October 1, 2012 4:44 pm
Houstonians Encouraged to Get to Know Their Neighbors
Thousands of Houstonians will gather Tuesday evening for the "National Night Out Against Crime." The annual event gives neighbors a chance to get to know each other, in an effort to keep crime out of their neighborhoods. Local officials hope the event will get people in the habit of talking to each other year-round.
October 1, 2012 4:09 pm
Other Drivers Need To BACKOFF? Say It With Your License Plate
Drivers in Texas who've been itching to get a seven-character specialty plate for their cars will soon have another chance.
October 1, 2012 3:58 pm
Early Voting Encouraged As Precincts Change
Billboards are up across Harris County encouraging people to vote early. Local officials say the reminder is more important this year because of redistricting.
October 1, 2012 6:30 am
How Power Outages Increase Pollution From Gulf Coast Refineries
With the kind of powerful thunderstorms we have in Texas, it's no big surprise that sometimes there are power outages. They're an inconvenience for most of us. But they can be down-right dangerous when they happen to the state's massive petrochemical plants and refineries.
October 1, 2012 6:01 am
Could The 'Space Leadership Preservation Act' Fix What Ails NASA?"
A group of congressmen is pushing for a major overhaul of NASA. They have introduced a bill they call the "Space Leadership Preservation Act." The bill's authors say it will bring more stability to NASA, and better use of taxpayer money.
October 1, 2012 5:30 am
Small Town Hopes To Get Rid Of Its Big-City Traffic Problems
A small community northeast of Houston is getting some major relief after grappling for years with big-city traffic problems. A new loop highway will now divert traffic around the Liberty County town of Cleveland. The new route means officials can now move ahead with plans to revitalize Cleveland's downtown.
October 1, 2012 5:03 am
Modest Gains In Holiday Hiring Likely
Solid back-to-school sales boosted retailers' confidence heading into the all-important holiday season. But that may not be enough to spur a significant increase in seasonal hiring.
September 30, 2012 7:30 am
Houston, On A Forever Stamp!
Tomorrow marks the launch of the newest forever stamps. Normally that doesn't really call for much fanfare or excitement — but this year Houston makes an appearance.
September 30, 2012 7:15 am
Mobile Benefit Clinic For Vets Comes To Houston
For local vets, the non-profit Disabled American Veterans or D.A.V will be giving free disability benefit assistance through its mobile service office next week.
September 29, 2012 8:00 am
Like $10,000 Degree, Perry Tuition Plan May Not Fit All
Gov. Rick Perry has made two high-profile requests of the state's public universities: create $10,000 degrees and lock in tuition for students. But some university officials suggest that the state's higher education institutions are too different to take a uniform approach to curbing college costs.
September 28, 2012 5:24 pm
Effort Launched To Increase Hispanic Voter Rolls
Hispanics are considered a pivotal voting bloc in the November election, but some states have strict requirements that could discourage many of them from voting. Here in Houston, registration initiatives will take place to increase voter turnout.
September 28, 2012 4:49 pm
Houston Focused On Controlling Syphilis, HIV
In the wake of an outbreak of syphilis in Harris County, health educators are calling on the public to re-focus its attention on sexually-transmitted diseases, and HIV in particular.
September 28, 2012 4:41 pm
Small Business Optimism Plunges 15% In September
The latest survey from SurePayroll finds a sharp drop in optimism among small business owners in September compared to August. Many owners, including those in Houston, are putting the brakes on hiring.
September 28, 2012 4:31 pm
UH Police Make Arrest in Campus Armed Robbery
University of Houston police think they may have cracked a crime ring with the arrest of a man they say robbed a UH student at gunpoint last week. The arrest may help solve a string of recent UH robberies.
September 28, 2012 4:04 pm
West Nile Virus in Houston Nearly Gone
The West Nile Virus outbreak in the Houston region is nearly over. Health officials say they're finding fewer infected mosquitoes.
September 28, 2012 1:47 pm
Courts Wrestle With Pipeline, Property Rights
Today in a Beaumont courthouse, Judge Tom Rugg will rule on yet another case concerning TransCanada. The pipeline company has been visiting a lot of Texas courthouses lately. At issue again is whether it can take private property in Texas to build the Keystone XL Pipeline. We can expect more pipeline cases as well. Judge Rugg says recent rulings on eminent domain in Texas mean nobody is quite sure where private property rights end, and a company’s right to take property begins.
September 28, 2012 6:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Daniel Currie
Business schools are seeing an uptick in applications for part-time and executive MBA programs. Daniel Currie is Assistant Dean for Graduate and Professional Programs at the University of Houston's Bauer College of Business. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week's "Bauer Business Focus" to discuss what's behind the trend.
September 28, 2012 4:57 am
Cadillac To Invest $42M To Renovate Houston Dealerships
The strength of Houston employment is driving up sales of luxury cars. That's leading Cadillac to invest millions of dollars to upgrade its local dealerships.
September 27, 2012 5:21 pm
Young Undocumented Immigrants Apply For Temporary Work Permits
It's been around six weeks since the Obama administration started an application process for some young illegal immigrants to get temporary work permits. Latest numbers show more than 82,000 people have applied but that number is far fewer than the 1.7 million estimated to be eligible.
September 27, 2012 5:11 pm
Judge Issues Restraining Order Against METRO
A Harris County State District Court has granted a temporary restraining order against METRO over a lawsuit involving the light rail system.
September 27, 2012 4:42 pm
Trying To Keep Up With Housing For Senior Citizens In Houston
Many seniors in Houston and Harris County find it a challenge to live independently because of the rising costs of energy, healthcare and even food. Community leaders welcomed a housing project in north Houston that gives seniors a high quality of life with rent that doesn't exceed their means.
September 27, 2012 4:00 pm
Houston Veterans Get VA Housing Bump
Houston's continuing efforts to house 100 homeless veterans in 100 days just got a boost. A new V.A. grant will give vets a chance to stay on in their temporary homes.
September 27, 2012 5:00 am
Workplace Political Debate Carries Risks
The first presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is still over a week away. But debates over candidates' strengths and weaknesses are already spilling over into the workplace.
September 26, 2012 5:28 pm
Outrage Continues Over Officer Involved Shooting Of Double-Amputee
The death of a double-amputee fatally shot last weekend by a Houston police officer is still getting strong reaction from community activists. They're again calling for an investigation by the U.S. Attorney's office.
September 26, 2012 4:54 pm
Elementary School Gets New Life From 2007 HISD Bond
HISD is waiting on the outcome of the November vote on their 1.9 billion dollar bond package. Meanwhile, work using 2007 bond funds is wrapping up at one northeast elementary schools — Theodore Roosevelt Elementary.
September 26, 2012 4:27 pm
TxDOT Promises Commuter Relief For One Of Houston's Most Congested Freeways
Transportation officials say much-needed work on U.S. Highway 290 is on the fast track — thanks to additional funds identified by the state. Projects on one of the region's most congested highways could be completed 20 years ahead of schedule.
September 26, 2012 3:59 pm
Houston Health Officials Declare Syphilis Outbreak
Local health officials say there's an outbreak of syphilis in Houston and Harris County. The number of syphilis cases is up 97 percent over the same time period last year.
September 26, 2012 10:19 am
Arts And Culture Pouring Millions Into Greater Houston Economy
The arts and culture industry in Houston is thriving, according to a new national survey. Our region even expanded its creative sector over the past five years, despite the recession.
September 26, 2012 4:57 am
Natural Gas Liquids Production To Surge Over Next Two Years
With natural gas prices in the cellar, producers are looking to capitalize on higher prices for natural gas liquids, or NGLs.
September 25, 2012 5:06 pm
Experts & Lawmakers Hold Hearings To Expand Services To Trafficking Victims
Texas lawmakers studying human trafficking came to Houston to collect more testimony on the issue. The meetings will be used to find ways to improve public services for human trafficking victims.