November 21, 2008 10:20 pm
City Honors Slain Teen
It was a case that resulted in a million dollar settlement and a change in policy for the Houston Police Department. Today a memorial plaque was unveiled in honor of 14 year old Eli Escobar who was shot accidentally by a Houston police officer five years ago. Bill Stamps has the story.
November 21, 2008 9:41 pm
Streets as Art
This weekend the streets of downtown Houston will become an artist's palette. Via Colori — the annual street painting festival begins tomorrow. Laurie Johnson has more.
November 21, 2008 9:12 pm
A New Affordable Housing Community for Seniors
The Harris County Housing Authority held a ribbon
cutting today for Magnolia Estates, its latest
affordable housing subdivision. The need for such housing is so great in the area that all the homes already are leased or about to be leased.
Rod Rice reports.
November 20, 2008 11:58 pm
Friday AM November 21st, 2008
Gas prices in Houston continued their free-fall this week. Jack Williams reports.
November 20, 2008 11:21 pm
Governor Forms Commission to Help in Ike Recovery
Texas Governor Rick Perry says he's through waiting for the federal government to respond. He's forming a commission that will oversee coastal rebuilding efforts following Hurricane Ike. It will also be used to develop recommendations responding to future storms. Pat Hernandez has more.
November 20, 2008 10:41 pm
Scooters Top List of Toy Hazards
It’s almost time for kids to start making out their Christmas lists. This is also the time of year the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issues warnings to parents about what toys might be harmful to kids. Bill Stamps tells us what to look out for this year.
November 20, 2008 10:13 pm
Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline
The Texas Legislature convenes in March. When lawmakers meet in Austin, they may find their offices flooded with child advocates. The children's defense fund is mobilizing hundreds of people to lobby for funding to dismantle the so-called "cradle to prison pipeline." Laurie Johnson has more.
November 19, 2008 11:37 pm
Website Highlights Abandoned Apartments in Northwest Houston
Dealing with abandoned property is a challenge for any major city. One citizen has launched a website in an effort to get city leaders to take action against closed apartment complexes in northwest Houston. Pat Hernandez has the story.
November 19, 2008 11:10 pm
City Gets Tough on Red Light Runners
Houston red light runners, beware. If you’re caught on camera running a red light, and don’t pay the ticket you won't be able to register your vehicle until it's paid.
The Houston City Council approved the new ordinance today. Bill Stamps has details.
November 19, 2008 7:10 pm
Thursday AM November 20th, 2008
With the latest drop in consumer prices, things we buy are getting cheaper. That could actually brighten the Christmas shopping outlook. But as Jack Williams reports, one marketing expert says consumers may be slowly changing how they spend their money.
November 19, 2008 6:49 pm
Walmart Gives to the Houston Food Bank
A new partnership between the Houston Food Bank and
Walmart means thousands of pounds of food a week to
the local agency. Rod Rice has the story.
November 18, 2008 11:42 pm
Wednesday AM November 19th, 2008
The Small Business Administration has approved more than 304-million dollars in low-interest disaster loans after Hurricane Ike. Jack Williams reports.
November 18, 2008 11:25 pm
Improving Houston's Power Source
Houston Mayor Bill White has his eye on the local power grid. He's named a special task force to recommend how the city can improve electrical supply and reliability — especially in times of disaster.
Laurie Johnson reports.
November 18, 2008 11:03 pm
Gas is Cheap Again. Now what?
It was just a few months ago that high gas prices were causing many people to make cost cutting changes in their driving habits. But now that prices are nearly half of what they were — are people still conserving, or have they reverted back to their old ways? Bill Stamps hit the streets of Houston to find out.
November 18, 2008 10:33 pm
Dynamo Soccer Fans Push Commissioners for a New Stadium
Harris County Commissioners hear from business owners on a can't miss investment. They're trying to convince them that building a soccer stadium for the Houston Dynamo would help to revitalize the East End. Pat Hernandez has the story.
November 18, 2008 9:34 pm
Schools Could Be Feeding More Students
Only 25 percent of eligible kids in Harris County
get free or reduced meals at school.
Rod Rice reports that an advocacy group says that's
because too few school districts offer universal
breakfast and lunches.
November 17, 2008 11:36 pm
Tuesday AM November 18th, 2008
With many households expected to tighten their belts this Christmas, an economist from Texas A&M University says it may not be as hard as you might think. Jack Williams reports.
November 17, 2008 10:52 pm
Harris County Approves Election Tally Despite One Complaint
Harris County Commissioners Court adopts the official results of the November 4th general election. It reflects all votes cast. Despite the success, not everyone was pleased with the outcome. Pat Hernandez has the story.
November 17, 2008 9:28 pm
Astronauts Prepare for ISS Anniversary
Nasa astronauts are conducting their first space walk for this shuttle mission.
The astronauts are performing a number of modifications and upgrades on the International Space Station.
The ISS is growing to accommodate a larger crew.
Laurie Johnson has more.
November 17, 2008 9:12 pm
Where's My IRS Refund
If you haven't received your federal income tax refund
or perhaps your stimulus check, the Internal Revenue
Service is looking for you.
Rod Rice reports the IRS has more than 39-thousand
check just waiting to be mailed to Texans.
November 17, 2008 4:30 pm
TV Manufacturers Get Low Grades
An environmental watchdog group says TV manufacturers aren't doing enough to prepare for next year's transition to all digital television. The group Texas Campaign For the Environment says millions of televisions will become unusable and companies aren't providing a way for them to be recycled. Bill Stamps has more.
November 15, 2008 12:03 am
Styrofoam as Art
One of the newest art installations on display in Houston is made from an unusual medium. Styrofoam doesn't typically spring to mind as high art — but as Laurie Johnson reports — it takes on a sort of life-like quality in a new exhibit at Rice University.
November 14, 2008 11:41 pm
The Battleship of Texas Gets a Boost
Just because you visit a natural or historic site
doesn't necessarily mean you come away with any
real understanding or full appreciation of it.
That's why the Texas legislature has pumped
money into new interpretive exhibits at some
state parks and historic sites.
Rod Rice reports that one location is the Battleship Texas.
November 14, 2008 11:11 pm
Free Electronic Recycling Day
Sony Electronics and Waste Management are co-sponsoring a free home electronics recycling day tomorrow several locations around the Houston area. Jim Bell reports.
November 14, 2008 10:52 pm
Eight Arrested in Large Dog Fighting Ring
Texas law enforcement has busted what they call one of the largest dog fighting rings in the country. Eight people were arrested today after a year and a half investigation. Bill Stamps has more.
November 14, 2008 9:56 pm
Houston A Major Player in County's Success
Retired Army general and former Clinton administration drug czar Barry McCaffrey was in Houston to speak about the state of national security and the role Houston plays in the economy. Pat Hernandez had a chance to speak with the man who is excited about the new administration.
November 14, 2008 9:00 pm
Shuttle Go For Launch
NASA is set to launch Space Shuttle Endeavour this evening at the Kennedy Space Center. Here is Houston — flight control says everything is go for launch.
November 13, 2008 11:11 pm
Patience Important In Ike Recovery Efforts
Local leaders huddle with HUD & FEMA and get an update on home repairs and housing assistance two months after Hurricane Ike hit the area. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Houston Mayor Bill White still have a problem with the government's response. Pat Hernandez has the story.
November 13, 2008 10:22 pm
Friday AM November 14th, 2008
New mortgage rules unveiled this week will make it easier for homebuyers to understand what they're getting into. Jack Williams reports.
November 13, 2008 9:20 pm
Galveston Going Green
Residents and business owners in Galveston are in the long slow process of rebuilding and restoring the island. As Laurie Johnson reports — one Galveston couple sees the devastation of Hurricane Ike as an opportunity to take their home and business in a whole new direction.