August 31, 2011 11:08 pm
Houstonians Helping East Coast Hurricane Victims
East Coast residents, who had to evacuate due to Hurricane Irene, are receiving lots of help from the Red Cross this week. At least one of those workers is a volunteer from right here in Houston. Bill Stamps spoke with her by phone as she tries to help get things back to normal over there.
August 31, 2011 10:48 pm
Texas Highways Get A Little Pep In Their Step
Traveling Texas roads at nighttime might get you home a little bit faster. The state has been behind the times when it comes to speed limits, but that's all about to change as of today.
August 31, 2011 10:09 pm
Help Comes Quickly To Fire Victims
Residents of a north side apartment try to pick up the pieces a day after a two alarm fire destroyed 22-units. No one was hurt in the blaze believed to have been started by a pan of cooking grease left unattended.
August 31, 2011 9:00 pm
Local Companies Get Preference Under "Hire Houston First"
Houston companies and contractors will get preference when bidding for city contracts under a new ordinance enacted by city leaders.
August 31, 2011 1:31 am
Judge Emmett: Hike Taxes to Fund Infrastructure Upgrades
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett is calling for state legislators to find money for improving the Houston area's infrastructure, even if it means raising taxes.
August 30, 2011 9:58 pm
Some Residents Say School District Should Be Closed
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee recently held a news conference slamming the Texas Education Agency for its plans to close the struggling North Forest Independent School District after this school year. But some longtime residents of Northeast Houston disagree with the congresswoman. They say the district is doing a terrible job and has so for many years.
August 30, 2011 9:57 pm
New HISD Buses Eco-Friendly
They may be yellow, but a major grant will help part of the HISD's bus fleet run green. A two million dollar grant was awarded to the district by the Texas Railroad Commission.
August 30, 2011 9:55 pm
Taking Diabetes Prevention To The Workplace
Houston employers are signing up for a new program to prevent and treat diabetes. It's estimated about 800-thousand people in the Houston region have diabetes and thousands more are at risk.
August 30, 2011 9:35 pm
Houston Is On The Way to Becoming A More Walkable Urban Destination
A common complaint in Houston is not being able to walk to anywhere worth walking to. As local organizations start the early stages of development for Washington Avenue, this may be about to change.
August 30, 2011 8:56 pm
ERCOT Still Urges Consumers To Conserve Power
Rain showers in North Texas helped ease statewide electrical demand as the week started. But the state's electric grid operator is still urging conservation — especially in the afternoon.
August 30, 2011 7:19 pm
Houston Expects $100m Savings From Bond Refinancing
The City of Houston is jumping on lower interest rates to refinance its debt. The city hopes to use the savings to help soften the blow of recent budget cuts.
August 29, 2011 11:34 pm
Judge Rules On The Ability To Sue BP For Punitive Damages
A federal judge has ruled that victims of the BP oil spill, including businesses and individuals, can sue for punitive damages. But a local law professor says that may be more of a hassle for BP than a huge money drain.
August 29, 2011 11:22 pm
Cornyn Says EPA's New Rule Too Burdensome For Texas Power Grid
U.S. Senator John Cornyn says a new air pollution rule from the EPA will put further stress on the state's electrical grid. He says the new environmental restrictions could force some power plants to shut down, and that could lead to rolling outages. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains.
August 29, 2011 10:32 pm
City Crews Can't Keep Up With Busting Water Pipes
With drought conditions still upon us, the city of Houston remains under a mandatory water conservation program. But in some areas, water is being wasted and is literally running down the drain. City workers are rushing to fix the flood of water main breaks.
August 29, 2011 10:05 pm
Not So Safe Cosmetics Law Brings About Revamp
You've heard the horror stories of formaldehyde in hair products and even baby shampoos. Now a new cosmetics law proposed by some members of Congress may change all of that. It may affect local businesses too, but in a good way.
August 29, 2011 9:59 pm
Texas Replaces TAKS With Tougher Tests
Students across the state are being introduced to a new testing system in Texas. The new STAAR test replaces the state's nearly decade-old TAKS test. The STAAR test is designed to better prepare students for college.
August 29, 2011 9:29 pm
Rail Not Moving At Light Speeds For Some
METRO has stepped up the pace on its North and East End light rail lines these last few months. As today's board meeting showed for many business owners in these areas it's not fast enough. Find out what METRO is doing to please disgruntled locals.
August 29, 2011 9:00 pm
NASA: Russian Rocket Failure Could Force Temporary Abandonment Of ISS
The International Space Station could end up without a crew for awhile. NASA says if Russian investigators aren't able to pin down, and correct, what caused last week's crash of an unmanned supply vehicle within the next two months, then all six crew members may have to come back to earth. The rocket that failed in the cargo mission is the same one used in the manned Soyuz missions. In the meantime, it's business as usual on the space station.
August 29, 2011 8:22 pm
Hotel Germs Gross but Probably Not Dangerous
There have been a number of cringe-worthy stories recently about nasty stains and such in hotel rooms. But how filthy are these rooms really? Researchers at the University of Houston's hotel school are trying to look at the science behind the scare tactics. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel visited a room with them.
August 29, 2011 11:15 am
Harris County Leading Green Affordable Housing Effort
On a piece of foreclosed land just south of FM 1960 in North Harris County, a remarkable experiment of sorts is taking shape. The Harris County Housing authority has just opened a brand new apartment complex. Cypresswood Estates on Kuykendahl is breaking a lot of stereotypes when it comes to affordable housing.
August 29, 2011 10:32 am
Chinese Radio Targets Expats And Those Learning Mandarin
The airwaves in Houston are filled with ethnic programming — and not just in Spanish. There are radio shows for the Expat Indian community, as well as Vietnamese programs and Chinese broadcasts — all targeting specific audiences. For example, the Chinese community is served on radio and television with programs in Mandarin and English.
August 26, 2011 11:01 pm
Is Texas Out Of The Red?
A trusted indicator of how the Texas economy is doing shows continued robust activity, a trend that resumed last September.
August 26, 2011 10:23 pm
Hurricane Irene Acts As Warning For Houston
The nation's eyes are fixed on Hurricane Irene as it swirls toward the East Coast. Although it poses no threat to Houston — emergency officials say it should serve as a reminder to always be prepared.
August 26, 2011 10:00 pm
Unlicensed To Wreck
When a motor vehicle accident happens in Texas, there's a good chance that a motorist involved in the wreck is not insured. That's the continuing challenge for the state's program to reduce the number of uninsured drivers.
August 26, 2011 9:41 pm
Local Companies Lends Help To East Coast
As people on the East Coast brace for Hurricane Irene, one local company that provides power generators is vowing to do whatever it can to help. Houston based Worldwide Power Products says it will make a number of large generators available if needed.
August 26, 2011 9:02 pm
Grand Parkway Hits Another Segment E Road Block
The Grand Parkway is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons — again! This time it's because there’s a lawsuit filed against Segment E only weeks after a permit was issued giving this segment the go ahead.
August 26, 2011 8:43 pm
Online School Promises Easier Transfer Of Credits To Four-Year Colleges
Colleges across Texas welcomed students back to campus this week. Even though classes have begun, it's not too late for would-be students who didn't get enrolled in time. This online program offers greater flexibility and a guarantee that courses will transfer to a four-year school.
August 26, 2011 3:42 pm
KUHF CONVERSATIONS: Houston Mayor Annise Parker
Mayor Parker talks about the challenges facing Houston as it copes with record drought, heat, and hundreds of water main breaks. The mayor spoke with David Pitman on Friday's Morning Edition.
August 26, 2011 11:04 am
Bauer Business Focus: Dean Warga's Life and Legacy
The University of Houston's Bauer College of Business is holding a memorial service this afternoon for Dean Arthur Warga, who died August 7. Warga joined the Bauer College as a professor in 1997 and served as dean from 2001 through early 2011. Interim Dean Latha Ramchand and Marketing & Entrepreneurship Department Chair Edward Blair join Andrew Schneider on today's Bauer Business Focus to discuss Warga's life and legacy.
August 25, 2011 11:13 pm
UTMB To Build New Hospital Building By 2015
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston will build a new 13-story hospital on its main campus on the island. The storm-proof structure will have 246 beds. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains that in the post-Ike era, UTMB is actually growing.