the airports here in Houston are advised to check on the status of their flights, as icy weather hits many parts of the U.S.
December 9, 2013 11:14 am
Sysco To Merge With US Foods In Deal Worth $8.2 Billion
Houston-based Sysco Corporation has announced a merger with rival food distributor US Foods, in a deal worth roughly $8.2 billion.
December 9, 2013 10:57 am
Mock Trials Give Houston High School Students Opportunity To Practice Law
This week, students from two Houston high schools are getting an inside look into our legal system. And not just a look, they’re active participants in it.
December 9, 2013 5:50 am
Students Lend Their Voice To Change At North Forest
Earlier this year the Texas Education Commissioner took the dramatic and rare step to close down an entire school district here in the Houston area. It was driven by years of poor academics and financial problems. So this year North Forest schools and students became part of the Houston Independent School District.
December 9, 2013 5:00 am
Public Comment Sought On BP-Funded Restoration Projects
Public comment is invited next month on proposed restoration projects in the gulf. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill natural resource damage assessment trustees have released a draft plan that provides about $18.4 million for restoration projects in Texas.
December 8, 2013 6:00 am
Texas Supreme Court To Mull Underground Trespassing
The Texas Supreme Court will hear arguments next month in a case that pits two interests that are dear to many Texans against each other: oil and gas resources versus private property rights. The justices will consider a broad question: Just how far below the earth’s surface do property lines extend?
December 7, 2013 6:00 am
Governor's Race Draws Spotlight On Red Light Cameras
Three candidates for Texas governor have taken different positions on red light cameras, a controversial traffic enforcement tool employed by dozens of Texas cities.
December 6, 2013 5:35 pm
Metro's Newest Light Rail Line Is Ready To Roll
The countdown is on for the opening of Metro's newest light rail line. That's the extension of the Red Line, which will take riders through historic northside neighborhoods, from the University of Houston-Downtown to the Northline Transit Center.
December 6, 2013 4:33 pm
Houston Texans Start The Search For A New Head Coach
The Houston Texans are searching for a new head coach after owner Bob McNair announced Friday the firing of Gary Kubiak. After the team's 11th straight loss last night, some fans say it should have happened long ago.
December 6, 2013 3:50 pm
Blowing Up The Dome This Weekend? Only Kind Of
Parts of the Houston Astrodome will come crashing down this weekend as work continues around the iconic structure.
December 6, 2013 11:30 am
Breaking News: The Houston Texans Fire Gary Kubiak
Friday morning in a press conference, Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair said, "We felt that a change was needed at the head coach position and Gary Kubiak is no longer the head coach." Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will serve as the interim head coach.