September 22, 2009 9:06 pm
Cornyn Weighs-In on Heath Care Debate
Debate over the latest Senate health care proposal has finally begun and Senator John Cornyn and other Republicans are
laying-out their concerns. From Washington, Sara Sciammacco has more on some of the changes Cornyn wants.
September 22, 2009 8:00 am
Tuesday AM September 22nd, 2009
The worst of the economic downturn is over, according to the third quarter U.S. Regional Watch from BBVA Compass. Ed Mayberry reports.
September 21, 2009 11:36 pm
Sharing the Tracks with Commuter Rail
Experts project the growth of the metropolitan Houston area to increase rapidly in the next few decades — and with that comes the increased need for mobility. Serious talks have been ongoing about using some existing freight rail lines for commuter service. Pat Hernandez says many are optimistic that will soon become a reality.
September 21, 2009 9:59 pm
Monday PM September 21st, 2009
Dell acquiring Perot Systems in $3.9 billion deal…Conference Board's index of leading indicators rises again slightly…Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship announces most promising energy and clean technology companies…
September 21, 2009 9:48 pm
Swine Flu Vaccine Acts a lot like Seasonal Flu Vaccine
With the first shipments of the H1N1 vaccine due to begin arriving here in a couple of weeks, local health officials say they have some early feedback on how young people are responding to it. Jack Williams reports.
September 21, 2009 9:24 pm
The City of Houston will soon authorize lease agreements to pay for radio tower space across the region. The 20 to 30 year leases are part of the city's overall radio communications upgrade. Laurie Johnson reports.
September 21, 2009 8:40 pm
Crazy Ants May Be Spreading
Experts at the LSU Agriculture Center are concerned that
a troublesome ant first discovered in Texas may be
making its way to Louisiana.
Rod Rice reports on the spread of the Raspberry
September 21, 2009 9:00 am
Rough Streets In Houston Raise Questions About Maintenance
There's been a lot of talk about the new roads and toll-ways that are being built around Houston. From the KUHF NewsLab, Wendy Siegle investigates the underreported condition of the city's existing streets.
September 21, 2009 8:00 am
Monday AM September 21st, 2009
"Workplace safety week" has come and gone, but one construction firm finds that increased safety awareness is important year-round. Ed Mayberry reports.
September 21, 2009 4:23 am
Buffalo Bayou Boat Tours
Buffalo Bayou passes through central Houston
almost completely unnoticed. Few of those who pass near it or over it know that if Buffalo Bayou didn't exist, neither would Houston. It was once the life blood of the city and though these days it's mostly empty west of the ship
channel it is still full of Houston's history.
September 18, 2009 11:22 pm
Old Building Needs to be Demolished
Houston police say a one hundred year old building downtown needs to come down. The backside of the vacant structure is crumbling and that's creating a safety hazard. Officials say they hope demolition will take place in a week — once a contractor is found. Pat Hernandez has the story.
September 18, 2009 10:12 pm
Challenges in the Senate
Between the healthcare debate — the national debt and economy and issues like cap and trade and the war in Afghanistan — there's a lot of focus on the U.S. government and its policy decisions. Senator John Cornyn is in Houston today and says there is more bipartisan work being done in Washington than many might imagine. Laurie Johnson has more.
September 18, 2009 9:24 pm
Friday PM September 18th, 2009
Texas unemployment rate hits eight per cent; Houston hits 8.4 per cent…Job fair set for tomorrow at George R. Brown Convention Center…Justice Department investigating former Interior Secretary Gale Norton over lucrative oil leases to Royal Dutch Shell…
September 18, 2009 9:19 pm
Jobless Rate Up in Texas, but Outlook is Better
The unemployment rate in Texas has made another slight uptick. But the state is still in much better shape than the nation as a whole, and one economist believes the worst of the job losses could soon be over. David Pitman reports.
September 18, 2009 8:00 am
Friday AM September 18th, 2009
The former Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Treasury says there are some pre-existing conditions to the global financial crisis that still exist. Ed Mayberry reports.
September 17, 2009 10:44 pm
More Fires Blaze in the Heights
Houston fire investigators are sorting through evidence at two more house fires in the Heights neighborhood. Thursday's fires are the latest in a rash of arsons that have residents in the area on edge. They say the fires could eventually hurt, or even kill someone. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 17, 2009 8:54 pm
Thursday PM September 17th, 2009
Harris County Hospital District terminates acquisition plans for Memorial Hermann Southwest…Unemployment numbers indicate job cuts are slowing…Congressionally appointed panel promises no-holds barred investigation into last year's economic collapse…
September 17, 2009 8:50 pm
Getting Tough on Smog
Now that the Environmental Protection Agency will reassess the nation's smog standards — one local environmentalist says the new standards will be better for health but tougher to attain. Laurie Johnson has more.
September 17, 2009 8:25 pm
Methodist Hospital Mandates Flu Vaccine
A local hospital has decided to make flu shots "mandatory" for all its employees this year.
Methodist Hospital is one of the largest in the nation to move away from a "voluntary" flu shot program, in hopes of protecting patients from the potentially deadly virus.
David Pitman reports.
September 17, 2009 8:00 am
Thursday AM September 17th, 2009
An insurance company has written a half-billion dollars in free life insurance for people with limited financial means. The idea is to provide a way to pay for the education of surviving children, as Ed Mayberry reports.
September 16, 2009 11:14 pm
Hutchison Defends NASA on Capitol Hill
A new committee report says the space program needs more funding in order to send astronauts into space. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison says it is essential for national security. Tanya Snyder reports.
September 16, 2009 10:17 pm
Parties, Term Papers and Elections
The November election will be here before you know it and the last day to register is October 5th. One group that traditionally doesn't vote in large numbers is students. The University of Houston is taking steps to change that. Bill Stamps has more.
September 16, 2009 9:33 pm
Wednesday PM September 16th, 2009
Builders more confident; Obama considers extension of first-time homebuyers tax credit…Hp launches Digital Assist program…Fort Worth firm is first winning bidder in government's effort to back private purchases of toxic mortgage assets…
September 16, 2009 9:27 pm
UT Admissions to Cut its Automatic Acceptance Rate
Students who have their hearts set on getting into the University of Texas will have to hit the books a little harder, if they want a guaranteed spot in the freshman class in a couple of years.
The Austin campus announced this week it will take advantage of a recent rule change that allows it to cut its automatic acceptance rate.
David Pitman has more.
September 16, 2009 8:59 pm
Council Approves BARC Contract
After weeks of wrangling — Houston Councilmembers finally approved a contract to pay the city's turnaround agent for BARC. The unanimous vote officially puts the city's pound under new leadership through the end of the year. Laurie Johnson has more.
September 16, 2009 8:47 pm
Governor Touts More Money for Border Security
Texas Governor Rick Perry comes to Houston to reiterate the importance of border security. He outlined the state's efforts to combat the increasing transnational gang threat in Texas communities. Pat Hernandez has more.
September 16, 2009 8:00 am
Wednesday AM September 16th, 2009
The co-founder of Greenpeace is in Texas to counter those who say nuclear reactors have serious financial, health and security risks. Dr. Patrick Moore heads a group that promotes nuclear energy as a clean, safe and dependable source of power, as Ed Mayberry reports.
September 15, 2009 11:33 pm
Homeless Get Surprise Gift
It's estimated there are between ten and twelve thousand homeless people living in Houston. Many of the agencies to help the homeless believe a good number of those living on the streets don't take advantage of the services. Bill Stamps followed one local agency as they headed out to the streets to pass out clothing.
September 15, 2009 10:27 pm
Grand Parkway Stays in County Control
Harris County Commissioners Court has approved an option for the Grand Parkway that keeps the project out of the control of the Texas Department of Transportation. The so-called "local primacy" option commits Harris County to build its portion of the project. Pat Hernandez has the story.
September 15, 2009 9:53 pm
Fears Continue Over Heights Arson
Houston police and fire officials continue the search for an alleged arsonist in the Heights area. As many as nine fires may have been set by one person. People in the community are fearful of how long this may continue and how much more damage could be done. Laurie Johnson has more.