The Coast Guard could soon reopen the Houston Ship Channel that was the scene of an oil spill over the weekend.
The channel is one of the nation’s busiest seaports. Coast Guard Warrant Officer Kimberly Smith says the goal is to reopen part of it sometime Monday. The closure has forced more than 80 ships to wait to enter or leave the bay.
Smith says officials are still trying to determine how much oil spilled Saturday, when a barge carrying about 900,000 gallons collided with a ship. Authorities initially said as much as a fifth of the barge’s cargo spilled.
Last week the City of Houston adopted a strict ordinance that will disqualify businesses found guilty of criminal wage theft from city contracts or from operating in the city. Officials have said criminal convictions rare in these instances, but the city contends it makes a powerful statement.
Recent research shows that as many as 35,000 high-achieving, low-income students don’t apply to top colleges even though they have the grades to get in.
With high tuition costs at these elite schools, many students and their families shy away from applying — even though financial aid options can drastically reduce the costs, or even let students attend for free.
From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Laura Isensee of KUHF reports on a program in Houston that’s trying to change that.
Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 12:46 pm
Voters in Houston on Tuesday rejected a bond referendum that would have allowed Harris County, Texas, to borrow $217 million that it could then spend on turning the Astrodome into one very large convention and exhibition hall.
The vote was 53 percent against the referendum, to 47 percent in favor.
Concussions and their role in long-term brain damage have been the biggest storyline in football and other athletics over the past few years. The discussion reaches from the NFL's recent $765 million settlement with former players to concerns about the safety of kids on practice fields across the country acting out their dreams of being NFL stars. All the attention has led to the league's "concussion protocol," a term every football fan is now familiar with, but what is it?
What Does The NFL Concussion Protocol Mean For Andre Johnson? September 17, 2013 Andre Johnson was 1 of at least 4 players in the NFL who suffered concussions in the second week of play. Dr. Ken Podell is co-director of the Methodist Concussion Center here in Houston.
An Air Force recruiter from the Houston area is being tried at a court-martial in San Antonio today. The recruiter faces charges of sexual misconduct with a dozen women, many of whom were high school students seeking careers in the Air Force.
Tech Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez is charged with sex crimes against 12 Air Force applicants and a recruiter assistant.