April 12, 2011 9:11 am
The Institute of Supply Management–Houston is reporting an eighteenth month of consecutive economic growth for the region. But inflation is starting to cause real headaches for local manufacturers. Andrew Schneider has the story.
April 11, 2011 10:51 pm
Wildfire Threat Remains High
The fire danger remains critically high across the northern and western parts of Texas as dry, hot and windy conditions continue. The Texas Forest Service says people need to be careful outside. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 11, 2011 9:29 pm
State Error Compromises Millions of Personal Identities
More than three million Texans have had their personal identification information compromised through an error at the Texas Comptroller's Office. As Laurie Johnson reports — millions of names, social security numbers and addresses were stored on a public server for the past year.
April 11, 2011 9:00 pm
Houston Gets A for Final Four
A week ago today the University of Connecticut beat Butler to win the NCAA Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium. Organizers have now had a week to reflect and study how things went. As Bill Stamps reports — they are more than pleased.
April 11, 2011 8:24 pm
Tax Expert Offers Last-Minute Filing Advice
The deadline for filing federal income taxes is looming. But before hitting "send" or mailing in that return, an Ernst & Young tax expert recommends taking one last look. Ed Mayberry reports.
April 11, 2011 10:15 am
KUHF Conversations: Hilton Kelley, 2011 Recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize
A Port Arthur man has been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for North America, which is often described as the Nobel Prize for grassroots environmentalism. Hilton Kelley is the first Texan and first African-American male to win the prize. Kelley was raised in Port Arthur, a town dotted with chemical plants and refineries. He's being honored for his fight for environmental justice in that community. Wendy Siegle spoke with Kelley about his award.
April 11, 2011 8:59 am
One Firm That Benefits From Rising Gas Prices
West Texas crude oil just passed $110 per barrel for the first time since September 2008. That's driving tremendous interest in the extraction of oil from shale. From the KUHF Business Desk, Andrew Schneider reports on how one local firm is benefitting from the hot market.
April 11, 2011 6:29 am
Missouri City to Get Second Park & Ride
Missouri City is getting a new park and ride. As Wendy Siegle reports, Metro is currently scoping out possible locations to put the new lot, which is expected to serve workers in the medical center.
April 11, 2011 4:34 am
Brainstorming Future Solutions
Entrepreneurs' Organization, a network of more than 7500 business owners in 38 countries, held its annual North American conference in Houston last week. EO used the occasion to launch a major initiative to help the working poor. Andrew Schneider has the story.
April 8, 2011 10:33 pm
Astros Home Opener
The Astros play their season home opener tonight at Minute Maid Park. So far the team isn't off to a great start, only winning one of six games so far. But as Bill Stamps reports — diehard fans are just as supportive as ever.
April 8, 2011 9:50 pm
Rewarding Sweat Equity
The sounds of power saws and hammers echoed throughout Houston's Sunnyside and Third Ward neighborhoods today. Workers traded a day at the office to take part in the only non-profit, volunteer based effort to restore the homes of low income seniors. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 8, 2011 8:14 pm
Houston Ballet Dances into Downtown Studios
The Houston Ballet officially opens its new dance center and expanded studios tomorrow. The Center for Dance is the largest professional dance company facility in the nation. Laurie Johnson reports.
April 8, 2011 10:08 am
Bauer Business Focus: Shinichiro Akiba
Monday marks one month since a massive earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, triggering the worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Shinichiro Akiba is president of Toshiba International Corporation, as well as of the Japan Business Association of Houston. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week's "Bauer Business Focus" to discuss how Houston's Japanese business community is dealing with these disasters.
April 8, 2011 9:37 am
How Texans are Saving
A recent study of financial behavior indicates Texas savings rates remain low, even as consumers retrench from years of pre-recession spending. Andrew Schneider reports.
April 7, 2011 10:34 pm
Drought Could be Around for Awhile
We need rain. The worst Texas drought in over 40 years is delaying crops from being planted and forcing ranchers to reduce cattle herds. The state's leading climatologist says we may not see relief for a while. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 7, 2011 9:07 pm
HISD Cuts 277 Administrative Jobs
The Houston Independent School District will cut nearly three hundred central office jobs as board members continue to shave away at the budget. The job cuts will save the district an additional 18-million dollars. As Laurie Johnson reports — the cuts aren't over yet.
April 7, 2011 8:21 pm
GHP Board Endorses Expanded use of Rainy Day Fund
The Greater Houston Partnership's Board of Directors is calling for additional usage of the state's rainy day fund.
April 7, 2011 9:52 am
Government Procurement Connections
The 2011 Government Procurement Connections forum is underway. The event provides assistance for minority-and women-owned businesses seeking government contracts. Andrew Schneider has this report.
April 7, 2011 5:07 am
KUHF Conversations: Sandra de Castro Buffington
When public health advocates want to broadcast an important message about a disease or danger, they're competing for our attention with TV, movies, and the internet. But a unique program at the University of Southern California tries to work with the entertainment industry, by embedding accurate health messages inside television scripts. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel spoke with Sandra de Castro Buffington, the director of the university's "Hollywood Health and Society" program.
April 6, 2011 11:11 pm
Houston to Feds: Bring a Shuttle Home
City officials held a rally today to convince NASA that Houston should be the final destination for a retired space shuttle. When the program ends this summer, there will be three shuttles to put on display. And while Houston would seem an obvious choice, there are other major cities competing for Discovery, Endeavor and Atlantis. KUHF health science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel has more.
April 6, 2011 9:45 pm
More Cuts Coming to HISD
Four small schools and hundreds of jobs in the Houston school district are on the chopping block. The cuts are needed to overcome a multi-million dollar budget shortfall. Pat Hernandez has more.
April 6, 2011 9:44 pm
Pollution-Free Power For Electric Car Owners
Power company Green Mountain Energy unveiled the state's first pollution-free electricity package today for owners of electric vehicles. As Wendy Siegle reports, a Houston-area man is the first to sign up for the package.
April 6, 2011 9:20 pm
City Says Yes to Drainage Fee
Houston City Council said yes to a drainage fee for the city with exemptions for churches and schools.
The controversial 'ReBuild Houston' initiative passed after literally months of negotiations. Laurie Johnson reports.
April 6, 2011 8:59 pm
Senator Hutchison Moves to Protect Military Pay During Shutdown
Congressional negotiators continue working to strike a deal that sets spending limits through the end of September, with the threat of a government shutdown looming. Ed Mayberry reports that a Texas senator wants to at least ensure that military pay isn't halted.
April 6, 2011 8:43 pm
2011 Hurricane Forecast From Colorado State University Updated
We're less than two months away from the start of hurricane season and professors at Colorado State University have updated their 2011 forecast. Rod Rice reports.
April 6, 2011 4:09 pm
City of Houston Proposes New District Map, Adds Two Districts
City officials released the proposed map today for public review. You can find details of the city's redistricting plan here.
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April 6, 2011 9:29 am
What is the future outlook for Southwest Airlines after 737 concerns?
Last week's near disaster involving a Southwest Boeing 737 is posing a concern not just for the Dallas-based carrier, but for the airline industry as a whole. Andrew Schneider has the story
April 5, 2011 11:58 pm
U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Texas Execution
The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked the first scheduled execution of a Texas death row inmate using pentobarbital. Cleve Foster was to have been executed this evening for the 2002 slaying of a Sudanese woman in Fort Worth — the first Texas execution since the state switched to pentobarbital in its lethal three-drug mixture.
April 5, 2011 11:01 pm
Tax Company Settles Lawsuit with the State
A tax consulting company that promised to help customers settle claims with the IRS has now settled a lawsuit with the state of Texas. JK Harris and Company of South Carolina was accused of cheating customers by taking their money and then not helping with their claims as promised. Bill Stamps has more.
April 5, 2011 10:29 pm
Canine Officers Donated
The Harris County Sheriff's Department K-9 unit welcomes four new "officers" to the ranks. The donation was made possible by a non-profit dedicated to supporting Texas law enforcement. Pat Hernandez has more.