December 19, 2012 4:38 pm
Visually Impaired Girl Receives Early Christmas Gift That Allows Her To Read
Christmas came early for one local visually impaired 7-year old. Kaitlyn Brown is the lucky recipient of a machine from nonprofit sight savers and The University of Texas Health Science Center. The machine can magnify objects up to 79 times which allows her to read and learn like other kids her age.
December 19, 2012 4:29 pm
Holiday Travel Picks Up In Texas
More Texans are expected to hit the road this holiday season.
December 19, 2012 4:18 pm
New UH Football Stadium To Open In 2014
The University of Houston has released renderings of its future 40,000 seat football stadium that will replace the demolished Robertson Stadium. The most noteworthy change is probably the facility's positioning.
December 19, 2012 3:39 pm
Lawmakers Suggest Education Reform Measures For Schools In Texas
Texas lawmakers unveiled a package of education reforms that includes an effort to help some public school students attend private schools. The announcement was made inside a Catholic elementary school in Austin.
December 19, 2012 3:26 pm
Houston Tried To Shut Down Gun Shows
Next week the George R. Brown Convention Center will host the high caliber gun and knife show. Gun shows rotate through Houston's expo centers on an almost monthly basis. But at one time the city tried to prohibit or restrict such shows.
December 19, 2012 2:46 pm
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison Bids Farewell
The first woman to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate said goodbye today.
December 19, 2012 12:48 pm
Major Questions Left Unanswered In Texas Trooper Helicopter Shooting Of Immigrants
As the investigation continues into the Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter shooting that killed two Guatemalan immigrants — a South Texas DA says the most important question will never be answered.
December 19, 2012 4:26 am
Online Scammers Target Debt-Laden Christmas Shoppers
As consumers run up credit card debt with their Christmas shopping, many are falling victim to scams that promise an easy way to pay down their bills.
December 18, 2012 4:16 pm
Col. Kennedy's Appointment To Port Commission Unanimous
In a unanimous vote, Harris County Commissioners appointed retired Army Colonel John D. Kennedy to the Port of Houston Authority Commission to fill the vacancy left by Elyse Lanier.
December 18, 2012 3:38 pm
Harris County Authorities Try To Stem High Drunk Driving Fatality Rate
Police around the Houston area hope money from the state will help take drunk drivers off the road this holiday season. The focus of the effort is to save lives.
December 18, 2012 3:31 pm
November Housing Market Sizzles
Houston realtors are calling November a sizzling month for home sales. November was the eighteenth month in a row of positive sales.
December 18, 2012 12:42 pm
Would Expanding Conceal-And-Carry Cut Gun Violence?
Governor Rick Perry has weighed in on the renewed debate over gun control, following the school shooting in Connecticut. Last night, he told a gathering in a Fort Worth suburb that concealed-handgun permit holders should be able to carry their weapons in any public place. But is the idea of arming more people in more places the right course of action?
December 18, 2012 5:21 am
Texas Inspectors Chasing Oil And Gas Violators
When the Texas Legislature starts its new session next month, lawmakers will be taking a close look at the state's booming oil and gas industry. Some believe the industry has grown far faster than the state's ability to regulate it. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found that while past efforts to improve oversight have failed, this time may be different.
December 18, 2012 4:05 am
Strike Threat Looms At Port Of Houston
The Port of Houston could be facing a strike by longshoremen as early as next week.
December 17, 2012 4:04 pm
The 2013 Houston Mayoral Race Begins ... In 2012
Although the mayoral election is nearly a year away — the campaigning is about to begin. Former city attorney Ben Hall is likely to run against incumbent Annise Parker.
December 17, 2012 3:30 pm
HISD Reflects After Connecticut School Shooting And Plans Forward
As teachers and parents here in Houston struggle with how to talk to their children about the school shooting tragedy last week, the state's largest district says its safety plans are always being reviewed. The Houston Independent School District says it practices its crisis plan on a nearly weekly basis.
December 17, 2012 2:53 pm
Construction Starts For Navigation Beautification
With the new Dynamo stadium and light rail moving in, Houston's East End is undergoing an extreme makeover. As part of it, construction started today on Navigation Boulevard.
December 17, 2012 2:11 pm
METRO's CEO George Greanias Announces Resignation
Metro's CEO is staying quiet as to his sudden resignation but a Houston political scientist says the departure of George Greanias may have something to do with the outcome of last month's referendum on transit funding.
December 17, 2012 4:40 am
First Year Of Harris County Mental Health Court Gets Good Review From Judge
Harris County has established a special weekly court to deal with defendants who have a mental illness. The idea is to treat the illness that leads to crimes, and keep people from cycling in and out of jail unnecessarily.
December 17, 2012 4:25 am
Similar Candidates Try To Be Different In Senate District 6
Today is the deadline for candidates in the Senate District 6 race to submit their campaign finance reports. Now that the governor has called a special election to fill the seat that was left vacant when State Senator Mario Gallegos passed away — the campaign for the seat can get under way in earnest. The two front runners in the race are very similar candidates on the surface.
December 17, 2012 3:34 am
All Houston Sectors Expected To Add Jobs In 2013
Houston's rate of job growth is likely to slow in 2013. But some sectors will continue to stand out as hiring at a faster pace than others.
December 16, 2012 6:50 am
Some Texas Districts Pursuing School Choice Locally
State leaders are preparing to push for legislation to expand the choices available for Texas' nearly 5 million public school students. Meanwhile, some local districts are already pursuing similar reforms within their own systems.
December 15, 2012 6:53 am
House Speaker's Race is Bluffing Game for Now
In the race for speaker of the Texas House, everybody has the votes they need. Or they're well on their way. Or at least that's what they're telling the rest of us. When it comes to specifics, they stay mum. Because the worst place to be in a speaker's race is on the losing side — and a change in momentum can scatter supporters quickly.
December 14, 2012 4:42 pm
The Fate Of KCOH
The future of KCOH, which is billed as the oldest and largest African-American radio station in the south, is up in the air. Today the majority owner of the station announced that the programming will move to another part of the radio dial.
December 14, 2012 4:03 pm
Houston Art School Gives Special Outlet For Special Needs Kids
For many people, creating art is a relaxing pastime that distracts from everyday stress. One Houston artist believes art is a valuable tool in the work with people with special needs.
December 14, 2012 3:33 pm
Parker: Houston Gets Largest Donation Of Produce In The World
Just in time for Christmas, produce growers, distributors, shippers and retailers combine their resources to make the largest donation ever of fresh produce for hunger relief in Houston.
December 14, 2012 2:05 pm
VIDEO: President Obama Statement On Shooting In Newtown, Connecticut
President Obama delivers a statement on today's shooting at a school in Newtown, Connecticut. December 14, 2012.
December 14, 2012 12:40 pm
Expected Weekend Rains Will Help Ease The Drought, But Not By Much
Showers and occasional thunderstorms are expected across the Houston area through the weekend. The ongoing drought appears to be easing up in some parts of the metro area, while remaining more-or-less the same in others. It's unlikely that the moderate-to-severe drought in Houston will come to a complete end anytime soon.
December 14, 2012 11:17 am
Update: Deadly Elementary School Shooting In Connecticut
Police say 27 people were killed in the shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, including the gunman, and one person died at another scene. Official says Connecticut school shootings suspect is Adam Lanza, 20; earlier report had wrong first name.
December 14, 2012 5:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Reggie Coachman
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Greater Houston Restaurant Association. Leading the association through its anniversary year is Reggie Coachman, who also heads regional operations for Schlotzsky's. Coachman joins Andrew Schneider on this week's Bauer Business Focus.