November 18, 2013 5:11 pm
Texas Board Of Education Grapples With 'Advanced' Courses For High School
Earlier this year, Texas lawmakers changed what classes students need in order to graduate from high school. Now the state Board of Education is trying to figure out the details — which will impact on students and schools here in Houston.
November 18, 2013 4:38 pm
Congresswoman Calls On Houston Community To Address Gun Violence
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, is calling on law enforcement and the community to take steps to combat gun violence. It comes after a second recent house party in the Houston area ended in a fatal shooting.
November 18, 2013 4:38 pm
Former Prosecutor Makes District Attorney Candidacy Official
Kim Ogg, a former prosecutor, anti-gang investigator and crime prevention leader, made it official and announced she will run for Harris County District Attorney as a Democrat. One Houston political analyst says Ogg will face a formidable challenge in Republican Devon Anderson, who was named to fill the term of her late husband, Mike Anderson.
November 18, 2013 3:04 pm
VP Biden: Infrastructure Funding Critical To Future Of US Manufacturing
Vice President Joe Biden toured the Port of Houston today, prior to departing for his trip to Panama. Biden used the opportunity to call on Congress to approve funding for the Obama administration's proposal to upgrade the nation's infrastructure.
November 18, 2013 1:09 pm
Houston Healthcare Sign-Up Helps Clear-Up Confusion
It goes without saying that it's been a rough start for the health insurance marketplace, a key part of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act. A balky website and confused consumers have created gridlock in many cases for people trying to sign-up for the marketplace. Here in Harris County, leaders for hoping big enrollment drives like one over the weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center will help get Obamacare rolling after a shaky start.
November 18, 2013 12:59 pm
Houstonians Confused About Twists And Turns Of Affordable Care Act
The final phase of the Affordable Care Act has been anything but smooth, starting with the failure of the federal insurance website when it debuted October first. And the confusion only increased this week with a surprise announcement from President Obama.
November 18, 2013 5:00 am
Forty Years On, Energy Independence is Closer, But Still Out of Reach
The revolution in domestic energy production has driven U.S. oil imports to a forty-year low. But the goal of energy independence remains elusive.
November 17, 2013 6:00 am
Advocates: Saving Matagorda Bay Could Take Legal Action
Environmental advocates and fishermen along the Gulf Coast met this week to discuss the uncertain future of Matagorda Bay's ecology. Their conclusion: Saving it could require legal action.
November 16, 2013 6:00 am
Abbott Proposes Far-Reaching Ethics Reform
Ethics watchdogs are applauding gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott for proposing what would amount to a sea change in Texas ethics laws
November 15, 2013 5:21 pm
Twenty HISD Teachers Reassigned Amid Investigation Into Test Cheating
The Houston school district has removed 20 teachers from their classrooms as part of a probe into cheating on standardized tests.
November 15, 2013 5:02 pm
Terry Garrison Reflects On His Time As Houston Fire Chief
Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison calls Houston a great city with a great fire department and Mayor Annise Parker, one of the best bosses he ever had. But he says family comes first, and is stepping down to help care for his ailing grandson in Arizona.
November 15, 2013 3:53 pm
Phone Scam Has Relieved Fort Bend County Residents Of Thousands Of Dollars
Authorities are warning the public about a new telephone scam in Fort Bend County. It involves callers pretending to be law enforcement officers and threatening arrest.
November 15, 2013 3:41 pm
Mars Rover Contest Deadline Today
Today is the deadline for school-age children to enter a unique contest that combines knowledge of science and artistic skills. The University of Houston's Mars Rover competition has been going for more than a decade.
November 15, 2013 3:09 pm
Why Houston Cancels New Year's Eve Bash
Houston's New Year's Eve celebration is canceled because of a lack of funding.
November 15, 2013 2:04 pm
Crude Oil Imports Plunge As Eagle Ford Production Surges
Foreign trade passing through the Houston-Galveston Customs District dropped during the first nine months of the year, compared to the same period in 2012. Most of that drop came in the form of reduced imports of crude oil.
November 15, 2013 10:45 am
What's With Sen. Cruz's Silence As Sen. Cornyn Seeks Re-Election?
U.S. Senator John Cornyn today officially kicked off his campaign to win a third term. Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Cornyn at this morning's rally in Austin was Governor Rick Perry. But notably absent was the junior senator from Texas — Ted Cruz.
November 15, 2013 10:29 am
St Thomas Wins Bid For HISD Property With $60 Million Offer
At its meeting last night, the board for the Houston Independent School District picked a winner in the bidding war for a prime piece of school real estate.
November 15, 2013 6:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: J. Wayne Ballew On Venezuela After Hugo Chávez
Houston-based Superior Energy Services recently became the latest American company to have its assets in Venezuela seized by PDVSA, the country's state-run oil monopoly. J. Wayne Ballew is an attorney with the law firm of Looper, Reed & McGraw and an expert in Venezuelan oil issues. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week’s installment of the Bauer Business Focus.
November 14, 2013 4:42 pm
Will Texans' Demand For Health Insurance Outweigh Obamacare's Problems?
Texas health advocacy groups are reacting to the news that only a tiny fraction of the millions of uninsured Texans signed up for new Obamacare plans last month. The advocates blame Republicans here for their hostile rhetoric and the faulty website. The advocates think the demand for insurance is so great that more people will eventually sign up.
November 14, 2013 4:35 pm
Texas Policy Holders Might Not Be Affected By New Obamacare Change
The Obama Administration is changing the Affordable Care Act. The change may allow insurance companies to restore some cancelled plans for people who buy their own individual health policies. But will they in Texas, where the situation is a little different?
November 14, 2013 4:12 pm
Future Theme Park Not Another AstroWorld
It’s been eight years since the AstroWorld amusement park closed. Soon, construction is slated to start on a new theme park 30 miles north of Houston. The new park is going to be quite different from AstroWorld.
November 14, 2013 3:53 pm
Mayor Parker Plans Anti-Discrimination Policy For Houston Businesses
Houston Mayor Annise Parker plans to bring a proposal forward to city council regarding the treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The proposed policy would add protections against discrimination in the city of Houston.
November 14, 2013 3:35 pm
Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison Resigns
After three years on the job, Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison is resigning, effective at the end of the year.
November 14, 2013 10:57 am
Filipino Houstonians Help Typhoon Survivors Back In The Home Country
As typhoon survivors in the Philippines are scrambling to get back on their feet, Filipino Americans here in Houston are doing what they can to help. Some help with money, some even with their hands.
November 14, 2013 6:30 am
The Story Of Dengue: A Closer Look At A Re-Emerging Virus In Houston
Recently scientists determined that the tropical virus known as dengue has been circulating in Houston. Dengue is a serious illness worldwide, it's transmitted by mosquito bite, and there's no treatment or vaccine. Recently local scientists found it in stored blood samples in a Houston lab. But what does that mean for Houstonians today?
November 14, 2013 5:00 am
Vice President Biden To Visit Port Of Houston
Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Port of Houston next Monday to encourage economic development and capitalize on the expansion of the Panama Canal.
November 13, 2013 5:09 pm
Fewer Than 3,000 Texans Enroll During First Month Of Obamacare Marketplace
Federal health officials have announced how many people so far have picked a new health plan under the Affordable Care Act. The numbers capture people who applied on paper and through the troubled website Healthcare.gov. How did uninsured Texans fared during the first month of enrollment?
November 13, 2013 4:44 pm
Why You Should Think Twice About Buying Drastically Reduced Items
Shoppers this holiday season are being warned that items being sold at enormous discounts might have been shoplifted by retail crime professionals and may be unsafe to use.
November 13, 2013 3:15 pm
Lobbyists Push Houston Toward Less Restrictive Wage Theft Ordinance
As Houston City Councilmembers prepare to vote on an ordinance to crack down on wage theft, lobbyists are working behind the scenes to make the ordinance less aggressive.
November 13, 2013 2:56 pm
Texas Streamlines Process For Getting A Car Title
Texas has become the first state in the nation to issue new vehicle titles electronically. It's part of an effort to move away from paper and go to a system that's totally digital.