June 23, 2009 11:15 pm
Local Politician Wants Seniors to Stay Cool During Hot Months
It's the time of year of unbearably high temperatures. To avoid a high electricity bill, some elderly or low income residents from turning on their air conditioning and some aren't able to pay when the bill comes. A local politician is once again leading the effort to make sure those customers won't have their electricity turned off if they can't afford it. Bill Stamps has more.
June 23, 2009 10:14 pm
Ethics Reform Package Sails Through Commissioners Court
Without fanfare but in an unanimous vote, Harris County Commissioners have adopted an ethics reform package. The revised list contains changes to a measure proposed by an ethics task force put together by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 23, 2009 9:28 pm
Wednesday AM June 24th, 2009
The author of a book on business scandals says individual investors should not be scared-off by the alleged financial misdeeds of people like Bernie Madoff and R. Allen Stanford. Jack Williams reports.
June 23, 2009 9:12 pm
Both Sides Claim Victory in Bolivar Beach Front
Governor Rick Perry has allowed a bill containing a controversial amendment to become law without his signature. That amendment — tacked on by Representative Wayne Christian — allows him and his neighbors to rebuild their beach-front houses, which were destroyed by Hurricane Ike. Even so, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson says that won't happen, as Ben Philpott reports from Austin.
June 22, 2009 11:20 pm
County Judge Hopes Ethics Reform Finally Passes
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett hopes the third time is a charm later today as commissioners again consider approval of an ethics reform package that's been floated since last year. Jack Williams reports.
June 22, 2009 11:01 pm
Tuesday AM June 23rd, 2009
With summer officially here and temperatures expected to be in the mid to high 90's all week, Reliant Energy says there are some easy ways to save on electric bills in Houston. Jack Williams reports.
June 22, 2009 10:40 pm
City Water Supply Uninterrupted After a Hurricane
Hurricane Ike left downed power lines that not only shut off electricity to homes and businesses, but pumps that were essential to basic services. Houston's Municipal Water Supply was shut off, making the tap unsafe to drink. A study found that using a specific non-grid alternative power source would eliminate the need to shut off the water supply in the event of another hurricane like Ike. Pat Hernandez has more.
June 22, 2009 10:10 pm
Next Steps in Judge's Impeachment
Federal District Judge Samuel Kent will stand trial again.
Kent has already been convicted on sexual assault charges.
But now the Senate will hold an impeachment trial to decide whether or not to oust him from office.
Laurie Johnson has more on what that entails.
June 22, 2009 9:46 pm
Texas Voting Rights Ruling
In an important decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a small central Texas water district can be exempted from a major provision of the Federal Voting Rights Act. Jim Bell reports.
June 22, 2009 9:28 pm
9-1-1 Wants Location First
When an emergency arises there is more to getting help than calling 9-1-1. Rod Rice reports on the best way to get a rapid, efficient response.
June 22, 2009 10:00 am
HISD Could See Potential Names This Week
Houston School District board members should later this week get their first look at a long list of potential candidates to replace the departing Dr. Abe Saavedra. He plans to step down as superintendent at the end of august. As Jack Williams reports, one national superintendent recruitment expert says the Houston job should attract a lot of very qualified candidates.
June 22, 2009 9:00 am
Solar Panels at the George R Brown Convention Center
Put together the words "energy" and "Houston", and most people think of oil and gas. But Houston is making big strides in renewable energy as well. Currently, the City of Houston buys about 25% of its energy from renewable sources, mostly wind. And the roof of the George R Brown Convention Center is about to get a little greener. From the KUHF NewsLab, Melissa Galvez reports.
June 19, 2009 11:42 pm
What Do Dad's Really Want for Father's Day?
Father's Day is just a few days away. Some of you may have already found your gift for dad or your husband, but will he like it? Bill Stamps talked with a few dads to find out what it is they really want.
June 19, 2009 11:10 pm
Indictments Bring Some Relief
Texas billionaire R. Allen Stanford has been indicted for what prosecutors say is a 7-billion dollar scheme to defraud investors. Also indicted were three executives of Houston based Stanford Financial group and a former bank regulator in Antigua. The indictments bring several questions: Will it bring relief to investors and will it lead to legal action in similar cases? Pat Hernandez has more.
June 19, 2009 10:16 pm
House Impeaches Galveston Judge
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach Galveston Judge Samuel Kent. Matt Laslo reports from Washington.
June 19, 2009 9:49 pm
Friday PM June 19th, 2009
The jobless rate in Houston is rising. Rod Rice reports that May unemployment rose to 6.9 percent, up from 6.3 percent in April.
June 19, 2009 9:20 pm
Conference on Minority Health
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center will hold its annual conference on health care disparities next week. This work is part of a national effort to make health care available to more people who need it, as Jim Bell reports.
June 19, 2009 9:05 pm
Number of U.S. Swine Flu Cases Rises
The number of swine flu cases and deaths in the United States continues to go up. The CDC announced today the number of U.S. deaths from the illness nearly doubled over the past week. As Laurie Johnson reports — health officials say people still need to be cautious about the spread of the illness.
June 18, 2009 10:43 pm
New Property Room Erases Police Problems of Past
After years of dealing with a cramped and outdated evidence storage facility, the Houston Police Department has a new property room. The new 50-thousand square foot facility replaces the one built back in the 70s. It has the most modern security features to efficiently house evidence. Pat Hernandez was on hand for the ribbon cutting.
June 18, 2009 10:28 pm
Rice Gets Grant to Study Hurricane Impact
Rice University is getting a one-and-a-quarter million dollar grant to study the
full impact of hurricanes, and what governments and people should do to be ready
the next time a hurricane hits. Jim Bell reports.
June 18, 2009 9:44 pm
Friday AM June 19th, 2009
U.S. News and World Report has again named Texas Children's Hospital one of the ten best pediatric hospitals in the country. Jack Williams reports.
June 18, 2009 9:28 pm
Houston Budget Fallout
Houston's four-billion dollar budget goes into effect after councilmembers spent hours wrangling over the details. The budget includes what amounts to a hiring freeze as well as a freeze on the property tax rate. Only two people voted against the administration's fiscal plan for the city. Laurie Johnson reports.
June 18, 2009 9:05 pm
UH Tests Dirty Diesel Cleaners
Diesel engines last a long time, so the only practical
way to reduce emissions is to retro-fit them with
devices that reduce nitrogen oxide.
Rod Rice reports the University of Houston's Diesel
Testing Center will be testing an emerging technology
designed for construction equipment.
June 17, 2009 11:01 pm
Thursday AM June 18th, 2009
A report by the Brookings Institution says Houston has fared better than most big cities during the recession. Jack Williams reports.
June 17, 2009 10:52 pm
Disaster Workshop Targets Seniors
Hurricane Ike showed how severe weather can affect the senior population which may not always have loved ones to rely on. A workshop targeted for elders was presented by the UT Medical School. It was held in the Sunnyside Area, one of the neighborhoods hardest hit by Ike. Pat Hernandez has the story.
June 17, 2009 10:16 pm
City Employee Awarded for Cost Saving Ideas
This next story is proof the best ideas in the workplace don’t always come from the manager or boss. Wednesday, city leaders gave out awards to employees who came up with the best ideas about saving money or generating more revenue.
Bill Stamps has more.
June 17, 2009 9:27 pm
Houston Council Longs for Regional Crime Lab
Houston's City Council is in the midst of hashing out the city's annual budget. As part of the process, council members submit their amendments and wish lists for how the money should be spent.
One of the suggestions that is getting a lot of attention is the creation of a regional crime lab.
Laurie Johnson has more.
June 17, 2009 8:21 pm
A Cold Remedy and the Loss of Smell
The Food & Drug Administration issues a warning
to stop using Zicam, an over-the-counter cold remedy.
The warning is based on reports that Zicam can cause
a loss of smell.
Rod Rice reports.
June 17, 2009 8:02 pm
The New Green Economy
Nothing is all bad. Even climate change. There are some "up-sides" in the
changes we will have to make to cope with the changing climate in the coming
decades. A public forum will be held on this subject tonight, as Jim Bell reports.
June 16, 2009 10:44 pm
Feds Say Climate Change Hit Gulf Coast Hard
A new federal report says the Gulf Coast will suffer some of the most severe and long-lasting impact from climate change. Sara Sciammacco reports from Washington.