December 17, 2010 9:59 pm
METRO Cancels Controversial Contract With Spanish Rail Car Company
Metro's board has approved a deal to terminate its controversial contract with a Spanish rail car company. The settlement means Metro is moving closer to negotiating a much-needed federal grant for the construction of two light rail lines. Wendy Siegle reports.
December 17, 2010 9:49 pm
Friday PM December 17th, 2010
December 17, 2010 9:23 pm
The Houston Independent School District's accreditation has been restored. It follows an investigation into allegations of cheating on achievement tests and falsifying student dropout records. Pat Hernandez has more.
December 17, 2010 9:10 pm
Don't Get Stranded
More people will be on the roads this holiday season according to Triple A. And that also means more people will get stranded while they travel. As Laurie Johnson reports — nearly one and a half million drivers are estimated to need roadside assistance between now and the new year.
December 17, 2010 10:00 am
Bauer Business Focus: Latha Ramchand
A recent event at the University of Houston brought together Houston businesses that are interested in expansion into India with Indian companies wanting to expand into Houston. There are more issues than logistics to work out when it comes to international business — cultural differences that have to be taken into account. Latha Ramchand is associate dean and professor in finance, and joins Ed Mayberry on this morning's "Bauer Business Focus."
December 17, 2010 9:36 am
Friday AM December 17th, 2010
A former Department of Energy Congressional contact is transitioning from helping develop energy policy to helping the private sector understand that policy. Ed Mayberry reports.
December 17, 2010 6:06 am
HISD Could Consider Closing Dozens of School
The Houston School District floats an idea that could mean the closure of dozens of campuses that don't have enough students. As Jack Williams reports, although only a vague option right now, the move could save HISD millions of dollars.
December 16, 2010 11:16 pm
Police Feeling Effects of Prop 3 Defeat
The Houston Police Department is already feeling the effects of not having red light cameras. The red light fines brought in 10-million dollars to the police department each year. Bill Stamps has more.
December 16, 2010 10:25 pm
Call for Education Reform
The state's leading business and chamber association says higher education reform is critical to continued prosperity in Texas. The Texas Association of Business says in less than 10 years over half of all new jobs will require at least some college education. Pat Hernandez has more.
December 16, 2010 9:50 pm
Houston Third Worst Commute in U.S.
If you have a tendency to complain about your commute to work you're probably justified in doing so. According to a recent study, Houstonians have the third worst commute in the country. And as Wendy Siegle reports, the drive is set to get even more unpleasant.
December 16, 2010 9:22 pm
BARC Overflows Capacity
Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Control — known as BARC — is over capacity and needs to make space for more animals. As Laurie Johnson reports — an unusual spike in law enforcement activity has left BARC with no room for strays.
December 16, 2010 8:46 pm
Thursday PM December 16th, 2010
Houston judge denies bail for oil traders indicted in kickback scheme overcharging LyondellBasell...Next energy-efficient appliance rebate program for Texas begins Monday...Several U.S. airlines raise fares by up to 10 dollars per round trip...
December 16, 2010 9:12 am
Thursday AM December 16th, 2010
Houston-based Greenstar North America has begun offering single-stream recycling here in Houston. That allows participants to put recyclables conveniently into one bin, as Ed Mayberry explains.
December 15, 2010 10:40 pm
Full Body Scanners at Hobby
Passengers taking to the skies from Hobby Airport this holiday season be warned. New security measures are now in place. You're being advised to arrive earlier before flights. Pat Hernandez has more.
December 15, 2010 9:51 pm
Houston Officially Raises Fees
As expected Houston will raise the rates for around 150 fees over the next three weeks. The fees are for special services and permits and will bring in millions of dollars in revenue for the city. Laurie Johnson reports.
December 15, 2010 9:46 pm
Wednesday PM December 15th, 2010
Federal government sues BP and eight other companies for Gulf oil spill damage...Senate sends tax package to House...Dynegy accepts Carl Icahn's buyout offer...
December 15, 2010 9:20 pm
County Will Save Paper and Money
With the end of the year approaching Harris County property owners are beginning to pay their taxes.
As Rod Rice reports the tax office is changing a long time practice that will save the county money.
December 15, 2010 8:40 am
Wednesday AM December 15th, 2010
There's still uncertainty about the bush tax cuts scheduled to expire on December 31st. But there are certain items that taxpayers need to take care of before the end of the year. Ed Mayberry reports.
December 14, 2010 11:19 pm
Tuesday PM December 14th, 2010
Environmentalists file pollution lawsuit against ExxonMobil refinery in Baytown...Retail sales rise for fifth straight month; inventories rise for tenth straight month...Business Roundtable: executives expect to hire more workers over next six months...
December 14, 2010 9:32 pm
Environmental Groups Take On Oil Giant
Environment Texas and the Sierra Club have filed a joint lawsuit against ExxonMobil's Baytown facility — the largest oil refinery in the United States. The environmental groups say Exxon continues to violate the clean air act by releasing illegal amounts of pollutants into the air. Laurie Johnson reports.
December 14, 2010 8:59 pm
Local Gun Store Says It Cooperated with Feds
The attorney for a local gun store chain says his client cooperated with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms in an investigation and is now feeling the heat over guns that ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels. As Jack Williams reports, at issue are so-called "straw purchases" and whether the store was told to sell the guns as part of a larger sting.
December 14, 2010 4:58 pm
Holiday Fire Safety Tips
Common knowledge means common sense this holiday season. The Houston Housing Authority offers safety tips to seniors and families with help from the Houston Fire Department. Pat Hernandez has more.
December 14, 2010 9:57 am
Tuesday AM December 14th, 2010
Comcast has teamed with the National Retail Federation to warn consumers about online scams and provide tips on safe online holiday shopping. Ed Mayberry reports.
December 13, 2010 10:41 pm
TX watches VA lawsuit against healthcare law
A federal judge in Virginia ruled today that part of the new federal health care law is unconstitutional. The ruling has no immediate effect and is but one of many court battles being fought over the law. But here in Texas, Attorney General Greg Abbott says he's encouraged by this new development. Carrie Feibel has more.
December 13, 2010 10:29 pm
Metal Thieves Steal from Graveyards
Harris County authorities are looking for a new type of metal thief in the Houston area. Metal thieves have long preyed on homes and businesses — stealing valuable copper and other semi-precious metals.
But as Laurie Johnson reports — the crime has taken a disturbing turn.
December 13, 2010 10:11 pm
It's Up To The Judge
A federal judge will now decide whether to nullify a referendum vote against red light cameras. This comes after the judge ruled that sponsors of the measure cannot intervene in an ongoing lawsuit on the future of the controversial cameras. More from Pat Hernandez.
December 13, 2010 10:05 pm
Monday PM December 13th, 2010
Virginia judge questions constitutionality of health care law requirement that people must buy health insurance or pay a penalty...Number of homeowners owing more than worth of home falls again...U.S. airlines collect more than 4.3 billion dollars in baggage and other fees so far this year...
December 13, 2010 9:27 pm
Let the Meteor Show Begin
Tonight is the night for stargazers. This year's Geminid meteor showers is expected to be the best meteor shower of the year. Rod Rice reports that conditions here will be perfect for watching the celestial show.
December 13, 2010 8:40 pm
How To Keep Pipes From Bursting When It Freezes Again
The worst of the freezing weathering appears to be over, for now.
Lows tonight are expected to be mostly in the mid 30's. But another round of cold air is due by the weekend, bringing overnight lows back to near-freezing. This is as good a time to make sure the exposed pipes in and around your home are well protected. David Pitman has more.
December 13, 2010 11:04 am
Flu shot still a must
Last year the so-called "swine flu" scare sent people scurrying to get flu shots. This year, doctors are worried that people don't feel the same urgency to get vaccinated. But they say the danger is still there. KUHF health, science and technology reporter Carrie Feibel explains why.