May 12, 2010 9:02 pm
Countdown Continues For Friday Atlantis Launch
NASA has begun the countdown for the launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis on Friday afternoon from Cape Canaveral. This will be the shuttle program's 3rd to last flight. Mission specialists reported this morning that the weather forecast looks clear for an on-time departure. But eyes could get a little misty, since this is the last flight for this particular shuttle. Carrie Feibel has more.
May 12, 2010 8:42 pm
Houston's Mayor Warns of Tough Financial Decisions
Houston City Council is getting its first look at the proposed budget for fiscal 2011, and while Mayor Annise Parker isn't anticipating any drastic action, she says there's not a lot of room for extras. Gail Delaughter reports.
May 12, 2010 10:00 am
KUHF Conversations: New Metro CEO George Greanias
George Greanias began work this week as the interim CEO and President of Houston's Metropolitan Transit Authority. He recently sat down with KUHF's David Pitman to talk about his top priorities, the status of federal funding for the light rail system, and how to improve bus service. Greanias also gets into whether fare hikes could be part of the immediate future, and what he hopes to accomplish as he seeks to make the "interim" CEO title a "permanent" one.
May 12, 2010 9:03 am
Fixing Troubled Schools
As the school year winds down for students, HISD is winding up its plans to fix failing schools next year, and in the years to come. That plan includes paying some students for one on one time with a teacher. Melissa Galvez reports.
May 12, 2010 6:38 am
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HR departments are having to adjust to changes in the workplace. Lance J. Richards with Kelly Services is addressing changes in the post-recession talent pool at the gulf coast human resources symposium this week. He says companies are having to adjust to things like multi-generational workforces and globalization.
May 11, 2010 10:46 pm
Mayor Unveils Proposed Budget
Mayor Annise Parker balances the city's proposed budget without a tax hike or major service cuts. Pat Hernandez reports from City Hall on the Mayor's version of what the budget should look like next fiscal year.
May 11, 2010 9:54 pm
Houston Facility is Planned Parenthood's Newest And Biggest
Just off the Gulf Freeway, near the University of Houston, there's a business that's been open just a week, but has had protestors outside the door since day one. That's because it's Planned Parenthood's newest and biggest clinic. Yesterday it opened its doors to patients for the first time and not everyone was happy about it. Bill Stamps has more.
May 11, 2010 9:14 pm
Taking the Census Safely
U.S. Census officials are responding to fearful residents in Houston after a man was killed and his family was beaten and robbed by someone posing as a census worker. As Laurie Johnson reports — there are things to look for and ways to verify that the person knocking at your door does work for the census.
May 11, 2010 9:10 pm
Tuesday PM May 11th, 2010
Congress probes Deepwater Horizon explosion…New hiring rises to highest level in more than a year…Home prices rise in nearly 60 percent of U.S. cities in first quarter…
May 11, 2010 8:35 pm
Agreeing to Disagree
Harris County's AAA bond rating is the subject of conversation at Commissioner's Court. While everyone agreed that the designation was good, one commissioner didn't agree with County Judge Ed Emmett comments on how much lawyers make in the sale of bonds. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 11, 2010 9:26 am
Battle Over Coal-Fired Plant Heats Up In Matagorda County
In 2007, clean-air activists declared victory when a Dallas company agreed not to build eight coal-burning power plants in Texas. But the so-called "Texas coal wars" are not over. Thirteen new coal-fired plants are currently under construction or seeking permits or financing. One would be located in Matagorda County, just 60 miles southwest of Houston. KUHF Health Science and Technology reporter Carrie Feibel reports on the ongoing fight.
May 10, 2010 11:58 pm
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The historic discovery of the nation's largest natural gas field is the focus of a new documentary. Filmmaker Greg Kallenberg says "Haynesville: the nation's hunt for an energy future" humanizes the effect of the energy boom by following three lives caught up in the fervor.
May 10, 2010 10:49 pm
Oil Spill Effect on Seafood
BP scrambles to try and cap a massive undersea oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. It's believed that oil from the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank a mile down, is rushing up from the seabed at a rate of 5-thousand barrels a day. Officials are hoping to minimize the damage to beaches, fish, mammals and fisheries. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 10, 2010 10:41 pm
Monday PM May 10th, 2010
BP continues exploring options for capping leaking Gulf oil spill…Retail gasoline prices jump seven cents in past two weeks…Rate of late mortgage payments drops for first time since 2006…
May 10, 2010 9:55 pm
Spring 16-Year-Old Missing For Two Weeks
Volunteer searchers are taking a break after looking for a missing Spring High School student for two weeks now. Ali Lowitzer disappeared after getting off the school bus. Bill Stamps has more.
May 10, 2010 9:40 pm
Cornyn Weighs In On Kagan Nomination
Texas Senator John Cornyn says he doubts Elena Kagan has enough courtroom experience to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. Still, the Republican, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, says he's looking forward to learning more about Kagan and promises to do everything he can to make sure her confirmation hearing is civilized and dignified. David Pitman reports.
May 10, 2010 8:53 pm
BP President Calls Clean-Up Unprecedented
BP continues to scramble to clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The head of BP says they're doing everything they can to stop the oil spill and repair the damage. Laurie Johnson reports.
May 10, 2010 7:16 am
TXDOT Says Contraflow Lanes Are Ready for Hurricane Season
The 2010 hurricane season officially starts three weeks from tomorrow. The Texas Department of Transportation recently completed its annual drill of practicing for evacuations. That includes the "possible" use of special hurricane "contra-flow" lanes, which, as David Pitman reports, could be called into action on certain freeways when evacuation traffic reaches the breaking point.
May 10, 2010 6:45 am
French Trade Minister Promotes Houston Business Connections
France is paving the way for more French businesses to operate in Texas, as well as for American businesses to invest in France. The French Minister of Foreign Trade visited Houston to promote commerce. Ed Mayberry reports.
May 10, 2010 4:51 am
Woodland Heights Wants to Keep Charm
Walking down the tree lined streets of Woodland Heights feels like stepping back in time-to an era when horse drawn carriages brought milk in bottles before tea time. A group of residents wants to preserve this character through historic designation. Like in many similar communities, it highlights the tension between historic charm and individual rights.
Melissa Galvez travels to Woodland Heights in the latest in the KUHF NewsLab series, "Exploring Houston."
May 10, 2010 4:17 am
Monday AM May 10th, 2010
The congressional hearings have begun into the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Attorney generals from affected states want BP to make the claims process quick and easy. But determining compensation could take some time. Rice University economics professor Ken Medlock says the economic fallout is going to be wide-ranging.
May 7, 2010 9:58 pm
Census Jobs Available
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee says the government will hire 10,000 workers in Houston to knock on doors of people who didn't fill out the census. Bill Stamps reports — you have to take a test this weekend in order to be considered.
May 7, 2010 9:31 pm
Friday AM May 7th, 2010
Concrete-and-steel dome being dropped over Gulf of Mexico leak…Job creation ramps up, but jobless rate rises to 9.9 percent…Consumer Reports lifts “don't buy” recommendation for 2010 Lexus GX 460 luxury SUV…
May 7, 2010 8:47 pm
Brown Saving the Environment
Texas Governor Rick Perry says incentives, not mandates, encourage innovation in business and technology. He made his comments in Stafford southwest of Houston, at the roll-out of UPS' expanded fleet of hybrid electric vehicles. They are the first to be introduced in Texas. Pat Hernandez has the story.
May 7, 2010 8:18 am
Bauer Business Focus: Walter Ulrich
The Houston Technology Center has helped over a thousand entrepreneurs start up their companies, helping them raise over a billion dollars in funding. On this week's "Bauer Business Focus," Ed Mayberry talks with HTC's Walter Ulrich about this non-profit business incubator.
May 6, 2010 11:13 pm
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Engineers have been working around the clock to come up with solutions to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Solutions range from the concrete-and-steel dome to capture the oil to chemical dispersants to burning surface oil and using booms and skimmers. Civil and environmental engineering professor Satish Nagarajaiah with Rice University says it's been interesting to see all this brain power work on a solution.
May 6, 2010 9:50 pm
Environmentalist Call For End to Offshore Drilling
In the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill, many are calling for a moratorium on off shore drilling. You can add the Sierra Club to that list. Today, the Houston chapter held a protest outside the Offshore Technology Conference at Reliant Center. Bill Stamps has more.
May 6, 2010 9:22 pm
METRO Poised for Management Shake-up
METRO's president Frank Wilson is likely to resign tomorrow afternoon during a METRO board meeting.
If that happens — board members will be charged with naming an interim leader. Laurie Johnson has the story.
May 6, 2010 9:20 pm
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May 6, 2010 9:07 pm
Texas Lawmakers Speaking-Up about Border Violence
The increased drug violence in Mexico and its impact on this side of the border is the subject of increased attention from lawmakers in Washington. Manuel Quinones reports from Capitol Hill.