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One Direction fever hits Houston

For hours, dozens of girls stood in the blazing hot sun outside of the St. Regis Hotel, waiting for their chance just to get a glimpse of the band, One Direction.

Infamous Houston crime scene evidence

A look inside Harris County District Court's evidence room

A series of old jail cells hidden from public view now serves as the resting place for some of Houston's most notorious murder weapons.

Baby left alone in hot car

Mother charged with leaving child in hot car

Security guards at a popular Houston shopping center had to work quickly to extract a 6-month-old child from a locked SUV.

Landscaping stolen

Crooks steal expensive landscaping in The Heights

There are now five holes in the ground where five boxwood plants used to be. A homeowner in The Heights woke up to find someone had swiped his shrubs.

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SpaceX rocket self-destructs over Texas

An unmanned SpaceX rocket self-destructed shortly after launching on a test flight at a Central Texas development site, the company said Friday.

More of hand surgeon Dr. Michael Brown's items go to auction

The now-deceased hand surgeon's items continue to be auctioned.

Bus route changes in Aldine concern parents

A parent in the Aldine Independent School District opposes changes to her children's bus route.

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

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

Teen wanted in Texas Medical Center thefts

A teen is wanted in at least six thefts and robberies in the Texas Medical Center.

Trial of man accused of killing drunken driver who killed his kids focuses on evidence

A Houston-area father accused of killing a drunken driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck on a rural road near their home was back in court Friday. The focus in court was evidence collected at the home of David Barajas and whether any evidence can link him to the crash scene.

Police responding to attempted bank robbery

A Wells Fargo location on Westheimer Road was the target of an attempted bank robbery Friday.

3 new cases of West Nile virus in Montgomery County

Three new cases of West Nile have been reported, bringing the total number of cases there up to 13.

Driver ditches car during police chase, officers search apartment complex

Houston police officers searched the grounds of an apartment complex on Houston's southwest side Friday for a driver who led officers on a short chase before ditching his car.

ExxonMobil Baytown expansion to create more than 10,000 jobs

ExxonMobil Corporation is kicking off a big expansion project in the Baytown area. A celebration of the construction start-up for the multi-billion dollar Baytown area expansion project was held Friday morning.

Weekend Traffic Alert: Major construction on Hwy 290

We have a weekend traffic alert to tell you about on the northwest side of town.

Explosion kills employee at NW Houston industrial complex

An explosion Friday at an industrial complex on Houston's northwest side killed a worker. It's the second time an employee has died at the same facility in less than a year.

Cocaine-filled tamales found in luggage at Bush IAH

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the George Bush Intercontinental Airport foiled a traveler’s attempt to smuggle nearly 7 ounces of cocaine packed inside tamales.

Person of interest sought in marijuana grow field bust

The Fort Bend County Sheriff wants to find Benigno Ramirez, a person of interest in the huge marijuana cultivation operation not far from the Sugar Land airport.

Local ice cream shop receives national praise

Cloud 10 Creamery in Rice Village was recently profiled in USA TODAY as one of the 10 best ice cream shops in the country.

Several Texas cities to host 'Go Topless Day'

Women in San Antonio and Austin will rally for equal rights while topless this weekend.

Another arrest made in robbery of High Tymes Smoke Shop on FM 1960

Another suspect has been arrested in the armed robbery of a smoke shop in the Ponderosa Forest area.

Group protests police violence at City Hall

In the wake of the uprising in Ferguson, Missouri, protestors gathered at Houston City Hall to demonstrate against what they call police brutality.

Armed man fires shot during smoke shop robbery

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who robbed a smoke shop in west Harris County.

Internal Affairs investigation leads to arrest of 2 Chambers County deputies

Two deputies from Chambers County were arrested for falsifying documents and misusing information, authorities said.

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Three wanted in armed robbery of auto parts store

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for a violent robbery that happened May 22 in west Houston.

Crime Stoppers offering reward in Fort Bend burglary

The Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office is seeking two men who they say burglarized a home in New Territory.

Car overturns in wreck on Gulf Freeway

Emergency crews have cleared a major accident on the Gulf Freeway in southeast Houston.

Driver killed when cement truck crashes, flips in Sugar Land

One person was killed Friday morning when an 18-wheeler crashed in Sugar Land, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.

Houston woman accused of endangering children

A 27-year-old mother is accused of leaving children without supervision with the intent to return.

Jimmy Fallon has 'Good News and Good News'

The Tonight Show Featuring Jimmy Fallon gives us good news and MORE good news.

HPD: Smash-and-grab burglar steals from ATM at SW Houston gas station

Houston police are searching for a smash-and-grab suspect who stole from an ATM machine at a southwest Houston gas station and convenience store early Friday.

Driver, passenger killed overnight in fiery crash

Driver, passenger killed in fiery crash in Jacinto City

Police said a man lost control of the sedan he was driving, after the vehicle sped over railroad tracks at Market Street and Fidelity Street.

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Viral video family returns with 'Baby Got Class'

The Holderness family is back! Watch their latest music video here.

HFD: Suspected drunk driver strikes ambulance transporting patient

A suspected drunk driver struck an ambulance that was transporting a patient Friday morning, according to the Houston Fire Department.

HPD officer injured after chasing suspect on foot

HPD officer injured wrestling suspect in southwest Houston

A Houston police officer was injured Friday morning after wrestling a suspect to the ground in southwest Houston.

Holiday travel

Airline group forecasts uptick in Labor Day travel

A trade group for the nation's big airlines predicts that air travel over the Labor Day weekend will rise 2 percent from the same holiday last year.

HPD: Kitchen appliance causes apartment fire in northwest Houston

Investigators say a kitchen appliance was the cause of an apartment fire in northwest Houston.

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Weekend forecast is hot, hot, hot

A heat warning remains in effect along the coast.  The high is expected to be 98 degrees through Sunday.

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Purse snatched from woman, 72, in parking lot

Customers and employees rushed to help a 72-year-old woman after her purse was snatched in a grocery store parking lot.

3 Denny's restaurants robbed overnight

Houston police set up task force after late-night robberies

The Houston Police Department is working on setting up a multiagency task force. The officers will come up with a plan to catch and arrest the suspects responsible for these late-night robberies.

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Security top priority in designing new Houston-area campuses

Recent nationwide events have made security a top priority for Houston-area school districts. With the region's explosive growth, new schools are under construction.

Family escapes, cats rescued after fire tears through apartment complex

Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a raging apartment fire in Spring.

3 Denny's restaurants robbed overnight

3 Denny's restaurants robbed overnight

Authorities began investigating after robberies at three Denny's restaurants Thursday morning.

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Skeeters player donates bone marrow to stranger

For Sugar Land Skeeters outfielder Neil Medchill, there's a chance Sunday's game was his last ever as a professional baseball player.

Scandinavian Airlines inaugural flight lands in Houston

With the inaugural flight under their belt, Scandinavian Airlines will have non-stop service to Houston starting Friday.

Investigation into alleged ticket writing scheme within HPD widens

The scope of the investigation is widening in an alleged traffic ticket writing scheme involving four Houston police officers.

Walmart in Missouri City temporarily evacuated due to bomb threat

There were some tense moments at a Walmart in Missouri City Thursday afternoon after a bomb scare at the store.

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Coach accused of sex abuse of special-needs girl faces judge

A 69-year-old man who claimed to be an assistant softball coach and is accused of sexually assaulting a special-needs girl, appeared before a judge Thursday morning.

Restaurant Report Card: Are two or three roaches OK?

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

Survey results released on the future of the Astrodome

The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo and the Houston Texans released results Thursday of a poll on the future of the Astrodome.

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HPD: Officer off the job for cocaine possession charges

A Houston police officer was arrested Wednesday in Montgomery County on charges of cocaine possession.

Mayor, city attorney propose new firefighter pension plan

The mayor says the proposed new firefighters pension plan would save the city tens of millions of dollars, but firefighters say it's an unnecessary fix.

Retailers offering Back 2 School student discounts

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

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One killed, two injured in shooting at La Hacienda restaurant

Three employees of a restaurant in west Houston suffered gunshot wounds during a shooting late Wednesday night and one of the men died at the hospital.

KPRC reporters, Houston personalities take Ice Bucket Challenge

Local 2 reporters and anchors as well as Houston personalities take on the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS!

Skateboarder struck by hit-and-run driver in front of middle school

A young skateboarder was taken to the hospital Thursday after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in Spring Branch, according to Houston police.

Employee robbed, pistol-whipped outside bakery in southeast Houston

Houston police are searching for a suspect who robbed and pistol-whipped an employee outside of a bakery in southeast Houston on Thursday.

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Alleged drunk driver caught in Arizona months after deadly Houston crash

A drunk driving suspect who allegedly caused a deadly wrong-way crash in Houston has been arrested in Arizona.

HFD, HazMat on scene of reported gas leak near Bush IAH

The Houston Fire Department and HazMat crews are on the scene of a gas leak near Bush Intercontinental Airport.

Suspect shot during attempted home invasion in east Harris County

A resident opened fire on two suspects who were trying to break into an east Harris County apartment Thursday, deputies said.

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Softball coach accused of sexually assaulting special-needs child

An assistant softball coach is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old special-needs girl at an out-of-town tournament, then again in Baytown.

Arson investigates after vacant home catches fire in east Houston

Arson is investigating after an abandoned home caught fire in east Houston Wednesday night.

Woman hospitalized after Katy Freeway crash

A woman was rushed to the hospital early Thursday after a major car crash on the on the Katy Freeway.

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Dad reunites with daughter after airline gave her to wrong person

A Cincinnati father has been reunited with his daughter after sending her on a plane to visit relatives in Houston.

Masked men rob CVS pharmacy in the Heights

Police are reviewing surveillance video in hopes of finding the three masked men who robbed a CVS at gunpoint in the Heights.

Scandinavian Airlines now connecting Houston to Norway

Scandinavian Airlines is now connecting Houston with Stavanger, Norway, through nonstop air service six days a week.

School Sexting

Warning for parents: Middle school 'sexting' study

According to a new study, middle school students who send excessive amount of text messages are more likely to report being sexually active.

Suspect wanted for shooting death in north Harris County

Detectives with the Harris County Sheriff's Office have released a photo of a man wanted in connection for a deadly shooting in north Harris County.

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Heat warning continues along the coast

A ridge of high pressure moves in Friday. That pressure system will bump up the temperatures by a few degrees for the weekend.

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Marijuana to be most popular drug at Houston high school campuses?

According to a licensed chemical dependency counselor at Odyssey House, marijuana is expected to be the fastest-growing, most popular illegal drug on Houston high school campuses this coming school year.

Texas Gov. Perry formally enters not guilty plea

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges that he abused his office when he vetoed state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

Community rallies for father with cancer at Texas Medical Center

A Tennessee family has arrived at the Texas Medical Center, and family members are hoping Houston doctors can save their father's life.

Back 2 School: Laptop or tablet for your kids?

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

Drill simulates active shooter on school campus

It's a scenario no one wants to think about -- an active shooter on a school campus. This week, students, staff and emergency responders at Cleveland High School rehearsed how they would react.

Investigation into multimillion dollar marijuana farm underway

Investigators said they discovered 10,000 marijuana plants being grown roughly 700 yards from Sugar Land airport runways. Investigators estimate the entire crop had a street value of $10 million.

HPD: Officer who took his own life was under investigation

A Houston police officer who took his own life Tuesday afternoon was the subject of an HPD Internal Affairs investigation and relieved of duty before he shot himself in his patrol car, according to an HPD spokesperson.

Four winners of H-E-B's Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest named

Four Texans won thousands of dollars and the sweet taste of success Wednesday in H-E-B's Primo Picks Quest for Texas Best contest.

Armed robber forces man to withdraw $1,900 from ATM

Baytown police are searching for an armed robber who forced a man to drive to several ATMs and withdraw cash.

Suspect arrested in man's stabbing death at hotel

A suspect has been arrested in a man's stabbing death at a west Houston hotel.

New director of Houston public works department named

A new director of the public works department was named Wednesday by Mayor Annise Parker.

Ex-deputy: Gunfire after driver who killed 2 kids shot not in report

An ex-deputy told jurors Wednesday he failed to note in a report that more gunfire had taken place well after a drunken driver was fatally shot in Texas following an accident that killed two boys, a detail a defense attorney says helps point to the innocence of the boys' father who is on trial for…

Official: Submerged boat delayed retrieval of body in Cedar Bayou

The U.S. Coast Guard this week spent 17 hours covering 38 square miles of the Houston Ship Channel searching for a missing shrimp boat captain whose body was ultimately found by his father in the capsized vessel.

Man, 25, charged with murder in road rage shooting

Charges have been filed after a deadly case of road rage in northwest Harris County. A 25-year-old man opened fire on another man who followed him to his home Tuesday evening

HFD: Woman dies in house fire near Royal Oaks Country Club

One person died Wednesday after a fire broke out at a home near the Royal Oaks Country Club, according to the Houston Fire Department.

West Loop south reopens after big rig crash in Bellaire

All southbound lanes of the 610 West Loop in Bellaire have reopened after an accident involving two big rigs Wednesday afternoon.

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HPD: Mom passes out high on Xanax leaving dirty, hungry baby on ground

A Houston mother who was under the influence of drugs passed out in front of a tire shop while her 1-month-old baby was on the ground in a car seat, according to Houston police.

Identity released of person of interest in fatal shooting, drug deal gone bad

Houston police have identified a person of interest who may be connected to the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of a woman on Aug. 8.

Man stabbed to death outside Southeast Houston bar

Man charged in fatal stabbing outside SE Houston bar

A man has been charged in a fatal stabbing outside a southeast Houston bar over the weekend.

Smash-and-grab burglars hit video games store on Southwest Freeway

Houston police are searching for leads after an apparent smash-and-grab at a southwest Houston video games store.

HPD: Armed suspects rob family in southwest Houston

Houston police are searching for a group of armed robbers who allegedly stormed into a southwest Houston home and terrorized a family Wednesday morning.

Police body cameras tested in Houston, Harris County

Technology designed to record law enforcement interactions with the public, including officer involved shootings, is undergoing testing by at least two police agencies in Harris County.

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Conviction in Jessica Tata day care fatal fire upheld

A Texas appeals court has upheld the murder conviction of a woman serving 80 years in prison for a fire that killed four children at the Houston day care center she operated.

Harris County seeks funding for bulletproof vests

Law enforcement officials are hoping for funding to buy hundreds of bulletproof vests for officers in Harris County.

Hitchcock police chief fired over job performance

A veteran Southeast Texas police chief has been fired.

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Anna Nicole Smith final estate case bid rejected

Anna Nicole Smith's final bid to obtain her late husband's money has failed, seven years after her death.

Marijuana grow field discovered in Fort Bend County

Two men fled Tuesday when agents found a marijuana growing operation in Fort Bend County, authorities said.

Deputy involved in major accident in north Harris County

A Harris County sheriff’s deputy was involved in a major accident in north Harris County Wednesday morning.

Peanut, almond butter recalled for salmonella risk

A unit of Hain Celestial Group Inc. is recalling some peanut and almond butter because of possible salmonella contamination.

President George W. Bush accepts Ice Bucket Challenge

President George W. Bush takes on the Ice Bucket Challenge to benefit ALS.

Police catch burglars breaking into north Houston business

One burglary suspect is in custody and another is on the run after breaking into a north Houston business.

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Local student takes a selfie a day documenting 4 years of school

One creative Cypress-Fairbanks high school student documented his four years at school by taking a selfie a day.

Driver leads police on high-speed chase from Pasadena to Houston

A driver is now in police custody after leading officers on a high-speed chase from Pasadena to Houston.

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Heat warning along the coast Wednesday

The high is expected to be 96.  There is a chance for a few afternoon thunderstorms.

Is your car under recall?  Government announces easy way to check

Is your car under recall? Government announces easy way to check

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a free online service for drivers to find out if their vehicles have been recalled but not repaired.

Perry turns himself in on abuse of power charges

Perry, who is mulling a second presidential run in 2016, was booked on two felony counts of abuse of power Tuesday at the Travis County courthouse. He vowed he'd fight the charges 'with every fiber of my being.'

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Brown, smelly drinking water troubles residents

Residents are refusing to drink their tap water because it has a very strong smell of chlorine and sand or sediment in it.

Back 2 School: Freebies and good deals

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

Helping your kid with homework

5 steps students can take to do homework effectively

With hundreds of thousands of Houston-area kids heading back to school next week, the Harris County Department of Education is launching a new campaign to teach students how to make homework work better for them.

Homes infested with bed bugs

Residents: Houston apartments infested with bed bugs

What experts say has been a growing problem in the Houston area is getting even bigger.

Donation given to fallen firefighter's family

The family of fallen Houston firefighter Daniel Groover is getting some much-needed help.

David Barajas II and Caleb Barajas boys killed in crash

Trial begins for dad accused of killing drunken driver who killed sons

A southeast Texas father faces trial on allegations he killed a drunken driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck on a rural road.

HPD: Officer fatally shot in parking garage

A Houston police officer has been found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a downtown Houston parking garage.

West Nile Alert

Ninth and 10th West Nile cases confirmed in Montgomery County

A ninth and 10th case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Montgomery County.

HPD: Armed men storm IHOP, demand cash

HPD: Armed men storm IHOP, demand cash

Houston police are searching for three men who stormed an IHOP in north Houston Tuesday morning and investigators say it's possible the robbery is connected with four others in the Houston area.

HISD plans changes in bus routes

Expect transportation changes for students in the Houston Independent School District.

HCSO sued over social media policy

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is responding to a lawsuit filed by an employee.

Body found near search for man missing from capsized boat in Cedar Bayou

A body was found Tuesday in the area where the Coast Guard had been searching for a man missing when a fishing vessel overturned Monday in Cedar Bayou near Baytown.

La Marque city councilwoman will not face recall election

A city councilwoman accused of making racist comments won’t face a recall election.

Mother given four years probation for child endangerment

A mother whose baby was left at a fire station has struck a deal with a judge.

HPD: Armed robbers on the loose after striking bank near Memorial City Mall

Houston police are searching for two armed men who allegedly robbed a bank near Memorial City Mall Tuesday morning.

Severe weather moves through 3 Houston-area counties

Severe weather moved through three Houston-area counties Tuesday afternoon, triggering thunderstorm warnings.

UH won’t force first-time freshmen to live on campus

The University of Houston has decided not to force freshman students to live on campus.

Child, 8, falls to death in Yellowstone canyon

An 8-year-old girl has died after falling about 550 feet while hiking in Yellowstone National Park.

Sunken vessel is World War II-era USS Houston

Navy divers from the U.S. and Indonesia have confirmed that a sunken vessel in the Java Sea is the World War II wreck of the cruiser USS Houston.

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Man accused of posing as officer, detaining woman

Police arrested a man charged with impersonating an officer.

Police: Man uses metal kettle to bash friend in head and face

A night of drinking turned violent between friends when one of them brutally beat the other with a metal kettle, according to La Porte police.

Man critical after mysterious shooting in southeast Houston

Man killed in mysterious shooting in SE Houston

Houston Police homicide detectives are investigating after finding a man shot outside a strip mall on Kingspoint Road and Tanner Park Court late Monday evening.

Katy ISD Approves Bond Election

Katy ISD approves bond election

The Katy school board Monday night approved a $748 million bond that lumps new schools, renovations and a new stadium into one proposal.

Murder warrant issued in Texas roller rink slaying

A murder warrant has been issued for a North Texas man after a fight outside a roller skating rink left two people fatally stabbed and five hurt.

'Hell’s Kitchen' star frustrating some Spring neighbors

Some neighbors in an HOA-controlled subdivision are unhappy that a food truck owner has parked his large, colorful, broken truck on their street for weeks.

Back to school: HISD offers free lunches for students starting in 2014

Back to school: HISD offers free lunches for students starting in 2014

At the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, Houston ISD will implement an initiative to make sure every student gets lunch at school.

Tuesday's weather webcast

Tuesday's weather is hot and humid

According to Local 2 Meteorologist Anthony Yanez, a heat warning is in effect for cities along the coast.

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Fort Bend ISD clarifies release on bus safety concerns

Following a review of the facts by Local 2 Investigates, the Fort Bend Independent School District has clarified an earlier press release regarding a school bus fire in May.

More Whataburger signature sauces now available at HEB

You can get some fast-food flavor next time you are at the grocery store.

Closet heist victim speaks with Montgomery County detectives

Theresa Roemer admitted Monday everything that glittered in her three-story 3,000-square-foot closet wasn't gold.

No arrest for Gov. Perry but mug shot to be taken

A Texas judge opted Monday not to issue an arrest warrant against Gov. Rick Perry, but the Republican still faces the unflattering prospect of being booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken -- and has assembled a team of high-powered attorneys to fight the two felony counts of abuse of…

Caught on camera: Postal worker throws package across driveway

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

Deputy shoots suspect in northwest Harris County

A Harris County deputy constable opened fire Monday afternoon, hitting a teenager who investigators say was shooting at deputies in northwest Harris County.

Girl, 4, drowns in swimming pool at birthday party in La Marque

A family is mourning a 4-year-old girl who drowned in a swimming pool in La Marque.

Houston mom creates 'Ignore No More' app

A Houston mom got tired of her kids ignoring her phone calls, so she took action and created an app to solve the problem.

Apps that make studying more manageable

A lot has changed since most parents were in school, so why not embrace the technology and let it help?

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County employee accused of charging nearly $30K in gas on county card

Investigators say Favyon Darrell Coleman used the card to fill up other people's cars. In exchange, they paid him in cash that he kept.

Warehouse fire burns in Westchase area

Firefighters responded to a 2-alarm fire at a warehouse in the Westchase area.

Woman, cat rescued after lighting of cigarette causes garage to explode

A homeowner was injured Monday morning when the garage of his northwest Harris County house exploded, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

Official: No arrest warrant to be issued for Perry

A warrant won't be issued for the arrest of Gov. Rick Perry following his indictment on two felony charges of abuse of power.

Houston man dies in motorcycle accident in Galveston

A 31-year-old Houston man died when his motorcycle hit a parked vehicle in Galveston.

City employee discovers man stabbed to death

A body was found Friday with fatal stab wounds in a wooded area in north Houston.

HPD: Fake constable handcuffs woman he thought was breaking into church

A man was arrested for pretending to be law enforcement and retraining a woman he thought was breaking into a church, according to Houston police.

HPD investigating fatal traffic accident in SE Houston

Police say a man died after crashing a stolen car in southeast Houston.

PD: 5-year-old left in hot car at mall was sweaty, had trouble breathing

A woman is accused of leaving a 5-year-old girl locked in a hot car while she went shopping at Memorial City Mall.

Alleged robbery victim fatally shot in west Houston

The Houston Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened at a west Houston apartment  complex.

Deadly shooting at teen's birthday party

A woman is dead after a stranger opens fire on two different homes in southeast Houston.

Fort Hood soldier from Houston dies

A soldier from Houston has died from an apparent gunshot wound in Killeen, Texas.

Cars catch fire in multi-vehicle crash on North Beltway 8

Two cars caught fire after a multi-vehicle collision in northwest Harris County during the Monday morning rush-hour commute.

David Barajas II and Caleb Barajas boys killed in crash

Trial to begin for dad accused of killing drunk driver who killed sons

A Brazoria County father accused of killing a drunk driver in a fit of rage after his two sons were fatally struck on a rural road near their home is set to have his day in court.

Stay family murder suspect misses court appearance due to evaluation

Ronald Haskell, the man accused of killing six members of his ex-wife's family and injuring a 15-year-old girl, was not present for a scheduled court appearance Monday morning.

Man stabbed to death outside Southeast Houston bar

Man stabbed to death outside southeast Houston bar

Officers spent more than five hours investigating after a man was stabbed to death outside of a southeast Houston bar.

Taco Bell launches dollar menu

The Dollar Cravings menu will have 11 items including a shredded chicken mini quesadilla, cinnamon twists, and a beefy Fritos burrito.

Miss Texas' first pitch at Rangers game isn't pretty

Move over 50 Cent, there’s a new challenger for worst first pitch at a baseball game.

Monday's weather webcast

Humidity is out in full force Monday

Local 2 Meteorologist Anthony Yanez predicts the humidity to remain in place throughout the week.

Pride of Pearland Little League Baseball

Pearland All-Stars beat Lynwood 11-4

Pearland bounces back from a tough loss to keep their Little League World Series dreams alive.

Body found in parking lot

Body found in van outside Kroger grocery store

Fort Bend County investigators are working to identify a body found inside a van outside a busy grocery store.

Houston teen expected to survive after near drowning

A local teenager had a close call after nearly drowning in Lake Tahoe.

FAA: 3 dead in central Texas plane crash

Three people have died in a small plane crash in rural central Texas.

Texas official wants inmates to replace 2 workers

A Central Texas county commissioner is looking at replacing two employees who do landscaping with prison inmates, but the proposed 2015 budget calls for adding new positions and restoring a 5 percent pay cut that elected officials took last year.

Texas historical park could have truck stop nearby

A south Texas national historical park faces having a large truck stop close to an entrance.

Robber fatally shot in south Texas home

Authorities say no charges are expected to be filed against a South Texas man who fatally shot a robber who entered his home.

Deadly Motorcycle Accident

Motorcyclist hit & killed on Highway 146

A motorcyclist is dead after a major accident on Highway 146 in Pasadena.

Suspects in custody after escaping police during arrest

A man is back in custody after slipping through officers' grasps during an overnight arrest.

Coast Guard takes injured worker off freighter

An injured crew member from a bulk freighter in the Gulf of Mexico is recovering in a southeast Texas hospital after being taken off his ship by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter.

US rethinks giving excess military gear to police

After a decade of sending military equipment to civilian police departments across the country, federal officials are reconsidering the idea in light of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri.

Texas woman allegedly stole wine to see jailed boyfriend

A Central Texas woman allegedly stole a bottle of $3.99 wine to get arrested and see her jailed boyfriend.

Killeen officer hit by vehicle, suspect shot

A Central Texas police officer was hit by a fleeing vehicle but managed to shoot the driver who was later caught.

Lawyer: immigrants treated like Guantanamo

A lawyer helping Central American immigrants housed at a temporary center in southern New Mexico compared the legal limbo of immigrants there to those at a U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Deadly Auto Ped

Woman killed in hit & run accident

A woman is dead after a hit-and-run accident in southeast Houston.

3 injured in 10-car pileup on North Freeway

Traffic piled up on the North Freeway after one crash triggered nearly a dozen others.

Gov. Perry indicted for coercion for veto threat

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been indicted for abuse of power after carrying out a threat to veto funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

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Alleged items stolen from woman's closet sent to Houston Press writer

Someone claiming to be the thief who pulled off a heist in socialite Theresa Roemer's legendary three-story, 3,000-square-foot closet in The Woodlands sent some of the alleged items to Houston Press writer Craig Malisow.

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Health care schemes bilked taxpayers for tens of millions

Federal prosecutors say tens of millions of taxpayer dollars are wasted each year on fraudulent Medicare and Medicaid payments made to health care professionals.

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Woman who went missing day of wedding anniversary sought

Harris County sheriff's investigators are searching for a missing mother and wife from Spring. Samantha Wynn, 45, disappeared Aug. 12 -- the day of her 19th wedding anniversary.

Man arrested after escaping traffic stop

The Houston Police Department is looking for a man who fled during a traffic stop.

Burglars climb through wall but come away with little

Surveillance video shows clear images of men who broke into a southwest Houston convenience store.

Police investigating rash of McDonald's robberies

Police are investigating two recent robberies and another attempted robbery at southwest Houston McDonald's restaurants.

Sugar Land police seek man who used stolen cards

Sugar Land police officers need your help identifying a man who they say tried to use a stolen credit card at three stores in Houston.

FEMA funds to be reallocated for border security

The federal government's disaster relief fund will be working on a smaller budget.

Freebie Friay: Dr. Seuss, bats and other wildlife

Also featured: An outdoor flea market and free concert at Discovery Green on Saturday.

FAA: 3 dead in North Texas plane crash

Three people are dead in a plane crash in rural North Texas.

HERO ordinance will go to trial

There will be a trial to decide if Houston's newly signed equal rights ordinance should have been put int front of voters.

Jersey Village officials confirm death of resident related to West Nile virus

The City of Jersey Village has confirmed the death of an 81-year-old female resident from the West Nile virus.

Killer whales get killer digs

SeaWorld says it will build new, larger environments for killer whales at its theme parks, and will fund additional research on the animals along with programs to protect ocean health and whales in the wild.

Execution drug cost quadruples for prisons

The prison agency in the nation's busiest death penalty state paid $13,500 for its most recent batch of pentobarbital at a cost of $1,500 per vial, compared to $350 per dose spent last year.

1 injured after house fire in Kingwood

Arson investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire in Montgomery County on Friday.

Houston Zoo welcomes newborn giraffe

The Houston Zoo showed off its newest addition to the family Friday, welcoming a newborn giraffe.

Police: Drugs found in bed with baby

A woman is charged after deputies said they found drugs in a bed with a sleeping baby.

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Houston woman pleads guilty to making threat against President Obama

Teddy Bear Paradise, formerly known as Denise O’Neal, 56, has entered a guilty plea to one count of making a threat against President Obama, announced United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson.

Police search for man who used stolen credit card

Sugar Land police are looking for a man who they say used a stolen credit card at several stores in Houston.

Robert Reeves is accused of impersonating an officer

Man accused of impersonating officer at gentlemen's club

Houston police said Robert Reeves tried to get into a gentlemen's club free of charge by saying he was an undercover officer.

Hearing reset in Houston for infamous real estate heir Robert Durst

A court appearance for a 71-year-old New York City real estate heir charged with criminal mischief for urinating on candy at a Houston drug store has been reset for next month.

Donut shop collects donations for Pearland Little League team

Pena's Donut Heaven turned its tip jar into a donation jar ahead of Pearland's first Little League World Series game Friday night.

Police investigate game room break-in

Police are investigating after a break-in at a game room in northwest Houston.

Freestyle Fridays with the Houston Texans Cheerleaders

The Houston Texans Cheerleaders took to a department store this week for a little back to school fun for their first Freestyle Friday video of the season.

1 man dead in shooting outside Waffle House

Police are investigating two different scenes after two people were shot, one of them fatally, outside a Waffle House in southeast Houston.

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Dishwasher blamed for house fire

Firefighters blame a dishwasher for a fire that forced two people out of their home in southwest Houston.

Driver trapped by live wires in Galleria-area

Centerpoint Energy crews spent Friday morning repairing a power pole that fell over and trapped an unsuspecting driver in the Galleria-area.

Vigil held at MacGregor Park for slain Missouri teen

Solidarity, change, and a call for justice were all were themes at a vigil Thursday evening at MacGregor Park for slain teenager Michael Brown.

Warning over risks associated with testosterone replacement therapy

Advertisements praising the benefits of testosterone replacement therapy are all over the radio and in newspapers, and those ads are driving men to doctor's offices all over Houston. But there are risks associated with testosterone replacement, especially in younger men.

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Store owner: Time up for accused thief

The owner of the Naughty NNice adult novelty shop in Conroe offered the person who stole hundreds of dollars worth of items from the store Saturday a very rare opportunity.

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Coyote believed to have killed family's dog

Galveston police have a warning for people with pets on the island after a family reported their dog was killed by what they believe was a coyote.

Concession stand dispute sparks chaos at Baytown water park

A dissatisfied concession stand customer was arrested at a Baytown water park after police say she assaulted a lifeguard.

Officers search for armed cop impersonator

Harris County officers are searching for a man who impersonated an officer Thursday morning.

Restaurant Report Card: Houston restaurant faves written up

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

Boy, medic honored for rescuing drowning child in Galveston

A young boy is one of two people being honored for rescuing a drowning child in Galveston.

Huge free skate park opens in Houston area

The largest free skate park in North America is now open to the public in the Spring area.

Residents: Not enough room on streets for city garbage cans

The city of Houston's recently expanded automated curbside recycling program has left some Houstonians confused about the rules. Some say they'll get in trouble if their front yard is too small.

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Two arrests in connection with deadly shooting in CVS parking lot

Two arrests have now been made in connection with a deadly shooting outside a CVS in July.

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Police pursuit of vehicle ends in fiery crash

A police pursuit of a vehicle ended in a fiery crash Thursday morning on the north side.

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Man who left kids unattended when boy shot child arrested

The man who police say left three children unattended in an apartment where one of them shot another in the face after finding a gun has turned himself in to authorities.

Shuttle Independence replica placed atop Space Center Houston carrier

A giant crane lifted the space shuttle replica Independence onto Space Center Houston's shuttle carrier aircraft Thursday morning.

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Brush fire causes traffic issues on North Freeway

A large brush fire made driving into work tough for drivers on the north side Thursday morning.

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Optical store latest target of smash & grab thieves

Thieves smash their way into an optical store overnight looking for expensive frames.

Police: suspects arrested after sparking 3 chases

Two men are facing charges, accused of leading Houston police on three separate chases in a stolen sports car.

Houston police officer shoots, kills suspect

Suspect dead after officer-involved shooting

A suspect is dead after an officer-involved shooting in unincorporated Harris County late Wednesday night.

Humidity comes back in full force on Thursday

After a much drier day, the  humidity comes back in full force on Thursday.

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New Details: 3 found dead in north Harris County home

Police say three people were found dead Wednesday night at a north Harris County home.

HPD: Bullet-proof vest saves officer's life in shooting

After exchanging gunfire with a suspect in north Houston, an officer's life was saved by a bulletproof vest, police say, and the suspect is dead.

33 displaced after 3-alarm apartment fire in SW Houston

Houston firefighters battled a three-alarm apartment fire Tuesday afternoon in southwest Houston.

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Police seek truck thief

Baytown police need help finding the man accused of stealing a truck and batteries from a construction site.

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Program teaches kids skills to save themselves

The evening of Aug. 14, 2007, Emily Foreman had just put her 13-month-old twins in the bathtub. She forgot she had pork chops cooking on the stove and left the twins in the tub just briefly.

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Playground designed for senior citizens

In LaMarque, playgrounds aren't just for kids anymore. Thursday morning will mark the grand opening of the first playground in Texas designed specifically for senior citizens.

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Gun rights group warned to stay out of Fifth Ward

Members of the gun rights group Open Carry Texas met with Fifth Ward community leaders Wednesday, hoping to explain why they chose an historic African-American community to hold a demonstration.

Caught on camera: Man wanted for using counterfeit cash

Deputies are asking for help finding a man wanted for passing counterfeit bills.

New video of possible UFO over Houston

Pictures posted online of a bright object over the skies of Houston Monday night have attracted attention from around the world. Now new video may shed some light on the unidentified object.

Local teen becomes victim of 'swatting' scare

A prank put a Cinco Ranch teen in a very dangerous position; his home was surrounded by police who got a call about a standoff. Turns out, it just was a hoax, a new crime trend called 'swatting,' that someone else put in motion.

Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston was killed in action

Houston soldier dies in Afghanistan

Friends, family and University of Houston football fans are remembering a local soldier killed in action in Afghanistan. Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, was a platoon sergeant, who also played football for the Cougars from 1997-2000.

Alligator found outside Katy ISD junior high school

An alligator was found outside a Katy ISD school on Wednesday.  Deputies wrangled the cornered gator and safely removed it from the campus.

Man charged with arson in 3-alarm apartment fire

A man has been charged with arson in connection to Tuesday's 3-alarm apartment fire in southwest Houston.

Aerial spraying to be conducted in Montgomery County & Brazoria County

For the first time this season, Montgomery County leaders announced they will start aerial spraying to try and get a handle on the growing problem with the West Nile virus.

HISD launches cyber safety initiative, website

Teachers are learning more than just how to use their laptops, but also how to teach kids about them. And now HISD is giving parents more tools to help outside the classroom.

Member of violent white supremacist gang pleads guilty

A member of the white supremacist group Aryan Brotherhood of Texas pleaded guilty to attempted murder and conspiracy just before noon Tuesday in federal court, Local 2 Investigates has confirmed.

3 hospitalized after alleged carjacker leads deputies on chase, then crashes

A brazen carjacker stole a woman’s car in broad daylight, then tried to sell it at a used car lot before being spotted by authorities, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

Teenager accused of shooting 16-year-old girlfriend

Sirens and flashing lights filled a normally quiet neighborhood Tuesday night after a 16-year-old girl was shot in the neck.

Teen lives undetected at Texas Walmart for 2 days

Authorities say a teenager lived undetected at a 24-hour Wal-Mart in Texas for a couple of days after running away from his aunt's home.

Surveillance video released of car theft suspects

Authorities have released surveillance video of two suspects wanted for stealing a car at a Harris County gas station.

The Four Seasons Rancho Encantado: Where nature and luxury collide in grand style

I decided to run away for the weekend and fall in love with – LIFE – and myself all over again. I already knew where I wanted to go.

Baytown family loses home in fire

A Baytown family is now displaced after their house burned to the ground late Tuesday night.

County may decide to sell more seats, other memorabilia from Astrodome

With the future of the Astrodome still up in the air, more memorabilia could soon be hitting the auction block.

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Apartment fire under investigation

Arson investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at a southeast Houston apartment Wednesday.

HPD: Passerby scares away would-be burglars at CVS in north Houston

Police are searching for the would-be burglars who broke into a CVS Pharmacy in north Houston, but didn't take anything.

Kenny Loggins launches Kickstarter campaign to fund next album

Kenny Loggins launches Kickstarter campaign to fund next album

Musician Kenny Loggins has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund his next album. The "Footloose" performer is trying to raise at least $85,000 for the album.

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Woman killed when high-speed chase ends in crash near Bush Airport

A woman who was driving a stolen vehicle died Tuesday after a high-speed police chase ended in a crash near Bush Airport, according to Harris County Sheriff’s deputies.

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Wednesday is hot but offers a break from the humidity

A cold front is moving in from the north Wednesday morning, bringing with it drier air and cooler temperatures. 

Female fan base growing in fantasy football

We are just a few weeks away from a new season of fantasy football.

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Gun rights group's Houston plan draws controversy

A Texas gun rights advocacy group plans to hold a walk Saturday in Houston's historically African-American Fifth Ward.

US flags burned after being taken from Texas homes

North Texas authorities are investigating eight separate instances of U.S. flags being stolen from homes and burned nearby.

Burglars crawl through wall at check-cashing business

Investigators hope surveillance video will help catch a crew of criminals who ripped off a Northwest Houston check-cashing business.

Driver killed after crash with 18-wheeler

A man died of his injuries after his car collided with an 18-wheeler.

2 robbery suspects in custody thanks to alert deputy constable

Two robbery suspects are in custody thanks to an alert Harris County Precinct 6 deputy constable.

Were there UFOs over Houston?

Pictures posted on Twitter Monday night and Tuesday morning show something floating through the skies over the Houston area.

HCSO: Group enjoying movie night robbed at home

Two men are accused of robbing at gunpoint a group of people who were gathered at a home for a movie night Monday.

HPD: Officer shoots vicious dog

An investigation is underway after a Houston police officer shot a family's dog while responding to a call in a southwest Houston neighborhood.

1 fatality in Montgomery County linked to West Nile virus

Two more positive West Nile cases have been confirmed in Montgomery County by officials, including one fatality.

Reward offered for man on 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list

A $3,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of one of the state's most wanted sex offenders.

Reward offered in store robbery in NW Harris County

Authorities searching for man who robbed business on Aug. 3.

Cold front on its way to Houston

Tuesday begins quiet, but a front moves in late morning or early afternoon which will bring increased rain chances and storms.

Quadruplets born in Central Texas, 2 boys, 2 girls

A Central Texas woman has given birth to quadruplets.

HPD looking for man charged in fatal shooting

The Houston Police Department is searching for a man they say is the suspect in a June homicide.

Galveston seawall meters generate more money

Parking meters along Galveston's famed seawall have generated more than $390,000 since being installed last summer.

Texas Railroad Commission elects new chairwoman

The Texas Railroad Commission has unanimously elected Commissioner Christi Craddick as chairwoman.

Man found with at least 4 bullet wounds

HPD: Crack cocaine, beer cans found near shooting victim in NE Houston

Houston police began investigating after officers found a man with gunshot wounds lying behind a northeast Houston home Tuesday morning.

Storms cause widespread damage in Liberty County

Severe storms that made their way into the Houston area Monday caused major damage in Liberty County and two women were injured.

Houston energy company says worker slaying in Egypt isolated

Texas-based energy company Apache Corp. says it believes the carjack-slaying of one of its supervisors in the western Egyptian desert was an isolated incident.

Ex-Houston parole officer gets 5 years for bribery

A now-former parole officer in the Texas prison system has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for accepting bribes from a suspected heroin dealer.

HPD: Police search for shooter who killed man in drug deal gone bad

Houston police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a person of interest wanted in the fatal shooting of a man and wounding of a woman on Friday.

Financial coordinator at Houston clinic guilty of fraud

A financial coordinator at a Houston clinic who used another person's name and Social Security number to get the job faces up to 25 years in prison for fraud.

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Warning issued for warrant scam involving deputy impersonators

The Galveston County Sheriff's Office is issuing a warning about a warrant scam involving people impersonating deputies and asking for money.

Crime, jail, prison

Texas man gets 2 life sentences for robberies of 2 elderly women

A 23-year-old Texas man has been sentenced to two life terms in prison for robbing elderly women in their homes.

Texas man gets 15 years for softball game attack he bragged about on Facebook

A Texas man has been sentenced to prison after bragging about an assault during a softball game that left a man with brain damage.

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Deputies: Man shot in stomach during argument at Galveston tiki bar

A Galveston County man is facing charges for allegedly shooting another man during an argument at a tiki bar.

Texan Abbott threatens to sue EPA over water rule change

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is poised for another clash with federal environmental regulators, this time over proposed water protections.

2 men lead police on chase in stolen car

Two men are in custody after leading police on a chase in a stolen car through northwest Houston.

App gives users second chance for love at first sight

Ever lock eyes with someone and later regret not introducing yourself? With a new app, there’s always still hope!

PD: No survivors after high-speed police chase ends in crash

Six people were killed in League City Sunday night when a speeding SUV driver slammed into another vehicle while attempting to flee Dickinson police, authorities said.

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New apps help victims sketch suspects

The crime in Metropolitan Houston is savage stories filled with senseless violence and unspeakable pain. But now there's a brand new tool that victims of crime everywhere can use to actually help bring their attackers to justice.

Beer burglar hits homes in Friendswood

A beer burglar seems to be on the prowl in Friendswood after several homes have had the refrigerators in their garages raided.

House panel censures Texas Regent Hall

A Texas House panel on Monday censured a University of Texas System regent for misconduct and incompetence, but decided not to push for his removal from office.

Strong thunderstorms moving through Houston area

The storms are bringing heavy rain, wind gusts and lightning through the area. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect for Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris counties until 7:45 p.m.

Subway robbery caught on camera

New surveillance video shows more bold robbers targeting another Houston-area Subway restaurant.

Shooting victims' families of Cassidy Stay want donations diverted

The extended families of a Houston-area girl who was the lone survivor when her parents and four siblings were fatally shot at their home have asked that a fundraising effort established for her be halted.

Community outrage over rash of beauty shop thefts

We've shown you the surveillance videos of five hair heists in just over a week.  One of the crimes ended with a shop owner being shot. Now community activists are calling for a stop to the crimes.

Pasadena man charged after fight injures 3-year-old

Kenneth White Robinson, 21, has been charged with injury to a child under 15 for his alleged role in a fight.

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H&M coming to Katy Mills Mall this week

Katy Mills Mall, one of the biggest outlet and value retail shopping destinations in south Texas, is adding an H&M store, which is set to open Thursday.

Houston man accused of striking girlfriend with machetes

Gregory Johnson is accused of using two machetes to attack his live-in girlfriend, who police say lost a finger while trying to block the machetes with her arms.

Thieves steal pricey tools from NE Houston business

Kas Brokerage employees are struggling at work Monday without necessary items to perform their jobs.

9-year-old girl hit by stray bullet during argument

9-year-old girl hit by stray bullet during argument

A 9-year-old girl who had gone to the window to look outside after hearing the argument was hit by one of the bullets. The child was taken to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

HPD: 2 men attempt to rob IBC Bank in Montrose

Houston police are searching for two men who attempted to rob a bank in Montrose Monday morning.

Reward offered for hit-and-run driver who killed woman on West Little York

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of a driver wanted in connection with a deadly hit-and-run crash.

Spring Valley PD responds to burglary

A Hillshire Village house was the target of a burglary Monday morning.

Kinder Morgan to combine its family of companies in $71B deal

The group of oil and gas pipeline and storage companies controlled by Kinder Morgan but traded separately will combine and become the 4th biggest U.S. energy company by market value.

Davis once supported death penalty moratorium

Wendy Davis is facing new pressure in her campaign for Texas governor over her past support of a moratorium on the death penalty when she was a Fort Worth city councilwoman.

Dad accused of kidnapping 2-year-old daughter appears in court

The man accused of kidnapping his 2-year-old daughter, prompting an Amber Alert which ended with a SWAT standoff, appeared before a Harris County judge Monday.

Man charged after dog left in hot car

Investigators said a dog was left in a hot car for at least 30 minutes.

Astros' mascot Orbit trolls Rangers' J.P. Arencibia

After the Houston Astros mascot was poked by the bat of Texas Rangers player J.P. Arencibia (unintentionally, he claims), Orbit got some markers and construction paper to strike back.

Family plans lawsuit claiming mortuary swapped bodies

Two families who say their mothers' bodies were switched by a funeral home plan to file a lawsuit against Mabrie Memorial Mortuary.

Bolstering online security to thwart hackers

The massive theft of over a billion email accounts by a Russian hacker gang has Internet security experts scrambling, and ordinary online users wondering what they can do to protect themselves.

Arson investigators search for cause of house fire

Arson investigators are trying to determine what started a fire that completely destroyed a home in northwest Houston.

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Houston native dies in small plane crash

Authorities have identified the two people who died in a plane crash in northern Colorado.

HPD identifies man floating in Buffalo Bayou

Guillermo Legoreta, 43, of Mexico was found dead in the Buffalo Bayou on Sunday.

Man suffers life-threatening injuries in hit-and-run

A pedestrian was taken to Ben Taub Hospital after being hit by an SUV.

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Despite theft, cancer survivor event goes on

Tiffani Speller wanted to do a free makeover event for cancer survivors, but two weeks before the benefit, a thief broke into her wig shop and stole $3,000 worth of wigs that were meant for women who've been battling the disease.

Community fights back against violence at west Houston McDonald's

Local activist Quannel X sent a warning to criminals who have targeted a west Houston restaurant.

Madisonville police find missing K-9 after brief search

Authorities say they aren't sure if the dog was stolen or wandered off.

3 arrested after allegedly promoting juveniles into prostitution

Three Houston adults are accused of promoting prostitution in a town near Corpus Christi.

Central Texas sheriff wants to form posse

A Central Texas sheriff's idea to form an all-volunteer community "posse" to help his deputies in certain cases has drawn a wave of social-media response.

Texas energy firm worker killed in Egypt

An American employee of Texas-based energy company Apache Corp was killed last week in an apparent carjacking in the western Egyptian desert, officials said Sunday.

Power restored at Galveston Pleasure Pier

Authorities say they do not know what caused the power outage.

Man in custody after leading police on chase

A man is in custody after leading police on a chase through the Galleria Area.

Missing 2-year-old girl safe, standoff over

A missing 2-year-old girl is now safe and a suspect is in custody after a standoff Saturday morning in northwest Harris County.

Crime Alert: Car break-ins at Heights parking garage

Car break-ins cause concern at Heights parking garage

As many as eight cars were broken into an the apartment complex in The Heights.

Crime Stoppers releases video of armed robbery

Authorities are asking for the public's help to identify two men who robbed a Pizza Hut in Katy.

Some Texas gun show attendees oppose alcohol sales

A proposal to allow alcohol sales at guns shows in Texas got a mostly unfavorable reaction at a gun show in Houston on Saturday, with some in attendance calling it a bad idea.

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Traffic stalled on East Freeway after 6-car pileup

Police are trying to track down the driver who caused a deadly six-car pileup on East Freeway.

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4 men rob smoke shop at gunpoint, 1 arrested

One man was arrested after an armed robbery at a smoke shop in the Ponderosa Forest area.

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At least 10 apartment units damaged in 2-alarm fire

At least 10 units were damaged by a massive fire at a Cypress Station apartment complex.

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Newlywed: Jewelry store lost wedding band

An Alvin newlywed says a popular jewelry store chain lost her wedding band and she is desperate to get it back in time for her first-anniversary photo shoot next week.

Tow truck contracts

Company claims Sugar Land played favorites with big contracts

The cost of getting towed has gone up nearly 70 percent in the city's first rate increase in about 10 years, the city confirms to Local 2 Investigates.

Woman poses as contractor in crime spree

Police: Fake contractor trying to get into homes, steal

Police say a suspicious woman posing as a lighting contractor and landscaper is distracting homeowners while another suspect goes into the home and steals.

Tow truck contracts

Tow company asks judge to block new contracts

Attorneys for a towing company that alleges the city played favorites when it awarded a new contract announced they will hold a news conference Monday before filing a lawsuit against several city officials and other towing companies in the area.

Hair shop owner shot during attempted robbery

A hair shop owner is in the hospital after he was shot during an attempted robbery near the Museum District.

Lone Star Tick can make you allergic to meat, BBQ

In Texas, we love our BBQ, so it was only appropriate to name the tick after the state known for smoked meat.

Police: Boy, 8, shot in face by child expected to surive

An 8-year-old boy shot in the face by his cousin is expected to survive, according to Texas City police.

Tax-free weekend kicks off

Texas sales tax holiday begins today and will continue all weekend.

Man dead in multi-car accident in Meyerland area

Investigators believe the driver may have suffered a medical issue prior to the accident.

Spiderman ATV stolen from boy, 5, found in woods

We have an update to a story we first brought you Thursday on Local 2 News at 10. A Spiderman ATV that was stolen from a 5-year-old boy has been found.

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Gymnastics coach found not guilty of sexual assault charges

A former Katy gymnastics coach once facing 20 felony counts has been found not guilty.

Shot fired by masked suspects during home invasion

Police say a group of armed attackers are targeting homes in southwest Houston. The most recent attempted home invasion was Friday morning.

HPD: Man shot to death at SW Houston apartment complex

Police are searching for the gunmen who shot and killed a man at a southwest Houston apartment complex.

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Houston man arrested in Florida causeway crash that critically injured 2

A Houston man was arrested after causing a crash on a Florida causeway that critically injured two people Thursday.

Man caught on camera stealing truck batteries

Houston police are looking for a man who stole nearly a dozen truck batteries from a northwest Houston business.

Amber Alert issued for Richmond toddler

Missing Richmond toddler located, suspect in custody

A missing toddler from Richmond has been found safe after a regional Amber Alert was issued late Thursday night, police said.

Poisonous asp caterpillars on the rise in Houston area

Experts say August is when a poisonous caterpillar typically appears and hospitals all around Texas are reporting more and more caterpillar stings.

Firefighters investigate garage fire at east Houston home

Firefighters are looking into the cause of a garage fire that happened overnight in east Houston.

Galveston police search for 2 armed robbers

Galveston police believe the same men are responsible for two armed robberies Thursday night.

Man arrested in smoke shop break-in

A burglary suspect is behind bars Friday morning after allegedly breaking into a northeast Houston smoke shop and stealing a bag full of merchandise.

Hockey rink spray-painted on Katy Seven Lakes High parking lot

Katy ISD is trying to figure out who is responsible for spray-painting a full-scale hockey rink in the parking lot of Seven Lakes High School.

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2 arrested in shooting that wounded little girl

Two men have been arrested in a shooting during a drug transaction in which a little girl was struck by a stray bullet, according to police.

Boy shot in face by another boy while unsupervised at apartment

An 8-year-old boy was shot in the face after a group of unsupervised children found a handgun in a Texas City apartment.

Hickok Shooting

Man shot after argument in car

The person who shot a man in southeast Houston is on the run.

The most super of 'supermoons' rises this weekend

The biggest ‘supermoon’ of the summer will rise over Houston this weekend!

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Friday's weather is hot and humid

Temperatures will remain in the mid 90s through the weekend, and are expected to rise early next week.

Pearland High School band members sprayed with repellant from plane

Hundreds of band members from Pearland High School were sent home after suffering irritating symptoms from aerial mosquito spraying.

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Urban gardens replace abandoned property in Houston

Fresh fruits and vegetables grown here in the city, delivered right to your table the next time you dine out -- that's the idea behind a new movement to turn abandoned property into thriving urban gardens.

Texans owner McNair gets clean bill of health after cancer battle

Houston Texans owner Bob McNair addressed the media Thursday afternoon, saying he has battled an aggressive form of skin cell cancer since last fall.

PD: Man who shot wife in front of kids found dead after standoff

The standoff happened after police say a husband shot his wife in front of their children in the Alief area.

IAH worker accused of stealing $40,000

A Bush Intercontinental Airport employee is off the job and in trouble with law after being accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars.

Third mosquito-borne illness possibly headed to Houston area

After positive tests of West Nile virus in humans and Chikungunya in a mosquito, officials say a third mosquito-borne threat is headed our way.

CHAT RECAP: Your West Nile & Chikungunya questions answered

With the news that nine people in Harris County have tested positive for the West Nile virus and a mosquito tested positive for Chikungunya, many of you have questions about the viruses and how to protect yourself.

Home catches fire while Spring family at charity event

Firefighters are trying to figure out what sparked a blaze at a Spring family's home.

Mom charged after girl, 6, found walking alone near busy road

A Houston mother is charged with endangering a child after her 6-year-old daughter was found walking alone near a busy roadway.

Houston ranked 4th coolest city in America by Forbes

Even on one of the hottest days of the year Houston is still a pretty cool city.

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Police: Dad hits daughter over his beer

A Pasadena dad was arrested after investigators said he hit his 13-year-old daughter over beer.

Man stabbed after opening door to his Highlands home

Investigators say a man opened the door to his home when someone stabbed him in Highlands.

Baby killer Genene Jones denied parole

According to officials with the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole the vote to deny Jones' parole was unanimous.

Man accused of humping driveway

Court documents state he was seen 'thrusting and humping a driveway' at a private residence.

Video of man reaching over counter, stealing cash register at Subway

There is new surveillance video of the man who grabbed an entire cash register from a northwest Houston restaurant.

Suspect arrested after leading police on chase in stolen car

During the chase, police say the car hit a police cruiser and a pickup truck.

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One suspect on the run, one in jail after stereo store burglary

One man is in custody and another is on the run after a break-in at a northwest Houston car stereo shop.

4th beauty supply store burglary in 8 days

4th beauty supply store burglary in 8 days

For the 4th time in eight days, burglars looted a beauty supply store in the Houston area Thursday morning.

Man's body found in Buffalo Bayou near downtown Houston

An investigation is underway after a cleanup crew spotted a man's body floating in Buffalo Bayou Wednesday morning.

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Liberty County toddler killed by horse kick

A Liberty County family is in mourning after a toddler was killed by a kicking horse Wednesday night, Dayton police said.

Teacher accused of showing up drunk, not wearing pants

Teacher accused of showing up drunk, not wearing pants

Two other teachers found Lorie Hill in an empty classroom. Police say she admitted to having some vodka before school.

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Hot and humid are the key words Thursday

After reaching 94 degrees Wednesday, the area will see 95 today.

Tired of that cold pizza? Don't waste it, trade it

Tired of that cold pizza? Don't waste it, trade it

Download the app, take a picture of your food, and post it.  Hungry people nearby can look at that picture and offer to swing by and pick it up.

Officials: Girl hit by gunfire during drug deal shooting

Investigations are underway Wednesday evening at two different shooting scenes in the Alief area after a drug deal in which a young girl was hit by a stray bullet.

Mosquitoes

9 people test positive for West Nile virus; 1 mosquito tests positive for Chikungunya

A mosquito has tested positive for the Chikungunya virus and nine people have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to the Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services.

Parole board considers baby killer's release

Members of the Texas Board of Pardons are considering whether former pediatric nurse Genene Jones should be released from prison.

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Restaurant workers, customers robbed at gunpoint

Montgomery County sheriff's deputies released new video of a robbery that happened at an IHOP restaurant in Spring.

Woman hospitalized after vicious dog attack

Neighbors are left shocked and scared after a woman was viciously attacked right outside her front door.

Kevin Pever is accused of impersonating a police officer

Man accused of impersonating police officer after car accident

A woman thought she got into a fender-bender accident with a police officer, but court documents show she later found out he wasn't part of any police force.

Texas tax-free weekend: Everything you need to know

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

Deputies: 23 suspected prostitutes and 76 'johns' arrested

Undercover deputies with the Harris county sheriff's office arrested 23 suspected prostitutes and 76 'johns' in two and a half weeks.

Police search for food store robber caught on camera

Sugar Land police have released surveillance video of a masked man wanted in a food mart robbery.

Another major pot bust in Polk County

For the second time in less than two weeks authorities have stumbled upon a large marijuana growing operation in the area.

Man stabbed, killed by co-worker during argument

A man is dead after getting into a fight with his co-worker at a northwest Houston business, said police.

Bush Intercontinental Airport worker falls to his death

Police are investigating after a maintenance worker fell to his death at Bush Intercontinental Airport Tuesday night, detectives said.

Worker killed in excavator accident at construction site

A construction worker, who we're told was part of a father-son team, has been killed in an accident involving an excavator at a work site in southwest Houston.

Council: Uber and Lyft allowed to operate in city of Houston

Taxi cab drivers have been fighting it, but on Wednesday Houston city leaders gave the green light to companies like Uber and Lyft.

Third beauty supply store robbed in one week

Surveillance cameras captured video of thieves stealing thousands of dollars from a beauty supply store Wednesday morning.

Unicyclist hit, killed in La Porte

Officers say the unicyclist, who made national headlines two years ago while riding naked in Kemah, was riding near the intersection of Sens Road and North L Street when he was hit by an SUV. He died at the scene.

Woman found dead in vacant apartment unit

Teen to be tried as adult in girl's satanic ritual killing

The 16-year-old boy charged in the brutal satanic killing of a teenage girl will now face up to 40 years behind bars.

Thieves get away with nothing after smashing into cash store

Some would-be thieves got away empty-handed after smashing into a cash store overnight.

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Kitchen fire forces Logan's Roadhouse to shut down

A kitchen fire has forced a popular restaurant in northwest Houston to temporarily shut its doors.

Baby giraffe born at Houston Zoo

The Houston Zoo has welcomed a new baby giraffe born over the weekend.

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Man in custody after fleeing scene of crash in which baby was ejected

Deputies say they have arrested a man who fled the scene of a crash in which his baby was ejected from the vehicle.

Chase, standoff ends in suspect's death in League City

A police chase that started in League City ended with a suspect dead in southeast Houston Tuesday afternoon.

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Galena Park police investigate missing city money

Galena Park police are investigating the disappearance of about $2,800 in cash from a city hall office. The money was collected for water bills and was supposed to be included in deposits made to the city's bank account June 23.

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Homeowner, neighbor fight crime after Montrose-area home burglarized

Motion detected surveillance cameras started to record when they sensed someone hop over the back fence to a home on Sul Ross in the Montrose area.

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Bed bugs cause trouble across Houston

Houston, we have a problem, and experts say it's only getting worse.

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Drivers want sticky dashboards fixed

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

Tougher standards on air emissions draw debate in Houston

Dozens of speakers converged on a Galena Park auditorium Tuesday to discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule regarding emissions from refineries and petrochemical plants.

Surveillance video released of million-dollar closet heist

We're getting our first look at the burglar who broke into a three-story dream closet in The Woodlands packed with designer jewelry, purses, shoes and clothes. The story made national headlines after the crook was able to escape with more than $1 million in items.

Man says Galveston rental home used by scammers

A Clear Lake man says someone hijacked his vacation rental posting and reposted the ad on Craigslist.

Fire tears through Hinze's BBQ restaurant in Wharton

A Wharton icon has been destroyed. Hinze's BBQ has been a staple in the community for 40 years, but on Monday night a fast-moving fire gutted it.

Trial for man accused of killing Pasadena couple begins

Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing a couple and shooting their teenage son in the head when he walked in on the crime.

Chihuahua who chased burglars reunited with owner

A Chihuahua named Hope has been reunited with her owner after she ran away during a home burglary.

Inside look at experimental Ebola drug developed at UTMB-Galveston

An expert says he is encouraged by what he is seeing with the two American Ebola patients, but it is too soon to tell if they'll fully recover. At the same time, UTMB is working on its own vaccine.

Proposed plan to cut costs, constables in Galveston County

A local constable is warning that a reduction in the number of constable precincts in Galveston County could negatively impact citizens.

Water restored at Hobby Airport after water main break

A water emergency at Hobby Airport is over after a water main break left the airport without water for hours Tuesday.

Teen faces charges after man's body found in motel room bathtub

Charges are pending against a teenager for his alleged role in the death of a man whose body was found in a north Houston motel room bathtub.

HFD Arson investigates 2-alarm house fir

Arson investigators are trying to figure out what caused a 2-alarm house fire that started while the homeowners were away.

2 arrested, others on the run after police chase in NW Houston

Two people are behind bars and several others on the run after a police chase in northwest Houston.

3 armed men rob customers at IHOP restaurant

Three thieves are on the run after robbing an IHOP restaurant in northwest Harris County.

Nine West under fire for 'sexist' shoe collection

A a new ad campaign by the popular retailer, Nine West, is creating quite the stir among women.

PD: Man uses interpreter to call in bomb threat to library

A man is accused of using hearing impaired interpretation services to call in a bomb threat to a League City Library.

Texas fisherman catches 809-pound tiger shark off Port Aransas

A Texas fisherman has landed an 809-pound tiger shark in the Gulf of Mexico after reeling it in for more than seven hours.

Texas mother sets Guinness breast milk record

A North Texas mother has shattered a world record by donating roughly 414 gallons of breast milk.

Texas zoo locked down after bear escapes habitat

A black bear named Oscar has been recaptured after climbing out of his South Texas zoo exhibit and slipping into a pool meant for seals.

Tuesday's Forecast: Chance of showers, high of 92

For the month of August our average high temperature starts out at  95 degrees at the beginning of the month

Man followed, shot in driveway of NE Harris Co. Home

Deputies are searching for the gunman who shot a man in the shoulder outside his Northeast Harris County home.

Driver thrown from truck after crashing into road barrier

Driver thrown from truck after crashing into barrier

Houston police were investigating after a man was thrown from his car in a crash Tuesday morning.

Mayor: Petition to repeal Equal Rights Ordinance ruled invalid

A petition to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance fell short of having enough valid signatures to be placed on the ballot, according to the mayor's office.

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Police chief has plan for the border

A police chief in Montgomery County is proposing a plan to help bolster the number of officers working near the Texas border, while providing training to those officers unfamiliar with organized criminal operations.

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3 women victims of wallet theft in League City

Four unsuspecting shoppers became crime victims over the weekend while grocery shopping in League City.

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$13,000 reward for one of Texas' most wanted sex offenders

Authorities have raised the reward for John Arthur Volker, who has ties to the Houston area.

Former Spring ISD teacher uses name 'Katya' to solicit child porn

An Humble man is facing prison time after being convicted on federal child pornography charges. Derrick Gossett, 33, entered a guilty plea to two counts of production of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced on Monday.

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Millions of car recalls spark confusion

With nearly 40 million car recalls so far this year, car manufacturers have already recalled more vehicles in 2014 than any other year in history.

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Thieves break into home while children sleep

A Houston mother is still unnerved after crooks not only broke into her home in broad daylight and stole a valuable appliance, but did so with her three daughters inside and sound asleep.

New details in high-dollar closet heist in The Woodlands

Speculation is rampant on social media as to how a million-dollar heist of a closet in The Woodlands went down. Detectives have questions and experts say the victims' insurance company will likely have questions of their own.

Girl, 12, home alone during break-in arms self with knife

A frightened 12-year-old grabbed a knife and ran into a bathroom when an intruder broke into her family’s home in Cypress on Monday afternoon, deputies said.

4 arrested in pawn shop robbery in NW Harris County

Four suspects were arrested after an armed robbery at a pawn shop in northwest Harris County.

Protecting caregivers from Ebola virus

When Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly stepped out of an ambulance as he arrived at Emory University in Atlanta, he appeared to wear as much protective gear as his caregiver.

Why Facebook says Messenger app needs your information

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

3 teens arrested for opening fire in adult novelty shop

Three teenagers are under arrest months after investigators say they held up employees and opened fire inside an adult novelty shop.

Galveston's Stewart Beach redevelopment options considered

A Galveston beach frequented by generations of Texas families may be transformed into a more modern space, possibly with retail shops and high density housing.

2 more positive West Nile Cases confirmed in Montgomery County

Two more positive West Nile cases have been confirmed in Montgomery County, officials said.

PD: Man who kidnapped woman from Poop Deck found with crack, bloody towel

A woman had to jump out of a car and run after a man who offered her a ride home from a bar refused to let her out of the vehicle, according to Galveston police.

HPD: Man relentlessly stalks ex-girlfriend and her family after breakup

A woman was terrified for her family’s safety after she says he ex-boyfriend threatened to hurt them.

Man leaves infant, toddler alone in car while he shops in electronics store

A man was arrested Saturday after leaving two small children alone in a car in a public parking lot, authorities say.

Houston man drowns in pool in Travis County

The Travis County Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team recovered the body of a Houston man who became distressed and went under while swimming in a pool in far southwest Travis County.

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Beyonce's dad offers ‘boot camp’ on breaking into the music industry

Are you trying to break into the music biz? How about getting advice from the GRAMMY Award-winning record level executive and executive producer of top-selling female R & B group Destiny’s Child?

HPD: Suspected drunk driver causes multi-vehicle crash on Gulf Freeway

A suspected drunk driver was arrested early Monday after causing a multi-vehicle crash on the Gulf Freeway, according to Houston police.

Off-duty HPD officer beaten during attempted robbery in downtown Houston

A Houston police officer was attacked and beaten early Sunday by a gang of suspects who were allegedly trying to rob him.

Doctors warn about ‘do it yourself’ plastic surgery

People are using makeshift fillers like cooking oil, fiberglass and caulk in "do-it-yourself" plastic surgery methods. 

Bill Read's Blog: Going to Hawaii this week?

So are Iselle and Julio. Iselle was a major hurricane this morning moving westward across the eastern Pacific, a little more than halfway between Mexico and Hawaii.

Hurricane Bertha forms in Atlantic Ocean; unlikely to make landfall in US

A newly formed Hurricane Bertha swirled northward across open sea Monday after brushing the Turks & Caicos Islands and Bahamas as a tropical storm, while forecasters predicted the storm wasn't likely to make landfall on the U.S. East Coast.

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Man ambushed, robbed, shot outside home

A man is in the hospital after police say he was ambushed by thieves moments after he got home.

Deputies: Woman survives plunge off Hardy Toll Road overpass

Deputies: Woman survives plunge off Hardy Toll Road overpass

A woman was rushed to the hospital after she drove off the Hardy Toll Road late Sunday night, Precinct 1 deputies said.

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Interactive map shows net worth of the richest person in every state

If you've ever wanted to befriend the richest person in every state, there's a new tool online to help map out your journey.

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Motorcycle rider in critical condition after crash on Highway 6

A motorcycle rider was in critical condition after a violent wreck Sunday night.

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Below average temperatures to start the week

Below average temperatures to start the week

Save money on your next medical procedure

Save money on your next medical procedure

Getting a good deal on medical care is probably one of the last things you think about when you're under the weather. But shopping around could make a difference in your fiscal health.

Attempted bank robbery suspect killed by HCSO deputies

A man accused of an attempted bank robbery is shot and killed after a standoff with Harris County sheriff's deputies.

Feldman tosses complete game, Astros beat Jays 6-1

Scott Feldman didn't get frustrated after allowing six hits in the first three innings Sunday.

6 people shot after fight in Boss Nightclub & Sports Bar parking lot

6 people shot after fight in Boss Nightclub & Sports Bar parking lot

Harris County sheriff's deputies were investigating after multiple people were shot in a nightclub parking lot Sunday morning.

Lake Conroe deadliest for Texas boaters since 2000

Lake Conroe has had four boating-related deaths so far this year, the most out of any lake in Texas since 2000, according to a published report Sunday.

Texas players' arrests highlight assault problems

The recent arrests of two Texas football players for sexual assault are a rare example of police detaining suspects in alleged rape cases.

Texas players' arrests highlight assault problems

The recent arrests of two Texas football players for sexual assault are a rare example of police detaining suspects in alleged campus rape cases.

Man arrested after reports car he stole was stolen

Corpus Christi police say a man who reported his car stolen has been arrested on suspicion of stealing it from someone else.

S. Texas probes possible Mexican state corruption

Federal and state authorities in South Texas are investigating a group of businessmen and officials from a Mexican border state accused of laundering tens of millions of dollars in kickbacks.

Convicted Texas killer up for parole for 27th time

A former death row inmate who's served 44 years of two life sentences for a pair of slayings in 1969 is up for parole for the 27th time.

Rental home catches fire, owner suspects arson

Rental home catches fire, owner suspects arson

A fire at a home in Atascocita may have been intentionally set, according to the homeowner.

Homeowner shoots husband, after wife crashes into house

Homeowner shoots husband after wife crashes into house

Homicide detectives were on the scene of a deadly shooting that came after an early-morning crash on Sunday.

Driver tops speeds of 120 mph during police chase

Driver tops speeds of 120 mph during police chase

Police arrested two men after a wild chase through the Willowbrook area early Sunday morning.

Suspected drunk driver crashes violently into ditch

Suspected drunk driver crashes violently into ditch

A man was in critical condition after allegedly driving drunk Saturday night.

Man's home burned to the ground

Man's home burns down in fire

The Harris County Fire Marshal was investigating after a home burned to the ground Sunday morning.

Strahan shows Houston roots during Hall of Fame enshrinement

Michael Strahan starred at Texas Southern before his legendary NFL career.

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Family heading to church function hurt during police chase

A family of six was taken to a hospital Saturday evening after getting caught in the middle of a police chase.

Project Cure Houston sends supplies to west Africa

About $200,000 worth of donated medical supplies from Houston were packed Saturday to be shipped to countries in west Africa to help contain the Ebola outbreak.

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Police seek teens accused of stealing from Houston business

Police are looking for a group of teens accused of stealing from a local business.

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Thief steals nearly $1M worth of items from Woodlands woman's closet

Investigators are searching for a thief who stole up to $1 million worth of designer handbags and jewelry from a woman's closet in The Woodlands that recently got international attention. The closet is three stories and 3,000 square feet.

4 suspects in custody after chase, shooting

4 suspects in custody after chase, officer-involved shooting

Four men were arrested after a chase and shooting in northwest Houston.

Armed men rob employee, 6 customers at adult novelty store

Armed men rob employee, 6 customers at adult novelty store

A robbery at an adult novelty store in Spring leaves an employee and customers visibly shaken.

3 people safely escape burning home

3 people safely escape burning home

Homeowners worked to salvage items after a fire reduced many of their possessions to ashes Friday night.

Thieves smash into beauty store, steal thousands of dollars of merchandise

Thieves smash into beauty store, cause thousands of dollars of damage

Glass and debris littered the front of a beauty store Saturday morning, after thieves smashed into the shop with a truck.

Health care facilities prepare for patients with infectious diseases

Health care facilities in Houston said now is the time to prepare to care for patients with infectious diseases like Ebola virus.

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Free software blocks collection of personal information

A Local 2 Investigation has found companies whom you would expect to safeguard your personal information selling Houstonians' information to anyone willing to pay.

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Residents: Bicycle thefts becoming problem in Midtown

Residents living in Midtown say bicycle thefts are becoming a big problem. Recently, more than 20 bikes were stolen from just one complex in a day.

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Deputies beef up patrols after string of burglaries

The Harris County Precinct 5 Constable's Office has put more deputies on the streets after a rash of burglaries in the Meyerland area. Some undercover officers are also patrolling the neighborhood after six home break-ins were reported in just five days.

House approves $694 million border security measure

The House has approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied migrant youths arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. President Barack Obama condemned the Republican action and said he'd act unilaterally, as best he could.

Suspects arrested after smash and grab robbery in NE Houston

Two men are chased by police after trying to rob a pawn shop in northeast Houston.

Houston Restaurant Weeks offers good food for charitable cause

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

Katy plans on construction of new town center

Katy could soon join the ranks of other Houston area suburbs in building a new town square.

Pct. 3: Toddler severely burned while in care of babysitter, dies

Precinct 3 deputy constables were investigating after a 2-year-old died from burn injuries Thursday night.

Residents in Midtown shocked to find vehicles flooded in parking garage

Dozens of residents in a midtown apartment complex woke up to find their parking garage had flooded.

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

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

Baytown police searching for suspect who allegedly shot man ‘in cold blood’

Baytown police are searching for a man they say shot another man “in cold blood” at a Valero gas station early Friday. They are on the hunt for Walter Pickering, 25, who witnesses say shot 32-year-old Glen Flowers.

HFD: Downtown Houston high-rise temporarily evacuated due to gas leak

A high-rise was temporarily evacuated in downtown Houston Friday due to a gas leak, according to the Houston Fire Department

Houston area hit hard by steady, overnight downpours

It was a thunderous night and a very wet morning for people in the Houston area as heavy storms swept across Southeast Texas.

Woman shot in family dispute near Missouri City

The Houston Police Department is responding to a shooting in far southwest Houston.

Fort Bend ISD recognizes its young leaders

The Fort Bend Independent School District kicked off the new school year with the Leadership Launch on Wednesday.

Houston teen makes 12th hospital donation

A Houston teenager is making a difference in the lives of hospitalized children.

Bryan police say man playing with gun fatally shot

A Central Texas teenager has died after he and another man were playing with a gun and the weapon discharged.

West Texas officer not indicted in fatal shooting

A grand jury has declined to indict a West Texas police officer who was off-duty when he fatally shot a robbery suspect at restaurant.

Vandals target Katy neighborhood

A family in the West Green Park neighborhood woke up Thursday morning to find all three of their SUVs vandalized. They soon realized they weren't the only victims.

House catches fire after lightning strike

House catches fire after lightning strike

Houston firefighters responded to a Kingwood home Friday, after a bolt of lightning sparked a fire at the house.

Thousands without power due to storms

Thousands without power due to storms

Centerpoint Energy crews are working to restore power Friday morning

Heavy rains cause street flooding

Heavy rains cause street flooding

The Harris County Sheriff's Office is reporting numerous streets and highways flooded.

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Woman accused of lying about cancer

Michelle Wasicek said she spent nearly six months of her life caring for and raising money for Misty Mink, a woman she'd met through a mutual friend who claimed to have cancer in her knees.

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Woman arrested in 2012 death of husband

Once believed to be a grieving widow after 32 years of marriage, prosecutors said 54-year-old Sandra Melgar is the person responsible for her husband's death.

Restaurant Report Card: Roaches found at popular juice chain

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

Texas jailer fired for improper use of force

Video that got a Texas jailer fired and left an inmate severely injured was released Thursday.

Galveston doc heads to W. Africa to assist in containing Ebola virus

The director of the High Containment Laboratory Operations at the Galveston National Laboratory, who is also a professor at University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, will leave for Sierra Leone Aug. 11.

Arrest made in murder of Stafford businessman

Stafford police have made an arrest in the murder of 45-year-old Donald Leonetti.

Lake Conroe resort sued over death of 8-year-old

A Montgomery County resort is facing a lawsuit, accused of poor maintenance of electrical wiring that allegedly caused the death of an 8-year-old boy.

Police: Armed men rob Aldine taco stand

A Taco Poncho's manager, a workman repairing a deep fryer and a female employee were all
in the taco stand at 10303 Airline Drive Tuesday around 9:45 p.m. when two armed robbers entered the trailer and demanded money and wallets from them.

HPD responding to bomb threat near Museum District

The Houston Police Department is sending its bomb squad to a house on the 1600 blocks of Bissonnet Street.

Would-be robbers leave accomplice who was placed in chokehold by clerk

A convenience store clerk got the upper hand on an would-be robber after placing him in a chokehold in the store, deputies said.

90-year-old grandma with shotgun surrenders after hours-long SWAT standoff

A 90-year-old grandmother who was armed with a shotgun and holding SWAT officers at bay in Channelview was taken into custody without harm.

Astros trade hometown player in deal with Marlins

The Miami Marlins were shoppers instead of sellers for a change at the trade deadline, and they added a starting pitcher to help make a playoff push.

Missing man's body found near Livingston motel

A Montgomery County man's body was found in a wooded area behind a La Quinta motel in Livingston.

LIVE: Infectious disease expert answers your questions

KPRC Local 2 hosts infectious disease expert Dr. Catherine Troisi from the UTHealth School of Public Health.

Texas facility to start housing immigrant families

Federal immigration officials say a South Texas detention center will start housing women and their children who enter the United States officials illegally.

Houston man gets 25-year sentence in child porn case

A Houston man who traveled to Maine and took sexually explicit images of a 14-year-old girl he met online must serve 25 years in federal prison.

Rider gets 30 years for attacking Texas bus driver

A bus passenger apparently upset about North Texas traffic delays has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for attacking the driver.

It's never a good idea to take a selfie with a swan

All this man wanted was a selfie with a swan, but it didn't quite work out the way he planned in his head.

2-alarm fire rips through northwest Houston warehouse

Houston firefighters were busy Thursday morning battling a massive blaze that ripped through a northwest Houston warehouse.

Man police thought was barricaded inside SE Houston apartment slips away

Houston police are searching for a man who they were told had barricaded himself inside a southeast Houston apartment, but slipped away undetected, possibly before SWAT officers arrived.

Hair heist at beauty supply could be connected to cellphone store break-in

As many as eight thieves pulled off an expensive hair heist in southwest Houston, and it was all caught on camera.

Man critically injured in north Harris Co. high-speed accident

A man is in critical condition after flipping his pickup truck in north Harris County, according to deputies.

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Sports with higher risk for concussion for young athletes

The fall sports season is about to begin for many young athletes across the country and a few of those sports put athletes at a higher risk for a concussion.

Rollover crash on Hwy 288 after woman mistakes embankment for exit ramp

A woman who was unfamiliar with Highway 288 was involved in a rollover crash after she mistook the embankment for an exit ramp, according to Houston police.

Police officer rear-ended by drowsy driver on Katy Freeway

Police officer rear-ended by drowsy driver on Katy Freeway

A police officer was taken to the hospital after getting rear-ended while monitoring a crash scene Thursday morning.

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Forbes releases list of 'America's Top Colleges'

The rankings include student satisfaction, graduation rates, career success, student debt and other factors.

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Storms in the forecast Thursday

Storms will develop Thursday and may continue through Friday morning

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Mosquito tests positive for West Nile virus in The Woodlands

Health officials are warning about an aggressive type of mosquito which had tested for positive for West Nile virus in The Woodlands.

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Crosby boy, 14, sets self on fire playing Fire Challenge game

Bored teenagers and social media add up to a painful outcome for a 14-year-old boy in Crosby. What started as a game turned into anything but child's play.

Related: Fire challenge trend growing on social media |

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Judge lets child porn collector avoid prison, conviction

A judge has allowed an admitted child pornography collector to avoid prison time and potentially keep the conviction off his record in a move that surprised prosecutors.

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Family of POW who went missing 1950 to be honored

The Lilley brothers, James and Stan, have boxes full of photos, letters and memorabilia of their father, Sgt. Merritt Lilley; it's all they have.

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21 indictments obtained in narcotic-related cases

Upon completion of an undercover operation led by the Galveston Police department, 21 indictments are obtained in narcotic-related cases within seven months.

Harris County teen hospitalized after fire challenge goes wrong

A 14-year-old is in the hospital after burning himself by taking part in the viral fire challenge,

Fire challenge trend growing on social media

A Texas fire department is warning parents about a disturbing new trend -- teens dousing themselves in rubbing alcohol, lighting themselves on fire and posting it on social media.

Apartment teardown causes dilemma for Montrose residents

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

Despite pleas, commission takes no action on Astrodome

The Texas Historical Commission voted Wednesday to table the vote on the Astrodome.  They will revisit it again at a later date.

Harris County deputy beaten up by alleged theft suspects

Authorities say a Harris County sheriff's deputy was assaulted by two men who were accused of theft.

HCSO responds to home invasion in NW Harris County

A house with a woman and seven children was broken into in northwest Harris County.

New clue in search for missing man

There are new clues in the disappearance of a Houston-area man as Texas Equusearch joins the search.

Deputies: Man found hiding in tree after killing aunt in Walker County

A 36-year-old man was found hiding in a tree after he brutally attacked his aunt and uncle at their home, according to the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff makes plea to public on 6-month anniversary of slain family

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Wednesday to make a public plea to help find those responsible for murdering the Sun family in their Cypress-area home. The plea was made on the 6-month anniversary of the murders.

Fourth Ward community fights to preserve neighborhood history

Residents of Fourth Ward are fighting to stop a city road project they say threatens to destroy a valuable piece of history.

Houston man accused of abusing girlfriend's Yorkie

Ivan Morales, 22, threw a dog against a door and caused it to have a seizure, according to charges.

Police: 10-year-old boy calls in bomb threat to Pearland day care

A 10-year-old boy is responsible for calling in a bomb hoax that forced a Pearland day care to evacuate Wednesday morning, according to Pearland police.

Sobbing sister expresses the most adorable brotherly love

It's the video sweeping the internet. This little girl has an emotional breakdown when she realizes her brother will ONE day grow up.

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Child porn collector potentially avoids conviction

A judge has allowed an admitted child porn collector to avoid prison time and potentially keep the conviction off his record, in a move that surprised prosecutors.

Hire your own personal online stylist

Just about every celebrity has a personal stylist for those important red carpet moments. But what if you could hire your own stylist for just $20 a month and never have to leave your house?

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3 men arrested after early-morning chase, 1 got away

Three men are behind bars and one is on the run after police say they led officers on a chase through southwest Houston.

2 men on the run after violent taco stand robbery

2 men on the run after violent taco stand robbery

Deputies were searching for two men after a violent robbery at a taco stand in north Harris County Tuesday night.

Pierce Bush takes over Big Brothers Big Sisters of Houston

Pierce Bush is the grandson of President George H.W. Bush and the nephew of President George W. Bush, and even though he grew up surrounded by a modern-day political dynasty, he followed a path away from politics. He started his career with a local financial firm and is the executive vice…

What's Going Around: Kawasaki disease

Houston-area doctors are reporting cases of a scary-looking, rare disease that can affect young children.

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Chance of afternoon storms Wednesday

If you liked Tuesday's weather, you'll like the forecast Wednesday

Missing charter boat recovered

The fishing charter boat Reel Deep returns to Galveston with the help of the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Students moved from school due to mold

According to the district's 2007 bond website, improvements at Codwell Elementary School are costing about $1.7 million. Houston Independent School District leaders now know they have a new job -- cleaning up mold within the school's walls.

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Cellphone robbers tracked down by police using GPS

Harris County sheriff's deputies shut down part of the Katy Freeway Tuesday evening as they tried to catch three armed robbery suspects in the 8800 block near Chimney Rock.

Man convicted of killing Bellaire police officer sentenced to death

A jury has decided the punishment for the man convicted of killing a Bellaire police officer and an innocent bystander. Harlem Lewis has been sentenced to death.

Air conditioner issues heat up Humble day care

Ongoing air conditioning problems have parents concerned about the care their children are receiving at a Humble daycare.

HPD responding to officer-involved shooting in SW Houston

The Houston Police Department is responding to an officer-involved shooting in southwest Houston.

Houston doctor accused of luring Indian dancers to US in sex trafficking scheme

A Houston doctor and three men in New York are accused of luring dancers from India with the promise of legal jobs, then forcing them into the sex trade once they arrived.

Stores practice drill to prevent children from going missing

Code Adam safety program seeks to find children who get lost in public places.

Texas judge orders seizure of Kurdish crude oil

Approximately 1,000,000 barrels of crude oil off the coast of Galveston will be seized by U.S. Marshals.

FBCSO seeks information on trespasser in Katy area

Fort Bend County sheriff's deputies are sending out a warning after home surveillance cameras  caught a nude man looking through windows of homes in the Katy area.

Arrest made as more marijuana fields found in Polk County

Law enforcement finds more parts of an elaborate marijuana growing operation in Goodrich and an arrest is made.

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Wrong-way crashes on the rise in the area

A woman was killed in a wrong-way crash on the Hardy Toll Road Monday night.

Local 2 investigates car break-in hotspots

Thieves targeted cars and trucks for burglaries in Houston, on average, 99 times per day in 2013, and downtown Houston leads the list of areas most prone to the crime, according to data calculated by Local 2 Investigates.

DPS adds Texas man to Top 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list

Robert Chrimson, 51, is wanted on a parole violation and for failing to comply with sex offender registration.

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Get your chicken wing fix on 'National Chicken Wing Day'

Restaurants celebrate 'National Chicken Wing Day' with special deals

Texas: Gay-marriage ban best for children

Texas' ban on same-sex marriage allows the state to promote the birth and upbringing of children in "stable, lasting relationships," the state's attorney general argued Tuesday while asking a federal appeals court to reinstate the ban.

UH picked to finish 3rd in American Athletic Conference

The Cougars received six first-place votes to win the American Athletic Conference.

New law speeds closure of troubled charter schools

The number of troubled charter schools that are forced to close is accelerating because of a new state law that makes it easier to shutter poorly performing ones.

Texas bingo operators win suit to lobby lawmakers

A federal appeals court ruling allows charitable bingo operators to use proceeds from their games to lobby Texas lawmakers on a variety of issues, including gambling.

Texas deputy injured in fatal shooting of suspect

An East Texas sheriff's deputy was trying to serve assault warrants issued more than 500 miles away in Ward County when he fatally shot the suspect.

Texas sales tax holiday set for early August

The Texas annual sales tax holiday has been set for Aug. 8-10 as families prepare to send children back to school.

Officer who is also a chaplain dodges bullets in shootout with suspect

A man was killed Monday night in shootout with a police officer in Hedwig Village.

TSA offers big dollars for ideas to help speed up security screening

The Transportation Security Administration needs the public’s help to shorten security lines and the agency if offering cash for the right solution.

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Composite sketch released in aggravated robbery

Houston police have released a composite sketch in their efforts to solve an aggravated robbery.

6 horses killed when barn, 18-wheeler catch fire in southeast Houston

Six horses died after a fire broke out at a barn in southeast Houston Tuesday morning.

HPD: Woman tries to sexually assault little sister’s friend at sleepover

A woman is accused of trying to sexually assault her little sister’s 12-year-old friend during a sleepover at their home, according to Houston police.

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Grieving mother speaks out after son shot, killed in N Harris County

A grieving mother is asking for the public's help in finding the person who shot and killed her son outside a north Harris County apartment complex.

Sneaky sodium bombs lurking in popular food

Healthy eaters beware—sodium is lurking where you least expect it.

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Chance of rain in the forecast Tuesday

After a hot and humid but dry Monday, the rain chances ramp up Tuesday

Jury deliberates fate of man convicted of killing Bellaire officer

A jury is deciding the fate of the man convicted of killing a Bellaire police officer and an innocent bystander on Christmas Eve 2012.

Body rolled up in carpet found in northwest Harris County

Investigators are on the scene after a body of a woman was found in a wooded area in northwest Harris County.

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Women followed in car; man exposes himself

Two women driving home from a Clear Lake restaurant were followed by a man, and according to Friendswood Police, that man pulled down his pants and exposed himself.

Waco sheriff warns of convicted killer in Houston

A man who served prison time for killing his adoptive parents is in Houston according to The Waco Tribune-Herald.

DPS identifies person of interest after baby left in car crash

Authorities say a man left a 5-month-old in the road after a crash ejected the infant.

U.S. faces dilemma over Kurdish oil tanker off coast of Galveston

A massive oil tanker parked roughly 60 miles off the coast of Galveston has the potential to ignite an international incident, if the oil on board is offloaded in the U.S.

Video of semi-pro MMA fighter knocking out robber goes viral

You saw him first on Local 2 -- a convenience store clerk who turned the table on a pair of robbers. Now his story has gone viral. Local 2's Amy Davis talked to the clerk-turned-hero about his newfound fame.

Gas station clerk with MMA training surprises thieves

A southside convenience store clerk turned the tables on a pair of accused robbers.

1 arrested, 3 on the loose in credit union bank robbery

A suspect arrested after a credit union robbery in Pasadena is now being questioned by police as the search for his three alleged accomplices continues.

Massive marijuana grow operation found in Polk County

Authorities say they have found tens of thousands of marijuana plants in a field in Polk County.

Car vandals strike northeast Houston community

Vandals struck a northeast Houston neighborhood overnight leaving people there with a big mess to clean up.

Construction creates headaches in Upper Kirby area

If you've driven in the Upper Kirby area, you know the road construction there can really slow you down. It may have you wondering why all that construction is necessary.

4 armed men rob employees, customers at IHOP in north Houston

Houston police are searching for suspects who allegedly held up employees and customers at an IHOP in north Houston early Monday.

3 charged in fatal shooting of man at southwest Houston apartments

Charges have been filed against three suspects in the fatal shooting of a man on June 9. Fatorma Gabba, 26, Aaron Emeton, 29, and Brian Agard, 23, are charged with murder.

HPD looks into fatal shooting of man in W. Houston

A 50-year-old man was robbed and killed when he arrived at his townhome.

Teen injured after bike collides with ambulance on Seawall Boulevard

A 15-year-old was injured late Sunday after colliding with an ambulance in Galveston.

HPD identifies woman found near abandoned business

Police say a woman had been assaulted and died from her injuries near a vacant building in southeast Houston.

HPD investigates fatal shooting of driver in SW Houston

A man was shot in his car after a traffic dispute Sunday in southwest Houston.

Sketch released of man wanted in armed robbery of Domino's employee

Authorities have released a sketch of a suspect wanted for robbing a pizza store employee last week.

Driver killed after car crashes into home, bursts into flames

Driver dies in fiery crash in northwest Harris County

One person was killed when a car crashed into a home and burst into flames Monday morning.

Search continues for woman who went missing from north Harris County home

Texas Equusearch teams are gearing up to continue their search for a missing woman.

Houston considered one of the best places to sell a home

If you're thinking of buying a home, act quickly, Houston has one of the fastest-moving housing markets in the nation.

1 dead, 2 rescued after boat sinks in South Texas

A man in South Texas has died after the boat he was on sank in a bay near the Gulf of Mexico.

Should the condemned suffer? Victim families torn

Randy Browning watched from behind the glass as Kimberly McCarthy slipped quietly into unconsciousness, snored briefly, then finally stopped breathing. It didn't matter to him that this woman — who'd brutally stabbed and mutilated his beloved godmother and mentor — was allowed a peaceful, painless…

Family walking across America in memory of daughter

A Houston family is packing their bags for a trip from California to Florida—but they’re not flying or driving.

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Monday is the hottest day of the week

Monday's high is 98 degrees, but a front is on the way that will bring slightly cooler temperatures. 

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Man charged in fatal DUI crash

A man has been charged in connection with a crash that killed one man and left that man's wife injured.

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2-alarm fire damages apartment complex, displaces residents

An apartment complex suffered significant damage after a massive fire early Sunday morning.

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HISD offers NC teachers more money to move to Houston

North Carolina teachers are being offered substantially higher salaries to move and teach in Texas.

HFD rescues driver from burning car

A man has to be pried from his car after a fiery crash in north Houston.

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Marine's family receives tribute flag

An invaluable family memento was returned Saturday evening to the family of a fallen Marine.

Elderly woman dies in Crosby house fire

An elderly woman is dead after a fire burned down her home in Crosby.

Community hosts benefit for Stay family

More than two weeks after a tragic shooting that left six members of the same family dead, a community continues to come together to show their support for the shooting's sole survivor.

Cameras catch man robbing business in women's clothing

Crime Stoppers of Houston is asking for the public's help to identify a person suspected of stealing computers and electronics.

Female World War II pilot celebrates 100th birthday

Mayme Tanner at 100 years old is one of the few surviving members of the women’s Air Force service pilots.

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GCSO makes multiple arrests in undercover drug sting

The Galveston County Sheriff's Department arrested 14 individuals on narcotics-related charges Friday after a year-long undercover operation.

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Ammonia leak closes Houston Ship Channel, sends 4 workers to hospital

The Coast Guard said ammonia that leaked from a vessel forced the closure of the Houston Ship Channel and nearby bridges while sending four workers to a hospital.

Gunmen rob, shoot victim in northwest Harris County

Deputies are searching for the three men who they say robbed and shot a man in northwest Harris County.

Man in wheelchair hit by 3 different cars

A man is dead after being hit by three cars in Northeast Harris County.

Woman falls through uncovered manhole into human waste

A woman in Galveston fell into an uncovered manhole and ended up covered in human waste.

HFD completes high-angle rescue of crane operator

A crane operator was injured and stuck about 200 feet in the air before being lowered to the ground.

2 dogs rescued in apartment complex blaze

Several units were damaged by fire Friday evening at an apartment complex in the Sharpstown area. The Houston Fire Department rescued two dogs from the fire.

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Baby youngest to have heart transplant at Texas Children's Hospital

Earlier this year, just weeks after birth, Juliana became the youngest baby ever to have a heart transplant at Texas Children's Hospital. But she's not the only fighter in the family: Her mother is fighting breast cancer.

Local man victimized by knockout game

An east Houston man who was attacked and beaten by three men Thursday night believes he was the victim of a vicious game.

Critics of Houston equal rights ordinance speak out

Houstonians could soon learn if efforts to repeal Houston's controversial equal rights ordinance will have voters heading to the polls.

Heat takes toll on worker in Deer Park

A man in his 30s was airlifted to a hospital Friday after suffering from heat exhaustion.

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

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

Teacher accused of inappropriate relationship with student appears in court

A 48-year-old woman has been charged with two counts of sexual assault with a child under 14.

Abilities Expo celebrates Americans with Disabilities Act

People were at NRG Stadium Friday to celebrate this year's Abilities Expo.

Parents accused of driving drunk with 5 children in car appear in court

A Houston couple suspected of driving while intoxicated with their children have their day in court.

Man accused of burning Pasadena woman's body appears in court

Bond was set at $70,000 for a man accused of killing a woman and setting her body on fire.

Restaurant Report Card: Flies, feces and roaches

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

HPD arrests suspect from December 2013 shooting in north Houston

Jake Anthony Espinoza, 18, was arrested in connection with a fatal shooting on Aldine Westfield Road.

FBCSO seeks information from January homicide

Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $5,000 for information in a shooting that happened at a restaurant.

High-powered guns recovered after SWAT standoff ends with 2 arrests

Alton Brown and Avery Halliburton were taken into custody after a SWAT standoff Thursday night that lasted more than three hours. They're accused of several burglaries, including stealing high-powered rifles.

Armed robbers ambush IHOP workers, customers

Three armed robbers held up an IHOP early Friday morning.

Senior citizen escapes burning home

Senior citizen escapes burning home

A senior citizen managed to escape his burning home after an early morning fire Friday.

3 men caught on camera in cell phone store robbery in Meyerland area

Police have released surveillance video in the hopes of catching three men wanted in an armed robbery of a cell phone store last week.

Beware of dangers lurking in the app store

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

Sketch released of man wanted in shooting outside Greenspoint Mall

Houston police have released a sketch of a man wanted in connection to the fatal shooting of a teen outside Greenspoint Mall.

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Truck nearly torn in half during major collision

Police are trying to figure out who caused a major crash in west Houston.

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Warmest weekend this year ahead

Temperatures continue to increase through the weekend, and are expected to reach 98 by Sunday.

Marine tribute flag found in Texas flea market

Flag intended for fallen Marine sold for $5 at Texas flea market

Tucked away in the corner at a flea market in Hemphill, Texas, about a 170 miles away from Houston, Lanie and Walter Brown found a flag with writing on it.

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6-foot alligator removed from neighborhood

A 6-foot long, 120-pound alligator caused a stir that was even too much for Fort Bend County deputies to handle. A Cinco Ranch homeowner called deputies after witnessing children throw rocks at the gator.

Woman bitten by copperhead snake in Brazoria County

A 70-year-old woman is recovering after being bitten by a copperhead snake at her home in Clute.

How to find the best bargains at garage sales

Get ready to save some money. We take you garage sale shopping with an expert. 

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Inmate charged in decade-old murder case

Investigators say a local family is seeing justice exactly 10 years to the day after their loved one was gunned down in west Harris County.

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Sugar Land teacher accused of child porn possession

A Sugar Land teacher is accused of having child pornography on his computer, according to the FBI.

New skate park honoring abuse victim opens in Spring

Called Dylan Park, it honors a special boy who died of child abuse five years ago.

EZ Tag scam warning in Harris County

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

Ex-teacher accused of having sexual relationship with student

A former teacher at Thornton Middle School is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a student.

Former baseball player Chuck Knoblauch arrested again

Former pro baseball player and Houston native, Chuck Knoblauch, has been arrested and charged with assault family violence, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office records show.

Manvel facility could house undocumented children

It looks like Brazoria County hasn't steered clear of the border crisis just yet. Federal records indicate a facility located on the outskirts of Manvel could soon be housing undocumented children.

HPD: Armed men rob north Houston pharmacy of cash, pain pills

Houston police are searching for three armed men who held up a pharmacy in north Houston Thursday morning.

Local 2 investigation protects consumers from identity thief

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

HPD: Fake cops tie up cleaning man during game room robbery

Two men who were impersonating police officers robbed a game room in northwest Houston Thursday morning, according to Houston police.

Passerby helps family escape raging house fire in southeast Houston

A family’s southeast Houston home was destroyed Thursday morning after a raging fire swept through it.

Surveillance video released of robbers who pistol-whipped employees

Authorities have released surveillance video of three armed suspects who allegedly assaulted employees during Wednesday's robbery of a T-Mobile store in northwest Harris County.

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Man accused of taking photos up young girl's skirt at store

A Mississippi man is accused of taking photos up a young girl's skirt at a local Walmart.

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PD: Pasadena mom killed by child's father over child support dispute

A Houston man is accused of murdering the mother of his child because he did not want to pay child support, according to court documents.

Man shot in head during violent home invasion

A violent home invasion in northwest Houston escalated to a shooting.

Parents accused of driving around drunk with 5 kids in car

A Houston couple is accused of driving around drunk with five children in the car.

Probation for Texan who faked being fire marshal

A North Texas man has been put on probation for pretending to be a fire marshal to avoid a $10 cover charge at a bar and to get free drinks.

Two injured in north Houston drive-by shooting

Houston police are searching for the gunmen suspected in two drive-by shootings.

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HPD: Burglars get stuck after smashing into NE Houston store

Three men are on the run after they smashed their way into a northeast Houston convenience store early Thursday morning, police said.`

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Man shot during violent carjacking in north Houston

An armed thief is on the run after carjacking and shooting a man in north Houston, according to Houston police.

HPD: Drugs recovered in vehicle after police chase in northeast Houston

A man and woman were taken into custody Wednesday night after leading police on a short chase in northeast Houston.

Family of four escapes house fire in southwest Houston

A family is safe after escaping a fire that broke out in their southwest Houston home.

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More storms on the way Thursday

The chance of scattered thunderstorms continues Thursday.

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Facebook 'Friend Verifier' app searches for sexual predators

Facebook -- where teenagers tell it all: Secrets, stories, gossip. But because so many teens and tweens want to be seen as uber popular, many times they'll accept Facebook friend requests from just about anybody.

Lightning sparks fire and damages roof of home

Lightning sparks fire and damages roof of home

The roof of a Southwest Houston home was significantly damaged by a bolt of lightning that struck during a late-night storm.

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Smoking banned at Houston city parks, libraries

Starting Sept. 2, all Houston city parks will be smoke-free, and those who don't follow the new rules could face a hefty fine.

Real estate heir accused of urinating on candy rack turns himself in

Millionaire real estate heir Robert Durst turned himself in to authorities Wednesday afternoon after being accused of relieving himself on a candy rack inside a Houston pharmacy.

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Officers disciplined after injury from alleged hazing

A police lieutenant is out of a job and three of his colleagues have been disciplined after an officer was injured in what the chief calls a hazing initiation incident for a new SWAT team member. The lieutenant involved denies it was a hazing incident.

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Houstonians profess love to city on social media with #ImSoHouston

All around the country, people are taking to social media to show pride in their home city. Houston is no different.

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Bride-to-be accused of credit card abuse

A bride-to-be is facing serious charges days before her big wedding day.

Pregnant woman among 2 pistol-whipped during cell phone store robbery

Investigators say two employees, one of them pregnant, were pistol-whipped during a violent holdup at a T-Mobile store in Cypress.

First confirmed human case of West Nile virus in Montgomery County

Health officials confirmed Tuesday a man over the age of 60 is undergoing treatment for the mosquito-borne illness.

Man, woman arrested after armed robbery of cash store

A man and woman are facing charges for holding up a southeast Houston check cashing store.

Family of couple injured in gas station crash speaks out

We're hearing from the family of an injured couple hit by a vehicle while they were pumping gas at a Spring gas station.

Deputies: Armed gunmen rob IHOP in Montgomery County

A group of thieves who robbed employees and customers inside an IHOP during the wee hours of the morning is on the loose.

Prosecution rests, defense presents in cop killer sentencing trial

The defense is working to save the life of a man who killed a Bellaire police officer.

Woman's body found near abandoned building

Houston homicide investigators were trying to determine the identity of a woman whose body was found near an abandoned environmental services cleanup business.

Pearland day care center evacuated briefly after bomb threat

A Pearland day care center was evacuated for a brief time Wednesday afternoon after a bomb threat.

Charges filed against man accused in fatal shooting at after-hours club

Charges have been filed against a man accused of fatally shooting one man and wounding another outside an after-hours club in southwest Houston.

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Officials: Man intentionally set apartment fire to kill himself

Arson investigators say a man admitted that he placed a pan with combustible materials on his stove to take his own life.

1 taken to hospital after METRORail, car collide in downtown Houston

Metro police were investigating after a METRORail collided with a car in downtown Houston Wednesday afternoon.

Sketch released of man wanted for questioning in fatal shooting

Houston police have released a composite sketch of a man wanted for questioning in the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man outside a southwest Houston gas station.

Marshal: Freeport apartment fire caused by boy playing with lighter

A Freeport apartment fire that left 14 families homeless Tuesday was caused by a 2-year-old playing with a lighter, authorities say.

HPD officer talks suicidal woman off parking garage ledge

A Houston police officer talked a suicidal woman off the ledge of a downtown Houston parking garage Wednesday morning, according to HPD.

PD: Man, woman leave pit bull in car with temps topping 125 degrees

A man and woman are accused of leaving a dog in a dangerously hot car with no ventilation, according to Pasadena police.

5 shots allegedly fired at Liberty County deputy

A Liberty County deputy says someone fired five shots at him overnight.

What does it take for a dog to make the arson squad?

Like any dog Humphrey loves a day at the park and playing fetch with his pal Greg.

Security guard shot outside apartment complex

Deputies are searching for the gunman who shot a security guard outside a north Harris County apartment complex.

Body found in movie theater parking lot, gunman on the run

Teen found shot to death outside Greenspoint Mall identified

A teenager found shot to death outside Greenspoint Mall last week has been identified.

LifeFlight transports 1 person to hospital following crash in Pearland

One person was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday morning after a two-car collision in Pearland.

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San Antonio murder suspect captured in southwest Houston

A murder suspect wanted in San Antonio is off the streets after being arrested in southwest Houston.

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Woman charged with murder in shooting during argument

A woman is facing a murder charge for allegedly shooting another woman during an argument.

Police: Burglar falls through roof of liquor store during break-in

An alleged burglar made it somewhat easy to catch him Wednesday morning when he fell through the roof of the building he was trying to break into.

High water issues reported around town

Motorists were experiencing trouble this morning due to reports of high water in the Houston area.

Nationwide fruit recall issued; possible listeria concerns

A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination.

Hand, foot and mouth disease flares up in Houston area

Hand, foot and mouth disease flares up in Houston area

A more severe strain of hand, foot and mouth disease is just one of the illnesses going around in the Houston area.

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Celebrate national hot dog month with great deals

They're one of the country's favorite foods and this month people are celebrating the delicious hot dog.

Police search for 2 juvenile boys in doughnut shop burglary

Police are searching for two juvenile boys who burglarized a doughnut shop in northwest Houston Wednesday.

Multiple people injured when car crashes at gas station

Multiple people were injured Tuesday when an SUV crashed at a gas station in Spring, according to the Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Wednesday's weather is hot and humid

Rain chances increase Wednesday afternoon

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Rosenberg officer gives kids new football

A Rosenberg police officer goes above and beyond the call of duty, earning him some social media fame.

3 family members, 5 dogs injured in Montgomery County house explosion

Three people were injured when a home exploded in Willis Tuesday morning.  The victims were transported by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital for treatment.

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Family claims body of woman found burning in field

The Montoya family told Local 2 they feared from the beginning that the body found in the field belonged to their loved one, Rocio Montoya, and now their fears have come true.

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Report: Pothole problems, traffic costly to Houston drivers

Getting around Houston can be a major headache for drivers but now a new report details what deteriorating, unsafe roads and congestion are really costing motorists.

Real estate heir accused of urinating on candy at pharmacy

Officials with the Harris County District Attorney's Office said a Manhattan real estate heir has been arrested and accused of urinating on $150 worth of candy at a Houston pharmacy.

Three robbery suspects arrested at shopping center in Sugar Land

Police officers swarmed a shopping center in Sugar Land Tuesday afternoon searching for three suspects who allegedly robbed a Radio Shack.

Dog reunited with local owner after 7 years

They lost their dog in Dallas and thought 'Reese' was gone forever. Then recently they got a shocking call that Reese somehow ended up in Seattle. A good Samaritan near Seattle stepped in to help.

NASA contractor plans to make 500 layoffs

The local space community is dealt another difficult blow.

Woman, 2 grandsons rescued in Freeport apartment fire

A woman and her two grandsons were rescued by fire crews during a blaze in Freeport.

Murdered woman's family establishes domestic violence foundation

Candace Williams' family is setting up a foundation in her name to help women who are victims of domestic violence.

Multiple US airlines cancel Israel flights over missile fear

Escalating tensions prompt several commercial airlines to cancel flights to Israel.

Brazoria County passes resolution to ban housing immigrant children

The Brazoria County Commissioners unanimously passed a controversial resolution Tuesday that would ban the county from housing immigrant children coming from Central America.

FBCSO: 3 arrested in undercover sting for insurance fraud scheme

An undercover, multi-agency investigation two years in the making has resulted in charges against three individuals tied to an insurance fraud scheme.

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Man accused of stealing Maserati

A man has been arrested in Harris County on accusations that he's behind a pricey car theft.

Tanker truck explodes on Highway 59 north in Cleveland

Highway 59 northbound lanes reopened Tuesday afternoon after a tanker truck exploded during the early morning hours in Cleveland.

Man sentenced to 17 years in prison for robbing Fort Bend bank

An Alief man was convicted and sentenced to prison on an aggravated robbery charge.

Trending: Dad dances with daughter after long day at work

After a long day at work, this dad lets loose and dances with his daughter in the driveway.

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Guatemalan man accused of murder sought help from Houston missionary

Local 2 Investigates has learned a Guatemalan man accused of murdering his girlfriend in Louisiana sought help from a missionary he met in his native country.

Man leads police on high-speed chase, crashes into pole

A man is now in police custody after leading police on a high-speed chase  through northwest Houston.

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Katy ISD considers $750M bond proposal

Voters in Katy may have a big dollar decision to make come November.

Houston singer finds noose hanging outside her home

A Houston singer has a message for the person who left a symbol of hate outside her southwest Houston home.

METRORail, car collide in Texas Medical Center

METRO police are investigating after a METRORail and a car collided in the Texas Medical Center Tuesday morning.

Man flees scene after car crash ejects baby

Investigators are still searching for a man who crashed his car then fled the scene, leaving an injured 5-month-old baby behind. 

Suspects break into Marble Slab Creamery in northwest Houston

Police are searching for the burglars who broke into an ice cream shop in northwest Houston.

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HPD: Officer injured when drunken driver crashes into cruiser

Alcohol is being blamed for an accident that sent a Houston police officer to the hospital.

Officers search for owner of abandoned car found in Brays Bayou

Officers search for owner of abandoned car found in Brays Bayou

Houston police were trying to get in contact with the owner of a car found in Brays Bayou Tuesday morning.

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Another hot and humid day ahead Tuesday

Bring the umbrella, there's a chance of rain in the forecast

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Man accused of posing as veterinarian, practicing without a license

A man is accused of posing as a veterinarian and practicing without a license, and police believe there may be more victims.

Car break-ins at movie theaters among top Houston crimes

Car break-ins rank at the top of a list of crimes at area movie theaters, according to a Local 2 Investigates review of police reports written for the past two years.

Convicted cop killer awaits sentencing

Prosecutors are urging jurors to chose death for convicted cop killer Harlem Lewis.

TSA fees more than doubling for flyers

The Transportation Security Administration is raising the fee it charges flyers, more than doubling what's already tacked on to every airline ticket. But that money is not necessarily going to improve security.

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Crews fight 3-alarm fire at manufacturing plant

Firefighters from several departments are working to get a raging fire under control in Cypress.

Fired TSA employee seeks to clear his name

A former Transportation Security Administration officer who was arrested and fired from his job earlier this year is speaking out for the first time since a grand jury didn't find enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Dashcam released moments before elderly couple was attacked

There is a new clue in the violent attack of an elderly couple in a Hobby Lobby parking lot.

Was $80 parking for Beyonce concert price-gouging?

Local 2 Investigates looks in to the high price to park at Minute Maid Park for Friday's Beyonce and Jay Z concert.

Partially-clothed body found burning in grassy area in Pasadena

Detectives are investigating after a burned body was found in a grassy area in Pasadena Monday morning.

Double house fire destroys single mother's home

The Houston Fire Department responded to a blaze that has reached separate structures.

Manziel scores as NFL's top-selling jersey

Second on Cleveland's depth chart, Johnny Manziel already tops one NFL list.

Tropical depression forms in central Atlantic

Forecasters say a tropical depression has formed over the Atlantic, though it remains far out to sea and is not expected to threaten land.

Funnel cloud spotted in Texas City; Tornado Warning expires

A funnel cloud was spotted Monday afternoon in the Texas City area, prompting a brief Tornado Warning for Galveston County.

Local family barely escapes war-torn Gaza while visiting relatives

No matter which side of the conflict, the reality of war is terrifying for those who experience it. A Houston family is back home after they were evacuated from the Gaza Strip while visiting family.

Dozens displaced after 3-alarm apartment fire in northwest Houston

Houston firefighters battled a three-alarm apartment fire in northwest Houston early Monday morning.

Neighbors attempt to save gunshot victim

Man shot dead outside his apartment

Neighbors weren't able to save a man's life, after they discovered him lying outside of his apartment early Monday morning.

Body found in Brays Bayou in southeast Houston

Houston police are investigating after a body was found in Brays Bayou Monday morning.

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J.J. Watt to deliver pizzas again to help his foundation

One of the biggest names in Houston, J.J. Watt, is using that notoriety to give back to the community and he's now teaming up with Papa John's.

Man shot to death outside southwest Houston gas station

Police are investigating a deadly shooting outside a southwest Houston Gas station.

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