Rasberry crazy ants invade communities north of Houston

According to pest control professionals, these crazy ants can quickly invade an area, and can double and even triple in population in just two weeks.

Crazy ant invasion spreading

July 31, 2013: Rasberry crazy ants are showing up now in our northern communities like Conroe, The Woodlands and Montgomery. Mary Lee reports.

Moody Gardens to kick off Shark University Week

Visitors will also be able to see live shark feedings and watch biologists dive into the one million gallon Caribbean tank with dozens of sharks circling around them.

Shoe thieves break in through roof

Some thieves got creative in southwest Houston overnight to steal dozens of shoes.

Galveston's Rosenberg Library first floor re-opens

For the first time since Hurricane Ike, the first floor of the Rosenberg Library in Galveston is back open with several state of the art features.

Rain slowly helping drought across Houston area

Monday's rain was a welcomed and much-needed sight across southeast Texas. The summer rains are providing relief from the heat and drought relief as well.

Snakes, spiders more active in heat

Parents listen up! You may not know it, but hidden dangers could be in your children's playground.

Snakes, spiders more active in heat

July 5, 2013: Parents listen up! You may not know it, but hidden dangers could be in your children's playground. Mary Lee reports.

Galveston finds a way to clear beaches of seaweed

Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees and Texas A & M have come up with an interesting and resourceful way to use the seaweed washed up along the island's beaches.

Galveston, to remove seaweed

July 2, 2013: Galveston County is buying a hay baler to rake in the seaweed and compact it into dunes at the back of the beach. Mary Lee reports.

Local 2's Lauren Freeman and Mary Lee's adorable dogs

June 24, 2013: The World's ugliest dog was named last week. Two dogs that would never be in that competition belong to Local 2's Lauren Freeman and Mary Lee.

Carnival Triumph docks in Galveston

The Carnival Triumph docked at the Port of Galveston Monday morning.

First mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus

The mosquito sample from a trapping site in northeast Harris County came back positive.

First mosquito sample tests positive for West Nile virus

The mosquito sample from a trapping site in northeast Harris County came back positive. Mary Lee reports.

Galveston Beach sees less seaweed

After a couple years of an extreme amount of seaweed along Galveston beaches, things could be changing this summer for the better.

Waterspout in Galveston caught on video

A waterspout was spotted Sunday morning in Galveston. Viewers captured the waterspout in action with photos and on video.

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Game warden shoots, kills 10-foot alligator

Alligators are showing up everywhere in southeast Texas. Early Wednesday morning, a 10-foot alligator was shot and killed in Clear Lake.

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USDA investigates giant snails

The USDA launches an investigation into a giant African snail reportedly found in Harris County.

COURTESY: Rebekka Fincher of Katy

USDA investigates giant snails

May 7, 2013: The USDA launches an investigation into a giant African snail reportedly found in Harris County. Mary Lee reports.

Houston gives OK to Dumpster diving

Dumpster diving in the city of Houston will no longer land you in trouble with the law.

How to landscape despite the drought

Before you invest and start your spring landscaping, you may want to think twice about the type of plants and trees you choose for your garden or yard.

Houston Zoo's baby giraffe recovering after infection

Houston Zoo officials said a baby giraffe named Yao is recovering after quite a health scare.

Houston Zoo's baby giraffe recovering after infection

April 12, 2013: Houston Zoo officials say a baby giraffe named Yao is recovering after quite a health scare. Mary Lee reports.

Mayor works to restore Memorial Park

Mayor Annise Parker is making a push for Memorial Park.

Mayor works to restore Memorial Park

April 11, 2013: Mayor Annise Parker is making a push for Memorial Park. Mary Lee reports.

Storms bring rain, hail

April 11, 2013: Weather conditions improve Thursday evening after a messy morning. Mary Lee reports.

'Mexican Barbie' sparks controversy

A new barbie Mattel just released called "Mexican Barbie" is sparking a lot of controversy.

'Mexican Barbie' sparks controversy

April 11, 2013: Mattel's latest attempt at cultural diversity is getting some backlash as some say the new "Mexican Barbie" is insensitive. Mary Lee reports.

Hungry peacocks roam outside former restaurant

A concerned woman is trying to find help for peacocks who were left to fend for themselves at an abandoned restaurant.

Students talk to astronauts in space

Students at one school got the phone call of a lifetime. They got to talk with astronauts in space through our KPRC Local 2 live satellite feed.

'Despicablimp' flies over Houston

There was an unusual sight hovering above the Houston area on Sunday.

'Despicablimp' flies over Houston

April 7, 2013: There was an unusual sight hovering above the Houston area on Sunday. Mary Lee reports.

Blue painted trees draw awareness to drought

April 5, 2013: An artist has painted Crape Myrtle trees along Memorial Drive blue to bring awareness to the drought. Mary Lee reports.

Pit bull mix bites student, teacher

A 3-year-old pit bull mix on the loose bites a 6-year old boy and a kindergarten teacher at Boone Elementary in southwest Houston.

Pit bull mix bites student, teacher

April 4, 2013: A 3-year-old pit bull mix on the loose bites a 6-year old boy and a kindergarten teacher at Boone Elementary in southwest Houston. Mary Lee reports.

What season is it? Temps drop in SE Texas

It's technically spring, but it feels more like winter outside. The cool temperatures will stick around for a few days.

Get ready for snake bite season

Warmer weather coaxes snakes out of hiding, so beware, expert says.

Protect yourself from snake bites

March 20, 2013: Snakes are prevalent in these parts of the country. So how can you avoid getting bit? Mary Lee reports.

Strong storm drops damaging hail

Spring started strangely for some southeast Texas residents. A hail storm woke people up in a town outside of Houston and caused thousands of dollars worth of damage.

Movie highlights Texas' role in life of butterfly

Moody Gardens is showing a special film, Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, that highlights Texas' role in a butterfly's life.

Houston area is abnormally dry this year

Dry conditions in southeast Texas are a major concern after the area suffered a disastrous drought two years ago.

Hundreds of baby squirrels need help

Baby squirrels are creating a challenge for the Wildlife Center of Texas.

Hundreds of baby squirrels need help

March 12, 2013: Baby squirrels are creating a challenge for the Wildlife Center of Texas. Mary Lee reports.

Traffic alerts take stress out of Spring Break driving

Spring Break traffic converges in one area of southwest Houston and for drivers, it can be a nightmare. But there are ways to navigate the headache.

Traffic alerts take stress out of Spring Break driving

March 12, 2013: Spring Break traffic converges in one area of southwest Houston and for drivers, it can be a nightmare. But there are ways to navigate the headache. Mary Lee reports.

Meteor flying over Surfside caught on camera

A man captures cellphone video of a meteor he spotted in the Surfside area overnight.

Meteor flying over Surfside caught on camera

Feb. 27, 2013: A man captures cellphone video of a meteor he spotted in the Surfside area overnight. Mary Lee reports.

How to protect plants in a freeze

Feb. 27, 2013: As temperatures drop, experts say you can protect your plants from dying in the cold. Mary Lee reports.

Carnival rides inspected for wind damage

Feb. 26, 2013: Rides at the Houston Rodeo reopen after extreme winds forced workers to close them early Monday night. Mary Lee reports.

Barn destroyed during severe thunderstorm

A mother and her son feel lucky to be alive after a storm destroyed a barn outside their home.

Researchers hold indoor hail storm

Feb. 20, 2013: A first-ever indoor hail storm is conducted at a South Carolina facility. Mary Lee reports.

Researchers hold indoor hail storm

A first-ever indoor hail storm is conducted at a South Carolina facility.

Students protest after prom proposal ruined

Some Lamar High School students are outraged one of their fellow classmates got in trouble for an elaborate prom proposal. They even took to Twitter to protest.

Students protest after prom proposal ruined

Feb. 13, 2013: Some Lamar High School students are outraged one of their fellow classmates got in trouble for an elaborate prom proposal. They even took to Twitter to protest. Mary Lee reports.

New York digging out from blizzard

Feb. 9, 2013: The winter storm that hit the northeast over the past couple of days has stopped, but now the problem is restoring power and cleaning up after the storm. Mary Lee reports.

East coast works to dig out from blizzard

Feb. 9, 2013: The winter storm that hit the northeast over the past couple of days has stopped, but now the problem is restoring power and cleaning up after the storm. Jay Gray reports.

Get emergency alerts sent to your cellphone

There's a new, high-tech way to keep you safe. Local emergency alerts can now be sent right to your cellphone.

Houston actor starred in Super Bowl commercial

Without a doubt, the fan favorite of Sunday's Super Bowl ads was the Budweiser Clydesdale commercial. The ad was done in true Texas style, since the actor in it calls the Houston area home.

Lady Gaga performs in Houston

Jan. 31, 2013: Toyota Center was filled Thursday evening as fans gathered to watch Lady Gaga perform. Mary Lee reports.

Builder launches zero-energy homes

A group of homes in Independence Heights just might be the most advanced, futuristic, affordable homes in the world.

Neighborhood clubhouse catches fire

A neighborhood clubhouse goes up in flames and investigators are working to determine how the fire started.

2 MLK Day parades honor late civil rights leader

Houstonians honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with two parades.

3-alarm fire destroys complex

A three-alarm fire destroyed a building that housed apartments and businesses in west Houston.

Runners gearing up for Houston Marathon

As the Chevron Houston Marathon draws near, runners are getting ready for what promises to be an exciting race.

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It's not too late for flu shot

Health officials are urging people to get flu shots as the flu is spreading fiercely across the United States.

Cold critters find warmth in homes

Critters are looking to find shelter from the cold, and they are doing it inside Houstonians' homes.

Last-minute shoppers hit stores

It's the day before Christmas, and shoppers are now scrambling to buy, wrap and put presents underneath the tree.

Travelers on their way after delays, cancellations

Travelers facing canceled flights finally head to their holiday destinations after a widespread snowstorm that dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of the Midwest moved across the Great Lakes toward Canada.

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NASA: Mysterious flash likely meteor

People across Texas -- from Dallas to Houston -- saw a mysterious flash in the sky. NASA officials say it was likely a meteor.

Thousands line up for Thanksgiving pies

It's the day before the day before Thanksgiving and thousands of people waited in line for more than an hour just to get their hands on a pie.

4 slain dolphins found along Gulf coast

Four dolphins have been found stabbed, shot or mutilated on the Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama coasts. Investigators are working to find the person or persons responsible for the killings.

Business leaders sleep outside for awareness

Dozens of Houston-area business executives and members of the community camped outside in sleeping bags night long in chilly conditions to bring awareness to Houston's homeless youth.

Shoppers get ready for Nutcracker Market

The holidays are just around the corner and shoppers are gearing up for the annual Nutcracker Market.

Rain helps create bumper crop of pecans

Pecan trees are loving all the rain this year, and pecan lovers are reaping the benefits.

Early voting in Texas sets records

A record number of voters cast ballots during early voting.

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Crewmember dies after HMS Bounty sinks

A ship that was supposed to be docked in Galveston for the winter sank after it got caught in Hurricane Sandy's wrath, killing at least one crewmember.

Family reunited with cat 8 years later

A family is reunited with their beloved cat eight years after the feline got lost.

Study finds climate change does not fuel tornadoes

A new study finds climate change is not fueling tornadoes.

Galveston County receives 'storm ready' certification

Galveston County is officially certified as "storm ready."

Medical Center ready for flooding

The Texas Medical Center is ready for any potential flooding from this weekend's possible storms.

Wings Over Houston airshow coming soon

The Wings Over Houston airshow is a month away, but KPRC Local 2 got a preview of what you'll see.

Plumper pumpkins this fall will cost same as last year

It won't be too hard to find a great pumpkin this year. After last year's devastating drought, this fall pumpkins are bigger and better looking.

NASA using drones to spy on hurricanes

There is a new tool being used to fly into the eye of a storm. NASA is now using drone planes to fly into hurricanes.

Houstonians lining up for the new iPhone 5

The day before Apple releases the highly anticipated iPhone 5, several people are lined up and ready to camp out to get their hands on what some are calling the hottest gadget of the year.

Houston named one of dirtiest cities in US

Houston has a new ranking, but it's not for a good thing.

BARC needs help finding sick dog

A dog that desperately needs medical attention ran away when a rescue group was putting her in a van. Officials need help to find her.

Fall allergy season starts early

If you're sniffling, sneezing and coughing, you are not alone. Fall allergy season is starting earlier than usual.

Proper hydration needed in extreme heat

The heat can be dangerous for students playing sports outside.

Mary Lee flies with Hurricane Hunters

Mary Lee flew into the eye of Hurricane Isaac with the Hurricane Hunters. Find out what she saw and what the flight was like.

Mary Lee flies with Hurricane Hunters

It's every weather geek's dream to fly into a storm. So, you can imagine my excitement to fly with the hurricane hunters this afternoon and evening.

Hurricane Hunters flying into Isaac

Ellington Field in Southeast Houston is host to several hurricane hunter crews who were evacuated from Mississippi where Isaac is expected to wreak havoc.

Lake levels rise as Houston recovers from drought

The Houston area is completely out of a drought. It's no small feat after last year's devastation.

Shrimpers: Red tide doesn't affect shrimp

Shrimpers are now gearing up for open shrimping season after the state department shuts down shellfish harvesting.

Shrimpers: Red tide doesn't affect shrimp

Aug. 14, 2012: Shrimpers are now gearing up for open shrimping season after the state department shuts down shellfish harvesting. Mary Lee reports.

Drought leads to sticker-shock at grocery store

This year's devastating drought in the Midwest is affecting people in Texas, causing a spike in food prices.

Officials: 90 percent of tested mosquitoes positive for West Nile

Harris County Mosquito Control crews are testing thousands of mosquitoes for West Nile virus, and they're finding a lot of it.

Emergency officials prepare for the worst

Emergency officials hold a drill designed to prepare them for the next big storm to hit the Houston area.

Marching bands battle heat to practice

Classes haven't started yet, but football and marching band practices have. It's hot outside, so students are taking precautions to make sure they don't get overheated.

1st West Nile death reported in Houston

A Houston man diagnosed with West Nile virus has died, health officials say. His death is one of 10 related to West Nile virus in the state.

Junior Olympians compete for gold in Houston

It may not be London, but we've got our own amazing athletes competing in the AAU Junior Olympics in the Bayou City.

KPRC Local 2 teams up for weather radio deal

July 25, 2012: KPRC Local 2 teams up with H-E-B and Academy to help everyone get prepared before the next big weather emergency. Mary Lee reports.

KPRC Local 2 teams up for weather radio deal

July 25, 2012: KPRC Local 2 teams up with H-E-B and Academy to help everyone get prepared before the next big weather emergency. Mary Lee reports.

Cypress Creek back in banks after flooding

July 16, 2012: Residents in northwest Harris County are relieved to see Cypress Creek back in its banks a few days after days of rain led to flooding. Mary Lee reports.

Beaches are popular spots on July 4

July 4, 2012: Thousands of people head to the beach on the Fourth of July. Mary Lee reports.

CenterPoint Energy helps restore power in Virginia

July 2, 2012: CenterPoint Energy technicians head to Virginia to help restore power after storms battered the northeast. Mary Lee reports.

Second 2012 human case of West Nile virus diagnosed

Two people in the Houston area have been diagnosed with West Nile virus, and officials urge everyone to protect themselves.

Second human West Nile case confirmed

July 2, 2012: Two people in the Houston area have been diagnosed with West Nile virus, and officials urge everyone to protect themselves. Mary Lee reports.

Pets suffer through Houston's sizzling temperatures

People aren't the only ones suffering in Houston's heat. Pets are, too, and sometimes people don't do what's needed to protect them.

Animal cruelty cases spike in heat

June 27, 2012: As the temperatures rise, animal cruelty cases rise. Mary Lee reports.

Watch for pet overheating warning signs

June 27, 2012: The heat isn't hard on just people, it's really hard on pets, too! There are warning signs that pets give to let you know that they're too hot. Mary Lee reports.

Houstonians deal with scorching heat

Triple-digit temperatures leave Houstonians searching to find ways to stay cool.

How hot is it on playground?

June 26, 2012: With triple-digit temperatures in Houston, KPRC Local 2 finds out how hot some children's playground equipment it. Mary Lee reports.

Houstonians try to keep cool in triple-digit heat

Houstonians are doing their best to stay cool in what will likely be the hottest week so far this summer.

Houstonians try to stay safe in extreme heat

June 25, 2012: Houstonians are doing their best to stay cool in what will likely be the hottest week so far this summer. Mary Lee reports.

TS Debby lingers in Gulf

Tropical Storm Debby is nearly stationary over the central Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical disturbance slowly moves in Gulf

A tropical disturbance has an 80 percent chance of becoming a depression in the Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical disturbance churns in Gulf

June 22, 2012: A tropical disturbance churning in the Gulf is no threat to Texas, weather experts say. Mary Lee reports.

Dolphin deaths under investigation

Researchers are trying to figure out why more than 100 dead dolphins have washed up on shore on the Texas coast.

Dozens of dolphins found dead on Texas shores

June 12, 2012: Researchers are trying to figure out why more than 100 dead dolphins have washed up on shore on the Texas coast. Mary Lee reports.

'Beat the heat' centers open

June 11, 2012: Reliant Energy opens several "beat the heat" centers to help Houstonians keep cool. Mary Lee reports.

Richmond gorge repairs almost complete

Fort Bend County crews are almost done fixing a gorge in a Richmond neighborhood.

Richmond gorge repairs almost finished

May 30, 2012: Fort Bend County crews are almost done fixing a gorge in a Richmond neighborhood. Mary Lee reports.

Galveston prepares for hurricane season

May 30, 2012: Hurricane season starts in two days. Galveston officials are working to make sure residents and city officials are prepared. Mary Lee reports.

Seaweed covers beaches in Galveston

Galveston Island beachgoers have been getting quite a surprise in the sand over the Memorial Day weekend. They're finding and smelling a lot of seaweed.

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