July 12, 2013 5:09 pm
Texas Abortion Bill Would Force Women to Travel Farther, Pay More
The Texas Senate is back in session this afternoon and could vote as early as tonight on a controversial set of abortion restrictions. KUHF Health and Science Reporter Carrie Feibel has more about the potential impact of the bill, which Governor Perry has said he will sign.
July 12, 2013 5:02 pm
AG Abbott's Sunday Announcement -- Are We About To See a GOP Primary Battle For Governor in 2014?
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is preparing to make what his campaign spokesman calls a "major announcement" this weekend. The campaign isn't saying what, exactly, Abbott will be talking about in San Antonio on Sunday. But, it's widely believed that Abbott will formally declare his intention to run for governor in next year's election.
July 12, 2013 5:00 am
Bauer Business Focus: Mark Reichman on Oil Transport by Train after the Quebec Disaster
Last Saturday, a runaway oil tanker train exploded in the center of a small town in Quebec, killing at least fifty people. Mark Reichman is director of equity research for Simmons & Company International, an energy focused investment bank. He joins Andrew Schneider on this week’s installment of the "Bauer Business Focus."
July 12, 2013 5:00 am
Houston Passes New York to Become Nation's Top Exporting Metro Area
New data from the US Commerce Department show Greater Houston is now the top exporter among US metropolitan areas.
July 11, 2013 6:03 pm
Former Politicians Debate Immigration Reform at Rice's Baker Institute
As Congress grapples with immigration reform, border security continues to be a big component of the debate. It was the topic of discussion with former Secretaries Michael Chertoff and Henry Cisneros, and former Governor Haley Barbour at Rice University.
July 11, 2013 5:14 pm
Mayor Parker Announces Winners of Anti-Texting Video Contest
After 11 video submissions were received from high school students in the Houston area, Mayor Annise Parker announced yesterday that Aman Narayan, George Chuang and Liana Wang were the Youth Council contest winners of her "It Can Wait, Houston" campaign against texting and driving.
July 11, 2013 4:56 pm
Houston Economic Activity Snaps Three-Month Decline
Houston economic activity stabilized in June after a three-month slide, according to the latest survey of local supply managers.
July 11, 2013 4:49 pm
HOT Lanes Open on the Eastex Freeway
Metro's fifth and final HOT lane opens this Monday. Solo drivers with a toll tag will now be able to use the 59 Eastex Freeway HOV lane.
July 11, 2013 4:26 pm
Playing Computer Games Is Encouraged at This Summer Camp
Summer time is camp time for many kids. Often, that means spending the days and nights with others somewhere outside, often near water. And then there are camps like the one offered at the University of Houston this month.
July 11, 2013 4:15 pm
Houston to Be Part of National Protest to Lift Ban on Blood Donations from Gay Men
For thirty years, gay and bisexual men have been banned from donating blood in the United States. Houston will be part of a nationwide protest tomorrow to get the FDA to lift that ban.
July 11, 2013 9:32 am
Senate Debate on House-Passed Abortion Bill Won’t Be As Raucous Second Time Around
Now that the Texas House has approved new abortion limits less than two weeks after Senate Republicans failed to finish work on the bill, a final vote could come as early as tomorrow in the Senate.
July 11, 2013 5:00 am
Court Rules Apple Broke Antitrust Law in Scheme to Raise E-Book Prices
Texas and thirty-two other states have won an antitrust victory against Apple. A federal court ruled Apple colluded with publishers illegally to raise the price of electronic books.
July 10, 2013 4:52 pm
North Forest Senior Dropouts One of First Missions for HISD
This summer we've been following the merger of North Forest with the Houston Independent School District. Now that it's official, one of the first priorities for HISD is a group of seniors. They didn't graduate, but could finish with just one class or exam.
July 10, 2013 4:39 pm
Drivers Advised Of Major Improvement Project on Hempstead Road
A major road resurfacing project starts next week in northwest Houston. TxDOT says it's preparing the road for traffic detoured around U.S. 290 construction.
July 10, 2013 4:29 pm
Study: Cutting HS Dropout Rate In Half Could Save TX Half a Billion On Medicaid
Texas has a high school dropout rate of just under 7%. HISD, the largest in the state, has a dropout rate approaching 12%. A new study claims if Texas could cut its dropout rate in half, it could save half-a-billion dollars on Medicaid spending.
July 10, 2013 4:22 pm
Houston Group Homes Come Under Scrutiny
Unlike some other major cities in Texas, Houston doesn't regulate boarding houses and group homes. But local officials say they need more oversight of such establishments to make sure the homes are operated safely.
July 10, 2013 3:00 pm
State Sales Tax Revenue up 9% from June 2012
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs says the state collected close to $2.2 billion dollars in sales tax revenue in June.
July 10, 2013 11:23 am
Texas House Passes Abortion Bill; Sends to Senate Committee
The Texas House has passed House Bill 2, creating new abortion restrictions. It happened just after 11 this morning, as Speaker of the House Joe Strauss took the vote.
July 10, 2013 5:00 am
With Construction Finished, Toshiba Starts to Beef Up Hiring at Houston Plant
Toshiba International has finished work on a $20 million expansion of its northwest Houston plant, which turns out industrial control equipment. The company has already started hiring additional workers to staff the larger facility.
July 9, 2013 4:56 pm
Nurse Practitioners in Texas Will Help with the Primary Care Shortage
Texas is already facing a shortage of primary-care doctors, and the crisis could get even worse under the new health overhaul law known as Obamacare. Now Governor Rick Perry has signed a new law that will allow nurse practitioners in Texas to take on a bigger role in providing primary care.
July 9, 2013 4:12 pm
Texas A&M Fans Compete for One-of-a-Kind License Plate
Texas A&M fans are signing up to bid on a personalized license plate that goes up for auction next month. That one-of-a-kind plate will honor the "12th Man."
July 9, 2013 4:02 pm
What an Open Race for Governor Means for Republicans and Democrats
Now that Governor Perry has declared he won't run for a fourth full term in office, everyone's waiting to see how many candidates will take a shot in next year's race for governor. This could be an opportunity for Democrats, but one political analyst says they may not be ready to take on one of the Governor's closest allies.
July 9, 2013 3:45 pm
Astrodome Renovation Plan Undergoing Financial Study
The future of the Houston Astrodome has moved from uncertainty to the Harris County Budget Management Office, exploring ways to finance a proposed redevelopment plan. Voters will have the ultimate say at the ballot box as early as November.
July 9, 2013 5:00 am
Quebec Disaster Raises Safety Concerns About Shipping Oil by Rail
The explosion of a runaway oil train in Canada highlights the risks that come with transporting oil, no matter what the method.
July 8, 2013 6:29 pm
Emergency Managers Convene in Advance of Hurricane Season
With Tropical Storm Chantal racing toward the eastern Caribbean, it's a reminder to emergency managers in southeast Texas that the busy part of the hurricane season is almost here. Those leaders got together for an emergency preparedness "tune-up" that could come in handy later in the summer.
July 8, 2013 5:32 pm
Why Houston's Asian Community Wants the Immigration Reform Bill Passed
There's been a lot of talk about immigration reform especially since the Senate passed an immigration bill. But the conversation doesn't usually focus on Asian immigration, although the bill is a big topic for Houston's Asian community.
July 8, 2013 4:45 pm
Former North Forest Schools Begin First Day of Summer School
This week summer school starts in North Forest with new leaders. The Houston Independent School District is now officially in charge of teaching students in the area. Both parents and school leaders are adapting to the change.
July 8, 2013 4:39 pm
Gov. Perry Will Not Seek Re-election, Remains Mum on Presidential Bid
Governor Rick Perry — the state's longest serving governor — will not seek re-election. The governor made his announcement today but was mum about his future plans.
July 8, 2013 10:44 am
Work Moves Into The Next Phase On Ambitious Freeway Loop Project
Groundbreaking ceremonies will take place later this month for the newest segments of the Grand Parkway. Work is just getting underway on sections that connect major freeways that travel into Houston from the northwest. But what does all the construction mean for commuters?
July 8, 2013 6:30 am
Texas Puts Luminant Mining Under Closer Financial Scrutiny
Texas may be known for oil, but it's also a coal state. And now, there's concern over what the state is doing to ensure that old "strip mines" are cleaned-up. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found that one Texas company in particular is now getting special scrutiny.