February 6, 2009 10:03 pm
Friday PM February 6th, 2009
Nationwide job cuts higher than end of 1974; unemployment rate at 7.6 per cent is highest since September 1992…Allis-Chalmers lays off 235 workers…Houston Hispanic Forum hosting 23rd annual Career and Education Day Saturday at George R. Brown Convention Center…
February 6, 2009 8:59 pm
Four Catholic Schools Closing
The archdiocese of Galveston-Houston will close four catholic schools in the region. Cardinal Daniel Dinardo says the decision was not made lightly, but was prompted by financial and demographic factors. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 6, 2009 8:59 pm
Katrina Evacuees Now on Their Own
Three years after Hurricane Katrina and there are still people getting housing assistance here in Houston. But that comes to an end this month. Bill Stamps more.
February 5, 2009 11:40 pm
A Huge Investment at UH
The University of Houston is awarded a multi-million dollar grant for biomedical research. A major player will be The Methodist Hospital. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 5, 2009 11:18 pm
Friday AM February 6th, 2009
New jobless claims are surging more than expected, and unemployment rolls have increased to nearly 4.8 million — the most since records began in 1967. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 5, 2009 10:06 pm
Job Fair Attracts Thousands
Although Houston is faring economically better than many cities throughout the country, there are still a lot of people here who are hurting. If there was any doubt, all you had to do was see the lines at a recent job fair. Bill Stamps has the story.
February 5, 2009 9:35 pm
Thursday PM February 5th, 2009
Number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits reaches highest level in more than 26 years…Lawrence Marshall auto dealership closes…Gasoline prices increase an average eight cents this week in Texas…
February 5, 2009 9:21 pm
Car Dealerships Crash
The list of big-name auto dealerships closing their doors has grown. The mega-dealer Lawrence Marshall shut down and laid off 240 employees this week. As Laurie Johnson reports –
Houston auto sales are down about 17 percent.
February 4, 2009 11:29 pm
School Reopens After Storm Devastation
Nearly five months after Hurricane Ike destroyed Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, a ray of hope emerges with the reopening of Crenshaw Elementary. It is one of the few buildings that withstood the wrath of the storm. Pat Hernandez has the story.
February 4, 2009 11:14 pm
Thursday AM February 5th, 2009
Three Canadian premiers are visiting Houston to discuss trade, energy and the economy. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 4, 2009 10:18 pm
HISD Chief: I'm Stepping-Down
Now that Houston school district superintendent
Dr. Abe Saavedra has announced he'll step-down next spring, the state's largest district will start a nationwide search for his replacement. Jack Williams reports.
February 4, 2009 10:00 pm
Wednesday PM February 4th, 2009
Unemployment rates move higher in most metro areas…Pier 1 Imports, Baker Hughes cutting jobs…HBO acquires rights to forthcoming book about financial meltdown by Enron documentary writer…
February 4, 2009 9:32 pm
Houston Projects $53 Million Shortfall
Houston's coffers will be a little emptier this year.
That's according to the latest budget analysis by city officials. As Laurie Johnson reports — the city is estimating a 53-million dollar shortfall this fiscal year.
February 4, 2009 6:05 pm
FEMA Opens Mobile Home Parks
FEMA is getting ready to break ground in Galveston for two new mobile home parks, for people who lost their homes to Hurricane Ike. Jim Bell reports.
February 3, 2009 11:14 pm
Using Tragedy to Educate
The cause of a fatal house fire last weekend in northwest Houston is still pending, but the Houston Fire Department is using the tragedy to neighbors about the importance of having a smoke detector. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 3, 2009 9:54 pm
Wednesday AM February 4th, 2009
Environmentalists and business leaders are hoping for bi-partisan support in the Texas Legislature for developing solar power technologies. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 3, 2009 9:37 pm
Tuesday PM February 3rd, 2009
Union reaches tentative “pattern” agreement with oil industry…Pending U.S. home sales rebounding with deeply-discounted properties…Rice professor wins Welch Foundation award for statistical models of proteins…
February 2, 2009 11:00 pm
Fracture Putty for Broken Bones
Researchers here in Houston are close to developing a radically new way to mend broken bones. They call it "fracture putty", and it works exactly the same way ordinary household putty works. Jim Bell has more.
February 2, 2009 10:48 pm
Keeping the Power on Next Time
Since Hurricane Ike there has been many state, city and county meetings dealing with the storm. They've all dealt with different issues, but their purpose is to improve things when the next big one hits. Today's topic was electricity. Bill Stamps has more.
February 2, 2009 10:20 pm
Working without a Contract
Talks continue between negotiators representing thousands of refinery workers and oil company representatives. They're trying to hammer out a new national contract. The current agreement has been extended to keep the talks ongoing. Pat Hernandez has more.
February 2, 2009 9:43 pm
Tuesday AM February 3rd, 2009
Managers have no one to blame but themselves when top performers quit their jobs, according to a Robert Half International survey. Ed Mayberry reports.
February 2, 2009 9:19 pm
Monday PM February 2nd, 2009
Macy’s to cut four per cent of workforce; Shriners Hospitals for Children in Galveston laying of 354 employees…Senate begins debate on President Obama’s economic stimulus package…Houston retail occupancy rate down slightly…
February 2, 2009 8:50 pm
More Ike Relief for Galveston County
It's been more than four months since Hurricane Ike hit the region. Residents in Galveston County, who are still in recovery mode, are getting some extra help this week. County officials are holding a series of meetings to help people learn about grants and other disaster relief. Laurie Johnson has more.
February 2, 2009 7:00 am
Annise Parker Officially Announces Run for Mayor
Houston City Controller Annise Parker is expected to announce her official candidacy for mayor later this morning.
Laurie Johnson had the chance to sit down with Parker and talk about her campaign.
February 2, 2009 4:09 am
Despite Job Woes, Help Wanted in Houston
We've all heard about the recent economic woes, thousands of job losses in major corporations nearly every day. But there is still some good news, especially for job hunters here in Houston. Jack Williams reports.
January 30, 2009 11:30 pm
Park Will Be More People Friendly with Bridge
Ground is broken on a pedestrian and bicycle bridge at Memorial Park. It will give park visitors to the north and south sides of Memorial Drive access without the need to cross at street level. Pat Hernandez has more.
January 30, 2009 10:36 pm
HISD Principal Says Goodbye After Fifty Years
The school year doesn't officially end until May, but for one HISD employee today really was the last day of school. Billy Joe Johnson is retiring after fifty years with the district. Bill Stamps talked with her about her career that spanned five decades.
January 30, 2009 9:59 pm
Monday AM February 2nd, 2009
With cold and flu season here, an office team survey finds that more than four out of ten employees polled say they frequently show up to work while sick. Ed Mayberry reports.
January 30, 2009 9:47 pm
Friday PM January 30th, 2009
ExxonMobil reports record $45.2 billion 2008 profit…Union continues contract negotiations with Houston energy and chemical industry…Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples asks President Obama to help expand trade with Cuba…
January 30, 2009 8:36 pm
Push for Ike Housing Assistance
With the application deadline just one week away, the Houston Housing Authority is making one final push to get Hurricane Ike victims to apply for housing assistance. Jim Bell reports.