July 26, 2011 11:53 pm
Harris County Public Defender Update
It's been eight months since Harris County Commissioners created the first ever public defender's office. The jury may still be out on the office, that will eventually be staffed with attorneys charged with defending the indigent.
July 26, 2011 11:20 pm
CenterPoint Showcases Smart Grid Technology for Energy Department
CenterPoint Energy had a visit today from the Department of Energy. The Houston power company was showing off its latest work in smart grid technology.
July 26, 2011 10:33 pm
Kinder Morgan Agrees to Settle With Employees
Federal officials say Kinder Morgan has agreed to pay more than $830,000 to settle allegations the Houston pipeline company violated rules on bonuses and other compensation.
July 26, 2011 9:39 pm
Texans' Players Address Media
With the NFL lockout over, the Houston Texans wasted no time getting back together and planning for the upcoming season. Bill Stamps talked with some of the players and has their thoughts the 5 month long impasse.
July 26, 2011 9:26 pm
Sen. Hutchison Urges Action On Bill To Ensure Military Pay If Debt Limit Is Reached
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison is urging Senate leaders to allow a vote on a bill she's sponsoring that would keep paychecks coming to servicemembers, in case Congress and the White House aren't able to work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling before next Tuesday. Hutchison's bill is virtually identical to one that earned broad Senate support this spring, but with one additional requirement.
July 26, 2011 9:06 pm
Texas DMV Streamlines Vehicle Registrations
Texas is streamlining its system for vehicle registration fees. Under the new plan, all car and light truck drivers will pay the same fee across the state.
July 26, 2011 8:57 pm
Some Houston Post Offices Could Close; Under Review
Nine Houston Post Office locations are on a new list of offices that could be closed as the Postal Service deals with a major budget crunch.
July 25, 2011 11:02 pm
FAA Shuts Down Construction of New Bush Air Traffic Control Center
Obama administration officials say contractors have been told to stop work on airport modernization projects across the country because Congress has failed to pass legislation necessary for the work to continue.
July 25, 2011 10:41 pm
There Will Be a Football Season
It's the news millions of Americans have been waiting to hear. The NFL lockout is over. The players' association and the owners have agreed on a new deal which means they can finally start preparing for the upcoming season. And not a moment too soon for at least one local Houston business that sees its business double during the season.
July 25, 2011 10:40 pm
Researchers Discover Potential Universal Flu Vaccine
Flu season is still a few months off, but researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston plug away at the flu virus year round. One clinical trial has just concluded on a new type of flu shot, one that scientists are calling a potential "universal vaccine."
July 25, 2011 10:21 pm
Hours Cut, Not Service
The Social Security Administration says congressional budget cuts will lead to reduced public hours beginning August 15. Officials say the cuts will not affect benefits that retirees depend on.
July 25, 2011 8:46 pm
Evaluating Houston's Future
A new report from researchers at Rice University evaluates the health and sustainability of the Houston region. The report doesn't give Houston a grade or ranking — but instead looks at how the city is doing in 25 categories.
July 25, 2011 8:25 pm
Book of Condolences Available at Norwegian Consulate
The Royal Norwegian Consulate in Houston is providing a book of condolences in the aftermath of the car bombing in Oslo and shooting at a Norwegian island retreat that killed at least 76 people.
July 25, 2011 10:00 am
Travel Advisories Continue for U.S. Citizens Visiting Mexico
Even as drug-war casualties rise, the number of visitors to Mexico continues to increase. Mexico welcomed almost 18 percent more international visitors last year. Airlines continue adding Mexican destinations. But the U.S. Department of State and the Texas Department of Public Safety continue their travel warnings for U.S. visitors.
July 25, 2011 10:00 am
Teens Try New Approach to Tackle Underage Drinking and Driving
For teenagers, summer is not just school vacation. This time of year is often referred to as the "one hundred deadliest days for drivers." Texas teen drivers that is, and 366 of them were involved in fatal collisions in 2009. One organization is trying to change that with a new documentary.
July 25, 2011 10:00 am
Texas Workers Concerned About Minimum Wage
In KUHF Business News, it's been two years since the last hike in the federal minimum wage. That affects Texas more than most states.
July 22, 2011 10:46 pm
Jobs For Laid Off NASA Workers
Now that the Space Shuttle program has been retired, laid off NASA workers affected are trying to market their skills in new jobs. Pat Hernandez tells us that some are being hired in the energy industry.
July 22, 2011 9:26 pm
Houston Woman Fulfills Dream of Helping Children
While many people are planning vacations or trips to various cities or countries, a Houston woman is planning a different type of trip. She's heading to the African Nation of Cameroon to help open an orphanage.
July 22, 2011 8:30 pm
Houston's Red Light Camera Program Begins Re-Issuing Tickets This Weekend
The City of Houston is about to begin sending out red light camera tickets, again. Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, drivers who blow through the monitored intersections can expect a citation to show up in their mailboxes. The move to issue tickets comes two weeks after the cameras were turned back on.
July 22, 2011 10:30 am
Bauer Business Focus: Joseph Meppelink
Roughly half of all energy consumed in this country goes to ordinary buildings. That's putting a premium on developing building materials and technologies that conserve power use, both to cut utility bills and help the environment. Joseph Meppelink is director of applied research at the University of Houston's Hines College of Architecture. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week's "Bauer Business Focus" to discuss the school's Green Building Components Initiative.
July 22, 2011 10:00 am
The Costs of the Gulf Drilling Permit Backlog
In KUHF Business News, research firms IHS CERA and IHS Global Insight say that fully restoring oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico would add $44 billion a year to the US economy. But as the two companies say in a new report, that day may still be a long way off.
July 21, 2011 11:35 pm
Dewhurst: I'm Worried About Texas
Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst praised lawmakers for the most successful, conservative legislative session in the history of the Lone Star State. He told a luncheon crowd at the Houstonian that he has a new challenge: to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison as the next U.S. senator from Texas.
July 21, 2011 10:39 pm
No Reassurance on Pipeline Safety
Three weeks after a broken Exxon Mobil pipeline spilled a thousand barrels of oil into the Yellowstone River, federal officials remain unsure how many pipelines carry hazardous fuels across the nation's rivers and streams, nor can they say how deeply those pipelines are buried.
July 21, 2011 10:06 pm
Teens Go to Spiritual Camp
When you think of summer camp, lots of things may come to mind, but probably not religion and spirituality. This week, Interfaith Ministries has been holding a teen summer camp in which camp-goers learn about various religions by meeting and interacting with people just like themselves.
July 21, 2011 9:23 pm
Car Pool? Park and Ride? Local Organization Encourages Transit Alternatives
Houston-Galveston Area Council kicked off its annual Alternative Work Transit campaign today. In a city that often may seem designed for the automobile, H-GAC is eager to let commuters know there is another way, and they're hoping the month of August will be when Houstonians give this alternative a chance.
July 21, 2011 9:07 pm
Atlantis Crew Reflects on Final Mission
Now that Shuttle Atlantis is safely home — Johnson Space Center's Mission Control is closed and part of NASA history. That leaves the final crew to reflect on the mission and the future of the space agency.
July 21, 2011 9:04 pm
Texas Gasoline Prices Continue Upward Climb
Gasoline prices continue their upward climb, and AAA Texas says uncertaintly about the U.S. debt ceiling is not helping matters. Ed Mayberry reports.
July 21, 2011 8:05 pm
Schlumberger CEO Retires
The chairman and CEO of Schlumberger is retiring after 36 years with the oil services company.
July 21, 2011 11:03 am
KUHF Conversations: Author Ben Mezrich
David Pitman talks with Ben Mezrich about his new book "Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History". It's the tale of a NASA intern who manages to get around security at Johnson Space Center and steal a 600-pound vault containing rocks from every mission to the Moon. The author joins David Pitman to talk about why someone would want to get his hands what many call the most valuable rocks on Earth, what the consequences were after the inevitable FBI bust, and why Mezrich wanted to tell the story.
July 21, 2011 6:52 am
Report Considers How Hispanic Americans Plan For Retirement
A new study by MassMutual Financial Group finds that many Hispanic Americans are poorly prepared for retirement.