Posted on · Spacewalking astronauts made urgent repairs at the International Space Station. Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson and astronaut Jack Fischer went out for over two-and-a-half hours on Tuesday morning.
Posted on · Researchers at the Greater Houston Partnership have been looking into indicators of Houston's place in the world economy and the findings were presented at the Third Annual State of Houston's Global Economy event.
Posted on · Harris County has been pilot-testing the Microsoft Trap, which captures particular mosquito species -- those capable of spreading the Zika virus and other diseases.
Posted on · Experts at the University of Houston look at why computer "phishing" attacks are so successful. As email scams proliferate, researchers are trying to find ways to improve email filers and IT training.
Posted on · A year after the murder of an 11-year-old boy in Houston, the Texas legislature considers a transportation bill for students in high-crime areas. The Josue Flores Bill passed the Senate and is being considered by the Texas House Education Committee. SB 195 would provide transportation funding to help students like Flores, who was stabbed while walking home from Marshall Middle School.
Posted on · Officials have ID'd the children and the family members who were injured--some critically. An investigation into what caused the fire is underway.
Posted on · Harris County has asked for an emergency hearing to discuss implementation of a federal judge's order for defendants who can't afford bail. U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal issued a temporary injunction set to start next Monday for misdemeanor defendants, if there are no other legal restraints. . Sheriff Ed Gonzalez says he is ready to enact them.
Posted on · An update on reducing the impact of human trafficking in Houston reveals some progress in the past year. The Special Advisor to the Mayor on Human Trafficking outlined efforts to decrease the number of women caught up in trafficking.
Posted on · Congressman Gene Green of Houston says the House bill that dismantles much of the Affordable Care Act affects his constituency especially hard. Although it faces an uncertain future in the Senate, the current GOP plan would undo the mostly federally-funded Medicaid expansion, which provided coverage to about 11 million newly-eligible low-income Americans.
Posted on · The passage of the so-called "Sanctuary Cities" bill goes against the advice of some law enforcement groups. The bill threatens police chiefs and sheriffs with jail time and removal from office if they refuse to honor federal immigration detainers.
Posted on · The mean wage for Houston is about seven percent above the national average, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS has released its annual Occupational Employment and Wages report for the Houston area.
Posted on · George H. W. Bush is remaining under observation at Houston Methodist Hospital for a while longer. The 92-year-old former president was admitted on April 14th because of a persistent cough. He was diagnosed with mild pneumonia and bronchitis, but family spokesman Jim McGrath says those issues have been resolved. He just needs to regain strength.Pneumonia can be a serious condition, especially in older adults.
Posted on · Barrett residents, just northeast of Houston, are assessing damage at a local cemetery after weekend vandalism. Last Saturday night, a pickup truck plowed through the Barrett Station Evergreen Cemetery, toppling tombstones and leaving deep tire tracks in the field.
Posted on · Statewide poll numbers released by a non-partisan group finds Senator Ted Cruz of Texas vulnerable in 2018. And "don't know" leads the field in the race for Lieutenant Governor.
Posted on · Senate Bill 1166 calls for a mandatory review of the Harris County Department of Education. State Senator Paul Bettencourt says the agency should welcome a sunset review, but the department's superintendent thinks this is just a method for ending the agency.