December 20, 2011 8:17 pm
Day 1: Stanford Competency Hearing
R. Allen Stanford is back in a Houston courtroom. Stanford faces fourteen charges stemming from his alleged masterminding of a $7 billion Ponzi scheme. Today marks the start of a three day hearing to determine whether the financier is mentally competent to stand trial.
December 20, 2011 7:40 pm
New Signs Reflect Speed Limits On Highways
Months after lawmakers approved the Texas Department of Transportation to up speed limits — work is finally being seen statewide. As of September 1st, the law says TxDot can create a 75 mile per hour speed limit on any highway where studies find it to be reasonable and safe.
December 20, 2011 6:45 pm
Perry's Pension Not A Problem In Iowa
Texas Governor Rick Perry continues to face criticism in his home state over the discovery that he started taking his state employee retirement in January and still being paid to be the Governor of Texas. But on the road to the GOP presidential primaries, he's not facing the same kind of criticism.
December 20, 2011 10:29 am
Judge Set to Rule Whether Stanford Fit To Stand Trial
R. Allen Stanford will appear in federal court in Houston this morning. U.S. District Judge David Hittner will rule on whether Stanford is competent to stand trial over an alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme.
December 20, 2011 6:14 am
Online Holiday Sales Up 15% Over 2010
Digital marketing intelligence firm comScore is reporting that online shopping has skyrocketed this holiday season. Online shoppers have spent nearly $31 billion since November 1. That's a 15% increase over the same period last year.
December 19, 2011 10:39 pm
Chicano Mural Will Be Saved, But Where?
A renowned piece of Chicano art painted on a wall at the University of Houston will be preserved. But whether it remains at the present location is not known.
December 19, 2011 9:38 pm
Fracking Report Reverberates In Texas
A draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency sent shockwaves through the energy industry this week. The report showed that the technique of oil and gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing lead to water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. What could the findings mean for drilling in Texas?
December 19, 2011 9:13 pm
Early Estimates Put State's Tree Loss From Drought At 500 Million
Preliminary estimates from the Texas Forest Service show the year-long drought may have claimed as many as 500 million trees.
December 19, 2011 8:29 pm
Stanford Competency Hearing Set For Tuesday
Robert Allen Stanford will appear in federal court in Houston this morning. U.S. District Judge David Hittner will rule on whether Stanford is competent to stand trial over an alleged $7 billion Ponzi scheme.
December 19, 2011 10:30 am
Federal Grant To Test And Determine Reason For Backlog
The City of Houston has accepted a federal grant to clear the backlog of untested rape kits. The number is much greater than previously thought. The grant will help determine the reason for the backlog.
December 19, 2011 10:00 am
Former Sugar Land Resident Wins Prestigious Piano Festival In India
A remarkable young pianist who used to live in Sugar Land has recently been awarded a top prize in India's most prestigious piano festival. This middle-schooler became interested in piano by listening to the radio here in Houston.
December 19, 2011 6:37 am
Target Bids For Last-Minute Christmas Shoppers
Target is looking to make life a bit easier for people scrambling to complete their Christmas shopping. The retail giant has expanded stocks of favorite holiday foods in the grocery departments of its twenty-three Houston outlets.
December 18, 2011 1:19 pm
UT President Ends Tough Year With Another Battle
It's been a year marked by high profile wars waged by UT President Bill Powers — to some, the university's Dumbledore; to others, a bee in the bonnet of higher education reformers. The latest drama is unfolding in the law school he used to run.
December 17, 2011 1:10 pm
On Redistricting, GOP and Texas AG Are in Sync
The attorney general is in the happy position of defending redistricting maps that benefit his allies and punish his foes — all in the name of official state business.
December 17, 2011 12:27 am
Students Get Early Christmas Presents
Elementary school students in southeast Houston signed a contract that said they would all receive new bicycles if they reached certain goals. Yesterday the school and its sponsors kept their end of the bargain.
December 16, 2011 8:47 pm
Jingle Jams Holiday Music
December 16, 2011 8:17 pm
Texas Moves Primary From March To April
Democrats and Republicans have reached a tentative deal to hold the Texas Election Primary in April instead of March. The move comes as a result of the litigation over the state's redrawn districts.
December 16, 2011 7:59 pm
Pelican Refining Hit With Record Air Pollution Fine
A federal court in Lafayette, Louisiana has sentenced Houston-based Pelican Refining Company to pay $12 million in penalties for violations of the Clean Air Act and obstruction of justice.
December 16, 2011 7:57 pm
Harris County Sheriff's Department Plans Weekend Warrant Raid
The Harris County Sheriff's Department is asking those with outstanding warrants to take care of them before Saturday morning. That's when officers will begin apprehending those with misdemeanor warrants.
December 16, 2011 5:58 pm
Houston Unemployment Falls To 7.6%
The Texas Workforce Commission is reporting unemployment in the Houston metro area dropped to 7.6% in November, down from 8.1% in October.
December 16, 2011 5:28 pm
A Texas-Sized Medicaid Deal
The deal that federal regulators struck with Texas this week to expand managed care coverage for the poor allows both Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican presidential contender, and a Democratic White House to claim victory for their very different healthcare agendas.
December 16, 2011 11:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Paul Kellogg
This week's guest on the Bauer Business Focus is Paul Kellogg, a partner with the law firm Hughes Watters Askanase. Kellogg has spent much of his career dealing with the concerns of start-up companies, both as an attorney and as a manager. These days much of his work deals with the other side of the coin: companies preparing to close their doors.
December 16, 2011 10:25 am
Rain Eases Drought, But Doesn't Break It
The Texas Water Development Board heard an update Thursday on the historic drought gripping Texas.
December 16, 2011 9:56 am
Sugar Land Lab Explores Body Fat As Source Of Stem Cells
Houston-based Celltex Therapeutics has cut the ribbon on its new laboratory. It's the next phase of the company's efforts to develop a promising new line of stem cell research.
December 15, 2011 10:32 pm
Cockfighting Operation Busted By New Texas Law
A new Texas law helped police in Galveston bust an illegal cockfighting operation. It allows authorities to arrest and charge people who are suspected of owning or breeding fighting roosters.
December 15, 2011 10:17 pm
Should Cell Phone Use In Cars Be Banned?
Earlier this week, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended banning the use of cell phones devices while driving. It's the first time such a broad recommendation has been made on the federal level, but Texas has been wrangling over the issue for years.
December 15, 2011 9:00 pm
Sen. Cornyn Says He Doesn't Appreciate AG Holder Telling Texas How To Run Its Elections
Texas Senator John Cornyn says the Justice Department needs to mind its own business when it comes to the state's voting laws. Cornyn says Attorney General Eric Holder doesn't have his facts straight on whether the state's voter ID law will suppress turnout among minorities and the poor.
December 15, 2011 8:59 pm
Texas GOP Candidates Hoping To Gain Some Ground
Tonight's GOP debate is the final joint appearance of the candidates before Iowa's first in the nation caucuses on January 3rd. But it could turn into a high stakes debate for the candidates from Texas.
December 15, 2011 8:54 pm
Gas Prices Continue Declining
Texas motorists continue to enjoy lower gas prices, according to AAA Texas. And we may not yet have seen the lowest prices, as 2011 winds down.
December 15, 2011 9:31 am
Greater Houston Auto Sales Down for November, But Up For 2011
Greater Houston auto dealers are reporting a decline in monthly auto sales for November. That's according to the latest TexAuto Facts Report, published by InfoNation of Sugar Land.