Former Galveston County deputy killed in plane crash

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a plane to crash after leaving David Wayne Hooks Airport in Spring Sunday morning.

Who is winning, losing in Texas shale boom?

One of the most active shale oil and gas plays in the world is located in South Texas. The economic benefit comes with concern for the health and safety of the people living in the region.

Meeting set Monday to appoint Trevino's replacement

A Harris County judge has called a special meeting for Monday to discuss appointing a new Precinct 6 Constable.

Thieves caught on camera stealing trailer

A local woman hopes surveillance video leads to the arrest of  thieves who stole a trailer holding nearly everything she owns.

Manatee spotted in Trinity Bay

What appeared to be a manatee was spotted Sunday in the waters of Trinity Bay by a Chambers County deputy.

Lockdown lifted at Fort Sam Houston; 1 detained

A lockdown at Fort Sam Houston was lifted Sunday shortly after 9 p.m. after one man was detained.

Man killed in shooting outside sports bar

A man is dead after a shooting outside a crowded bar in Southeast Houston.

Driver trapped in truck after he crashes into trees, dies at the scene

One man was killed after a truck slammed into two trees early Sunday morning. 

Man found dead inside vehicle that rolled into yard in Alief neighborhood

Police said they found a man shot in the chest when they responded to calls about a major crash Sunday morning. 

Man found at commerce park with gunshot wounds in NE Houston

Officers said a man died after he was transported to Ben Taub Hospital with gunshot wounds Sunday morning.

Firefighters douse 2-alarm apartment fire in SW Houston

Arson investigators are trying to figure out what caused a 2-alarm apartment fire to start in southwest Houston Sunday. 

4 injured in 5-car pileup on the North Freeway

Four adults are in the hospital after a major 5-car pileup on the North Freeway Sunday morning.

Heavy rains, lightning, winds hit Houston area

Strong storms throughout Southeast Texas for most of Saturday evening resulted in several flood advisories issued in Matagorda, Brazoria and Fort Bend counties.

Loved ones remember teen killed in crash

Family and friends of 15-year-old Benjamin Silas are still in disbelief over his tragic death. The teen was killed in a car crash around 7 p.m. Friday on Homeward Way near New Territory.

Roads close due to water main break in Galleria area

Lanes were closed down due to flooding Saturday after a water main break in the Galleria area.

Body found in SW Houston bayou

Authorities are investigating after a body was recovered from a bayou in southwest Houston.

Conroe ISD substitute teacher under investigation

Police with the Conroe Independent School District are investigating a report of alleged inappropriate conduct by a substitute teacher with students.

Reward offered for repeat armed robbers

The METRO Police Department is searching for three men who are suspected of committing two armed robberies.

Police: Driver sideswipes METRORail car, arrested for DWI

A man was arrested for drunken driving and resisting arrest after he sideswiped a METRORail train early Saturday morning. 

Texas arrival of former nuke power barge delayed

Safety and storage issues mean a World War II-era ship converted to a barge-mounted nuclear reactor will not arrive in Texas this year.

Feds get porn case where teen masqueraded as child

A Texas man accused of attempting to exploit children by having a 17-year-old pose as a 6th grade student has been transferred to federal custody.

3 killed, 8 hurt in Wharton van accident

Investigators say three people have been killed and eight hurt in a van wreck in South Texas.

Bomb victim heads home after part of leg amputated

A Boston Marathon bombing victim from Texas recovering after part of her leg was amputated has been discharged from a Houston-area rehab facility.

HCSO: Man killed after drunken driver pins him between SUV and taco truck

A man died early Saturday morning after a drunken driver ran into him outside a Channelview nightclub. 

Motorcyclist killed in crash after high-speed chase

A motorcyclist is dead after leading deputies on a high-speed chase and crashing in Montgomery County.

Cypress woman claims bugs are crawling around in her body

A Cypress woman says she's living with bugs crawling around in her body.

Crook steals red kettle from bell ringer

Salvation Army bell ringers are synonymous with the holidays. One was home early Friday night after he was robbed at gunpoint.

Students hurt in brawls at Cinco Ranch High School

A big fight broke out at Cinco Ranch High School on Friday, and we're told it started from another confrontation that happened at the school Thursday.

Teenager killed in accident near New Territory

One teen was killed and another seriously injured in a car crash in New Territory.

Crime trend: Thieves target truck tailgates

Several Houstonians are finding it costly to replace stolen truck parts.

Centerpoint, Jersey Village FD investigate unpleasant odor

The Jersey Village Fire Department and Centerpoint workers looked into reports of a natural gas leak at Arsham Metal Industries on Friday.

Specialty gym caters to members trying to lose over 50 pounds

For overweight people, the idea of going to a gym is often too difficult because of the fear of judgment. Now there's a gym in Spring primarily accepting members who need to lose more than 50 pounds.

Home intruder forces pregnant woman to undress

An expecting mother says a robber pulled a gun on her and forced her to take off her clothes inside home Friday morning.

Woman accused of fatally stabbing boyfriend outside convenience store surrenders to police

Houston Police say they have arrested a woman accused of fatally stabbing her boyfriend outside a Southwest Houston convenience store.

Police: 1 dead in shooting near Midtown

One person is dead in a shooting at a gas station near the Midtown area.

Police: Teen masqueraded as child in porn case

Two men have been arrested in a suburban North Texas child porn case, including a 17-year-old man police say enrolled in an elementary school posing as a 12-year-old.

Officials: FSU gunman sent package to Houston

Myron May was no stranger to the Bayou City. Long before authorities say he opened fire in a Florida State University Library and wounded three people, May worked in Houston at Kennard Law.

Obama: I had to act on immigration

One day after President Obama defiantly exercised his executive powers to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, he was in Las Vegas pushing his plan.

PD: Amber Alert for Galveston baby canceled due to hoax; charges filed

Authorities now say the Amber Alert for a Galveston baby has been canceled because the whole thing was a hoax.

Multiple students injured after big rig & school bus collide

An 18-wheeler and a school bus were involved in an accident Friday afternoon in north Houston. Nine students have been transported.

More than 50 children adopted in mass celebration

More than 50 children found their forever homes Friday morning at a mass adoption ceremony at the Juvenile Justice Center downtown.

Car smashes into building in NW Harris County

A late start for a northwest side business owner may have saved his life Friday morning after a car smashed into a print shop on FM 1960 in northwest Harris County.

$5,000 reward offered in connection to deadly shooting

Crime Stoppers is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest in connection to a deadly shooting in southeast Houston.

Friday showers turn to severe storms Saturday

Friday afternoon promises lingering light to moderate rain showers. The rain will taper off to scattered drizzle as evening progresses. Temperatures will hover in the 60s during the afternoon, evening, and overnight hours.

Small plane skids off runway into creek at Sugar Land airport

A small plane skidded off the runway while trying to land at Sugar Land Municipal Airport, police said.

Westheimer reopens near Galleria after water main repairs

Drivers who use the westbound lanes of Westheimer Road near Sage Road can now breathe a sigh of relief after the street and water main was repaired Friday.

Texas OKs most new history textbooks amid outcry

A Texas panel has approved 89 history and social studies textbooks for use in classrooms across America's second-largest state, after one top publisher withdrew a book.

2 guilty of trafficking children for sex

A man and a woman have been convicted in Texas of trafficking children for sex in investigations linked to Arkansas and Louisiana.

1 dead after explosion on oil platform operated by Houston-based company

One person is dead and three others are injured after an explosion Thursday afternoon at an oil platform operated by a Houston-based company. Watch Local 2 News at 10 p.m. for updates on this story. 

Crooks unable to get away with ATM after smashing into convenience store

Crooks had to leave empty-handed after the failed smash-and-grab attempt of an ATM at a northwest Houston convenience store early Friday.

Electrical outlet sparks fire at southwest Houston home

An electrical problem is to blame for what sparked a house fire in southwest Houston Thursday night.

Customer shot during attempted robbery

Crooks shoot a customer during an attempted robbery at a Citgo gas station.

Best deals on turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving

Grocery stores are rolling out their best deals on turkeys ahead of Thanksgiving Day.

Crowds excited for new Hunger Games movie

It is the beginning of the end for Hunger Games fans and the odds are definitely in the movie's favor this weekend.

Not all undocumented people in Houston happy with Obama's immigration plan

Families of undocumented immigrants from all over the Houston area gathered to watch President Obama's speech on immigration Thursday night.

HISD teacher co-hosts cable show just days after controversy on her comments

Just days after controversy erupted from comments on the late night cable show she co-hosts, HISD teacher Angela Box and the gang from Tommy's Garage were at it again. And they pulled no punches, going after Congress, President Barack Obama and especially community activist Quanell X -- who…

Houston woman says man offered her a ride, exposed himself to her

A woman walking to work Thursday morning said she was approached by a man who offered her a ride but when she declined, he pulled down his pants.

What do Houston employers pay for entry-level jobs?

The nation's unemployment rate is 5.8 percent, the lowest it's been since 2008. Still, workers say the pay they're getting for many entry-level jobs is too low.

Family of teen shot dead in church parking lot pleads for help

As police investigate the death of a teenager shot in the face in northwest Houston, the victim's family is making a public plea for help in the case.

Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles 'Tex' Harrison dies in Houston

Former Harlem Globetrotter Charles "Tex" Harrison died in Houston at the age of 81 Thursday, according to the Harlem Globetrotters. 

Debate about president's plan for immigration

Ahead of his scheduled announcement on plans to overhaul our country's immigration system, President Barack Obama is firing back at Republican leaders who are threatening to derail any executive action.

Man accused of secretly recording teen girl in bathroom

A 52-year-old health care worker is accused of secretly recording a 16-year-old girl through a peephole in a bathroom door.

Man charged in deadly shooting near downtown

Houston police arrested a man they say shot and killed a man just east of downtown Houston Tuesday night.

Dog reunited with owner after getting surgery on broken leg

A dog that was thrown from a car is back home with his owner Thursday. 

Houston Rodeo releases entertainer genre calendar for 2015 shows

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has released the genres of the entertainers for the 2015 shows.

Thief cuts hole in window, sneaks into woman's apartment

Local 2 spoke with a woman who said a crook managed to cut a hole in plexiglass to get inside her apartment Thursday morning. 

Mother, son robbed at gunpoint outside Lakewood Church

A mother and her son were robbed at gunpoint outside Lakewood Church Wednesday night. They talked with Local 2's Ryan Korsgard about the experience. 

Restaurant Report Card: Off-temperature foods, dirty ice machines

Inspectors make restaurant employees toss hundreds of pounds of food that could have made you sick this week. And they say what they found inside an ice machine was downright filthy.

Alleged Florida State gunman worked as attorney in Houston

An attorney who police said shot three people on the campus of Florida State University before he was killed by police had a license to practice law in Texas and worked in Houston at one point.

Houston family awaits Obama's immigration speech, hopes to qualify for benefits

Like millions across the country, Alma Rodriguez and her family are anxiously waiting for President Barack Obama's immigration speech to see if they'll qualify for the benefits under his expected executive order.

Contractor killed in incident at ExxonMobil's construction project in Baytown

A contractor working at an ExxonMobil construction project site at the Olefins Plant in Baytown was killed Thursday afternoon, according to ExxonMobil's media relations.

Galveston dad accused of forcing boy to live in box found not guilty

A jury has returned with a verdict in the trial of a Galveston man accused of locking his son in a wooden box.  David Wieseckel has been found not guilty.

Ex-youth minister accused of sexual assault of underage girl

A former Channelview youth minister has been arrested in New York City on sexual assault of a child charges in Harris County, and investigators believe there may be more victims.

Houston man pleads guilty in attempted ATM robbery

Prosecutors say a Houston man who shot an armored car guard eight times during an attempted robbery faces up to 30 years in prison.

Galveston man convicted in fatal carjacking of baker

A Galveston man has been convicted of murder after killing an area baker during a carjacking last year.

Houston doctor, patient lead the way in cancer vaccine study

This Movember, as the country raises awareness for men’s health issues, one Tomball man is part of a national trial that could reduce the recurrence of prostate cancer.

Organization sends care packages to thousands of soldiers for Christmas

A couple thousand members of our military will be getting a care package for the holidays, thanks to a non-profit organization called "Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County".

Conroe woman facing more fraud counts

A Houston-area woman waiting to be sentenced for her role in a $2 million tax scam has been indicted in another fraud investigation.

Man gets life in prison in kidnapping case

A Montgomery County jury has sentenced a man to life in prison for kidnapping a convenience store clerk.

FBCSO: Man connected to home invasion caught after 14-mile car chase

A man connected to a home robbery was captured and arrested after a 14-mile chase in Houston, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office. 

Boy, 10, shot in the leg during scuffle, gunman escapes

A 10-year-old boy was rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after a large disturbance in southeast Houston.

Crews working to repair water line in Galleria area

City of Houston crews have begun excavation work on a 60-year-old water line to repair aging cast iron pipes.

FBCSO: 75 pounds of pot found in vehicle after suspects crash in ditch

A big bundle of marijuana was found Thursday when a trio of suspects fled what initially started as a routine traffic stop in Fort Bend County.

Crime Stoppers offers $5K reward in home burglary case

Deputies are looking for two men who are suspected of stealing from a home in northwest Harris County. 

Source of Rosenberg natural gas leak located, repairs underway

The Rosenberg Fire Department evacuated several homes Wednesday night because of a natural gas leak in the sewage system. 

4 arrested believed to be involved in national group targeting phone stores

Harris County deputies have charged four men believed to be part of a national robbery group responsible for numerous robberies.

At least 1 injured in accident involving school bus in NW Harris County

At least one person was injured Thursday morning when a school bus and a car were involved in an accident in northwest Harris County.

FBI: Gang member wanted in credit union robbery

Authorities are looking for a dangerous criminal they say took part in the robbery of a credit union in Pasadena.  Sonny Floyd Pervis is a wanted man and authorities are hoping to get him off the street as soon as possible.

Brew up big savings on Keurig refills

Keurig coffee makers are all the rage right now with java fanatics, but K-Cups refills can get expensive.

Man dies after getting hit by car in Spring Branch

A man is dead after he was hit by a driver in Spring Branch.

Security guard helps thwart supermarket burglary in northeast Houston

A security guard helps thwart a burglary at a supermarket in northeast Houston.

Texas Children's Hospital planning expansion

If you've ever had to take your child to Texas Children's Hospital you know it can get very busy, but soon they may have more room.

Personal information for hundreds exposed after break in at apartment office

The personal information of hundreds of renters was exposed after crooks broke into an apartment complex front office.

Mike Nichols, crafter of films, plays, dies at 83

Mike Nichols, the director of matchless versatility who brought fierce wit, caustic social commentary and wicked absurdity to such film, TV and stage hits as "The Graduate," "Angels in America" and "Monty Python's Spamalot," has died. He was 83.

Rockets' Dwight Howard investigated for child abuse allegations

Houston Rockets player Dwight Howard is at the center of a newly-opened investigation alleging the NBA star abused his 7-year-old child.

Why new homes burn faster than old ones

Groundbreaking research by Underwriters Laboratories is now proving that today's modern homes actually burn eight times, or 800 percent, faster than the homes most of us grew up in.

Police cracking down on drivers who violate HOV lane rules

Sugar Land police spent Wednesday morning cracking down on drivers who violate the rules of the road when it comes to high-occupancy vehicle or HOV lanes.

Social media help reunite injured dog with owner

Brandon Mason knew something was wrong Monday night when he came home and could not find his dog, Davey. Little did he know  Davey had been taken, but then tossed from a moving vehicle, and was lying just behind his subdivision with a broken leg.

War of words over alleged racist comments made by HISD teacher

The war of words between community activist Quanell X and an elementary school teacher is escalating after he accused of her of making racist and anti-Muslim remarks on a political YouTube show, Tommy’s Garage.

Astrodome to get a power wash on exterior

The Astrodome is about to get an expensive bath. The aging icon's exterior is scheduled to be power washed starting the first of December. The work is projected to be complete by Jan. 10.

HPD: Undercover officer catches purse snatchers in the act near I-10

An undercover officer managed to stop a group of purse snatchers who were caught in the act Wednesday afternoon.

Firefighters extinguish magnesium fire in La Porte

A fire at a La Porte heat treatment plant burned for about two hours before it was finally extinguished Wednesday morning.

Houston police, retailers kick off annual holiday shopping safety campaign

Commanders with the Houston Police Department joined eight of the city’s retailers and CrimeStoppers to kick off their 5th annual “Safe Shopping Starts with You” holiday shopping safety campaign Wednesday.

Orion prepped for launch in two weeks

On Dec. 4, an unmanned Orion spacecraft is expected to launch from Florida's Space Coast. It will be America's first major step to once again launching humans into space.

Source: Driver who fatally hit land surveyor found dead in bayou

There's a strange twist in the investigation of the deadly hit-and-run accident of a land surveyor earlier this month.

Former Galveston Co. employee sentenced for stealing from court

A former clerk for a Galveston County Justice of the Peace has been sentenced for stealing from the court. 

Passerby finds woman's naked body in southeast Houston

Houston police are investigating after a woman's naked body is found in southeast Houston Wednesday morning.

Katy ISD police arrest student who made threat against Morton Ranch HS

A Morton Ranch High School student was arrested Wednesday after the school says the student made a threatening comment against the school. 

Deputies release video of Game Stop robbery in NW Harris County

Deputies are looking for three men who robbed a Game Stop in Northwest Harris County Tuesday afternoon. 

Brothers treated for burns, smoke inhalation after mobile home fire

Emergency responders transported two brothers to the hospital Wednesday morning after a fire sparked near an electric space heater in their home.

Surveillance photos released of armed robbery suspect

Houston police have released surveillance photos in connection to a string of aggravated robberies in the Houston and Harris County area.

Police investigating after body found in SW Houston pond

Houston police said its dive team recovered a man's body from the pond at Willow Waterhole Greenway Park after someone reported seeing it in the water Tuesday.

Murder suspect's brother blames estranged wife for family's deaths

The man accused of killing his brother-in-law and nephew, then raping his estranged wife's sister appeared in a Harris County courtroom Wednesday morning.

Reward offered in slain Blinn College student case

A $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an indictment or arrest in the slaying of a Central Texas college student.

Spring man pleads guilty in fraud case

A 35-year-old Houston-area man has been convicted in a $1.4 million false tax refunds scheme.

Warmup underway through end of work week

Temperatures finally feel like fall instead of winter for the first time in a week. In fact, by the weekend we will be dealing with above normal temperatures throughout the region.

Weeds growing in popularity as ingredient

Overgrown gardens and sidewalks are usually considered an eyesore, but a new diet trend considers them an urban farm.

Man shot, killed during argument in northeast Houston

Police say an argument turned deadly at an apartment in northeast Houston.

Aldine ISD officials: 2 students overdose on synthetic marijuana

Aldine ISD officials say two students at Compass Alternative School had to be rushed to the hospital by ambulance after they overdosed on synthetic marijuana.

Cause of death for DuPont workers killed in chemical leak released

According to a preliminary coroner's report, the four workers killed in a chemical leak at the DuPont plant near La Porte Saturday died from accidental asphyxiation.

PD: Man accused of striking his wife with sword

The woman sustained cuts and bruises in the attack, according to Houston police.

Woman at Ben Taub Hospital tests negative for Ebola

Local 2 has learned a woman at Ben Taub Hospital has tested negative for Ebola.

HPD: Driver arrested after running red light, leading police on chase

A driver is behind bars after a routine traffic stop escalated to a miles-long police chase through northeast Houston.

Scam artists taking advantage of Walmart price-matching program

Walmart's new policy to match online competitors prices may have hit a snag.

Stop programs from sapping phone data, battery life

Surfing the web on a smartphone can eat up a data plan, as well as the battery life. But some smartphone users may have noticed a drain on their device with hardly any use.

NE Houston convenience store damaged in attempted smash-and-grab of ATM

Crooks were unable to get away with an ATM machine after smashing a truck into a convenience store in northeast Houston early Wednesday, Houston police said.

Valero burglary suspects caught after police chase in northeast Houston

Two burglary suspects were taken into custody early Wednesday after leading police on a chase which ended in northeast Houston.

Police chief answers questions about cellphone surveillance program

The Houston Police Department has bought surveillance technology that can track your calls, your texts and your location.

Hate messages prompt investigation, calls for tighter security

Houston police have launched an investigation into the source of hate-filled messages directed at the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Family relocating from N. Virginia waits for home furniture, items

John Cook and his family are welcoming hosts -- it's just they don't have much to show off right now because of what's become the move from hell. There's the makeshift sleeping quarters and the empty kitchen.

HCSO: Man shoots, kills 2 members of estranged wife's family, rapes her sister

Disturbing details have been released in the death of a father and son who were allegedly gunned down by a relative late Saturday night.

Deputies searching for person of interest in man's murder

Deputies are searching for a man investigators are calling a person of interest in the murder of Luis Garcia Ocampo in Montgomery county.

District Attorney's Office wants official oppression charge against Harris County deputy

The Harris County District Attorney's Office is fighting to prosecute a former deputy constable who was filmed kicking a man on the ground during a traffic stop.

Widow of worker killed in DuPont chemical leak files wrongful death lawsuit

The widow of a man killed in an industrial accident at a plant in La Porte Saturday has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.

NFL: Adrian Peterson suspended without pay for remainder of 2014 season

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is making good on his promise of an enhanced crackdown on players involved with domestic violence. The NFL has decided to suspend Adrian Peterson for the remainder of the 2014 NFL season.

PD: Thieves behind at least 8 home break-ins in Bellaire

Eight homes have been burglarized in Bellaire in the past few weeks. Bellaire police believe the same burglar is linked to at least four of the home burglaries, including the theft of three Super Bowl rings from the home of Texans coach Mike Vrabel.

Fire destroys unfinished facility designed for homeless

A devastating fire burned down an unfinished building that was intended to house and care for homeless men and women Tuesday.

Judge refuses to toss Perry case on technicalities

A Texas judge has refused to quash two felony indictments for abuse of power against Gov. Rick Perry on technicalities, ruling that the case against the possible 2016 presidential hopeful should continue.

Surveillance video released of suspect wanted in at least 7 robberies

Houston police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect wanted in at least seven robberies in the north and south Houston areas since October.

Teddy Bear Paradise sentenced to 21 months in prison for threatening president

Teddy Bear Paradise, formerly known as Denise O’Neal, has been ordered to federal prison following her conviction of making a threat against President Obama, U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced.

Reward increased for most Texas wanted fugitive

The reward for one of the state's most wanted fugitives has been increased to $10,000 for information leading to his a capture if the tip comes in during the month of November.

HISD: Student brings loaded gun to Yates High School; 2 students arrested

A second student has been arrested in connection with an incident involving a loaded gun on the Yates High School campus.

HPD: Charges filed against mom who abandoned baby at SW Houston post office

A mother accused of abandoning her 2-month-old son at a southwest Houston post office in October has been charged.  Jeronde Jackson was charged with abandoning a child on Friday.

FD: Firefighters struggle to put out flames at cluttered house

Arson investigators are trying to figure out what caused a house to catch fire on McGowen Street.

Study shows head trauma to children shortens their lives

The American Academy of Pediatrics is calling all caregivers to focus on preventing abusive head trauma in children.

Macy's will soon offer same-day delivery service in Houston

If you love shopping at Macy's, the store is making it easier than ever to shop and get their items without even having to step in their store.

Top tech gifts for all ages

There’s a gift for everyone this holiday season, even for the person who has everything or the kids who want everything.

Galleria-area chase in stolen pickup lands 3 men in custody

A chase in a stolen pickup truck lands three men in custody.

First legal action taken in deadly chemical release

A Houston attorney has filed a temporary restraining order against DuPont over Saturday's chemical release that killed four employees and injured a fifth person.

TSU, Prairie View A&M, UH Central top list for crime

Last week at the University of Houston, freshman Gavin Graham woke up to a terrifying email alert from campus police.

Local 2 helps get power restored for veteran

In an attempt to get his electric bill registered in his name at his newly-built home in Fort Bend County, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran woke up last Thursday morning with the lights turned off.

Officers use force to stop fight at Lee High School

Cellphone video has surfaced showing three Lee High School students being taken into custody on campus.

More concern over conditions of horses in Waller County

Some residents in Waller County are angry because the county district attorney hasn't moved to seize 40 undernourished horses owned by a veterinarian.

Galleria will be open for business on Thanksgiving

While thousands of shoppers across the Houston area are gearing up for Black Friday deals, the Galleria is trying to target people with new holiday hours.

Ex-Harris County Constable Victor Trevino sentenced to 10 years probation

Former Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino was back in court, where was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty earlier this month to stealing money from his own charity.

Woman feeding cats stabbed at park in Dickinson

A 17-year-old is being held in the Galveston County jail for allegedly stabbing a 57-year-old woman in the back as she fed stray cats at the Paul Hopkins Community Park in Dickinson.

911 calls of deadly DuPont chemical leak released

Local 2 Investigates has reviewed a 4-minute long 911 call that raises some interesting questions. It is now clear that in the moments immediately following the toxic gas release at the La Porte DuPont plant Saturday morning, a plant shift supervisor wasn't completely clear about the nature of the…

AP Exclusive: Charles Manson gets marriage license

Mass murderer Charles Manson has gotten a license to marry a 26-year-old woman who visits him in prison.

Identities released of 4 DuPont plant workers who died after chemical leak

The identities have been released of all four workers who died in a tragic accident at the DuPont Plant near La Porte early Saturday.  The victims have been identified as Crystle Wise, Wade Baker, and brothers Robert (Bobby) Tisnado and Gilbert (Gibby) Tisnado.

HPD officer accused of sexually assaulting girl, 15

A Houston police officer is accused of raping an underage girl he met at a fast-food restaurant he frequented.

Teen found dead in church parking lot in NW Houston

The Houston Police Department is investigating the death of a 19-year-old shot in the face in northwest Houston.

Better Business Bureau releases annual charity list

The Better Business Bureau has released its annual list of charities that have been reviewed by the company.

UH fraternity brothers safe after Kappa Alpha house catches fire

Eight University of Houston fraternity men are safe after a fire broke out at the Kappa Alpha Fraternity house on Southmore Boulevard and Delano Street.

Woman charged with fatally stabbing boyfriend outside convenience store

Charges have been filed against a woman who police say fatally stabbed her boyfriend outside a southwest Houston convenience store on Friday night.

Man wanted in deadly double shooting captured in Mexico

A man facing capital murder charges after fatally shooting two relatives this weekend has been captured in Mexico.

Fatal shooting reported in Missouri City

A shooting leaves one person dead in a Fort Bend County neighborhood.

Vote for possible Texas specialty license plates is looking for input from the public about four proposed designs.

3 arrested after marijuana, thousands in cash found in Conroe

A narcotics investigation in Conroe led to the arrests of three men and the seizure of tens of thousands of dollars and 100 pounds of marijuana, deputies said.

Man shot, killed during brawl at bar in SE Houston

One man was killed and another was taken to the hospital after a shooting incident at Bone's Lounge in southeast Houston.

Local 2 finds top crimes at area colleges

Burglaries are the most common crimes reported at area college campuses, according to Local 2 Investigates review of five-years worth of crime data.

3rd annual "Rails to Restaurants" by Houston Greeters

An event celebrating Citizenship Month is introducing Houstonians and visitors to MetroRail and restaurants along the way.  The Houston Greeters, led by former Houston City Council member Gordon Quan, is hosting its 3rd annual Rails to Restaurants will be taking place Monday evening, from 6 to 9…

Big rig, van collide in intersection on FM 521

Emergency crews were on the scene of an accident involving an 18-wheeler on FM 521 Monday morning.

City to receive $300K for illegal tree removal settlement

The city of Houston has reached a settlement with a developer in connection with the unpermitted removal of four oak trees in Upper Kirby.

Surveillance video of GameStop store robbery released

Police have released surveillance video of a man wanted in the robbery of a video game store.


News conference on Ebola patient who died at Nebraska hospital

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said.  Hospital officials in Omaha are holding a press conference at 11 a.m.  Watch the live stream on

Police search for burglars who smashed truck into NW Houston Walgreens

Police were searching for the group of men who smashed into a northwest Houston Walgreens Monday morning.

Halliburton, Baker Hughes reach $34.6 billion deal

Halliburton Company and Baker Hughes Incorporated announced Monday a definitive agreement under which Halliburton will acquire all the outstanding shares of Baker Hughes in a stock and cash transaction.

Houston students give girls in Afghanistan a chance to learn

Students at a local elementary school are raising money, not for a new playground or uniforms, but to help girls a world away get an education.

Haggling for a better deal during the holidays

For most shoppers, what’s on the price tag is what they pay. But for some, it’s simply a starting point in a negotiation.

Secret airport spy program revealed

Big brother could be spying on you, a new report says the government is doing just that at the airport.

Inside a Houston woman’s scheme to steal $2 million from taxpayers

The owner of a medical device company tried to steal $4,000 a day from taxpayers, according to testimony at her trial before a jury found her guilty of 14 counts of health care fraud and seven counts of aggravated identity theft.

Family coping with workers' deaths

The family and friends of two men killed during a chemical leak at a DuPont facility in La Porte continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones.

4 DuPont employees dead after spill at La Porte facility

A chemical leak at the Dupont Facility in La Porte killed four workers and sent another to the hospital Saturday, authorities say.

All lanes open after 2-vehicle accident on I-10 at North Freeway

All main lanes are open on Interstate 10 East at Interstate 45 North after a two-vehicle crash. 

HPD: Officers looking for 2 people who robbed, shot man in SE Houston

A man was shot and robbed in southeast Houston early Sunday morning, Houston police said. 

Investigation to begin in chemical facility deaths, previous violations

A rapid response team from the Chemical Safety Board is expected to arrive Sunday morning to begin investigating the fatal incident at the DuPont facility, which killed four workers and sent a fifth to the hospital, Local 2 Investigates has confirmed.

Funeral held for deputy injured in crash

Family, friends and fellow deputies said their final goodbyes Saturday to a Precinct One deputy who died months after getting hit by a drunk driver.

House fire on Saddle Creek Farms under investigation

Arson investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire in a home off FM 2110.

HPD investigating after woman stabbed near apartment dies at hospital

A woman taken to the hospital with stab wounds died late Friday night, according to Houston police. 

Firefighters battle fire inside a Game Stop on Westheimer

Arson investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire inside a Game Stop store.

Possible drunk driver crashes into patrol car

A driver is facing possible drunk driving charges after police say he slammed into a patrol car.

Missing 10-year-old found safely in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office is using K-9 units in the search for a missing 10-year-old boy in the Spring Trails subdivision.

Recent home burglary rare in Montgomery County town

The boldness of the crooks and the crime they committed early Tuesday morning are rare in Roman Forest -- a town of about 2,000 people just north of New Caney in Montgomery County.

Residents can register surveillance cameras with police

It seems like surveillance cameras are everywhere these days. Most businesses and office buildings have them and now more and more homeowners are installing cameras on their property as well.

2 more arrested after beating at house party

Two more people are in custody after a fight broke out at a house party in Fort Bend County.

2 arrested after armed robbery in mall parking lot

A man and woman have been charged in connection to a robbery at Katy Mills Mall.

Houston man accused of recording wife's friend shower

A Houston man is facing charges after he was much less than hospitable to a woman staying at his home.

Keystone XL Pipeline's impact on Houston

After a lengthy political tug-of-war on Capitol Hill, the U.S. House has passed a bill 252-161 to approve the Keystone Pipeline Friday.

Teen has surgery for severe headaches

A Texas teenager had an operation in Houston in hopes of minimizing the pain from migraines.

Authorities warn about counterfeit goods as holiday shopping starts

These days, crooks will counterfeit anything with a brand name that they think will make them money. With the holiday shopping season about to get underway, the last thing authorities want is for consumers to get duped. 

Drivers could use credit card to pay fees if pulled over

State Rep. Allen Fletcher (R - District 131) is proposing a new law that might soon have drivers pulling out their credit cards during a traffic stop.

Pct 7: Suspect airlifted to hospital after shot by deputy in SE Houston

A man wanted in two counties was airlifted to the hospital Friday afternoon after being shot by a Precinct 7 deputy constable, authorities confirmed.

Man wearing tutu accused of exposing himself to women

A man has been arrested for allegedly wearing a tutu and exposing himself to people in north Harris County and deputies said it may not be the only case.

HISD teacher accused of making racist remarks on internet talk show

A Houston Independent School District teacher under fire for allegedly using racist remarks during an internet political talk show is denying the accusations.

FBI: Bad handwriting thwarts bank robber

The FBI needs your help tracking down a bank robber they say has poor penmanship. He got away with no money because the bank teller couldn't read his note.

2 Ball High School students killed in accident involving garbage truck

Galveston police said 16-year-old Chris Ragle, and the passenger Gabriella Giles, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Multiple arrests made in burglary of vehicles in Cinco Ranch area

Three arrests have been made that will clear multiple cases of burglary of a motor vehicle in two areas of Fort Bend County.

Sketch released of man wanted in fatal shooting at SW Houston apartments

A composite sketch has been released of a suspect wanted in connection for a deadly shooting at a southwest Houston apartment complex.

Weekend promises brief warm-up, chance for rain in Houston

Keep your winter coats ready for the time being.

Woman killed, 2 badly burned in northeast Houston house fire

A woman was killed and two others were critically injured in a house fire in northeast Houston.

Man arrested after police chase in southwest Houston

A man has been taken into custody after a police chase in southwest Houston.

1 firefighter injured battling 2-alarm fire at southwest Houston apartments

Houston firefighters were battling a 2-alarm fire at an apartment complex in southwest Houston Friday morning.

City of Houston Municipal Courts announces amnesty program

The City of Houston Municipal Courts 2014 Amnesty Program begins Friday and will be available on certain delinquent citations until 9 p.m. Monday, November 24.

HFD: Fire sparks after family forgets to extinguish flames in fireplace

A family of four managed to safely escape their burning home Thursday night.

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Halliburton, Baker Hughes considering merger

Two of Houston's biggest energy companies could soon become one, and that could have an effect on thousands of workers.

HPD: 2 armed, masked men rob auto parts store in northwest Houston

Houston police are searching for two suspects who robbed an auto parts store in northwest Houston Thursday night.

Grocery delivery services put to the test

Buying food for your family each week is a necessity, but it can be crowded, time consuming and, if you've got little ones, it can be exhausting.

11-year-old honors friend who died from cancer; raises $10K to fight disease

Eleven-year-old Barrett Kenny is a bright, competitive young man -- one reason he's doing all he can to help other kids defeat cancer. His other reason: his best friend Landon Ahrendt.

Communities clash over parades

The City of Houston's Pride Parade typically takes place the last Saturday of June, but Houston Pride Inc. board members told Local 2 they wanted to move the date up a week next year.

16 apartment units destroyed in 2-alarm fire

Houston firefighters said a 2-alarm house fire is under control in West Houston Thursday night. It took firefighters an hour to get the blaze under control and 16 apartment units were destroyed, according to HFD. 

Woman who drove SUV into restaurant being sued in another crash

Local 2 has learned the woman who drove her SUV into a southwest Houston restaurant is being sued in another crash that happened last year. 

HISD approves plans for Arabic language immersion school

The Houston Independent School District will be adding an Arabic Language Immersion Magnet School in 2015. 

A preview of the Mayor's Holiday Celebration & Tree Lighting

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at City Hall. Today Mayor Annise Parker gave the city a sneak peek at the 95th Mayor's Holiday Celebration and tree lighting.

2014 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market officially underway

The 2014 Houston Ballet Nutcracker Market kicked off Thursday morning.

Local 2 checks in with Al Roker as he tries to break world record

"Today Show" weather man Al Roker is attempting a Guinness World Record for the longest uninterrupted weather broadcast.

HFD: Faulty heaters could have started two house fires

Houston firefighters said faulty heaters may have caused two house fires Thursday. 

School employee accused of kicking child

A school employee is accused of kicking a kindergartner in the face and leaving him with bruises.

One injured in asphalt plant fire in Missouri City

Firefighters battled a massive blaze at an asphalt manufacturing plant in Missouri City. One person who suffered burn injuries was flown to the hospital via LifeFlight.

Restaurant Report Card: Live roaches in kitchens and slime in an ice machine

Local 2's Consumer Expert Amy Davis took a look at how Houston area restaurants were putting diners at risk in this week's Restaurant Report Card. 

Man breaks into Tanglewood house, couple wants neighbors to be on alert

A couple who lives in the upscale Tanglewood neighborhood  is warning their neighbors to be on alert after they say an intruder broke into their home.

K-9 unit finds, bites burglary suspect found lurking in Macy's after hours

Houston police nabbed a burglary suspect who hid out in a Macy's in Almeda Mall after hours.

Freeze Warning in effect for SE Texas until Friday morning

The National Weather Service has extended Thursday night's Freeze Warning to include all counties in southeast Texas. The warning is in effect from 9 p.m. Thursday through 9 a.m. Friday.

Ex-Humble ISD teacher accused of inappropriately touching 2 students

A former Humble ISD teacher is facing charges after an investigation into allegations that he inappropriately touched two students at school.

FD: Window washer escapes after being trapped in scaffolding

A window washer who was trapped in scaffolding on a building in the Upper Kirby area was able to escape safely, the Houston Fire Department said.

Some Texans against Houston-to-Dallas bullet train

Traveling from Dallas to Houston at lightning speed in under 90 minutes on a bullet train sounds like a commuter's dream come true. But for Grimes County rancher Eric Yeargain, it's a nightmare.

Man charged in case of woman's body found in blanket

A man has been charged in the case of a woman's body found wrapped in a blanket in a southwest Houston apartment complex.

Police release surveillance video of man wanted in credit card theft

Houston police are asking for the public's help to identify a man who stole and used another person's credit card number. 

Teen to be tried as adult in killing of man, sex assault of victim's wife

A man who was a juvenile at the time of the brutal killing of man and the sexual assault of the victim's wife will be tried as an adult.

Columbia High School temporarily placed on lockdown after threatening calls

Columbia High School in Brazoria was temporarily placed on lockdown Thursday after two threatening phone calls were made against the school.

Crime Stoppers offering reward in counterfeit checks case

Police are looking for three people who are part of an organized crime group operating in Houston, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

Small dog found hiding during house fire in southwest Houston

Houston firefighters rescued a small dog from a house fire in southwest Houston Thursday morning.

How fast is HPD responding to all calls for help?

Local 2 Investigates takes a look at how quickly Houston police are responding to calls for help and analyzed three years of response times, broken down by police beat and priority.

Family escapes 2-alarm fire in Atascocita; dog dies

A family's home is completely destroyed in a fire, and the family barely manages to get to safety.

Video released of brutal beating after teens crash party

Four adults and two juveniles accused of crashing a party and brutally beating one of the guests have been arrested, and another suspect is on the run, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

Back garage of River Oaks home catches fire

Arson has an investigation underway after a house caught fire in River Oaks Wednesday night.

Woman robbed, carjacked while filling water jug

Two thieves who robbed and carjacked a woman at gunpoint were injured Wednesday night after crashing the stolen car during a police chase, according to Houston police.

Scammer using Houston Police Department's name to solicit money

The Houston Police Department said a scammer is calling people using the department’s name to solicit money.

Massive beehive removed from bridge

A pest control crew removed a massive and dangerous beehive near Katy.

Deputies looking for teen suspected of stealing from homes in Katy, Fulshear

Police in the Fulshear and Katy areas are warning people to be on alert. Deputies are looking for a teen who is suspected of breaking into unoccupied homes, still under construction, and sleeping in them. 

HCSO deputy suspended for using patrol car for driving lesson

A Harris County sheriff's deputy has been suspended after using her patrol car for a relative's driving lesson.

Feds announce new guardrail testing to address dangers highlighted by Local 2 investigation

The federal government has agreed to test claims that guardrails manufactured by Trinity Industries impale cars rather than perform as designed slowing a car down in a guardrail head-on crash, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced Wednesday.

Hexagonal clock stolen from Cra-Bell building on Westheimer

Derek Brotherton filed a police report after he noticed a black clock that used to hang above the front doors of the Cra-Bell building had been taken. 

Epilepsy therapy system helps patients who cannot control seizures with medication

The FDA-approved Vagus Nerve Stimulation Therapy System can treat epilepsy and can work for patients who have difficulty controlling seizures with medication. The device is inserted like a pacemaker and it attacks the source of seizures from the inside by swiping a magnet on the outside of the body.

Camera catches thief stealing package from home near Memorial Park

Surveillance video shows a man stealing a package left near the front door of a home near Memorial Park. Houston police said crimes like this increase as the holidays approach.

Woman shot in car during road-rage incident on 610 South Loop

Houston police are investigating after a woman was shot in her car during a road-rage incident on the 610 South Loop.

Biden at Port of Houston pitches infrastructure improvements

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday renewed his call for improvements to the nation's infrastructure, particularly at ports, saying failure to make upgrades will mean missed opportunities for economic growth.

Police: Cashier caught stealing at Target

Police have arrested a Target employee after they say she was caught on video stealing more than $2,000 while working at a Pasadena store.

Investigators asking for public's help to find missing former U.S. Marine

Police are looking for information about a man who went missing in southeast Houston on Aug. 29. 

Houston police searching for person who stole shotguns from officer's pickup

Houston police are looking for whoever stole 10 shotguns from an officer’s vehicle overnight in North Houston.

Groundbreaking ceremony for Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage

A new visitor center and museum in downtown Houston is one step closer to becoming a reality. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the Nau Center for Texas Cultural Heritage.

Baytown man accused of attacking estranged wife appears in court

A Baytown man accused of violently attacking his estranged wife in her home appeared in court.

Ebola victim's family, Dallas hospital reach settlement

A lawyer for the family of the only Ebola patient in the United States to die says the hospital that treated him will create a foundation in his name.

Suspect steals police car from NW Houston motel, crashes into tree

Houston police said the man stole a marked Houston Police Department patrol car at the Lisa Motel on Hempstead Highway just before noon Wednesday, but crashed it a few miles away.

Woman falls to her death off West Loop overpass after crash

A woman was killed after a car smashed into her stalled vehicle and sent her tumbling off the freeway wall Wednesday morning.

Cold air continues to blanket Houston area, freeze possible by Friday

Cold air continues to slice into Southeast Texas with freezing conditions possible Friday.

Crime Stoppers tip leads to arrest of suspect in loan, pawn shop robberies

Houston police arrested a man suspected of robbing two different shops after they received a tip from CrimeStoppers. 

Surveillance video of armed gas station robbery released

The Harris County Sheriff's Office has released surveillance video of a suspect wanted for an armed robbery at a gas station in west Harris County.

Assault victim found lying on sidewalk in front of senior living facility

Houston police are investigating after a man was found lying in front of a senior living center in northwest Houston early Wednesday.

HCSO: Device found on railroad bridge turns out to be camera box

The Harris County Sheriff's Office said a device that was found on a railroad bridge in northeast Harris County Wednesday afternoon was determined to be a camera box.

Man shot and killed while taking out trash

Houston police said a pair of armed robbers shot and killed a man who was taking out his trash Tuesday evening.

2 transported to hospital after multi-vehicle crash, fire in NW Houston

At least two people were injured Wednesday when several cars crashed and caught fire in northwest Houston.

PD: Man charged in shooting death of estranged wife who was babysitting

A man is facing charges after police said he shot and killed his estranged wife while she was babysitting.

Deserving teen crowned Homecoming Queen

A special needs Deerk Park High School student is living out her reign as Homecoming Queen.

Naked woman's body found at SE Houston apartment complex

Police are investigating after a woman's body was found at an apartment complex in southeast Houston. Investigators said she was wearing earrings and men's socks, but none of her clothes were found near the scene.

Police investigating after man's body found in Buffalo Bayou

Houston police are investigating after a man's body was found Tuesday morning in Buffalo Bayou.

IAH worker arrested for allegedly stealing $47,000

A Houston Airport System employee has been arrested for stealing more than $47,000 in a story that first aired on Local 2 News.

Dallas workers save colleague from swamped truck

Several Dallas city workers have saved a colleague after his pickup truck plunged into a cold creek and stranded him in water up to his neck.

Sheriff: East Texas man charged in death of girlfriend's 5-month-old daughter

Authorities in East Texas have charged a man in the death of his girlfriend's 5-month-old daughter.

Thousands boycott 'Black Thursday' sales

The "Black Thursday" backlash is spreading across social media.

Best Buy's Black Friday plans

Best Buy joins the list of retailers not just opening on Thanksgiving, but opening earlier than last year.

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Walmart spreads out Black Friday into 5-day event

This year Walmart has big plans for Black Friday.  Walmart is spreading out the sales so shoppers have a better chance of getting a good deal, and essentially making Black Friday a week- long event.

Man shot while sitting in car at stop sign in northeast Houston

Houston police are searching for a gunman who shot a man in northeast Houston Tuesday night.

Woman witnessed 280 executions

"He gasped what seemed to be four or five times," Michelle Lyons read from her personal journal. It's filled with such stories about death. "I got the impression he was trying to fight," she continued. She wrote about the stories of people, men and women, who took their final breath in front of…

Masked robber aims gun at child's head

Police said over the past couple of weeks there have been about a half a dozen robberies where the suspect was wearing a skeleton mask or body suit.

Local Boston bombing survivor speaks on decision to amputate leg

A local Boston Marathon bombing survivor speaks on her decision to have her leg amputated.

Woman, estranged husband shot

A babysitter was found dead Tuesday morning at an apartment complex in west Houston, according to Houston police.

HISD investigating reported sexual assault at Bellaire High School

An alleged sexual assault happened on the Bellaire High School campus on Oct. 14.

Mother's body found wrapped in comforter at southwest Houston apartment

Family members went to the apartment complex in the Westbury area after not hearing from the victim.

Thousands line streets of downtown Houston to salute our veterans

Thousands of people crowded the streets of downtown for Houston's salute to our veterans.  The parade followed a job fair for veterans and opening ceremonies on the front steps of Houston's City Hall.  KPRC Local 2 anchor, a US Marine, Bill Balleza emceed the event.

Dayton ISD bus drivers: School buses unfit for transportation

Current and former school bus drivers for Dayton Independent School District contend some of the buses in service are unfit to transport children.

UH on alert after student robbed at gunpoint in campus parking lot

A security alert has been issued at the University of Houston after a student was robbed at gunpoint in a campus parking lot Saturday night, campus officials said.

Cold front moves into Houston area, temperatures plunge

The key to the forecast over the next three days will be cloud cover. At night, clouds will keep temperatures from bottoming out acting like an atmospheric blanket.

'Creepy baby burglar' pleads guilty to 3 counts of burglary

The man in the terrifying surveillance video, Christopher Gomez, has pleaded guilty to three counts of burglary of a habitation.

Local Goodwill helps veterans get back on feet

On this Veterans Day, there is a place in Houston where many of our veterans are getting the support they need to transition back into civilian life.

George W. Bush discusses his book about his father

Former President George W. Bush formally kicked off the release of his personal biography of his father with an event at his dad's presidential library center at Texas A&M University.

Surveillance photos released of armed robbery suspect

Surveillance photos have been released of a man wanted in connection to an armed robbery at a Family Dollar store in southeast Houston.

HPD: 16-year-old charged in stabbing of Madison High School student

A 16-year-old accused of stabbing a Madison High School student has been arrested.

2 men shot multiple times, gunman on the run

An investigation is underway after a shooting in southwest Houston Monday night.

I-10 at 610 East Loop westbound expected to remain closed for remainder of day

The westbound main lanes of Interstate 10 at the 610 East Loop are expected to remain closed all day.  The freeway was shut down at midnight Tuesday so crews could make emergency repairs, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.

Virtual reality to possibly cure cravings

Imagine a world where all of your bad cravings and impulses can disappear.  A professor at the University of Houston has created a virtual reality where drug and food addicts can determine what triggers their cravings in order to overcome them.

Veterans Day Freebies to honor servicemen, women

Tuesday is Veterans Day and Houston has a whole host of ways to honor our servicemen and women.

Galveston announces $4.8M beach restoration project, work begins next month

Sand will be dredged from the Galveston Ship Channel for a $4.8 million beach restoration project that begins Dec. 1.

Judge drops charge against Harris County deputy

A Houston judge has dismissed a charge of official oppression against a deputy constable who was filmed kicking a man on the ground.

What it's like to witness executions

Few people have seen as many executions as Michelle Lyons. For 10 years she served as a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It was her job to witness executions so she could answer questions from reporters around the world.

Target Black Friday gift card deals

Black Friday deals are being heard every day now, but can you really beat free money?

Groupon has new way to find great travel deals

Groupon has launched a new app designed to make it easier to find deals on travel.

Smartphone app finds best deals on prescription drugs

Prescription drugs aren’t cheap, but a new smartphone app can help ensure people are getting the lowest prices in their area.

Bellville boy succumbs to cancer

Johnathan Davis, a 10-year-old with stage 4 cancer, passed away Monday afternoon, according to family members.

Plane near Hooks Airport makes forced landing safely

A plane circling around Hooks Airport in Spring made a safe forced landing around 5 p.m. Monday.

Neighbors pack West University land buy meeting

Dozens of homeowners are concerned about a controversial proposal in West University.

Woman's home hit by three drunk drivers

A Kingwood grandmother is afraid to go in her backyard and bedroom.

Judge overturns conviction of state Rep. Ron Reynolds

A Montgomery County judge has overturned the conviction of State Rep. Ron Reynolds, who was convicted Friday on six counts of misdemeanor solicitation of professional employment.

HCSO: Marine veteran shoots home invasion suspect caught climbing into window

A Marine veteran shot a suspected burglar he caught climbing in through the back bedroom window of his west Harris County home.

New details on stolen Super Bowl Rings

The Texans returned from a bye week to discuss their next opponent, but some players talked about how one of their coaches was a burglary victim over the weekend.

Nursing home worker charged with assault

A Houston man is accused of abusing a wheelchair-bound nursing home resident who suffers from dementia.

Traffic stop leads to meth bust with toddler in car

Two men are facing drug charges after deputies say they found methamphetamine in their car during a traffic stop.

McDonald's recalls Happy Meal toy for choking risk

McDonald's is recalling a Hello Kitty-themed whistle given to children in Happy Meals, citing a chance they could choke on some of its parts.

Former Brazoria County deputy convicted on oppression charge

A former Brazoria County deputy has been convicted for groping a woman during a traffic stop.

Children poisoned from eating detergent pods

The colorful, candy-like design of detergent pods may have contributed to an alarming number of children being exposed to chemicals found in laundry detergent, which can be poisonous.

KTRK shooting suspect found not guilty

A woman who fired shots at Channel 13's studios has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.

Ceremony commemorates 100-year history of Houston Ship Channel

Local and elected officials helped celebrate a centennial of success during the Houston Ship Channel's 100 Year re-dedication ceremony Monday. 

Man fatally shot in dispute over family member's cane

During the dispute, the man reportedly tried to take the family member's cane away from him, and both men got into a struggle over the cane.

Cold front arrives Tuesday bringing big temperature drop

A strong cold front is quickly approaching and will arrive on Tuesday. Isolated showers will move in with the cold front, but the tumbling temperatures will be the headlining story.

3rd suspect charged in fatal shooting of security guard at SW Houston game room

A third suspect has been charged in the death of a security guard who was ambushed and shot at a southwest Houston game room on March 27.

Suspect charged in shooting death of man found lying in southwest Houston street

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the fatal shooting of a man found lying dead in a southwest Houston street on Oct. 13.

Police: Woman shoots, kills ex-boyfriend after argument in northeast Houston

A man was killed after he and his ex-girlfriend got into an argument early Saturday morning, according to Houston police. 

1 dead after accident in north Houston

A woman lost control of her vehicle and died after chasing another car, according to Houston police.

European Parliament to honor former president George H.W. Bush

Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored by the European Parliament as part of events marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Pizza Hut's revamp: Curry crusts, balsamic drizzle

Pizza Hut is letting customers play mad scientist, giving them the freedom to make pies with honey Sriracha sauce or add curry flavor to the crusts.

1 injured in accident involving school bus in Mont Belvieu

One person was injured Monday morning in an accident involving a school bus accident in Mont Belvieu.

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Walmart plans to expand organic food selection

The nation's largest grocer wants to make organic food affordable for everyone.

High-tech scrubs said to provide unprecedented protection

Medical scrubs have been around for decades, but a group of Houston men are revolutionizing the industry, promising better protection for hospital staff and their patients.

Man sought in deputy-involved shooting

Investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a man they believe was involved in a shooting in north Harris County.

Woman killed, 3 injured in crash on North Freeway

Crews spent more than three hours investigating the scene of a deadly crash on the North Freeway Monday morning.

Owners turn to wellness plan, health insurance for pets

Most pet owners will do anything for their four-legged family members, but when animals get injured or sick the price tag can be overwhelming. That's why more pet owners are now turning to wellness plans or health insurance for their pets.

Gunmen loose after robbing sports bar and patrons

Several armed and dangerous thieves are on the run after robbing La Copa Sport Bar and everyone inside in Northwest Houston.

Man saves woman in SE Houston apartment fire

A man saved a woman hanging out of her window during an apartment fire in southeast Houston.

Police: 5 arrested after SWAT called in for possible kidnapping

Five people were taken into custody early Sunday morning after SWAT was called in for a possible kidnapping in southwest Houston, according to Houston police. 

Texas Senate's top insurgent becomes its chief

Dan Patrick was elected lieutenant governor of Texas after serving in the state senate since 2007.

1 dead after house fire in Montgomery County

The Montgomery County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating a fatal house fire in Willis.

Facebook page leads police to phone theft ring

Authorities say a Facebook page helped lead to the arrest of members of a South Texas cellphone theft ring.

Police: Man dies after chasing dog onto street

A West Texas man who police say was chasing a dog has been killed after being hit by a school bus.

3 die in suspected drunken-driving crash

Three people have been killed in a North Texas crash involving a suspected drunken driver.

VIDEO: Bright streak of light in the sky captured on dash cam

YouTube user 'shadeth' posted dash cam video of what he described as a bright green shooting star or meteor in San Antonio Saturday evening. Local 2 cannot confirm that this was a meteor, but many people reported seeing similar fireballs falling from the sky. 

Arson investigators looking into SW Houston house fire

The Houston Fire Department is trying to determine what started a house fire in southwest Houston early Sunday morning. 

HCSO: Driver crashes through fence into backyard, flown to hospital

A driver had to be cut out of his car and flown to hospital after he drove his car into a backyard in northwest Harris County Saturday night. 

3-year-old who fell in pool pronounced dead

A 3-year-old who fell in a pool was pronounced dead on arrival at an area hospital.

Boy with cancer celebrates Christmas early

A 10-year-old boy with stage 4 cancer is celebrating Christmas early.

Texans assistant coach: 3 Super Bowl rings taken from house

Texans linebacker coach Mike Vrabel was the victim of a burglary at his house in Bellaire.

FAA investigating experimental aircraft crash in Brazoria County

One person was on board a crash at an airfield in Angleton.

Nissan recalls 52,000 vehicles for faulty air bags

Nissan is recalling more than 52,000 vehicles for passenger air bags that can explode with too much force and send shards of metal into the passenger compartment.

Rice professor releases study on Hispanics in Houston

A Rice University sociologist presented what he called a “first of its kind report” about Hispanics in Houston on Wednesday.

Galveston man arrested on gun, drug charges at Lone Star Rally

A Galveston man was arrested during the Lone Star Rally around 1 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of 23rd Street and Strand Avenue.

Officers cleared in 2013 non-fatal shooting in Austin

Three Central Texas police officers have been cleared by a grand jury for their roles in a shooting last year.

Two in custody after attempts to steal from Global Stainless Steel company

Two suspects are in custody after attempting to steal metal from Global Stainless Supply on Mesa Road.

Abandoned house destroyed in fire on S. Strack

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a suspicious fire at an abandoned house at Spiller Drive and South Strack Road.

Man takes police on chase, faces possible DWI charges

A man was arrested after a short chase in Southwest Houston late Friday night. 

Galveston plays host to Lone Star Rally

Motorcycle enthusiasts are encouraged to attend one of the biggest rallies in the country in Galveston.

Driveway city promised to repair remains torn up

Terri Smith and her family have to come home and see the same ugly sight every day for the past two months -- a torn-up driveway that the city of League City has been promising to repair since August.

Authorities investigating triple shooting in Wharton County

Wharton police spent several hours combing a neighborhood off Kingston Drive near Dunraven Lane looking for evidence and picking up shell casings Friday.

Revitalization in the works for Midtown district

A group wants to change the face of Midtown by bringing in a new park and renovating streets.

Houstonian appears in viral aerobics video of Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off'

Have you seen the viral video mashup of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off" with an aerobics video? It turns out there's a Houston connection to the video.

Weekend traffic alert: Beltway 8 closure

There's a big traffic alert for drivers starting Saturday night.

3 sought in strip club kidnapping

Galveston deputies are looking for three people who robbed the Oceans Cabaret and attacked the co-owner, his girlfriend and one of the dancers.

Rooster mystery: What's killing them?

A Riverside Park resident says dead roosters keep popping up at the exact same spot in her neighborhood.

Pasadena High School student accused of raping student at school

A Pasadena Independent School District student is facing second-degree felony charges after investigators say he confessed to sexually assaulting another student.

Is grease being poured down storm drain?

Neighbors in the Sharpstown area say they've seen employees at a nearby food truck, Antojito Hondurenos, dumping something down a storm drain.

Astronaut takes on challenge of triathlons

A NASA astronaut came up with the idea for racing a triathlon when he was away from the planet. When he returned, he picked the toughest on the planet.

Evacuated store in Jersey Village given all-clear

A Sam's Club in the Jersey Village area has been evacuated because of a suspicious package. A robot is investigating an abandoned suitcase in the parking lot.

Surveillance video released of armed robbery, shooting at nail salon

Surveillance video has been released of a robbery at a nail salon in northwest Harris County where one female employee was shot in the back.

Constable accused of shooting family's dog that got loose

A 2-year-old Rottweiler-boxer is fighting for life after he was shot.

Teen accused of making bomb threats to Texas City middle school

A teenager has been arrested for allegedly making three bomb threats toward a Texas City middle school, but authorities are still investigating two more cases.

Police release sketch of suspect wanted for killing man who saved family

Houston police released a sketch of a suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man who saved the lives of his wife and children by telling them to run before he was shot and killed.

1 injured after car smashes into building

Emergency crews are responding to a scene in northwest Harris County in which a car smashed into a building.

Suspect charged in shooting death of man in west Harris County

A suspect accused in the shooting death of a man on October 30 has been arrested.

Driver crashes into convenience store in Montrose area

A driver accidentally crashed into a gas station and convenience store in the Montrose area early Friday, according to Houston police.

Suspected drug dealer ejected from car and killed during chase

A man was ejected from a vehicle and killed after a chase in north Harris County just after midnight Friday.

PD: Couple beats 3-year-old, hangs him by feet, then buys pizza as boy dies

Authorities say a Pennsylvania couple struck a 3-year-old boy with a frying pan, laughed as they hung him upside down and beat him, and eventually inflicted so many injuries that he died in what a prosecutor described as an "unspeakable act of depravity."

Woman charged with assaulting boyfriend with butcher knife

A woman is accused of attacking her boyfriend with a butcher knife in Santa Fe, Galveston County.

Justices to hear challenge to health law subsidies

The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law. The justices said they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.

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The NFL jerseys women buy the most

Men love football, but so do a growing number of women; and now a new list is out on which jerseys they like to buy the most.

Police search for driver who killed land surveyor, fled

Houston police are looking for the driver who hit and killed a land surveyor in northeast Houston.

Armed, masked men hold up north Houston convenience store

Harris County Sheriff's deputies are searching for two armed robbers who held up a convenience store in north Houston late Thursday.

Man killed attempting to cross street near George Bush Park

A man who was trying to cross a street near George Bush Park was struck and killed by an SUV Thursday night.

Family to robbers: Surrender & we'll pay for your education

A local family, recently robbed, has offered to pay for the robbers' college education.

App helps drivers navigate repair costs

A new smartphone app can help drivers ensure they’re not getting ripped off when it comes to car repair costs.

Freebie Friday, Postal service holiday plan

The U.S. Postal Service is stepping up its game, getting ready for an onslaught of holiday shopping.

Restaurant Report Card: Slime in ice machines & soda gun nozzles

Inspectors found live roaches inside a refrigerator and potentially hazardous meat products at a burger restaurant. 

Youth football team disqualified after coach's actions

A team of 7- and 8-year-old football players are staying sharp through practice in the hopes they'll be playing at least one more game.

Agency makes move to stop teacher-student relationships

It happened nearly 180 times in Texas last school year -- a teacher caught having an inappropriate relationship with a student.

App lets drivers learn about outstanding safety recalls

More than 47 million cars have been recalled this year. It's a staggering number. Even more troubling, one in six cars on Houston roadways have an outstanding safety recall. Now an app is helping you find out if yours is one of them.

Nail salon worker shot during robbery

A female employee at a nail salon was shot in the back during a robbery at a nail salon in northwest Harris County, deputies said.

FBI releases photos of man wanted for 2 Houston bank robberies

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information leading to arrest of a man who has robbed at least two Houston banks. 

Police: Man arrested for setting fire to a mattress in Greenridge town house

Police say a man started a fire inside the town house he lived in after his common-law wife decided to end their relationship. 

Police: Man says girlfriend assaulted him with butcher knife

Police arrested a 36-year-old woman on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Monday. 

Crime Stoppers offers reward for tips on tree-trimming burglary suspects

Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of two people connected to a burglary scheme in the Townwest subdivision. 

Sugar Land's new indoor performing arts center will seat up to 6,400 people

Sketches show Sugar Land's new, indoor performing arts center.  It will sit on more than 38 acres near Highway 59 and University Boulevard.

Fire Department raises money for equipment on crowd-funding website

The Iowa Colony Volunteer Fire Department is asking for your help to raise money to buy equipment that could one day save your life.

NFL says Adrian Peterson must wait for review process

The NFL formally began a review of the star running back's case for potential punishment under the league's personal conduct policy. The NFL informed Peterson on Thursday that his status on paid leave from the Vikings will not change until completion of the process.

Thieves take license plates from disabled veteran's car

The veteran and his wife says their 'disabled veteran' plates were taken from their car while they were grocery shopping in Baytown. 

Perry in court for heated pretrial hearing

Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his first court appearance Thursday but left the dramatics to his attorneys, who argued strenuously that the felony charges against him should be thrown out on technicalities.

1 deputy still in hospital, 1 released after being hit on freeway

The sheriff's office said Thursday that the two deputies had assisted a stranded motorist who was in a lane of traffic on the North Freeway when they were hit.

Baby found abandoned at post office staying in CPS custody

A two-month old boy found abandoned at a southwest Houston post office last month will remain with Child Protective Services for now.

Robotic hands help surgeons minimize invasive surgeries

Robotic hands and 3D imaging are making surgery easier on surgeons and patients. Some patients are reporting less pain and less recovery time.

5 women arrested in Walmart theft ring bust

Five female employees are facing felony charges after investigators say they busted a theft ring at a Houston Walmart.

Final touches on Ice Land exhibit for Moody Gardens Festival of Lights

Moody Gardens is putting the final touches on the Ice Land exhibit for their Festival of Lights event.

Millions of lights installed for Holiday Zoo Lights Extravaganza

In less than two weeks, the Houston Zoo flips the switch on their annual Holiday Zoo Lights Extravaganza. This year is bigger and better with more than 2 million twinkling lights.

UT Rio Grande Valley nickname will be the Vaqueros

The athletic nickname for the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be the Vaqueros, which is Spanish for cowboys.

Crime Stoppers offers reward for tips on fugitive who cut off ankle monitor

A Northeast Houston man, with three active felony warrants, cut-off his ankle monitor Wednesday, and is now a fugitive, police said.

Police: Drunken driver nearly hits officer, crashes BMW into police unit

A driver was arrested Monday after he crashed into a Galveston police car causing it to spin and hit another police unit. 

DSHS: Texas reaches Ebola monitoring endpoint

The last person being monitored in connection with the state’s three diagnosed Ebola patients will be cleared from twice-daily monitoring by the end of the day Friday after reaching the 21-day mark, the longest incubation period for the disease.

Average retail gas prices drop to $2.75 in Texas

Retail gasoline prices across Texas continue to tumble as motorists now are paying a statewide average of $2.75 per gallon.

NASA test flight still on track despite accidents

NASA's biggest test flight in years remains on track for next month, despite last week's space-related accidents.

HPD: Man caught attempting to break into game room in Alief

One man was taken into custody Thursday morning after Houston police say he was caught trying to break into a game room in Alief.

Calls to City Animal Bureau go unanswered

The city of Houston's Bureau of Animal Regulation and Care provides a vital service by making sure stray animals don't become a nuisance, a health concern or a danger. Yet a Local 2 investigation discovered tens of thousands of calls to BARC go unanswered every year.

HPD: Wrong-way driver seriously injured after crashing on Highway 59

A wrong-way driver was sent to the hospital early Thursday after crashing on Highway 59 in the River Oaks area.

American Beagle Outfitters, JCPenny Thanksgiving hours

Many consumers say they want to know if the food they're eating has been altered or modified. But when several states put GMO labeling requirements on the ballot Tuesday, voters rejected the idea.

3-alarm fire burns businesses at Katy shopping center

Business owners are trying to clean up, after a three-alarm fire ripped through a Katy shopping center Wednesday night.

Officials: Lockdown lifted, no one found with gun near Cypress schools

Two schools in Cypress were temporarily placed on lockdown Thursday after someone reported seeing a person with a gun in the area.

Police release sketches of wanted home invaders

Two composite sketches have been released as investigators look for the men responsible for a home invasion last month.

HCSO: Traffic stop leads to discovery of half a million dollars in drug money

A traffic stop last week in east Harris County by a HCSO deputy led to the seizure of nearly $500,000 in drug money.

New Whole Foods Market opens near Galleria

The new Whole Foods near the Galleria is loaded with unique features, including a brew pub.

Smartphone apps make fast food even faster

Fast food is getting even faster thanks to new smartphone apps that let customers order early.

4 restaurants close, dozens lose jobs

The Washington Avenue Corridor is used to business and used to change. But the closure of four once-popular restaurants in just a matter of weeks is catching customers by surprise.

Multiple injuries after vehicle plows into restaurant near NRG Stadium

At least nine people were injured when a vehicle plowed into a restaurant near NRG Stadium in southwest Houston.

Several intruders force way into Cypress home

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion that happened in the 26500 block of Cottage Cypress Lane.

Cold front brings rain to Houston area

The cold front that brought abundant rain to north and central Texas on Election Day has shifted toward the Gulf Coast and is now soaking the southeast part of the state.

'Kissing bug' makes its way into Texas

A Latin American disease is making its way through Texas and the southern part of the United States.

Sketch of man wanted in prostitute sexual assaults released

A man who deputies said has sexually assaulted four prostitutes in east Harris County in the last six weeks is being sought.

2 deputies hit by SUV while trying to help stranded motorist on I-45

Two Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies who were trying to help a disabled motorist were struck by an SUV driver on the North Freeway Wednesday morning.

Ridesharing app Lyft to pause Houston operations

The Lyft ridesharing app has helped a lot of Houstonians get from point A to point B, but soon customers won't be able to rely on Lyft anymore.

Houston cop killer's conviction overturned

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals Wednesday overturned the conviction of a Houston man sentenced to death in the killing of a Houston Police Department officer.

HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade details released

New information was released on Wednesday for the 65th annual HEB Thanksgiving Day Parade in Houston.

Judge blocks city of Houston's same-sex employee benefits program

Mayor Annise Parker's office said the city is preparing an immediate appeal.

Texas governor-elect Abbott begins transition

Republican Greg Abbott is the first new Texas governor in 14 years -- and he did it in a landslide. Abbott held a press conference Wednesday announcing how he plans to initiate the transition process.

Police investigate potential threat at Sam Houston High School

A potential threat put one HISD high school on lockdown Wednesday afternoon, according to school officials.

Sketch of suspect who posed as officer in violent home invasion released

Crime Stoppers has released a sketch of a man wanted for impersonating a police officer during a home invasion.

Ex-NFL cheerleader charged with sex with teen

A former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader and the estranged wife of a prominent Maryland energy executive was arraigned Wednesday in Delaware on charges of having sex with a 15-year-old boy who attends school with at least one of her children.

Sugar Land police search for armed robbers

Two armed robbery suspects who used a stolen credit card at a fast-food restaurant in Houston are being sought by Sugar Land police.

Surveillance photos released of suspects wanted in fast food robberies

Houston police are asking for the public's help in identifying four suspects believed responsible for several robberies of fast food restaurants in the southwest Houston area since August.

Twins charged after deadly shooting at Greenspoint apartments

Houston police investigating the slaying of one man and the wounding of another have arrested 20-year-old twins who allegedly argued with the victims before the gunfire.

Big mess left behind after thieves attempt to steal ATM from NE Houston store

Houston police are investigating the attempted smash-and-grab of an ATM at a northeast Houston convenience store.

Man accused of exposing himself to children in Pearland

Pearland police have arrested a man who is accused of exposing himself to children after they were dropped off by school buses.

Electric car, garage destroyed in northwest Houston fire

The Houston Fire Department is investigating a fire that started in the garage of a home n northwest Houston late Tuesday.

Emojis becoming racially diverse

Emojis, the little pictures you add to text messages, have become wildly popular, but there's been a lack of diversity until now.

Driver arrested after chase ends in crash in northeast Houston

A driver was taken into custody early Wednesday after leading deputies on a chase which ended when he crashed in northeast Houston.

Driver killed, 2 others injured in three-car rollover crash

A woman was killed and two other drivers were injured in a three-vehicle pileup late Tuesday night.

Prevent shipping damage on holiday packages

A few simple tips can stop careless shipping from ruining a holiday surprise this year.

2 men in custody after armed robbery at Popeyes restaurant

Harris County deputies took two men into custody after an armed robbery at a Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Northeast Harris County.

Mold infestation at Spring fire station could add to firefighter response time

A mold infestation at a Spring fire station means firefighters could take longer to respond to emergency calls. 

Abbott defeats Davis, elected Texas governor

Republican Greg Abbott has been elected Texas governor in a decisive victory over Democrat Wendy Davis, whose national star power outshined her flickering candidacy.

Dan Patrick elected Texas lieutenant governor

Tea party-backed state Sen. Dan Patrick has been elected Texas lieutenant governor and will oversee the state Senate.

Harris County DA Anderson elected after Ogg concedes

Kim Ogg, the Democratic candidate for Harris County district attorney, has conceded to the incumbent, Devon Anderson.

Pedestrian struck and killed on Interstate 45

Northbound mainlanes and the HOV lane of Interstate 45 near Gulf Bank Road open after deadly collision shuts them down for several hours.

Katy ISD school bond proposal approved

The Katy Independent School District will add six new campuses and renovate 43 facilities.

Republic Ken Paxton elected Texas attorney general

Republican Ken Paxton has been elected Texas attorney general but could still take office under the cloud of a criminal investigation.

Decision 2014: Complete Election Results

The polls have closed across most of Texas and votes are starting to be tallied. Local 2 News and will bring you complete election results on air, online and on the go.

WATCH LIVE: Local 2 Election Night Webcast

Local 2 has you covered on Election Day with the latest news from around Houston, Texas and the nation, as well as complete election results. Watch our Webcast from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Voters OK billions from Rainy Day Fund for Texas roads

Proposition 1 is a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to spend $1.7 billion dollars from the fund to build, maintain and rehabilitate state highways.

Police: 4 dogs deemed dangerous after they attack, kill beagle in Texas City

Four Texas City dogs are now considered dangerous  after police say they attacked and killed a dog next door.

NFL's Adrian Peterson gets probation, fine in plea deal

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pleads no contest to a lesser charge in the case in which he hit his young son with a switch in Montgomery County.  Peterson is given probation, a fine and community service. 

When is right to stay home from work or school?

When you feel sick but have a big day, the pressure is on.  Or maybe your child has a fever, but there's a big test at school that day. Experts say pushing yourself or your child to perform when sick can actually make the illness worse.

Voters dealing with lockdowns, broken computers at polling locations

Among the myriad issues and problems that popped up on Election Day in Harris County, was a manhunt.

Cy-Fair VFD: 1 injured, 3 homes damaged after contractor causes fire

A mistake by a contractor caused three homes to catch fire in Cypress Tuesday afternoon, according to an official with the Cy-Fair Volunteer Fire Department.

Judge throws out confession ahead of murder trial

A judge has ruled that a confession by a man accused of two 1993 murders will not be admissible when he's tried a third time in January.

Mexico rights commission investigates killings of 3 Texas siblings

Mexican human rights investigators have interviewed employees at an import car lot where the parents of three young Americans shot to death in Mexico say they found their children's vehicles.

Waco man charged with in death of ailing wife, 77

A Central Texas man faces a murder charge after police say he shot and killed his ailing 77-year-old wife at their home.

1 slain, at least 5 sought after Beaumont gunfire

Police are seeking at least five suspects after an argument and gunfire at a Southeast Texas apartment left one man dead.

3 arrested in shooting that left man paralyzed

East Texas police say DNA tests have led to the arrest of three men suspected of a 2012 robbery and shooting that left a victim paralyzed.


Texas Ebola task force recommends 4 risk levels

A Texas task force on Ebola has recommended against mandatory quarantines for cooperating medical workers not showing symptoms unless they are considered high risk.

Perry gets praise, condemnation from Texas voters who have plenty to say about him

Texans who are casting ballots are expressing ambivalence about many statewide candidates but they're more impassioned when talking about departing Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Fans wine, dine with players at Taste of the Texans at NRG Stadium

Houston Texans fans had the opportunity to wine and dine with Texans players, Lady Texans, the Houston Texans Cheerleaders, TORO and Texans Ambassadors at the sixth-annual Taste of the Texans presented by BP at NRG Stadium. The event was held Monday in the Verizon West Club.

HCSO deputy killed in crash laid to rest

Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy Jesse Valdez III, who was killed in a crash last week, was laid to rest Tuesday.

Lockdown lifted at 2 NE Houston elementary schools; suspect in custody

Two schools in northeast Houston were temporarily placed on lockdown Tuesday while Houston police searched for chase suspects in the area, HISD officials confirmed.


Creative ways to control how much Halloween candy your kids eat

Halloween wouldn't be Halloween without the candy, but once collected some parents have come up with creative ways to control their kids' consumption.

Off-duty deputy constable opens fire during restaurant robbery

A Precinct 7 deputy constable was hospitalized Monday after being robbed and attacked at his own restaurant in northwest Houston.

HPD investigates after body found in Ferris Bayou

Houston police are investigating after a man's body was found in Ferris Bayou in southwest Houston Monday night.

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New deals as phone companies try to steal customers from competitors

If you're looking to change phones or plans, right now could be the best time.

Mystery revealed! McDonald's shows how a McRib is made

McDonald’s is opening its kitchen doors to answer a decades-old mystery—what’s in a McRib?

HPD: Armed men flee empty-handed after attempted robbery at Burger King

Three armed and dangerous men are on the run after they attempted to rob a Burger King off Dyna Drive and Aldine Bender early Tuesday, according to Houston Police.

Police searching for man who prompted SWAT situation in east Houston

Houston police are searching for a man who prompted a SWAT situation following a domestic disturbance in east Houston Monday night.

Election Day: polls open this morning

Every major statewide office will get a new occupant after Election Day today, the biggest shake-up of Texas politics in decades. 

More than a dozen charged with financial aid theft

More than one dozen people have been arrested and charged with stealing financial aid money from students at Lone Star College's North campus.

How many Texans will vote on Election Day?

The last night before elections and both major parties are pushing potential voters to head to the polls starting Tuesday morning.

Department of Neighborhoods overwhelmed, understaffed

Houston's Department of Neighborhoods, one of two agencies tasked with responding to property nuisance abatement, is overwhelmed and understaffed, according to the department's director.

DPS announces arrests of 2 Texas 10 most wanted fugitives

Two men on the Texas 10 Most Wanted List have been arrested, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Constable Trevino pleads guilty to misusing taxpayer funds, resigns from post

At the start of his trial, longtime Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino said he was eager to have his day in court and prove his innocence. On Monday, he stood before the judge with his attorney by his side and changed his plea to guilty.

Man convicted in shooting of Stafford officer sentenced to 14 years

A jury has decided the punishment for a man convicted in the shooting of a Stafford police officer. Daniel Cruz was found guilty of aggravated assault of a public servant and has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison.

Tropical moisture could spell trouble on Election Day

A wave of moisture from Hurricane Vance will bring heavy rain to the area.

Candidates make final push to win voters

Candidates in two hotly-contested races spent Monday criss-crossing Harris County..

Deputies: Teen says she was abducted

Chambers County sheriff's deputies are investigating what they call the possible abduction of a Goose Creek Memorial High School student.

BEAT Diabetes partners with Houston restaurants

Fifteen Houston chefs are ready to serve meals in their restaurants to diabetics. The meals meet strict requirements by the American Diabetes Association.

Adrian Peterson reportedly working on plea deal

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is reportedly working on a plea deal for his child abuse case.

Advocate seeks to bring death with dignity to Texas

Debate over right to die continues after Brittany Maynard's death.

Fugitive on Harris County's most wanted list captured

One of the Harris County District Attorney's Office most wanted fugitives has been captured in Mexico.

Buffalo Speedway at Highway 59 reopens ahead of schedule

The Buffalo Speedway project wrapped up Monday.  The road is is back open and ahead of schedule.

Arson investigating 2-alarm fire at northwest Houston warehouse

Arson is investigating the cause of a 2-alarm fire that broke out at a warehouse in northwest Houston Monday morning.

1 injured when tar tank explodes in northwest Harris County

One person was injured when a tar tank exploded at a roofing supply company in northwest Harris County, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal's Office.

Sketches released of men wanted in fatal shooting in north Houston

Houston police are asking for the public's help identifying two suspects wanted in the fatal shooting of a man on Oct. 1.

Financial pitfalls for women to avoid

Mistake number 1: We don't just say "No."

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Report: 3 Things you should not buy at Walmart

Before you go to the grocery store, there are three things you should never buy at Walmart, a recent report says.

Houston Super Bowl host committee unveils its official logo

The Houston Super Bowl Host Committee unveiled its official logo today at the Houston Texans matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Blinn College student from Houston found dead

A Blinn College student has been found slain on a road in Brenham and police are trying to determine what led to the shooting death of the freshman.

Local 2 investigates bullying at local schools

A new school day is exciting for most kids, but for kids who are bullied at school, it's another day of sheer dread, filled with physical pain and emotional torture.

Dispatcher describes finding missing toddler

The woman credited with finding a child taken by his stepfather said she went off a gut-feeling to find 1-year-old Colt Williams.

'Duck Dynasty' star in Houston fighting HERO

"Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson was commanding an audience of thousands of Christian conservatives to ramp up their fight to wipe out HERO, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which bans discrimination against gay and transgender people.

Protesters flock to Houston to support local pastors

The city subpoenaed local pastors last month as part of the new equal rights ordinance. The subpoena has since been rescinded, but the anger remains.

Adrian Peterson to reach plea deal?

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may be working on a plea agreement, according to ESPN.

Police: Man killed in 'freak accident'

A 65-year-old man is dead after what police are calling a "freak accident" Sunday at his home on County Road 2191 in the Tarkington Prairie area.

Man in hospital after drive-by shooting in Liberty County

A man was transported to a Memorial Hermann hospital Saturday after a drive-by shooting in the Raywood area of Liberty County, according to deputies.

Suspect speaks out after Amber Alert canceled for infant

An Amber Alert issued for 1-year-old Colt Williams caught the attention of many Friday night. He was found hours later hundreds of miles away at the Iberia Medical Center in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Motorcyclist slams into side of car, dies on impact in SE Houston

A motorcyclist died after he crashed into a car that was trying to make a left turn, according to Houston police. 

Amber Alert canceled for Liberty County infant boy

The Liberty County Sheriff's Office is looking for a Texas man who left a boy at a Louisiana hospital.

Man dies after home invasion in southeast Houston

A homeowner fights back when he encounters an intruder in his home.

Blinn College student from Houston found dead

A Blinn College student has been found slain on a road in Brenham and police are trying to determine what led to the shooting death of the freshman.

Fire crews work to put out warehouse blaze near Houston Ship Channel

Firefighters worked to put out a blaze at a warehouse in east Houston near the Houston Ship Channel.

Friends of fallen deputy host barbecue benefit

Friends of a Harris County sheriff's deputy killed this week hosted a barbecue Saturday to raise money for his family.

Scientists try to predict number of US Ebola cases

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Top medical experts studying the spread of Ebola say the public should expect more cases to emerge in the United States by year's end as infected people arrive here from West Africa, including American doctors and nurses returning from the hot zone and people fleeing from…

One dead after shooting behind convenience store

A man shot behind a convenience store in Southwest Houston was rushed to the hospital and died Friday night. 

Woman killed in hit-and-run on Eastex Freeway

A woman was hit and killed by a car on U.S. 59 late Saturday, according to police. 

'Man Who Killed Halloween' remembered 40 years later

Trick-or-treating in Deer Park these days is exciting and fun for kids, like anywhere else, but what happened in one neighborhood 40 years ago struck pure fear in children and adults alike until recent years.

1 detained after allegedly stealing HPD cruiser

One person is in custody after he allegedly stole a patrol car that belongs to the Houston Police Department.

Police searching for suspects after robbery near Sharpstown High School

Sharpstown High School was temporarily placed on lockdown Friday afternoon while police searched for robbery suspects in the area, HISD officials confirm.

Fourteen-year-old girl accused of stabbing 16-year-old

Two girls were hospitalized Thursday night after a one of them stabbed the other.

Constable sued for towing confrontation

A Liberty County constable is accused of making threats to employees at a towing company.

Rhetoric intensifies in race for Harris County DA

The race for Harris County district attorney has taken on a heated tone.

Crosby ISD warns parents about Halloween party invitation

A local school district is warning parents about a Halloween party invitation that asks partygoers to bring booze and dress provocatively.

Officer under suspicion of helping armed robbers

A Houston police officer has been relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an interal affairs investigation into criminal conduct.

Dog found dragged and spray-painted

A dog found spray-painted and dragged behind a car is receiving much-needed help from a local shelter.

Authorities keep watch on sex offenders during Halloween

As millions of children across the country dress up as their favorite villain for Halloween, law enforcement officers in Houston watch over the real-life bad guys.

Guilty verdict for man accused of shooting Stafford Officer in the face

A jury has found Daniel Cruz guilty of aggravated assault of a public servant. Cruz convicted in the shooting of Stafford police officer Ann Carrizales, who was shot in the face at point blank range.

Trial of constable accused of misusing taxpayer money underway

Investigators allegedly found checks with forged signatures and were unable to track all the money distributed by Trevino's charity.

Student transported to hospital after stabbing near Madison High

A Madison High School student was transported to the hospital after Houston ISD says he was stabbed during an altercation near the campus.

HFD chief: Firefighters made no mistakes on day of deadly blaze at Southwest Inn

No mistakes were made by the firefighters who responded to the inferno at the Southwest Inn in May 2013, Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison announced Friday. That fire killed four firefighters and injured several others.

Wines to pair with Halloween candy

Great Wine News has released its list of wine pairings for Halloween candy.

Boy, 6, hit and killed by pickup truck at apartment complex

Houston police are investigating a tragic accident in which a 6-year-old boy was killed.

Ryan Phillips

Trending: Ultimate JJ Watt fan sports ultimate JJ costume

The ultimate JJ Watt fan wins Halloween with her epic JJ Watt costume!

Firefighters battle early-morning blaze at warehouse in Deer Park

Firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked a warehouse fire on Railroad Avenue in Deer Park.

Houston firefighter treated for minor burns after duplex fire

A Houston firefighter was transported to the hospital with minor burns on his hands after a fire at a duplex Friday morning.

Man shot, killed while standing in driveway of SW Houston home

Houston police are searching for a suspect who shot and killed a man outside a southwest Houston home Thursday night.

Man accused of dangling baby son over balcony

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office has charged a Houston man after deputies say he dangled his infant son over a second story balcony.

Sources: Passenger in vehicle with woman charged in deputy's death arrested

Law enforcement sources tell Local 2 that the passenger who was riding in a car with a woman charged in connection with the death of a Harris County deputy has been taken into custody.

Mega Millions jackpot climbs to $284M for Halloween

Lucky Mega Millions players might get a big treat Halloween night.

Local 2 Investigates: Potentially deadly guardrails on Houston roads

A Local 2 investigation found the same guardrails that several states have stopped installing due to safety concerns line many Houston roadways.

Pedestrian struck by hit-and-run driver in Greenspoint

Houston police are looking for the hit-and-run driver who struck a man crossing a street in Greenspoint early Friday.

Police: Man pushed, punched 8-year-old boy

A man is charged with endangering a child after he punched an 8-year-old on Wednesday, according to police

Woman sentenced for putting gun in student's backpack

A woman was sentenced to three years in state prison Thursday for putting a gun into a middle school student's backpack. 

Man charged with assaulting four, 1 of them elderly

A man is being held in the Harris County Jail with no bond after he assaulted four family members, according to police. 

Vigil held for deputy killed in head-on crash

About 100 friends and colleagues of Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Jesse Valdez III lit candles and tearfully shared stories where he took his last breath.

Students forced to make quick decisions about firing weapons in simulation

In a professional simulation students in the Citizens' Police Academy are forced to make split-second decisions about when to fire a weapon. 

Man drives Jaguar over Top Golf course, patrons pelt car with golf balls

Houston police said they went out to Top Golf along the Katy Freeway and State Highway 6 after a man reportedly started driving his car over the course. 

Man arrested, charged with murder in 2012 stabbing case

A man has been arrested in a deadly stabbing that happened in south Houston in 2012. 

Getting the best deals at outlet stores around Texas

Consumer Reports surveyed thousands of shoppers to find out which outlet stores give you the best deal for your dollar. 

Katy ISD $748 million bond proposal a hot-button issue

The $748 million bond proposal includes building six new schools across the district, many in new Katy developments, as well as a new football stadium next to the old one.

Restaurant Report Card: Off-temperature food and meat in a mop sink

Headed to the movies? How about a bite to eat at Studio Movie Grill in City Centre? When health inspectors stopped by, they said there was black and yellow mildew in the ice machines, and a broken grill drawer that left raw chicken, burgers and cheese too warm.

Jury seated in trial of Harris County constable accused of misusing taxpayer money

A jury has been seated in the trial of Harris County Precinct 6 Constable Victor Trevino. The 12 jurors and one alternate will begin hearing testimony in the case Friday at 9:30 a.m.

City to pursue legal action against business that cut down several trees

The City of Houston says it is pursuing legal action against those responsible for cutting down more than half a dozen oak trees along the street outside a Wendy's restaurant near West University Place. 

Charges re-filed against Santa Fe woman accused in death of 4-year-old

An arrest warrant has been issued for Laura Kolb after a grand jury re-indicted her in the death of her boyfriend's 4-year-old daughter.  Charges were dropped earlier because of a mistake made by a medical examiner.

Death of girl found wrapped in blankets in refrigerator ruled a homicide

The death of a girl whose body was found wrapped in blankets inside a refrigerator at a southwest Houston apartment has been ruled a homicide.  According to records, the primary cause of death for 9-year-old Ayahna Comb is malnutrition and dehydration.

Police searching for two people who tried to steal truck in Timbergrove

Houston police officers are looking for two men who they say tried to steal a truck in the Timbergrove neighborhood early Thursday morning. 

Portion of southwest Houston Buddhist temple collapses

Police closed off a Buddhist temple in southwest Houston after a portion of the building collapsed Thursday morning.

Superheroes wash windows for sick kids at Texas Children's Hospital

A team of superheroes helped sick kids get into the Halloween spirit Thursday morning as they washed windows at Texas Children's Hospital.

METRO police rescind endorsement of Kim Ogg for DA

The METRO Police Union has officially rescinded its endorsement of Democrat Kim Ogg for Harris County district attorney. The union said its decision came after Ogg referenced the death of Harris County deputy sheriff Jesse Valdez III during an unrelated news conference.

1 injured when boats catch fire at marina near Kemah Boardwalk

One person was injured Thursday afternoon when a boat caught fire in Kemah, according to authorities.

Parolee charged in crash that killed deputy appears before judge

A woman who authorities say killed a Harris County deputy in a crash Wednesday morning was wheeled into court Thursday to face a judge. Investigators believe Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, was under the influence when she caused the crash that killed Deputy Jesse Valdez III.

Police investigate after loaded handgun found at Klein Forest High School

A loaded handgun was found at Klein Forest High School after campus staff were alerted that a student might have a weapon Thursday. 

HCSO: Two people caught after car chase that ends in Greenspoint neighborhood

Two people were arrested after a car chase in North Houston Thursday afternoon. 

Police: Extra officers at George Ranch High School after rumors of shooting

Rumors about a shooting at George Ranch High School prompted police to place extra officers on campus Thursday. 

Card cracking schemes on the rise in the Houston area

If you've had it with skyrocketing bank fees, a new crime trend hitting the Houston area is partly to blame. Harris County financial crimes investigators say card cracking cases are on the rise.

Houston sixth-grader writes book to help her overcome bullying

A Houston middle school student is battling bullying with her own book. 

Friends honor fallen HCSO deputy with memorial, fundraiser

Deputy Jesse Valdez's competitive barbecue team met Wednesday night like they always do, but they were missing the man they say held them together.

Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine; goes on a bike ride

A nurse who vowed to defy Maine's voluntary quarantine for health care workers who treated Ebola patients followed through on her promise Thursday, leaving her home for a bike ride.

UPS & FedEx announce busiest shipping days

Last year many people didn't get their holiday packages delivered in time for Christmas, so shoppers better ship early this year.

1 man killed, another injured in shooting at apartments in Greenspoint

One man was killed and another was injured in a shooting in the Greenspoint area Wednesday night.

Halloween family fun for after trick-or-treating

Since Halloween falls on a Friday night this year, there are a ton of activities in the Houston area for families looking to have a little more fun after trick-or-treating.

13-year-old boy dies 10 days after he was hit by a car

A 13-year-old has died, 10 days after he was hit by a car in northwest Harris County. 

Woman, 3 cats escape house fire in Mayde Creek

A woman and her three cats escaped a fire at a home in Mayde Creek Thursday morning.

New PTSD treatments help veterans

They fight the enemy and witness death and destruction before returning home. But sadly, the mental effects of war don't go away for many veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder.

PD: Robbers shoot store security guard in leg, use customer as human shield

A security guard working inside the Big City Food store in the 10300 block of Homestead was shot in the leg by two robbers who then escaped Wednesday night. 

Veteran finds home after legal battle over service dog

A veteran refused to give up, fighting to keep his service dog when a realty agency tried to ban his special companion. The case ended up settling, but Sgt. Derek Kolb is fighting for rights of all veterans who have service dogs.

Houston police searching for burglars who stole family's TVs, new car

Houston police are looking for a couple of burglars who stole from a home in Meyerland Tuesday and took the family's new car. 

Deputy's death becomes issue in Harris County District Attorney race

A war of words regarding a Harris County Sheriff's deputy death has emerged in a contentious political campaign. 

Parolee charged in crash that killed deputy in northeast Harris County

A woman who was released from prison on parole earlier this month has been charged in a crash that killed a deputy Wednesday morning, Harris County sheriff's deputies said.

Google's latest project: Pill to search your body for illness

It might be years before we see the pill in use, but research is already underway.

Firefighters battle 2-alarm fire at north Houston flea market

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked a fire that damaged a flea market in north Houston early Wednesday.

El Tiempo 1308 Cantina moving after losing lease

A popular Mexican restaurant in Montrose will be moving after losing its lease.

Mayor withdraws subpoenas issued to Houston pastors in HERO lawsuit

Houston Mayor Annise Parker has decided to withdraw the subpoena of sermons and other communications belonging to several pastors in a lawsuit involving the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. 

Grandmother says student's skin disease caused by unsanitary school equipment

Some parents in Livingston are blaming a case of Impetigo on unsanitary school equipment. 

Questions still surround unmanned rocket explosion in Virginia

The head of Orbital Sciences vows to return to space flight after he finds out what happened when the company's Antares rocket exploded over a launch pad in Virginia Tuesday night.

Trial begins for man accused of shooting Stafford officer in face

A Stafford police officer shot in the face at point blank range testified in court Wednesday.

Pct. 4: Homeowner shoots 2 women caught breaking into Atascocita home

A homeowner shot two women who were breaking into his Atascocita home Wednesday afternoon, deputies said.

4 women charged with sex-trafficking of minors in Houston

Federal prosecutors say four women have been arrested for sexual trafficking of minors after it was discovered they operated several apartments in Houston as brothels.

NHL legend, Houston Aeros player Gordie Howe resting after stroke in Lubbock

The family of Gordie Howe, known as Mr. Hockey, says the hockey Hall of Famer's condition remains "guarded" but his spirits are good after a significant stroke Sunday.

Obama praises doctors fighting Ebola in Africa

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at an event with American health care workers fighting Ebola. 

PD: 3 men caught stealing from Victoria's Secret in Deerbrook Mall

Arkele Wilson, Theron Davis and Deddrick Demon Arceneaux were charged with organized retail theft.

Police release surveillance video in downtown Houston death

Houston police release surveillance video of a person wanted for questioning after a man was found dead in a downtown parking garage. 

Cold front moves through, leading to coolest fall weekend so far

The first of two cold fronts to push through southeast Texas will clear the Gulf Coast by Wednesday evening.  This front will result in modest temperature drops and a noticeable decrease in humidity.  Our second cold front, the stronger of the two, will push through the area Friday and bring the…

Man stabbed to death at apartment complex in southwest Houston

A man is dead after residents found him stabbed to death in an apartment complex parking lot at Nairn Road and Gessner in Southwest Houston.

Man charged after allegedly confessing to wife, pastor about toddler's rape

Earl David Mckenna, 34, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years of age and two counts of super aggravated sexual assault of a child under 6, according to court records.

Karate instructor sentenced for child porn

An east Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for child pornography violations.

Ronald Seabridge, Sr., 60, of Lumberton, was found guilty by a jury in February of receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography.  On Tuesday a judge sentenced him to 235 months in federal…

'Spooktacular' deals for families this Halloween

While kids get excited about all the candy they’ll collect on Halloween, parents can also look forward to some sweet deals.

Motorcyclist killed in crash near Baybrook Mall

Houston police are investigating a fatal motorcycle crash that happened in southeast Houston Tuesday night.

1 charged, 2 others wanted in Popeye's restaurant robbery

One man has been charged and two others are wanted in a fast-food restaurant robbery that resulted in an off-duty officer opening fire on the suspects.

Sketch released of man wanted in kidnapping, robbery in Sugar Land

A sketch has been released of a man wanted for kidnapping a man and forcing him at gunpoint to withdraw money from an ATM in Sugar Land.

HPOU: Thousands of officers needed

The Houston Police Department is in need of more manpower because of a staff shortage.

SUV strikes, kills elderly man crossing street in Spring Branch

An elderly man is dead after an accident on Kempwood and Campbell in Spring Branch on Tuesday night.

Man shot during violent carjacking in northwest Houston

Houston police are searching for a group of men who they say shot another man during a violent carjacking in northwest Houston overnight.

Buffalo Wild Wings raising prices

If you're planning on having chicken wings at your next Sunday football party, your tab is about to get more expensive.

Recall issued after shrapnel flies out of airbags

Four deaths and dozens of injuries have been reported, linked to faulty airbags that can send shrapnel flying into a driver's face. More than 12 million vehicles are currently under recall to repair the airbags.

Local students' experiments on board NASA rocket that exploded

We told you on Monday that students from Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School were going to send a pair of experiments on the rocket to the ISS. The school confirmed to Local 2 that the students' experiments were on board the rocket that exploded.

Students arrested after dozens of stolen calculators found

Two Houston Independent School District students were arrested after police said the pair was caught with several dozen Texas Instrument calculators.

Habitat for Humanity hosts Building a Dream conference

Habitat for Humanity hosted its Building A Dream Conference at the Junior League of Houston on Tuesday.

Screening concerns arise after pastor exposed himself to minor

An attorney wants churches to stop holding recruitment events at schools until they explain their screening process.

Indictment filed over apartment water pollution

A grand jury issued two indictments alleging a management company allowed  sewage to flow from an apartment complex into Buffalo Bayou.

Student waiting for bus says 2 men in van tried to grab her

A Conroe High School student told Local 2 that two men in a van tried to grab her while she was waiting for a school bus Monday morning.

Mom accused of leaving 7-year-old son home alone

A southeast Houston mother is facing charges after deputies said she left her 7-year-old son home alone for at least four hours.

Two cold fronts could bring coolest weather so far this fall to Houston

After a warm start to the week, two cold fronts will push through Houston to bring back cool weather for the weekend.

Convenience stores under suspicion of food stamp fraud raided

Several people were being arrested Tuesday as authorities raided several convenience stores on the northeast side of town.

Search for two men allegedly breaking into homes in Fort Bend County

Fort Bend County deputies are looking for two men who they say are breaking into homes in the middle of the day.

New ID law prevents veteran from voting

An election worker at the multi-service Center on West Gray Street near downtown Houston said a 93-year-old veteran went home Sunday without voting because he did not have the required identification.

Pastors from across US join subpoenaed pastors at HERO press conference

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance battle has crossed state lines as local pastors were joined by pastors from across the nation at a Tuesday press conference.

Mom killed, kids injured when pickup truck crashes along East Freeway

A mother was killed and her two children were injured after their pickup truck crashed in east Houston Tuesday morning.

Veteran impacted by Hurricane Ike gets new home

Vietnam veteran Mike Hudgens and his wife Gwenna have a new house after being displaced by Hurricane Ike six years ago.

Phil Collins Alamo artifacts arrive in San Antonio

British pop star Phil Collins has handed over his vast collection of artifacts related to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution to the state of Texas.

2 injured, big rig loses load in accident near Katy

Two people were injured Tuesday when an 18-wheeler and a pickup truck collided north of Katy.


President Obama delivers remarks on the Ebola outbreak and response.

President Barack Obama to deliver remarks on the Ebola outbreak and response at 1:55 p.m.  Watch the live stream on

Houston babysitter charged in connection with toddler's scalding death

A Houston woman was arrested and charged after an investigation into a child's scalding death.

Body found in downtown Houston parking garage identified

Cory Roussell, 27, suffered apparent blunt force trauma to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.

HFD: Man believed to have mental issues steals ambulance from Ben Taub

A man is in custody after being accused of stealing an HFD ambulance.

2 children injured in school bus accident in northeast Houston

Two children were taken to the hospital Tuesday morning after a school bus accident in northeast Houston, HISD officials confirm.

Amazon raises stakes in battle for your TV

Amazon is stepping up its game in the battle for control of your TV.

Save on TV bills by cutting the cord

One of the best ways for a family to save money each month is to cut their cable bill, and thanks to a plethora of alternatives, it’s easier than ever.

Two drivers airlifted after major vehicle accident

Two people are in critical condition after a major vehicle accident on FM 2920 and Meadow Hill in North Harris County Tuesday morning.

Friendswood police looking for car burglar

Friendswood police are trying to catch a criminal who has been breaking into cars in the area.

Misplaced evidence prompts dismissal of murder charges

A charge of murder was dismissed against a Santa Fe woman Monday after Galveston County prosecutors discovered crucial pieces of evidence had been misplaced by the Medical Examiner's Office.

Mom of youth pastor’s victim breaks silence

The mother of a girl who was targeted by her youth pastor says the pastor exposed himself online via Skype during secret video-chat sessions. For the first time, the girl’s mother spoke publicly and only to Local 2 Investigates.

Political dart board offends voters at League City polling place

A controversial dart board at a polling place causes a stir among voters.

Could you be a vampire and not know it?

Blood sucking, dark and evil -- the images have become part of modern pop culture, but Local 2 is learning Houston has its own self-proclaimed vampire community that isn't quite as dark.

Fatal accident causes closure of 290 westbound lanes

A wreck involving a motorcycle is causing traffic backups on Highway 290.

Houston woman charged with child abandonment

A Houston woman is facing charges after she allegedly abandoned her child.

Strangers sending Bibles to Mayor Parker

Houston Mayor Annise Parker acknowleged Monday that her office had received Bibles from across the country following a protest campaign.

1 dead, 1 injured after crash in Katy area

One person is dead another is being flown to the hospital via LifeFlight after an accident at Fry Road and Morton Road.

6-year-old battling rare cancer becomes a Texas State Trooper

A 6-year-old battling a rare type of cancer became an honorary Texas State Trooper on Monday thanks to the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Houston Police Department.

Teachers complain over violence at Spring High School

An emergency meeting was held for faculty at Spring High on Monday afternoon to talk about handling internal issues in-house.

Can Proposition 1 save Texas roads?

Texas lawmakers want you to approve money from the rainy day fund for use on state roadways.

Are falling gas prices hurting Houston's economy?

Drivers are pumped up about falling gas prices, which are at their lowest in four years. But in Houston, a city that depends on the oil and gas industry, could there be a downside to the windfall?

Teacher accused of making party drug in class

One Bellaire High School teacher is accused of going too far with a class experiment.

Man accused of slapping stepdaughter over curfew

Pasadena police charged Chad Allen Shoubroek with injury to a child for allegedly slapping his 12-year-old stepdaughter in the face, said Pasadena police spokesman Vance Mitchell.

Man's body found in downtown Houston parking garage

Local 2 has learned new information about a disturbing discovery downtown. Police believe a man who was badly beaten ran inside the CenterPoint Energy garage at Louisiana and Dallas streets just moments before he died.

Advocacy group says to avoid Chipotle, Starbucks and Five Guys

Starbucks, Chipotle and Five Guys might all be stops during your regular lunch hours, but The Center for Science in the Public Interest finds them guilty of some of the worst menu items you can choose to eat.

Children accused of vandalizing job site

Local 2 has exclusive surveillance images of small children accused of doing serious damage to a construction site on Houston's north side.

DA: Officer accused of asking for sex favors in exchange for no jail time

Authorities are looking for other potential victims after a local school district police officer was accused of asking a woman for sexual favors in exchange for not taking her to jail.

Woman killed in wreck on Highway 225 after car crushed by 18-wheeler

Pasadena police are investigating a the death of a woman whose car was crushed beneath an 18-wheeler in a chain reaction accident Monday morning on Highway 225 westbound near Preston Road.

North Loop east at Wallisville reopens after deadly crash

A woman was killed Monday afternoon after her car slammed into the back of an 18-wheeler on the 610 North Loop.

2 hospitalized after SUV, METRO bus collide downtown

Two people were taken to a hospital after a traffic accident. The extent of their injuries is unknown at this time.

PD: Drive-thru bandit strikes two Friendswood businesses

Friendswood police are searching for a burglary suspect who gained access to two restaurants through the drive-thru windows.

Hwy 59 reopens at FM 2218 in Rosenberg after downed power lines

Both directions of Highway 59 have reopened at FM 2218 in the Rosenberg area after crews removed downed power lines.

HPD : Driver killed after running stop sign in southeast Houston

Houston police are investigating a fatal traffic accident that happened in southeast Houston on Sunday night.

Complaint dismissed against judge accused of racist remarks

In a ruling from August 2014, a special committee in the District of Columbia appointed to consider the allegations dismissed the complaint of judicial misconduct against U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Edith Jones.

Friends gather to honor Brazosport High School student killed in crash

Friends and family gathered to pay tribute to a Brazosport High School student who was killed in a car crash Friday night after leaving a homecoming dance.

Police search for 3 suspects in smash-and-grab robbery

There's an active search in north Houston for three men involved in a smash-and-grab robbery in a different part of town.

HPD: Kids injured during altercation between grandmother, their mom

A woman has been charged after injuring her grandchildren during an altercation with their mother, according to Houston police.

Local students set to send experiments to International Space Station

A local prep school's newest project is out of this world.

HPD: Man shot in face by his own gun after toddler picks it up

Houston police said a man was shot while trying to take a loaded gun away from a 3-year-old boy.

Revolutionary knee replacement saves healthy ligaments

Last year, more than 600,000 knee replacements were performed in the US and with the aging baby boomer population that number continues to go way up.

Freebie alert! Free food around town thanks to Houston Texans win

No need to pack your lunch today, thanks to the Houston Texans' win, there are plenty of free food offers for you to take advantage of.

Woman charged with intoxication manslaughter after causing head-on collision

A head-on collision in northwest Harris County killed one woman and sent another to the hospital Saturday night.

New ride sharing service to shuttle children

Uber and Lyft have brought the ride sharing concept to mainstream; now a new company wants to help busy parents out, by giving their kids a lift!

Man walking in north Harris County critically injured after struck by car

Harris County sheriff's deputies say a man hit by a car early Monday morning is in critical condition.

Dozens of stores offer free shipping with no minimum purchase

This holiday season at least 45 retailers are offering free shipping with no minimum purchase.

Masked men rob Harris County restaurant

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is looking for two masked armed robbers of a fast food restaurant.

I-Cloak protects you from online spying

Every time you shop online, you're letting strangers into your life. That's why one man created a brand new device that essentially keeps you invisible online.

Brazosport High School student killed in crash

A memorial site is growing outside Brazosport High School in honor of senior Lessly Acuna, who was killed in an accident over the weekend.

Man trapped, killed in Splendora house fire

A man in his late 50's died in a house fire in Montgomery County late Saturday night. 

Man who admitted to killing 2 boys to be released

A Texas man who unexpectedly pleaded guilty to killing his two adopted stepsons in 1986 after years of claiming his innocence was set to be released from prison and sent to an Austin halfway house on Monday.

Down in polls, Texas' Davis recalls own comebacks

Reminding worshippers of overcoming long odds in her personal life, Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Sunday urged reliable Democratic voters at black churches to turnout in the face of predictions that she needs a miracle to win.

Teen fatally hits boy while learning to drive

Police say a 16-year-old North Texas girl learning how to drive killed a 12-year-old boy while backing out of a driveway.

World War II veteran's 90th birthday wish comes true

A World War II veteran is celebrating his 90th birthday in a big way.

George P. Bush says dad 'moving forward' on 2016

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is "moving forward" on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he will enter the Republican field, according to his son.

Spectacular Sunday weather punctuates perfect weekend

Our current trend of fantastic fall days will continue for your Sunday.

METRO police investigating how truck got on rail tracks

METRO police are investigating after a truck somehow ended up on the rail tracks near Fulton and King Streets early Saturday morning. 

Crash kills woman in northwest Harris Co.

One person is dead after a traffic accident that happened at Bammel North Houston Road and the North Sam Houston Parkway.

Straight Talk From The Candidates special on Local 2

You can watch the special live on Local 2 and on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. [NOTE: KPRC does not endorse any of the candidates.]

Family, friends remember murdered mom

Family and friend remember a mother who was found by her two sons shot to death in her bedroom in the Alief area.

Militia member facing federal gun charge

Authorities say they found thousands of rounds of ammunition in the motel room of a militia member who was arrested after a friendly fire incident involving a Border Patrol agent.

HCSO seeks armed drug store robber

Harris County investigators need your help finding the man who held a drug store clerk at gunpoint and took off with cash.

Phil Collins' Alamo artifacts to arrive in Texas

Singer Phil Collins' vast collection of artifacts related to the 1836 Battle of the Alamo and the Texas Revolution that he's donating to Texas is set to arrive in the state.

Texas pastor resigns after prostitution arrest

Officials say a pastor at a Texas Panhandle church has resigned after being arrested on a prostitution charge.

Hockley woman accused of neglecting horses

A veterinarian in Hockley is being accused of animal neglect by her neighbors.

Man charged in hit-and-run death of 64-year-old

Police took a driver into custody Thursday morning, after they said he hit a pedestrian and sped away from the scene of the crash.

Man thrown from pickup truck in Spring crash

A man is in the hospital after he was thrown from his pickup truck during an overnight accident in Spring.

Judge puts Wheatley High School demolition on hold

The demolition of a school in the Houston Independent School District has been put on hold pending the outcome of a trial in December.

Family escapes 2-alarm house fire in Katy

The Harris County fire marshal is investigating what sparked a two-alarm house fire in Katy late Friday night. 

Search for more victims of HIV-infected man charged with raping toddler, girl

Houston police are searching for more possible victims of a man who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and a 23-month-old girl, infecting them both with HIV.

As Halloween festivities ramp up, weather plays no tricks

If you're headed out to take part in any Halloween festivities this weekend, our weather will cooperate beautifully.

HCSO: Man poses as cop to assault women

A man investigators say posed as a police officer tried to rape two women at a business in the Bear Creek area.

Daycare thief asks stranger for help

A man helped police catch a thief breaking into a southwest Houston daycare Friday morning.

Parker's DPS tweets cause social media stir

Houston Mayor Annise Parker made national news again when her daughter had issues getting a driver's license.

Teacher, district spar over fight at Spring High School

The Spring School District is recommending the school board fire a technology teacher at Spring High School after an incident Thursday involving the teacher and a student, but the teacher has his own version of the events and claims he has already resigned.

Warrants issued for man suspected in 5 home burglaries

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is asking for help finding a man suspected in five home burglaries in the Wind Rose subdivision in Spring, North Harris County.

2 armed, masked men rob Houston bank

Police need the public's help to find two men who robbed a Chase Bank in southeast Houston.

New Caney family loses home, pet and charity in fire

A Montgomery County family is trying to pick up the pieces after a fire destroyed their home and the charity they run out of it Thursday night.

Man who allegedly slit girlfriend's throat, stabbed boss arrested

The man who allegedly stabbed his girlfriend and slit her throat, then drove to work and stabbed his boss has been arrested, according to authorities. A source told Local 2 Investigates the motive for the crime was "jealousy."

SWAT standoff ends with man in custody after stabbing

Neighbors in a southwest Houston apartment complex had to evacuate Friday morning after a stabbing suspect barricaded himself inside a friend's apartment.

Police: Man throws his dog at window of Starbucks

Houston police have charged a man with cruelty to animals after they said he allegedly threw his Chihuahua at the window of a southwest Houston Starbucks.

Wrecker driver tails stolen truck until deputies arrive and chase begins

An alert wrecker driver helped nab a suspected truck thief by following the truck until authorities could arrive.

Burglars smash windows at post office in north Houston

Houston police are searching for burglars who smashed a couple of windows at a post office in north Houston early Friday.

League City clinic reopens after Ebola precautionary quarantine

A medical clinic in League City has reopened after patients and staff were quarantined as a precaution after a person seeking treatment exhibited Ebola-like symptoms, according to the Galveston County Health District. A medical worker said the sick person had recently traveled from Africa.

Local 2 hosts Town Hall to answer your Ebola questions

What questions do you have about Ebola in our community? Local 2 hosted an Ebola town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014 to answer your questions.

Freebie Friday: Movies, pumpkins and burgers

Strap on your proton packs and get ready for some free activities this weekend.

New York mayor gives update after 1st Ebola case in NYC

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio provides an update on Dr. Craig Spencer's condition and the city's response to Ebola. 

Arson investigating house fire at Third Ward home

Investigators are trying to determine if a fire that damaged a Third Ward home Thursday night was intentionally set.

NIH: Dallas nurse free of Ebola, will be released from hospital

The National Institutes of Health said Friday Dallas nurse Nina Pham is now free of Ebola and will be released from the hospital.  Watch the live stream on

Man, woman involved in Ben Taub Hospital murder-suicide ID'd

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences released the names of the man and woman involved in the murder-suicide at Ben Taub Hospital Wednesday. 

Dog given oxygen after duplex catches fire in Spring Branch

Houston firefighters saved the life of a family pet who was trapped in a house fire in Spring Branch late Wednesday.

Walmart Shopping App Gives You Money Back

Everybody wants to save money; but not all of us are willing to take the time to clip coupons and review sales ads. Now there's a new app that takes the work out of comparison shopping.

Driver killed after crashing into utility pole in northwest Harris County

A driver was killed early Friday after crashing into a utility pole in northwest Harris County.

HPD: Sawed-off shotgun found in car after police chase ends in SE Houston

A man was taken into custody early Friday after leading police on a chase in southeast Houston.

HCSO: Driver caught street racing over 100 mph leads deputies on chase

A street racer was arrested early Friday after leading deputies on a chase, which ended in a crash in east Harris County.

Never miss a jackpot with new lotto app

Every year, more than 34 million winning lottery tickets go unclaimed. Now, a new app will make sure ticket buyers don’t miss out on their big prize.

Man claiming to be father of baby found abandoned at post office seeks custody

A man claiming to be the father of a 2-month-old boy abandoned at a southwest Houston post office Wednesday wants custody of his son.

Arsonist sets fire to 3 cars parked in Midtown

Arson units are investigating after someone set fire to three cars parked in Midtown early Friday morning, according to Houston police.

Thieves target 3 different businesses in one shopping center

Thieves target three different businesses in an east Houston shopping center.

Harris County man put on unique probation after deadly accident

A judge gives a Harris County man shock probation after he hit and killed a mother and two children while racing in a neighborhood in 2010.

Panel discusses connection between spanking and domestic violence

A panel discussion was held to talk about the relationship between domestic violence and spanking Thursday evening. 

Laser surgery helps ease appearance of acne scars

Acne: Just about every teenager will get it and many adults get acne, too. Of those who suffer with it, 25 percent are left with permanent scarring.

Man charged with raping baby, girl who now have HIV

A Houston man is due in court Friday on charges that he raped both a 14-year-old girl and a 23-month-old baby who are now infected with HIV. 

HPD: 2 arrested, 5 wanted for stealing diners' wallets

Houston police said two people have been arrested and five others are wanted in a theft ring believed responsible for stealing wallets from women at restaurants and charging thousands of dollars to their credit cards for more than a year.

Cy-Fair ISD mother speaks out for single parents

A single mother of a Cypress Fairbanks ISD student is speaking out because she says the district told her she couldn't attend a father-student function with her child.

METRO police search for 2 men who opened fire at Hillcroft Transit Center

The METRO Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying two men wanted for the aggravated robbery in two separate incidents near the Hillcroft Transit Center.

Reward offered in Houston-area pharmacy burglaries

A cash reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects who deputies say burglarized two Houston-area pharmacies.

U.S. Air Force plane makes emergency landing at Bush airport

A U.S. Air Force plane made an emergency landing at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Wednesday afternoon. 

Pasadena remembers Phillips explosion on 25th anniversary

Thursday marks 25 years since an explosion that killed 23 people in Pasadena.

3 dead, 2 hurt in Maryland air crash

Police say an airplane and helicopter have collided in mid-air at the Frederick Municipal Airport in Maryland.

Main lanes open on I-45 SB at Cypresswood after 3-vehicle crash

All the southbound lanes of Interstate 45 near Cypresswood Drive reopened after a crash in Spring Thursday afternoon. 

New open-data policy to allow more access to city government information

Mayor Annise Parker has instituted an open-data policy to allow Houstonians better access to city information.

HPD: 14 illegal immigrants detained after police stop pickup with blown tire

Police are investigating a possible case of human trafficking in the Memorial Park area.

Deer Park man buys $1 million lotto ticket

The Texas Lottery has announced that a Deer Park man won a $1 million Powerball prize.

Federal officials issue Halloween warning on counterfeit contact lenses

Government officials are warning the public about the dangers of using counterfeit decorative and colored contact lenses that are especially popular around Halloween.

HCSO: Man who killed girlfriend in front of kids in 2012 arrested, charged

A man who shot and killed a mother of five in front of her children two years ago has been charged with murder, according to Harris County sheriff's deputies.

Tips from HCSO mobile app lead to arrests in 2 drug cases

Several tips to the iWatchHarrisCounty mobile app led to arrests in two separate drug cases, said the Harris County Sheriff's Office. 

FBCSO arrests 2 men in separate driveway robberies

An 18-year-old and a 21-year-old are in custody after they were arrested on robbery charges.

Reward offered for information about double homicide in Conroe

A body of a man in his 50s and a woman estimated to be about 43 years old were found in two different locations outside a home.

Masked men seen on camera burglarizing Spring Branch area barbecue restaurant

Houston police are investigating a burglary of a Spring Branch area barbecue restaurant that was all caught on video.

Authorities search for suspects wanted in smash-and-grab robbery at pawn shop

Harris County Sheriff's deputies are searching for two smash-and-grab robbers who struck a pawn shop on the north side of town Thursday morning.

More contractors say they haven't been paid for government project

The $133 million Texas/Mexico border crossing that has suffered significant delays has been delayed until at least next year, Local 2 Investigates has learned. The news comes as another contractor has come forward to say he has not been paid for work on the project.

HPD: 2 dead in apparent murder-suicide at Ben Taub Hospital

Police said they are working the case as an apparent murder-suicide between coworkers at Ben Taub Hospital.

Google's new app works as personal email assistant

Google’s newest app acts as a personal assistant for anyone who doesn’t feel like slogging through all their emails.

Man, woman thrown off motorcycle after bike hits curb near North Freeway

A man and a woman are recovering after a motorcycle accident in Spring Thursday morning

Where to find the cheapest candy this Halloween

There are sales all over the place, so it's easy to just grab a few bags of candy where ever you happen to be shopping. But if you do, you'll be wasting money and possibly depriving little ghosts and goblins of treats if you don't get the most sweet stuff for the least green stuff.

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Joel Eisenbaum shows you where online unsuspecting people's home security cameras are showing, and how to stop keep it from happening to you.

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