September 14, 2011 4:02 pm
Update On George Bush Park Grass Fire
A grass fire in George Bush Park on Houston's far west side is about 95-percent contained today. Houston fire officials say they're still dealing with hotspots, but the worst of the fire is under control. The blaze started Tuesday afternoon and quickly spread to a wooded area of the park near Highway 6 and Westheimer, south of the Katy Freeway. Fire officials say no injuries have been reported and no structures in the park have burned. The fire consumed about 1500 acres.
September 14, 2011 3:39 pm
Classes Canceled At Spring High School
Students at Spring High School have been sent home for the day after an electrical short cut power to the campus this morning. School officials say there was no fire and the building is safe. Repair crews should have the problem fixed in time for classes tomorrow. About 3,000 students attend the school adjacent to I-45 near the Cypresswood exit.
September 14, 2011 6:06 am
Houston Economic Activity Rebounded in August
A survey of Houston purchasing managers shows the city's economy rebounded last month after a dip in July.
September 13, 2011 10:20 pm
Homeowners Still Waiting For Ike Relief Help
Three years after Hurricane Ike, there are still a number of families in the Houston area living with blue tarps on their homes. Some of those residents took part in a protest at City Hall, claiming they've waited long enough for government help.
September 13, 2011 10:06 pm
Commissioners Will Let Sunset Committee Decide On Port Issue
Harris County Commissioners decide not to discuss an investigation conducted by the county attorney's office on the operation of the Port of Houston. The agency has been accused of violating state laws on open meetings and employee compensation.
September 13, 2011 9:47 pm
Officials Break Ground On New Grand Parkway Segment
Construction is about to start in Katy on the next segment of the Grand Parkway. The new toll road will connect two of the area's major freeways, making it easier for commuters to travel between points on the west side. Officials also hope the project will relieve congestion.
September 13, 2011 8:11 pm
Keeping The Arts In School
There's a lot of research that indicates students who receive arts education perform better in school than their peers who don't have access to the arts. But what happens when artists and teachers are facing more budget cuts than ever? Local arts organizations are working to fill the gaps.
September 13, 2011 7:34 pm
New Numbers Reveal As Texas Grows So Does The Poverty Rate
The latest nationwide poverty numbers are out and things aren't looking too good here in Texas.
September 13, 2011 6:53 am
Houston Hiring Expected to Remain Strong In Q4 2011
A survey of Houston-area companies suggests hiring will remain solid in the fourth quarter of 2011, albeit slower than in the current one.
September 13, 2011 2:57 am
Adopting A Healthier Lifestyle
It's about making good health practices a priority in our lives. The City of Houston takes part in a 90-day Wellness Challenge. The diet and fitness program is an effort to promote a healthy lifestyle for everyone. Mayor Annise Parker is leading the charge.
September 12, 2011 9:31 pm
Doctors Urge Men To Get Tested
Statistics show 1 out of every 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. Although it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among men, the vast majority of men survive. More on what it takes to overcome this potentially deadly disease.
September 12, 2011 9:04 pm
Perry Has New Challenge In Florida GOP Debate
Tonight's Tea Party-sponsored presidential debate in Tampa will give us a much better idea of what the rest the primary season will look like. A local political analyst says the matchup will solidify the candidates' most important issues. It will also frame how those issues will be discussed. Governor Perry is expected to be much more on the defensive tonight, than he was in the last debate.
September 12, 2011 8:11 pm
Landowners Need To Prepare For After The Drought
As the dry weather continues across Texas, land management experts say it's time to start planning ahead. They say farmers and ranchers need to act now to preserve their lands, so they can best take advantage of rainfall when the drought is over.
September 12, 2011 10:34 am
A New Effort Seeks Big Change To Public Pensions In TX
For decades, state, county, and local governments have provided defined-benefit pensions for public employees. The employees are promised a certain amount each month in retirement, based on their salaries and years of service. A Houston attorney says those programs are unsustainable. He's leading an effort to change the way public retirement programs are handled. The goal is to make public employees bear the same retirement responsibilities, and risks, as workers in the private sector.
September 12, 2011 6:16 am
Houston Colleges To Train Workers For Brazil's Oil Fields
Local community colleges and universities are joining with PANGEA — The Houston Supply and Logistics Institute to help train workers for jobs in Brazil's offshore oil and gas fields.
September 12, 2011 2:20 am
Old Texas Tradition Lives On In Harris County
A little of the old west lives on at the Harris County Courthouse, as officials remind livestock owners it's time to renew their cattle brands. Homes and businesses now sit on much of the land that was once used for grazing, but Harris County still has thousands of head of cattle in its rural areas. Houston-area farmers and ranchers are upholding the tradition of the family brand.
September 9, 2011 10:40 pm
UTMB Virologists Give Contagion Scientific Stamp of Approval
This weekend marks the opening of Contagion, the new feature from director Steven Soderbergh. The movie depicts a global epidemic of a killer respiratory virus. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel watched the movie along with three top infectious-disease scientists from UTMB. She wanted to get their opinion on how accurate the movie really was.
September 9, 2011 10:21 pm
Outdoor Grilling Ban At City Parks
The dry conditions and fires across the state lead to a temporary ban on all barbecue pits in City of Houston parks, because of the drought. Officials want to avoid anything that could cause a major fire.
September 9, 2011 9:28 pm
Houston Remembers 9/11
The City of Houston marked the tenth year anniversary of 9/11 today with a ceremony held at the reflection pool in front of City Hall.
September 9, 2011 8:24 pm
Houston Oil Workers Missing In Stormy Waters Off Mexican Coast
Mexico's state oil company says it's searching for 10 workers from a Houston-based company who evacuated from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Tropical Storm Nate.
September 9, 2011 10:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Betsy Gelb & Karen Clarke
The University of Houston's efforts to transform itself into a Tier One research university are at the core of its campaign to brand itself to attract top students and draw corporate investment. Betsy Gelb of the Bauer College of Business and University of Houston Associate Vice Chancellor Karen Clarke join Andrew Schneider on today's Bauer Business Focus to discuss the value of a good brand, both in business and academia.
September 9, 2011 2:26 am
Can the Economy Take Another Fight Over the Economy?
President Obama's roll out of his jobs proposal is already setting off fresh arguments between Republicans and Democrats about the ability of government to jumpstart the economy. Could the arguing itself may be making matters worse?
September 9, 2011 12:56 am
Houston's Electric Vehicle Initiative
The City of Houston and its electric vehicle partners launch a comprehensive, city-wide electric vehicle program. The initiative will eventually lead to more than 50-public charging stations around the city.
September 8, 2011 11:51 pm
Cooler Weather Relieves Pressure On Texas Electric Grid
After several weeks of extremely hot temperatures — and very little cloud cover — cooler weather has come to Texas. And that's dropped the load level on the state's electric grid by 20 percent.
September 8, 2011 10:54 pm
A Houstonite With Bush On 9/11
On September 11th 2001, most Americans can give a precise answer to were they where. That day Houston's Terry Abbott was with President George W. Bush. The events of that day changed his life forever. Bill Stamps spoke with Abbott, who's traveling across the country this week telling his story.
September 8, 2011 9:30 pm
Fires Won't Affect Texas Renaissance Fest
The wildfires outside of Magnolia have burned close to the site of the Texas Renaissance Festival. But so far the 100-acre fairgrounds have escaped damage. The festival, which runs for eight consecutive weekends, is still set to open as scheduled, one month from today.
September 8, 2011 8:58 pm
Local Analyst: Obama Has Tough Challenge in Jobs Speech
As President Obama prepares for his jobs speech to the nation tonight, a local analyst says the political agenda has already been set, which could mean some tough work for the president as he tries to convince voters that his newest plan is the right one.
September 8, 2011 10:33 am
KUHF Conversations: Lisa Marshall
Houston is offering a number of events to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. There will be a service at noon Friday outside City Hall, a 5k charity run at Ellington Field on Saturday, and other concerts and volunteer opportunities around the city. One noteworthy event will take place at Discovery Green on Friday night. The sponsor is Dignity Memorial, the network of funeral homes owned by Service Corporation International. Carrie Feibel spoke with the company's Lisa Marshall about why they decided to get involved.
September 8, 2011 6:05 am
Small Business Hiring Flat For Year To Date
Hiring at Houston small businesses is beating the national average for the year to date, but there's little cause for celebration.
September 8, 2011 2:38 am
9/11 Events Changed Security Mindset
This weekend marks the ten year anniversary of the attack on America. Both the City of Houston and Harris County have offices of Homeland Security, formed not long after the events of 9/11. What were the lessons learned and are we safer as a result?