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Restaurant Report Card: Roaches, slime and dead mice

Inspectors found roach infestations, off-temperature food and slime at various restaurants around Houston.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches, slime and dead mice

September 18, 2014: Inspectors found roach infestations, off-temperature food and slime at various restaurants around Houston. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Music, football and cooking

The weather might keep you home this weekend, but money is no excuse.

Freebie Friday: Music, football and cooking

September 19, 2014: The weather might keep you home this weekend, but money is no excuse. Amy Davis reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Country club has hygiene issue

Fine dining or fast food, Houston health inspectors don't discriminate when it comes to holding restaurants accountable.

Restaurant Report Card: Exclusive country club's kitchen has hygiene issue

September 11, 2014: Fine dining or fast food, Houston health inspectors don't discriminate when it comes to holding restaurants accountable. For proof of that, you only need to see what landed Houston's most exclusive country club in this week's Restaurant Report Card. Amy Davis reports.

Gift cards and shopping spree up for grabs

September 9, 2014: Nordstrom Rack is offering a special offer to one lucky customer. Amy Davis reports.

Contractors say Toby Keith's bar owes thousands of dollars

A local bar named after a famous country music singer is in the spotlight tonight, after complaints from contractors who say they are owed thousands of dollars.

Freebie Fridays: Movies, family fun and festivals

Movies, family fun and festivals. They're just some of the weekend events you can enjoy without spending a dime.

Freebie Friday September 5: Movies, family fun and festivals

September 5, 2014: Find weekend entertainment at a bargain this weekend. Lauren Freeman reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Rodents, flies and slime

A picture is worth a thousand words especially when that picture comes from health inspectors doing the rounds at restaurants.

Restaurant Report Card: Rodents, flies and slime

A picture is worth a thousand words especially when that picture comes from health inspectors doing the rounds at restaurants. Amy Davis reports.

Protecting your children on Facebook

Facebook has some built-in features that provide more privacy for minors like preventing them from receiving messages from strangers.

Protecting your children on Facebook

Facebook has some built-in features that provide more privacy for minors like preventing them from receiving messages from strangers. Amy Davis reports.

Trial over moldy washing machines to start next month

If you've got a front-loading washing machine that smells, you may be part of a class action lawsuit and you could have some money coming your way.

Report shows impact of Affordable Care Act in Texas

A new study shows more Texans have health insurance since the Affordable Care Act's first enrollment period.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches around town

Critters keeping cool is the theme of this Restaurant Report Card. Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis has all the places health inspectors spotted roaches this week.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches around town

Critters keeping cool is the theme of this Restaurant Report Card. Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis has all the places health inspectors spotted roaches this week. Amy Davis reports.

What you need to know about your child's day care

How much do you know about the person or day care that watches your children?

Freebie Friday: Labor Day Weekend edition

Monday is not only Labor Day, it's also National Yoga Day. We've got two opportunities for you to strike a pose for free in celebration.

Freebie Friday: Aug. 29 Labor Day edition

August 29, 2014: There is no shortage of entertainment at a bargain during Labor Day weekend. Amy Davis reports.

Hewlett-Packard recalls 5 million AC power cords

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.

Cell phone confiscation policies vary from district to district

Our story about how much local school districts collected in fines after confiscating cell phones from students in class is getting plenty of buzz from parents, teachers and administrators. We're hearing from you about the issue of classroom distractions.

Houston-area school districts explain cellphone fines

Depending on the school, children may or may not be able to use a cellphone on campus, but Texas Education Code states that any school in the state can confiscate a student's phone and charge a fee to get it back.

Freebie Friday: Back 2 School, movies, theater and more

This is the last weekend of summer for most kids in our area and parents want to pack in as much as possible. But if back-to-school shopping left you with fewer funds for fun, you'll want to check out all the free events in our area.

Freebie Friday: Back 2 School, movies, theater and more

Aug. 22, 2014: This is the last weekend of summer for most kids in our area and parents want to pack in as much as possible. But if back-to-school shopping left you with fewer funds for fun, you'll want to check out all the free events in our area. Amy Davis reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Are two or three roaches OK?

This week's Restaurant Report Card could give you pause as you shop for groceries or pick up breakfast on your way into work.

Restaurant Report Card: Are two or three roaches OK?

This week's Restaurant Report Card could give you pause as you shop for groceries or pick up breakfast on your way into work. Amy Davis reports.

Retailers offering Back 2 School student discounts

Many retailers are offering discounts just for students. In most cases, all you need is a student ID. Amy Davis reports.

Retailers offering Back 2 School student discounts

Many retailers are offering discounts just for students. In most cases, all you need is a student ID.

Back 2 School: Laptop or tablet for your kids?

A school supply list nowadays is more than just paper and pencils. The tablet your student wants is more likely electronic than the spiral-bound kind of which you're thinking. So how do you know what type of laptop or tablet your child needs?

Back 2 School: Laptop or tablet for your kids?

A school supply list nowadays is more than just paper and pencils. The tablet your student wants is more likely electronic than the spiral-bound kind of which you're thinking. So how do you know what type of laptop or tablet your child needs? Amy Davis reports.

Back 2 School: Freebies and good deals

Clothes, supplies, computers -- the list of back to school needs is a long one. And when you've got more than one child, the cost can really add up. That's why Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis is helping you save some money by finding good deals and free stuff to get your family ready to head back…

Back 2 School: Buying the right backpack

It's prime time to shop for school supplies, including backpacks.

Caught on camera: Postal worker throws package across driveway

Snow, rain, sleet or hail, you know the rest. But one mail carrier's not-so-careful handling of a package was caught on camera and it has the  man on the receiving end left with a box of damaged goods.

Restaurant Report Card: Houston restaurant faves written up

What you see on the menu at some of your favorite Houston restaurants is not always what you get. It's what was not on the menu that landed several businesses on our Restaurant Report Card this week.

Restaurant Report Card: Houston restaurant faves written up

What you see on the menu at some of your favorite Houston restaurants is not always what you get. It's what was not on the menu that landed several businesses on our Restaurant Report Card this week. Dominique Sachse reports.

Texas tax-free weekend: Everything you need to know

Texas' tax-free weekend begins this Friday. It's your chance to stock up on back to school supplies and clothes without paying sales tax.

Texas tax-free weekend: Everything you need to know

Texas' tax-free weekend begins this Friday. It's your chance to stock up on back to school supplies and clothes without paying sales tax. Amy Davis reports.

Drivers want sticky dashboards fixed

The dashboards of hundreds, possibly thousands of cars, are melting in the hot sun, and some drivers said it's a safety concern car makers won't fix.

Dashboards melting in Houston heat

Aug. 5, 2014: The dashboards of hundreds, possibly thousands of cars, are melting in the hot sun, and some drivers said it's a safety concern car makers won't fix. Consumer Expert Amy Davis reports.

Why Facebook says Messenger app needs your information

What if we told you that your smart phone camera can start recording at any time and that the microphone can record your conversations without you knowing? It turns out if you download Facebook's Messenger app, you're giving it permission to do those things.

Why Facebook says Messenger app needs your information

What if we told you that your smart phone camera can start recording at any time and that the microphone can record your conversations without you knowing? It turns out if you download Facebook's Messenger app, you're giving it permission to do those things. Amy Davis reports.

Houston Restaurant Weeks offers good food for charitable cause

Houston Restaurant Weeks isn't just about eating delicious food across town - it's also a charitable endeavor.

Houston Restaurant Weeks set to start

August 1, 2014: Houston Restaurant Weeks begin, much to the delight of local foodies. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Carpentry for kids, free food and ice cream

Also included: Freebies at the World War II Aircraft and Museum and in The Heights.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches found at popular juice chain

Also included: Condemned bisque found at a popular downtown eatery.

Restaurant Report Card: July 31

July 31, 2014: Roaches found at Jamba Juice and bad food at a popular downtown eatery. Amy Davis reports.

Apartment teardown causes dilemma for Montrose residents

Another mid-rise luxury apartment complex is in the works and it means dozens of people are looking for a new place to live.

Hire your own personal online stylist

Just about every celebrity has a dress for those important red carpet moments, but what if you could hire your own personal stylist for $20 a month and you never have to leave your house? Consumer Expert Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday July 25: Treasure hunting, fine art and health screenings

Also included: A free festival at Discovery Green and a chance for kids to learn about weather from one of KPRC's own meteorologists.

Restaurant Report Card: Flies, feces and roaches

We've got health code violations at the food courts of two Houston-area malls and the spot where inspectors found so many flies, they closed a restaurant.

Beware of dangers lurking in the app store

There's a smartphone app for just about everything now, but thousands of them have hidden dangers.

Beware of dangers lurking in the app store

There's a smartphone app for just about everything now, but thousands of them have hidden dangers. Amy Davis reports.

EZ Tag scam warning in Harris County

If you get an email claiming you owe money on your EZ Tag, don't open the attached invoice.

Restaurant Report Card: Flies, feces and roaches

We've got health code violations at the food courts of two Houston-area malls and the spot where inspectors found so many flies, they closed a restaurant. Amy Davis reports.

EZ Tag scam warning in Harris County

If you get an email claiming you owe money on your EZ Tag, don't open the attached invoice. Amy Davis reports.

Local 2 investigation protects consumers from identity thief

Your information is safe from a convicted identity thief thanks to a Local 2 investigation.

Freebie Friday: Food, music and theater

There are plenty of things for you and the family to do this weekend that won't cost a dime.

DIY security camera installations at home

Local 2 consumer expert Amy Davis compares different surveillance cameras and shows how homeowners are setting up their own surveillance systems for next to nothing.

Restaurant Report Card: Beetles and roaches

A live roach on a wall and beetles inside pasta. This Restaurant Report Card will get your skin crawling.

Use apps, travel sites to plan the perfect summer vacation

Before heading on summer vacation this year, travelers might want to consider using apps and travel sites to plan a cheaper getaway.

Can recorded interactions with police help you?

If you've been on the Internet or social media, perhaps you've seen the videos of drivers defending their rights to law enforcement.

Have you been the victim of an unlawful traffic stop?

Do you know your rights during a traffic stop? Watch Amy Davis' report on KPRC Local 2 tonight at 10.

Freebie Friday: Art, wine and music on the cheap

Find several family friendly events in the Houston area.

Restaurant Report Card: Bread maker attracts roaches and rodents

The effects of health code violations discovered by inspectors at a popular Houston bread maker reach far past just that one company.

Restaurant Report Card: Bread maker attracts roaches and rodents

The effects of health code violations discovered by inspectors at a popular Houston bread maker reach far past just that one company. Amy Davis reports.

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Chevron: Some Houston-area stations sold bad gas

Chevron stopped the sale of premium-grade and mid-grade gasoline at hundreds of Houston-area Chevron and Texaco stations when it discovered something was wrong with the fuel.

Customers demand answers from Conn's about complaints

A Houston-area retailer is facing a social media firestorm after consumers around the country took to Twitter demanding Conn's Appliances answer questions about how they treated one customer.

Neighbors worried over Kemah house turned into substance abuse facility

Homeowners are concerned that a house in their neighborhood will be used as a high-end drug rehabilitation facility.

Freebie Friday: 4th of July edition

Find art, music, food and movies at a bargain across the Houston area this weekend.

Freebie Friday: Independence Day edition

July 4, 2014: There is no shortage of fun at a low price during Independence Day weekend. Amy Davis reports.

Outlet store items vs. same retailer's regular store items

Outlet malls are synonymous with saving money, a place to score brand name clothes and handbags on a budget. But what if we told you what you’re really getting is a knock-off?  Amy Davis reports.

Could you be getting knockoffs at outlet malls?

Outlet malls are synonymous with saving money, a place to score brand name clothes and handbags on a budget. But what if we told you what you're really getting is a knockoff?

H-E-B issues precautionary recall on beef market items

H-E-B, committed to ensuring the safety of its products, is issuing a precautionary recall of several beef market items in stores throughout Texas due to the possible presence of foreign material in the meat.

Restaurant Report Card: He said, she said

We've got a bit of he said, she said in this week's Restaurant Report Card. The inspector says one thing, but the restaurant staff says something else.

Restaurant Report Card: He said, she said

We've got a bit of he said, she said in this week's Restaurant Report Card. The inspector says one thing, but the restaurant staff says something else. Amy Davis reports.

Fast food restaurant ratings

Amy Davis takes a look at the best and worst fast food restaurants.

Graco recalls 1.9 million infant car seats

Graco is recalling an item used on almost 2 million infant car seats.

Are extended service agreements worth it to keep AC units in shape?

Keeping your air conditioning unit in shape can cost a lot of money. So Local 2 is taking a closer look at extended service agreements to see if they're worth the cash and if they actually pay off for homeowners.

Houston-area identity thief exposed on Local 2 now on probation

A Houston-area identity thief first exposed on Local 2 last year is now on probation and the thief's victim says now everyone's financial information is at risk.

Restaurant Report Card: Washing food with a garden hose

A roach infestation, lots of food kept at dangerous temperatures and a garden hose used to clean crawfish are some of the violations Houston health inspectors uncovered this week.

Restaurant Report Card: Washing food with a garden hose

A roach infestation, lots of food kept at dangerous temperatures and a garden hose used to clean crawfish are some of the violations Houston health inspectors uncovered this week. Amy Davis reports.

City of Houston: Water is safe to drink, use

After four days of increasing complaints from citizens across Houston and a Local 2 News report, the city's Public Works Department finally released some answers about why the tap water recently tastes and smells foul.

City says smelly tap water is safe to drink

June 24, 2014: City officials say that foul-smelling tap water around town is safe to drink. Amy Davis reports,

Freebie Friday: Deals for movie buffs

Film fans have several free options around town this weekend.

Restaurant Report Card: A picture worth a thousand words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but one photo recently taken by a City of Houston Health Department inspector can be summed up with just one word -- gross.

Restaurant Report Card: A picture worth a thousand words

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but one photo recently taken by a City of Houston Health Department inspector can be summed up with just one word -- gross. Amy Davis reports.

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Can a wristband repel mosquitoes?

Mosquitoes are definitely annoying and that is why the Curtis family was happy to test out a new product -- a rubber wristband that repels mosquitoes.

Consumer prices on the rise: Gas, groceries and air fares

If you feel like your paycheck isn't covering as much as it used to, you're right. The price we pay for groceries, gas, even airline tickets, jumped in May. But experts say prices will rise even more if the fighting in Iraq continues.

Consumer prices on the rise: Gas, groceries and air fares

If you feel like your paycheck isn't covering as much as it used to, you're right. The price we pay for groceries, gas, even airline tickets, jumped in May. But experts say prices will rise even more if the fighting in Iraq continues. Amy Davis reports.

Man claims local Shell station sold him bad diesel

We count on fuel to keep our vehicles moving, but one Houston man says a local gas station sold him bad diesel. He worries countless other drivers may have gotten the same messed-up mix.

Freebie Friday: A special Father's Day edition

There are Father's Day deals around town for movies and restaurants.

Freebie Friday: Father's Day weekend

June 13, 2014: Be sure to take advantage of the special deals for dads this Father's Day weekend. Amy Davis reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches all around Houston restaurants

Just the sound of the word might make you start to itch, but you'll be reading a lot about roaches in this Restaurant Report Card.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches all around Houston restaurants

Just the sound of the word might make you start to itch, but you'll be reading a lot about roaches in this Restaurant Report Card. Amy Davis reports.

Chemical concerns at local bounce houses

There are dozens of indoor jump places in and around Houston. But one Local 2 viewer literally slipped upon a troubling discovery on a slide.

Chemical concerns at local bounce houses

There are dozens of indoor jump places in and around Houston. But one Local 2 viewer literally slipped upon a troubling discovery on a slide. Amy Davis reports.

Comcast turns Houston customer modems into wireless hotspots

Finding and using free wireless Internet in Houston just got a whole lot easier. But how does it work? And is your information safe?

Comcast turns Houston customer modems into wireless hotspots

Finding and using free wireless Internet in Houston just got a whole lot easier. But how does it work? And is your information safe? Amy Davis has the answers.

Freebie Friday: Donuts, movies and music

Forget National Donut Day, Shipley's is extending the party for the whole month of June. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, you can get a free glazed donut with any purchase.

Freebie Friday: Donuts, movies and music

Forget National Donut Day, Shipley's is extending the party for the whole month of June. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in June, you can get a free glazed donut with any purchase.

Customer sold high-speed internet service she can't receive

An AT&T technician told a customer he couldn't fix her Internet speed problem because she simply lived too far away from the AT&T box in her neighborhood to get the High Speed Internet Elite service she'd been paying for for five years.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches remain after 4 visits

When inspectors find major health code violations at Houston restaurants, they typically give owners a chance to clean up before they come back. But one restaurant couldn't get rid of the cockroaches after four separate visits.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches remain after 4 visits

When inspectors find major health code violations at Houston restaurants, they typically give owners a chance to clean up before they come back. But one restaurant couldn't get rid of the cockroaches after four separate visits.

Customer sold high-speed internet service she can't receive

An AT&T technician told a customer he couldn't fix her Internet speed problem because she simply lived too far away from the AT&T box in her neighborhood to get the High Speed Internet Elite service she'd been paying for for five years.

Freebie Friday: The start of summer

Now that it's summer, see the kid-friendly events offered around town.

Freebie Friday: The start of summer

May 30, 2014: Now that it's summer, see the kid-friendly events offered around town. Amy Davis reports.

Few days left to protest latest property tax bill

If you own a home in Harris County, you have only a few days left to protest your latest property tax bill. Experts say this is one of the most important years to protest the valuation of your home.

Restaurant Report Card: Rodent feces and slime in the ice machine

It's a strike at a local bowling alley, but not the good kind. And one popular burrito place is make a repeat appearance.

Alarm insecurity: Will your home alarm work when you need it?

With more than 26,000 burglaries reported in Houston in 2012, many homeowners are willing to pay the monthly price of a security alarm just for the peace of mind. But KPRC Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis explains how that alarm may giving you a false sense of security.

Alarm insecurity: Will your home alarm work when you need it?

With more than 26,000 burglaries reported in Houston in 2012, many homeowners are willing to pay the monthly price of a security alarm just for the peace of mind. But KPRC Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis explains how that alarm may giving you a false sense of security.

Freebie Friday: Memorial Day weekend free stuff

May 23, 2014: If you aren't traveling, there are plenty of activities around town for Memorial Day weekend. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Memorial Day weekend free stuff

Make sure you say thanks to a soldier, active or retired, this weekend. But you don't have to be a veteran to get in on any of these freebies.

Restaurant Report Card: Pests don't discriminate

Indian, Chinese and Italian: We're covering all kinds of cuisines and apparently proving pests don't discriminate.

Restaurant Report Card: Pests don't discriminate

Indian, Chinese and Italian: We're covering all kinds of cuisines and apparently proving pests don't discriminate. Amy Davis reports.

Freeze your blue jeans instead of washing them?

To wash or not to wash. We're talking about your blue jeans and that topic is trending on social media after the CEO of Levi's said there's no need to wash your jeans at all.

Concerns rising over China processing U.S. chicken

Scan the grocery aisles and look closely at the labels, and you'll find fruits, fish and even organic vegetables that are all products of China. Now, there's new concern that chicken may be next.

Concerns rising over China processing U.S. chicken

Scan the grocery aisles and look closely at the labels, and you'll find fruits, fish and even organic vegetables that are all products of China. Now, there's new concern that chicken may be next. Amy Davis reports.

New security guidelines for Walmart customers

The nation's largest retailer is rolling out new security guidelines and the new policy has some customers concerned about an exchange of information at checkout.

New security guidelines for Walmart customers

The nation's largest retailer is rolling out new security guidelines and the new policy has some customers concerned about an exchange of information at checkout.

Coffee plant fungus could mean higher coffee prices

If you count on a morning cup of joe to get you started every morning, you may have heard about "coffee rust." It's a fungus decimating coffee bean farms in some Latin American countries.

Coffee plant fungus could mean higher coffee prices

If you count on a morning cup of joe to get you started every morning, you may have heard about "coffee rust." It's a fungus decimating coffee bean farms in some Latin American countries. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Opera, great outdoors and more free stuf

From opera to the great outdoors we've got a wide range of options to fill your calendar this weekend.

Hidden swimming pool dangers

KPRC Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis explains the biggest safety concerns you need to keep in mind before you dive in this summer.

Hidden swimming pool dangers

KPRC Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis explains the biggest safety concerns you need to keep in mind before you dive in this summer.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches and more roaches

Houstonians rave about the po-boys at a local Cajun restaurant, but this week health inspectors are ranting about the roaches.

Houston woman's exploding leaf blower leads to nationwide recall

We first told you about a popular leaf blower that exploded in a Houston woman's hand last summer. Now we've learned that story has prompted a nationwide recall.

California man pleads guilty to Houston credit card skimming

Authorities say at least five people from Texas to California were in on a credit card skimming ring that netted them 38,000 credit card numbers from gas stations in the Houston area and Dallas area. Amy Davis reports.

Keeping criminals out of your computer

Microsoft is issuing a new warning so you don't become a victim of a scheme that started a few years ago.

Keeping criminals out of your computer

May 9, 2014: Microsoft is issuing a new warning so you don't become a victim of a scheme that started a few years ago. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday for the Mother's Day weekend

May 9, 2014: There are plenty of affordable options around town to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Mother's Day weekend

Mother's Day is Sunday and if you don't already have weekend plans, we've got some ideas for giving mom a break from cooking and giving your wallet a break too.

Restaurant Report Care: Foul-smelling fish, mildew

Foul-smelling fish is just one of the unappetizing course on the menu in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Restaurant Report Care: Foul-smelling fish, mildew

May 8, 2014: Foul-smelling fish is just one of the unappetizing course on the menu in this week's Restaurant Report Card. Amy Davis reports.

Gas station pumps stealing your information

May 5, 2014: Crooks using a skimming device at local stations is a crime that's police are seeing more off in the Houston area. Amy Davis reports. 

5 apps parents should delete from kid's phones

KPRC Local 2's Amy Davis is explaining why a new trend in apps is taking bullying and criminal activity to a whole new level.

5 apps to remove from kid’s phones

May 7, 2014: With bullying and criminal activity being taken to a whole new level, there are five mobile apps that parents should delete from their kid’s phones. Amy Davis reports. 

Secret menu items increase sales at Starbucks

May 6, 2014: Starbucks' secret menu is creating a lot of buzz for the coffee giant. Amy Davis reports.

Staycation options here in Houston

The Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau is touting the staycation this summer. And they're betting there is a lot your hometown has to offer that you've never tried.

Staycation options here in Houston

May 6, 2014: Houston officials are promoting the "staycation" this summer. Amy Davis reports. 

Facebook friends know where you are?

You download an app. It asks to know your current location. Do you say yes?  You may think a bit more about that decision after this story.

Freebie Friday: Art, fishing and Cinco de Mayo this weekend

Get out your calendar. It's time to pencil in some fun for the weekend; and these activities won't cost you a dime.

Freebie Friday: Art, fishing and Cinco de Mayo this weekend

Get out your calendar. It's time to pencil in some fun for the weekend; and these activities won't cost you a dime. Amy Davis reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Failing grade for college favorite

A college student staple at one local restaurant gets a failing grade in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Restaurant Report Card: Failing grade for college favorite

A college student staple at one local restaurant gets a failing grade in this week's Restaurant Report Card. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Food, music and family fun

There's lots of food, music and family fun to enjoy this weekend with events all over town.

Freebie Friday: Food, music and family fun

There's lots of food, music and family fun to enjoy this weekend with events all over town. Lauren Freeman reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches on food prep tables

Can you imagine working in a kitchen with roaches climbing the walls and running across food prep tables?

Freebie Friday: Easter weekend, Earth Day events

It's Easter weekend which means Easter egg hunts for the kids, plus Earth Day celebrations and more in this week's Freebie Friday.

Restaurant Report Card: Off-temperature food condemned

Keeping food at the right temperature is a big part of running a restaurant. It prevents food borne illnesses and it's required by the health department. But Houston inspectors found plenty of temperature problems in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Freebie Friday: Festivals, fairs and movies

Festivals, fairs, movies and celebrating Mother Earth are just some of the things you can do this weekend without breaking the bank!

Freebie Friday: Festivals, fairs and movies

Festivals, fairs, movies and celebrating Mother Earth are just some of the things you can do this weekend without breaking the bank!

Restaurant report card: Repeat roach offenses and rodent droppings

This week's Restaurant Report card features repeat roach problems, reused rice and lots of food that had to be condemned.

Restaurant report card: Repeat roach offenses and rodent droppings

April 10, 2014: This week's Restaurant Report card features repeat roach problems, reused rice and lots of food that had to be condemned.

Freebie Friday: Indoor, family fun!

There are plenty of indoor events to keep the family entertained during this rainy weekend.

Restaurant Report Card: Pizza, pubs and Asian cuisine

In this week's Restaurant Report Card, Houston health inspectors had their hands full with an array of colorful slime and lots of roaches.

Restaurant Report Card: Pizza, pubs and Asian cuisine

In this week's Restaurant Report Card, Houston health inspectors had their hands full with an array of colorful slime and lots of roaches.

Freebie Friday: Pets, kites and sand castle fun this weekend

This weekend is going to be a gorgeous one outside with a lot of free events around town. Here's a list of family friendly events from our friends at Houston on the cheap.

Freebie Friday: Pets, kites and sand castle fun this weekend

This weekend is going to be a gorgeous one outside with a lot of free events around town. Here's a list of family friendly events from our friends at Houston on the cheap.

Restaurant Report Card: Dirty ice machines, condemned lunch meat

Three Houston restaurants were dealing with dirty ice machines and inspectors condemned lots of lunch meat at a popular sandwich shop in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Restaurant Report Card: Dirty ice machines, condemned lunch meat

Three Houston restaurants were dealing with dirty ice machines and inspectors condemned lots of lunch meat at a popular sandwich shop in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Freebie Friday: Outdoor movies, horse show & family adventures

Free outdoor movies, a great horse show and active family adventures!

Freebie Friday: Outdoor movies, horse show & family adventures

Free outdoor movies, a great horse show and active family adventures!

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches, gnats and unsafe coolers

Roaches, gnats and food coolers that weren't properly cooling were some of the things city health inspectors found in Houston restaurants during their latest inspections.

Freebie Friday: St. Patrick's Day weekend & Buffalo Bayou Regatta

Here are this weekend's free events across town thanks to our friends at Houston on the Cheap.

Freebie Friday: St. Patrick's Day weekend & Buffalo Bayou Regatta

Here are this weekend's free events across town thanks to our friends at Houston on the Cheap.

Restaurant report card: Roaches and off-temperature food

Roaches are never approved for a menu in Houston, but city health inspectors still find them in restaurant kitchens across town.

Restaurant Report Card: Ice machine slime, insects, roaches

Houston health inspectors had a busy week at local restaurants, with a special emphasis on the ice machines. Slime was a big problem all around town.

Freebie Friday: Free music, movies and outdoor fun!

Free music, movies and free outdoor fun for the family is in this week's Freebie Friday!

Freebie Friday: Rodeo events, parades, Dr. Seuss's birthday!

It's a big weekend in Houston with rodeo events and another weekend of Mardi Gras.

Restaurant Report Card: Slime, cockroach infestations & condemned food

February 27, 2014: There are a lot of new dining options in downtown Houston from tapas to sushi and even Italian, but this week, quite a few downtown eateries got dinged by health inspectors and ended up in this week's Restaurant Report Card. Lauren Freeman reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Slime, cockroach infestations & condemned food

There are a lot of new dining options in downtown Houston from tapas to sushi and even Italian, but this week, quite a few downtown eateries got dinged by health inspectors and ended up in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Freebie Friday: Mardi Gras Galveston and more!

We've got plenty of free events happening all around town in this week's Freebie Friday.

Freebie Friday: Mardi Gras Galveston and more!

We've got plenty of free events happening all around town in this week's Freebie Friday.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches, rodents & leftover rice

This week's Restaurant Report Card features roaches, rodents and leftover rice.

Freebie Friday: Valentine's Day edition

The weather is warming up for the weekend and we have plenty of outdoor activities to keep the family busy.

Restaurant Report Card: Moldy chicken, rat droppings & dangerous temps

Tacos, Thai food and Chinese buffet. If you're a fan of these cuisines, this week's Restaurant Report Card is one you'll want to see. Houston health inspectors found some big violations when they stopped by these popular locations.

Controversy over man's lifetime gym contract

How long is a lifetime? That's the question at the center of a gym contract controversy.

Controversy over man's lifetime gym contract

How long is a lifetime? That's the question at the center of a gym contract controversy. Amy Davis reports.

Putting chocolate to the test

With hundreds of choices, how do you know which brand or type of chocolate to buy?

Putting chocolate to the test this Valentine's Day

Feb. 11, 2014: With Valentine's Day just days away and hundreds of gift choices, how do you know which brand or type of chocolate to buy?

Freebie Friday: Music, culture & Texas history

We've got a full list of family-friendly activities that won't cost you a penny this weekend.

Freebie Friday: Music, culture & Texas history

February 7, 2014: We've got a full list of family-friendly activities that won't cost you a penny this weekend. Lauren Freeman reports.

Restaurant Report Card: Violations for all your favorite cuisines

Whether you're a fan of Mexican, Italian, Indian or Chinese food, Houston health inspectors found plenty of violations to go around in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Houston's medical community commends CVS on stopping tobacco sales

CVS says it will stop selling tobacco products by Oct. 1.  The pharmacy retailer broke the news Wednesday morning and no one is cheering louder than Houston's medical community.

New phone scam catching people off guard

A new phone scam is sweeping the country, and in most cases, your cell phone rings only once.

New phone scam catching people off guard

Feb. 5, 2014: A new phone scam is sweeping the country, and in most cases, your cell phone rings only once. Amy Davis reports.

Local mom says mold-infested baby product may have harmed son

Fisher Price sold about 800,000 Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleepers. The company issued a recall notice to parents last year, but some say the warning may have come too late.

Local mom says mold-infested baby product may have harmed son

Fisher Price sold about 800,000 Newborn Rock 'N Play Sleepers. The company issued a recall notice to parents last year, but some say the warning may have come too late. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Festivals, freebies & family fun

There's a good chance of rain this weekend so you might need an umbrella, but you can leave your wallet at home to take advantage of these freebies.

Restaurant report card: Dumplings, noodles & rat droppings

A mouse is never a good sight to see at a restaurant, but a dead mouse is better than a live one, and it still got one location dinged by Houston health inspectors in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Restaurant report card: Dumplings, noodles & rat droppings

January 30, 2014: A mouse is never a good sight to see at a restaurant, but a dead mouse is better than a live one, and it still got one location dinged by Houston health inspectors in this week's Restaurant Report Card.

Consumer expert Amy Davis investigates missing neighborhood mailboxes

Most of us don't think of stepping outside or walking down the street to check the mail as a luxury; but many people around Houston are waiting weeks and even months for mailboxes in their communities.

Restaurant Report Card: Po-boys, chicken & subs

Say it ain't so! Find out which restaurant had chicken 'not safe for human consumption' because inspectors said the grilled chicken was off-temperature.

Restaurant Report Card: Po-boys, chicken & subs

January 24, 2014: Say it ain't so! Find out which restaurant had chicken 'not safe for human consumption' because inspectors said the grilled chicken was off-temperature. Amy Davis reports.

Freebie Friday: Free events to get your family out of the house

This week’s Freebie Friday could also be dubbed "Frozen Friday."

Protecting your home and yard against severe winter weather

Schools are making winter weather plans, but is your family prepared? Local 2 Consumer Expert Amy Davis explains what you need to know to get your home and yard winter-ready.

Consumers face major hiccups 22 days after official start of Obamacare

Local 2 has learned some consumers who signed up and paid their first premiums for insurance through the Affordable Care Act can't get prescriptions or schedule doctor's visits.

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