January 12, 2011 10:15 pm
Redistricting Draws Battle Lines
Houston lawmakers are about to tackle what could be one of the most contentious and complicated issues of the year — redistricting. And although the process hasn't yet begun — turf wars and disagreements are already popping up. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 12, 2011 9:56 pm
Activists Against Grand Parkway — Regardless of Who Builds It
Now that Harris County Commissioners have voted to hand the reins of the Grand Parkway project back to TxDOT, the county should be able to get busy on other road projects. This pleases people who have long wanted the county to focus on projects in areas closer to central Houston. But as Wendy Siegle reports some activists still want the Grand Parkway, the 180-mile highway which would circle the greater Houston region, to be scrapped altogether.
January 12, 2011 9:49 pm
Wednesday PM January 12th, 2011
Federal Reserve's survey of national economic conditions finds late-year improvements; Texas sales tax revenue improves...Oil resumes flow in Trans-Alaska pipeline following pump station leak...Texas Railroad Commission again pushing for name change...
January 12, 2011 9:15 pm
Perry: I'll Change Sanctuary City Policy
Governor Rick Perry is again vowing to address Houston's alleged status as a so-called "sanctuary city," a label the last two mayors have rejected as wrong. As Bill Stamps reports, the governor say he expects things to change in the current legislative session.
January 12, 2011 8:49 pm
Missing Sailor Safe and Sound
A boater who left Houston headed for Mississippi but never arrived, has been found safe and sound. Rod Rice reports.
January 12, 2011 8:19 am
Wednesday AM January 12th, 2011
The Greater Houston Partnership kicks off 2011 with a renewed focus on job creation in this region and on preserving Houston's priorities in the 82nd Legislature. Ed Mayberry reports.
January 11, 2011 11:15 pm
Cold and Homeless
Houston's "big chill" is expected to stick around for a while with temperatures tonight once again expected to dip below freezing. Imagine sleeping outside with nothing to keep you warm like some of Houston's homeless. Bill Stamps stopped by a local agency to see what they're doing to help.
January 11, 2011 10:10 pm
Let the State Build It
Harris County Commissioners vote to challenge the Texas Department of Transportation to start building a 15 mile stretch of the Grand Parkway. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 11, 2011 10:03 pm
NASA Fixing Fuel Tank For Feb. 24 Shuttle Launch
NASA officials say they've diagnosed the problem on the fuel tank for space shuttle Discovery. They've designed a repair and now hope to launch in late February. Carrie Feibel reports.
January 11, 2011 9:41 pm
Tuesday PM January 11th, 2011
Greater Houston Partnership focuses on job creation in 2011...Verizon Wireless to start selling version of iPhone 4 in early February...Texas Comptroller's Office conducts free state tax seminars this evening...
January 11, 2011 8:54 pm
Governor Declares Emergency Issues for Legislative Session
Texas lawmakers are officially on the job for the 82nd legislative session. The Texas House and Senate convened today — swearing in the largest number of freshmen house members in Texas in nearly 40 years. As Laurie Johnson reports — Governor Rick Perry declared two emergency issues as priorities for the session.
January 11, 2011 10:00 am
KUHF Conversations: St. Rep. Garnet Coleman Talks Budget, Redistricting As Lawmakers Begin Session In Austin
(January 11, 2011) State Representative Garnet Coleman (D) of Houston sat down with David Pitman ahead of today's opening of the regular legislative session to explain his idea for a temporary one-cent increase in the sales tax to help erase an estimate $20 billion budget shortfall. Rep. Coleman also discusses what the area's two new congressional districts will look like, and how state Democrats can hope to have any effect on what happens this year in Austin, given an overwhelming Republican majority.
January 11, 2011 12:29 am
DeLay Sentenced To Three Years For Money Laundering Conviction
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay could spend up to three years in prison for money laundering and conspiracy. A judge handed down the sentence Monday. Matt Largey reports from Austin.
January 10, 2011 10:31 pm
Transformation of Low Performing Schools
The gamble seems to be paying off. Houston business leaders tour Lee High School, one of the schools in the Houston Independent School District in an ambitious project aimed at turning around low-performing schools. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 10, 2011 10:27 pm
State Faces Budget Gap of $15-28 Billion
The state legislature convenes tomorrow in Austin. The biggest problem facing the state is a huge budget gap. Lawmakers and pundits have been debating the size of the shortfall for months. Today, State Comptroller Susan Combs ended the guessing by releasing the official estimate of future state revenues. Carrie Feibel reports.
January 10, 2011 10:23 pm
Monday PM January 10th, 2011
January 10, 2011 10:01 pm
Legislators Say Budget Cuts Not Enough
So just what do lawmakers plan to do about the large budget deficit? Bill Stamps spoke with two representatives to get their thoughts.
January 10, 2011 9:28 pm
Learn CPR and Save a Life
Every two minutes someone dies of a heart attack. If someone close by had sudden cardiac arrest right now would you know what to do? Rod Rice reports that if you don't, you can sign up now for several mass CPR classes next month at the Texans indoor training facility.
January 10, 2011 8:40 pm
Analysts Say High Gas Prices Could Slow Recovery
As gas prices continue their steady march toward three dollars a gallon here in Houston, some analysts say those increases could threaten an already fragile economic recovery. As Jack Williams reports, it's a good news-bad news scenario for Houston, a city with an economy that depends on healthy oil and gas companies.
January 10, 2011 6:45 am
Monday AM January 7th, 2011
The first of the baby boomers have crossed into senior status. Starting this month, the first wave of them are turning 65, and that population shift will have consequences in the business community. Ed Mayberry reports.
January 10, 2011 6:23 am
New Day, New Commissioner
He wants to make things better. Two months after political novice Jack Morman unseated powerful incumbent Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia, he says he is ready to begin a new era for precinct two. Pat Hernandez talks to Morman before his first Commissioner's Court.
January 7, 2011 11:49 pm
Metro Gets Ready
Metro's Transit Board meets to finalize its delegation that will work with the Federal Transit Administration to fund its two light rail projects. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 7, 2011 10:53 pm
Boat Show Sets Sail at Reliant
The Houston Boat Show is underway at Reliant Center. Boat sales have been low the past few years thanks to the weak economy but initial signs indicate things may be pick up this year. Bill Stamps reports.
January 7, 2011 9:40 pm
Friday PM January 7th, 2011
Unemployment rates drops to 9.4 percent...Texas Comptroller to issue Biennial Revenue Estimate the day before the 82nd Legislature convenes...Baytown to hold free weekend workshop for homebuyers...
January 7, 2011 8:58 pm
More Delays For Shuttle Discovery As NASA Modifies Key Fuel Tank Components
The next space shuttle mission has been delayed, once again. NASA wanted to get Discovery off the ground early next month for its final mission to the International Space Station. But a recurring problem is keeping it from going anywhere until late February, at the earliest. David Pitman has more.
January 7, 2011 10:47 am
Friday AM January 7th, 2011
Government-sponsored housing lender Fannie Mae has launched a website to explain foreclosure prevention options. Ed Mayberry reports.
January 7, 2011 10:34 am
Bauer Business Focus: Jeff Moseley
The Greater Houston Partnership holds its first business meeting of the year on Tuesday. Ed Mayberry talks with Partnership president and CEO Jeff Moseley about the Houston business scene on this morning's "Bauer Business Focus." Moseley recently testified before the Congressional subcommittee on immigration, citizenship, refugees, border security and international law.
January 6, 2011 9:57 pm
Developments in the Vaccination Debate
An influential study linking autism to vaccinations is now debunked as fraudulent. Immunization experts in Houston say that's great news for physicians. But they say it may not do much to change the minds of people who are already opposed to vaccines. Laurie Johnson reports.
January 6, 2011 9:34 pm
Immigrant Truck Drivers Facing Problems in Texas
Some forty-thousand people from other countries are now living in Texas under what's called 'Temporary Protected Status.' For nearly a decade they've been allowed to get commercial drivers licenses for work purposes, but not anymore due to a change in state law. As Bill Stamps reports, this change is putting some people out of work.
January 6, 2011 8:53 pm
Who'll be the First?
In the world of personalized license plates, seven characters is no big deal. It is in Texas, where it took 33-years to run out of six character messages. Motorists will have a chance to be the first ever to choose all seven characters on an official Texas license plate. Pat Hernandez has more.