February 21, 2011 8:58 am
The Grand Parkway: Road to Nowhere or a Must For Houston's Future?
The Grand Parkway was dreamed up long ago as a 180 mile ring road circling greater Houston. But less than thirty miles have been built so far. The Texas Department of Transportation now says it expects to have the nearly half billion dollars it needs to build the next section. It would run north-south and connect the Katy Freeway with US 290. But that segment is highly contentious because it would run across the Katy Prairie and would spur suburban development. In the first of our two-part series, Wendy Siegle traced the route Segment E could take.
February 21, 2011 6:05 am
Monday AM February 21st, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled an ambulance service company had acted illegally in firing an employee for negative comments she'd made about her boss on Facebook. But, as Andrew Schneider reports, employees still need to be careful about what they post on social media.
February 21, 2011 5:31 am
State Budget Slices Deep
The Texas House and Senate have submitted their proposals for a much leaner state budget. The cuts slice deep into state services and have a lot of agencies and organizations worried about the future. Dipping into the rainy day fund could relieve some of those worries — but right now that option isn't on the table. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 20, 2011 6:21 am
Facebook-Connected Smartphones Can Compromise Privacy
Experts advise users of social networks and smartphones to be on top of their security settings. Smartphones now allow users to "check in" with location-based services, making that information available to friends and even non-friends. Ed Mayberry has more.
February 18, 2011 11:16 pm
Restoring Public Trust
Houston Mayor Annise Parker unveils new initiatives aimed at restoring public trust in the Houston Police Department. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 18, 2011 10:48 pm
Friday PM February 18th, 2011
Senator Hutchison on ports and harbors bill...East End commercial development...American Airlines hiring more flight attendants...
February 18, 2011 10:32 pm
Warrant Round-up Time
Law enforcement agencies throughout the area and around the state will be joining together next month to arrest people with outstanding warrants. As Rod Rice reports the annual "Great Texas Warrant Round-up" is a way to clear cases and give people a chance to avoid an embarrassing arrest.
February 18, 2011 10:09 pm
Volunteer Lawyers Offer Help to Veterans
The Houston Bar Association is reaching out to veterans. Local attorneys are providing services free-of-charge to vets who are struggling to get benefits, along with those hoping to resolve family law issues. Gail Delaughter has details.
February 18, 2011 9:39 pm
Former U.S. Census Director Analyzes Changing Demographics
The latest census shows the Houston metro grew by 26.1 percent in the past decade, with the Hispanic population in Texas accounting for two-thirds of the state's staggering growth. The new demographic data will be used to redraw boundaries for Congress. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 18, 2011 10:15 am
Friday AM February 18th, 2011
Unrest in Bahrain is creating fresh challenges for the U.S. As in Egypt, the Obama Administration is caught between its desire to support pro-democracy demonstrators and its need to stand by a key regional ally. Andrew Schneider reports on how turmoil in Bahrain could affect local business.
February 18, 2011 9:52 am
Bauer Business Focus: Jim Hawkins
The Credit CARD Act of 2009 was meant to block aggressive marketing of credit cards to college students. That's not what's happening, according to a study by Professor Jim Hawkins of the University of Houston Law Center. Hawkins joins Andrew Schneider on this week's "Bauer Business Focus."
February 17, 2011 11:33 pm
Reaction Over Another DOJ Request
There is another call for a Justice Department investigation of the Houston Police Department. The Greater Houston Coalition for Justice claims there is an apparent culture of lawlessness in the HPD that needs to end. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 17, 2011 10:13 pm
Thursday PM February 17th, 2011
Federal crackdown on employers of illegal immigrants...ExxonMobil rolls out new system to contain undersea oil spills...Help for oil rig workers hurt by deepwater drilling moratorium...
February 17, 2011 9:56 pm
HISD Touts Progress, Faces Challenges
The superintendent of Houston schools says the district has made significant progress over the past year — but faces monumental challenges in the future. Dr. Terry Grier used the State of the Schools speech as an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the district. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 17, 2011 9:28 pm
Neighborhood Complaints Lead to Seizure of Animals in Inhumane Conditions
Animal Control Officers removed goats, calves, pigs, dogs and birds living in inhumane conditions from a property on Telephone Road on the city's south side. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 17, 2011 9:03 pm
Changes Promised at Hogg Middle School
A new principal vows to turn things around at Hogg Middle School. As Gail Delaughter reports, administrators are responding to complaints from parents who say Hogg isn't up to the same standards as other schools in the Heights.
February 17, 2011 10:43 am
KUHF Conversations: UH Prof. Dr. Hosam Aboul-Ela
The group Students for a Democratic Society at the University of Houston is hosting a teach-in Thursday evening on the recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, and in the rest of the Arab world. It will bring together a number of professors and instructors from UH, Rice University, and the University of St. Thomas to discuss the uprisings and to answer questions people have about the consequences, and what may happen next. David Pitman sat down with one of tonight's speakers, UH Associate Professor of English Dr. Hosam Aboul-Ela.
February 17, 2011 6:33 am
Thursday AM February 17th, 2011
Gold is trading at more than $1370 per ounce. As Andrew Schneider reports, though, the gold market may be due for a correction.
February 16, 2011 10:52 pm
Wednesday PM February 16th, 2011
Noble announces possible large natural gas find off Cyprus...British subsidiary of KBR fined 11 million in Nigerian bribery case...R360 Environmental Solutions buys oilfield waste treatment faciilty in Cheyenne...Roadway construction at Dallas' Love Field...
February 16, 2011 10:11 pm
Teaming Up Against Drunk Driving
Harris County leads the nation when it comes to DWI fatalities. It is looking for ways to stop it and protect other drivers. A new effort is unveiled aimed at making the streets of Houston safer by getting drunk drivers off the road. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 16, 2011 9:14 pm
City Gets Aggressive with Scofflaws
If you owe the City of Houston any money prepare to pay. City officials announced they will start aggressively collecting delinquent fines and debts as they continue to look for ways to close the budget gap. Laurie Johnson reports.
February 16, 2011 9:03 pm
METRO Gets Money Back From Spanish Rail Car Supplier
METRO has officially received a 14-million-dollar refund from a Spanish-owned rail car vendor. The agency says the settlement will help move its rail projects forward. Wendy Siegle reports.
February 16, 2011 8:42 pm
UH Chancellor Discusses Budget With State Legislators
The University of Houston System chancellor plans a return trip to the state capital, as the legislature tackles the budget. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 16, 2011 11:00 am
The Pitfalls of the Prosperity Gospel
Houston writer Leah Davis sits down with David Pitman to discuss her book, What Your Pastor Didn't Tell You About the Prosperity Message. In the book, Davis says some megachurch pastors use tactics like fear, guilt, and intimidation based on Bible verses to compel members of their congregations to give more than they can afford. Davis has experienced this first-hand, with a local church she no longer attends. She says she wrote her book to provide people caught in the same situation a way to balance their relationship with God and the need to support their churches with a healthy financial life.
February 16, 2011 10:00 am
Meeting to Change School's Course
Parents who live in the Heights are encouraged to attend a meeting that could determine the future of Hogg Middle School. The HISD meeting will discuss issues that prevent parents from sending their kids there. Pat Hernandez gives us a preview.
February 16, 2011 9:12 am
Wednesday AM February 16th, 2011
Governor Rick Perry came to Houston yesterday to talk about small business and fiscal challenges. Andrew Schneider has the story.
February 15, 2011 11:09 pm
TX Senate Committee Blackout Hearings Begin
Some 82 electric power generators were affected by freezing weather earlier this month when those statewide rolling blackouts were ordered. A joint Senate committee in Austin has been hearing from the state's grid operator, as well as from the Public Utility Commission and other agencies. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 15, 2011 10:52 pm
A Houston Police Officer's Brush With Death
Doctors at a Houston rehab facility continue to be upbeat about Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' chances for recovery following a gunshot wound to the head. At least one Houston resident has been there before. Danny Vaughan was a Houston police officer in 1993 when a gunman entered his police substation and shot him in the head at point-blank range. He defied the odds by surviving and is now leading an almost "normal" life. Carrie Feibel reports.
February 15, 2011 10:21 pm
Houston Housing Market Heats Up
The month of January was the best since last summer for the Houston housing market. Sales were higher than January of last year and prices began to climb as well. Bill Stamps reports on what this could mean for the future.
February 15, 2011 9:29 pm
Democrats Rank Texas Progress
A group of Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives say a new report they've issued shows Texas is making little progress on issues such as poverty, health care and education.
Laurie Johnson has more.