Houston Zoo Watch2Win: Holiday Lights Spectacular Giveaway
The holiday season is here and KPRC 2 is showing you all the cool things you can do with your family to celebrate. From the city to the suburbs, we cover the biggest seasonal attractions in KPRC 2's "Holiday Lights Spectacular" Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
Moody Gardens Watch2Win: Holiday Lights Spectacular Giveaway
The holiday season is here and KPRC 2 is showing you all the cool things you can do with your family to celebrate. From the city to the suburbs, we cover the biggest seasonal attractions in KPRC 2's "Holiday Lights Spectacular" Saturday at 7:00 p.m.
There’s good news for Astros fans in 2023, key coaches and players are coming back
Hey Astros fans! Hope you’ve had a great Thanksgiving week. This is KPRC 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoy checking in with this week’s Astros Newsletter. We will be touching base fairly regularly during offseason as news warrants and to keep you updated on all things about your 2022 World Series Champs!
Watch live: Mayor Turner, HPD Chief Finner walk through Galleria Mall to promote safe holiday shopping
Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Chief Troy Finner will walk through the Galleria on Black Friday to meet customers and workers to provide safe shopping information during the holiday season.
Early Black Friday Drops are here and this electric knife is on sale for $55
Meal prep can be time-consuming and strenuous, especially if you’re cooking for a large group of people. The Mighty Carver Electric Knife will take your cutting game to a whole new level and get a few laughs along the way. It’s one of many exciting items featured in our early Black Friday drops collection!
KPRC 2 Investigates: Who is paying the highest water bills in the City of Houston?
All this week, KPRC 2 Investigates is looking into your complaints of irregular and inaccurate water bills. You might be surprised to see how much your neighbors are paying for water bills. We are looking into which homeowners in Houston use the most water and how much they’re paying each month.
Operation Lone Star: Border-related arrests creating large caseloads in rural county courts
Rural county courts are facing a huge increase in criminal cases due to the number of arrests being made under the auspices of Operation Lone Star. Gov. Greg Abbott has spent $4 billion on this effort, which he has repeatedly said is needed in response to the record number of apprehensions reported by Customs and Border Protection along the southern border.
‘I thought she was dead’: Woman seriously hurt after magnet fishing near Mont Belvieu
For one minute, Laura Adams was standing on a bridge magnet fishing, the next she found herself slamming into the water about 15 feet below. She says if it hadn’t been for her boyfriend’s quick thinking she might not be alive to tell her bizarre story.
Astros Tailgating Party!
Friday at 1:00 p.m. on Houston Life, we’re getting ready for the World Series with a tailgate party! The rain can’t keep the fun away! We’re transforming our studios to cheer on the Astros. We’ll have food, a bartender, even the band from street fest. That’s Friday at 1:00 p.m. on KPRC 2.
SUPPORT LOCAL: How you can support these institutions in Sugar Land whose mission is to help the community
How you can support: Help eradicate adult illiteracy in Fort Bend by donating supplies, making an online donation, or volunteering as a tutor or office assistant when the center reopens. Box 17748Phone: (832) 819-2005The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation is dedicated to helping preserve, collect and communicate the citys rich history. How you can support: Help them equip a student by making a monetary contribution. https://bit.ly/2wQZAXp Posted by Fort Bend Education Foundation on Friday, April 3, 2020Since 1998, SLCAF has worked to promote the cultural, performing and visual arts in Sugar Land and preserve, renovate, and restore the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, according to its website. How you can support: You can help their efforts by sponsoring an auditorium chair, volunteering or making a donation.
SUPPORT LOCAL: 5 brand-new businesses in Spring you can help stay afloat
HOUSTON KPRC 2 is continuing to feature local businesses as the Houston economy re-opens. In this feature, we have listed some newly opened or reopened businesses in Spring to support. Address: Old Town Spring, 26408 Preston AvenuePhone: (832) 244-1516Hours: Open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 10 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Address: 6633 Spring Stuebner Road #325Phone: (346) 236-6988Hours: Closed Mondays, open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 9 p.m. Sundays. Tapout Fitness - Opened September 2019Tapout Fitness offers explosive boxing, kickboxing, boot camp, and martial arts classes for adults and kids.
KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship: Meet Faith Jones, a senior who has provided more than 150 blankets to children in need
Published: May 27, 2020, 10:09 amHOUSTON KPRC 2 and Texas Mattress Makers are surprising 20 deserving high school seniors with scholarships. All students selected for scholarships have been nominated by their high schools. On Wednesday, a $2,500 Senior Scholarship was awarded to Faith Jones from Cy Fair High School. KPRC 2s Christine Nol surprised the senior during her teams Zoom call. Check out KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship recipients for 2020 below
Man who died in Minneapolis police custody was Houston native, former neighbor says
HOUSTON The black man who died in Minneapolis police custody Monday night was a Houston-native, a former neighbor confirmed to KPRC 2. George Floyd, 45, was killed Monday night after a struggle with officers. A former neighbor of Floyds remembered him living next door, but told KPRC 2 he hadnt lived in their neighborhood for several years. Floyd worked security at a Minneapolis restaurant for the past five years, according to a report by the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Earlier Tuesday, four Minneapolis police officers were fired after public outrage erupted over the video and how Floyd was killed.
SUPPORT LOCAL: 5 unique women-owned businesses in The Woodlands you should get to know
HOUSTON KPRC 2 is continuing to feature local businesses as the Houston economy re-opens. Today were featuring women-owned businesses in The Woodlands. Salon Genesis is a tanning salon that has been voted as Best Spray Tan in The Woodlands since 2009, according to its website. Its services include an organic-based spray tan and teeth whitening using a lightening gel along with a high powered UV light. Phone: (832) 930-9355Help us congratulate Crystle on her incredible results on the 2030 Fast Track Program.
Ask 2: When will Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston and other Houston-area county libraries open?
The answer: Here is when each Houston-area library says they plan to open:It is uncertain when the Harris County Public Libraries will reopen. The Fort Bend County Libraries website says no date for reopening has been set at this time. For these branches, the Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.Sunday - ClosedThe Brazoria County Library System website says all its branches are closed to the public until further notice. The Montgomery County Memorial Library System website says the lobby area of all its branches is open on a limited basis. The Chambers County Library System website says it is closed until further notice.
SUPPORT LOCAL: How you can help these 5 long-running Galveston organizations that are trying to improve their community
How you can support: You can support this institution by donating pet food, making a monetary contribution, adopting or fostering a pet. Address: 6814 Broadway StreetPhone: (409) 740-1919Since 1987, the Galveston Bay Foundation has worked to preserve and enhance Galveston Bay through education, habitat restoration, water protection, land conservation, and advocacy. How you can support: Take action by reporting pollution, oil spills and injured wildlife or donating to help continue their efforts. Address: 2127 StrandPhone: (409) 763-2403Since 1954, GHF has been devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County through community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. Address: 2228 Broadway StreetPhone: (409) 765-7834
Here are the emergency contacts you should have stored
With hurricane season approaching, KPRC 2 Hurricane Headquarters is here to help Houstonians power through the storms by providing our audience with everything they need to know to know. Here are county emergency management contacts to have stored in your phone. 979-865-5911979-864-1201Alvin281-388-4363Angleton979-849-2383Baileys Prairie979-849-0134Brazoria979-798-2489Brookside281-485-3048Clute979-265-6194Danbury979-922-1551Freeport979-239-1211Hillcrest Village281-74 8 -7 149Holiday Lakes979-849-1136Iowa Colony281-369-3444Jones Creek979-233-3091Lake Jackson979-415-2500Liverpool281-581-2342Manvel281-489-1212Oyster Creek979-233-8481Pearland281-997-4648Richwood979-265-8157Surfside Beach979-239-1151Sweeny979-548-3321, 979-548-4541Quintana979-233-0848West Columbia979-345-5121979-821-1011Bryan979-821-1030College Station979-821-1000409-267-2445City of Mont Belvieu281-576-2021Colorado Co. Emergency Management979-733-0184281-342-6185Arcola281-431-0606Beasley979-387-2775Fairchilds281-341-4638Fulshear281-346-1796Kendleton979-532-8240Meadows Place281-983-2900Missouri City281-403-8500Needville979-793-4255Orchard979-478-6893Pleak281-239-8504Richmond281-342-5456Rosenberg835-595-3700Simonton281-533-9809Stafford281-841-0355Sugar Land281-275-2700Thompsons281-343-9929Weston Lakes281-533-0907888-384-2000Bayou Vista409-935-0449Clear Lake Shores281-334-1034, 281-334-2799Dickinson281-337-4700Friendswood281-996-3335Galveston409-765-3710Hitchcock409-986-5559Jamaica Beach409 -737-1142Kemah281-334-5414La Marque409-938-9269League City281-554-1000Santa Fe409-925-3092Texas City409-643-5840Tiki Island409-935-1427Grimes Co. Emergency Management936-873-4404713-881-3100Baytown281-420-6556Bellaire713-662-8222Deer Park281-478-7298El Lago281-326-5900Galena Park713-672-2556Houston713-884-4500Jacinto City713-674-8424Humble281-446-4928Jersey Village713-466-2130Katy281-574-8633, 281-391-3500La Porte281-470-0010Morgans Point281-471-2171Nassau Bay281-336-6298Pasadena713-475-5588
Ask 2: Are massage therapists able to practice in Harris County?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. The question: Are massage therapists able to practice in Harris County? The answer: Yes, in fact, the State of Texas is now allowing massage parlors to operate as of May 18 as part of Phase 2 of reopening. Greg Abbotts Executive Order, GA-23, stated that massage establishments can reopen provided that all facilities maintain at least six feet between work stations. Massage therapists must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and are highly encouraged to schedule appointments to limit customer walk-ins.
These restaurants have the nicest, hardest-working waitstaff, according to Houstonians
HOUSTON Waitstaff works tirelessly to make your dining experiences a memorable one. We asked our KPRC 2 followers on Facebook and Instagram pages to give a special shout-out to the restaurant with the best serving staff. Heres what they said: KPRC 2 Instagram follower @litos07 gave a shout out to Nacho Nachos in Pearland. Best staff, and great food! Valerie Garcia Moderski is showing love to Hacienda Real Mexican Grill & Cantina in Fulshear. Rigo and his staff are top notch!Other followers gave KPRC 2 a handful of restaurants that have some of the best waitstaff.
These top earners at UH are taking a pay cut to ease the financial pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic
HOUSTON Top University of Houston officials are taking a voluntary pay cut to help ease the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic, the school confirmed to KPRC 2. President Renu Khator, Athletic Director Chris Pezman, head football coach Dana Holgorsen and head basketball coach Kelvin Sampson will all take a 10% salary cut for the next six months, UH officials said. Khator has appointed a Financial Task Force to continue to assess other options at the universitys disposal to reduce the financial impact of COVID-19. While all summer classes will be online only, the school aims to resume face-to-face classes in the fall, according to this reopening plan. UH officials are planning for three scenarios with classes fully online, classes fully face-to-face or a hybrid.
Ask 2: What are the current rules for Galveston beaches?
At KPRC 2, were dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. The question: What are the current rules for Galveston beaches? The answer: All Galveston beaches have reopened, according to Galvestons visitor website. Several guidelines are in place to ensure the health and safety of beachgoers, and will be enforced by Galveston Beach Patrol and Galveston Police.
Ask 2: Is the mandatory 14-day quarantine for people traveling to Texas still ongoing?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Is the mandatory 14-day quarantine for persons traveling to Texas still ongoing? Answer: Road and air travelers entering Texas from Louisiana will no longer have to self-quarantine for 14 days starting May 1, according to Gov. Any mandatory self-quarantine already in effect as a result of these executive orders, to the extent applicable to travelers from the City of New Orleans or the State of Louisiana, is terminated immediately," Abbotts latest order reads. For more information you can visit the Texas Department for Health and Human Services website.
KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship: Meet Samra Vaid, the senior who stepped up to help her family business
Published: May 20, 2020, 10:24 amHOUSTON KPRC 2 and Texas Mattress Makers are surprising 20 deserving high school seniors with scholarships. All students selected for scholarships have been nominated by their high schools. On Wednesday, a $2,500 Senior Scholarship was awarded to Samra Vaid from Langham Creek. KPRC 2s Christine Nol surprised the senior in a zoom call. Check out KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship recipients for 2020 below
Gov. Abbott talks phase 2 of reopening, nursing home coronavirus cases and more
HOUSTON A day after Gov. Greg Abbott announced his plans for the second phase of reopening Texas, he sat down virtually for a live interview on KPRC 2. Reopening Texas, coronavirus hotspots and nursing home spikes were among the issues he discussed. You can watch the full interview above.
SUPPORT LOCAL: Get to know these 7 minority-owned businesses in Katy that offer great food, quality haircuts and creative design solutions
Today were featuring minority-owned businesses in the Katy area:Lone Star Bike is a brand new bicycle repair shop that specializes in repairing, upgrading and servicing road, mountain, cruise, urban and vintage bikes. Address: 23530 Kingsland Boulevard Suite 100Phone: (832) 844-1470This burger restaurant in Katy has a five-star rating on Yelp and Facebook. Text: (786) 302-7612This tire dealer and repair shop in Katy has a five-star Facebook rating. Address: 18703 W Little YorkPhone: (281) 656-8559Since 2006, this Katy shop has specialized in designing, manufacturing and installing contemporary modern kitchens, closets, bathrooms and more. Address: 21815 Katy Freeway Suite C-106Phone: (832) 291-3911
ASK2: How can I get to a testing center if I dont have a car?
HOUSTON At KPRC 2, were dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: How can I get to a testing center if I dont have a car? Answer: For those who are elderly, disabled or simply dont have the proper means of transportation, you can call the COVID-19 testing center at: 832-493-4220. All you have to do is indicate you are a person with disabilities or you simply do not have proper transportation to get to a testing site and they will take it from there.
A week before first astronaut launch from US in 9 years, NASA sees shakeup in leadership
HOUSTON Just a week before NASA and SpaceX gear up to launch astronauts into space from American soil for the first time in nine years, NASA confirmed to KPRC 2 that there has been a shakeup in leadership. Doug Loverro resigned from his position as associate administrator of Human Exploration and Operations, NASA confirmed Tuesday. In a statement to KPRC 2, NASA said, Loverro hit the ground running this year and has made significant progress in his time at NASA. Bowersox, a retired U.S. naval aviator will once again serve as the acting associate administrator due to Loverros departure. (Bowersox) is an accomplished astronaut and a veteran of five space shuttle missions and commander on the International Space Station.
Checklist: Everything you need to for your pet during a hurricane
With hurricane season approaching, KPRC 2 Hurricane Headquarters is here to help Houstonians power through the storms by providing our audience with everything they need to know to know. Heres a list of supplies to have prepared for your pet:
Ask 2: When will the Harris County Public Library reopen?
As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. The question: When will the Harris County Public Library reopen? The Harris County Public Library hasnt provided any updates since May 1 as to when it plans to reopen. Since Lone Star College campuses remain closed, book drops, curbside drop off and free WiFi is not available at LSC-CyFair Branch Library and LSC-Tomball Community Library. Believe us when we say that everyone here at HCPL wants to get back to doing what we do best: providing information and... Posted by Harris County Public Library on Friday, May 1, 2020Do you have a burning H-Town-related question?
Flash Flood vs. Flood: How its defined and what you need to know
Flash flooding usually happens within minutes to several hours after a heavy rainfall event. Flash Flood WatchAn announcement issued when conditions are favorable for flash flooding. It does not mean that flash flooding will occur, but it is possible. Flash Flood WarningA warning issued when flash flooding is imminent or occurring. Flood WarningA warning issued when flooding is imminent or occurring.
Heres a list of things to have before hurricane season begins
With hurricane season approaching, KPRC 2 Hurricane Headquarters is here to help Houstonians power through the storms by providing our audience with everything they need to know to know. Heres a checklist of what to have prepared before hurricane season begins:Heres a checklist of items to have on hand during hurricane season. Create an emergency communication list in case you are separated from family and friends. Include home, work, school and cell numbers and exchange lists with family, friends and neighbors. Keep a list of pet-friendly places hotels and motels, friends, boarding facilities or veterinarians and phone numbers.
Here are terms you need to know about tornados
With hurricane season approaching, KPRC 2 Hurricane Headquarters is here to help Houstonians power through the storms by providing our audience with everything they need to know to know, starting with terminology. Heres what to know about tornados:Tornado Watch: An announcement issued when severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Tornado Warning: A warning issued when a tornado has formed, a tornado is imminent, or a rotating thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is observed. When a tornado warning is issued, seek safe shelter immediately. More weather terms to know
6 things to know about the reopening of Houston Museum of Natural Science
HOUSTON The Houston Museum of Natural Science plans to reopen its doors to the public on May 15 since closing on March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Houston Museum of Natural Science Reopens May 15 Posted by KPRC2 Rose-Ann Aragon on Thursday, May 14, 2020Heres what you need to know. 1) When is the Houston Museum of Natural Science reopening? After several months of very quiet hallways, the Houston Museum of Natural Science has decided to reopen to the public on May 18. All exhibits will be open except for interactive exhibits or portions of exhibits that invite people to interact or touch.
KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship: Meet Austin Wesneske, the senior with a perfect attendance record since elementary
Published: May 15, 2020, 10:36 amHOUSTON KPRC 2 and Texas Mattress Makers are surprising 20 deserving high school seniors with scholarships. All students selected for scholarships have been nominated by their high schools. On Friday, a $2,500 Senior Scholarship was awarded to Austin Wesneske from Bridgeland High School. KPRC 2s Owen Confletti surprised the senior during his zoom team meeting. Check out KPRC 2 Senior Scholarship recipients for 2020 below
Ask 2: Are more people driving on Houston roads now?
HOUSTON At KPRC 2, were dedicated to keeping Houstonians informed. As part of our new Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Well, according to Houston Transtar, this is what they said when monitoring the Katy Freeway westbound lanes at Voss Road:For example, on Friday (5/8/2020), overall traffic volume was down 20% from what we typically see. The Friday before that (5/1/2020), traffic volume was down 24%. Each week that average number is shrinking.In March, according to Houston Transtar, they used radar sensor strategy to track traffic volumes on the same stretch of roadway.
KPRC legendary anchor Bill Balleza to sign off Friday, other TV personalities on the move
KPRC legendary anchor Bill Balleza to sign off Friday, other TV personalities on the moveKPRC Channel 2 legendary anchor Bill Balleza will wrap up his final broadcast on Friday after more than 50 years in the broadcast industry. Balleza, a San Antonio native, announced his retirement last October. For over 35 years on the anchor desk Bill capitalized the J in journalism for our newsroom. It is only fitting that he is retiring at the top of his game with both our 6pm and 10 pm newscasts leading the market since 2017.RELATED: After 39 years, KPRC 2 anchor Bill Balleza plans to retireBalleza spent about 39 years with KPRC Channel 2. Read her on our breaking news site, Chron.com, and on our subscriber site, houstonchronicle.com.chron.com
Houston TV reporter Brandon Walker of KPRC hit by truck, shares survival story
Houston TV reporter Brandon Walker of KPRC hit by truck, shares survival story 'I cannot stress how thankful I am to live,' the KPRC 2 reporter writesKPRC 2 reporter Brandon Walker shared on social media that he was hit by a truck last week in Houston. KPRC 2 reporter Brandon Walker shared on social media that he was hit by a truck last week in Houston. Photo: Screenshot From Facebook Photo: Screenshot From Facebook Image 1 of / 5 Caption Close Houston TV reporter Brandon Walker of KPRC hit by truck, shares survival story 1 / 5 Back to GalleryKPRC 2 reporter Brandon Walker shared on social media that he was hit by a truck last week in Houston. Now he's thankful to be alive to tell his story, he stated on his Facebook page:Last week, a truck hit me as I walked within a crosswalk. A truck hit you.ALSO READ: Longtime KHOU news anchor Lisa Hernandez not returning to station after maternity leaveWalker said doctors performed a marathon surgery to reassemble his fractured face.chron.com
WATCH LIVE: Coverage of Decision 2019
KPRC 2's Khambrell Marshall hosts live coverage of Decision 2019. From the Houston mayor's race to statewide propositions, political experts analyze the results as they start to roll in. You can also follow our live blog for more analysis of election results here. Looking for all the results? Click here.
Free teen heart screenings
After six years of trying our best to protect athletes from dying on the athletic field, KPRC 2 is once again partnering with Masons Heart Foundation out of Kingwood to provide athletes free, in-depth heart screenings. They can detect hidden heart defects that the standard school sports exam just cant find. Our next screening will take place Oct. 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Atascocita Community Church. You can sign your children up through this link.
See a video of our card flip at 'KPRC 2 Night at the Astros'
KPRC 2 celebrated with its anchors and reporters, fans and friends on Tuesday night at its first KPRC 2 Night at the Astros.During the third and fourth innings of the Tuesday night's game, more than 260 people in KPRC 2 seats participated in two card flip stunts. You can see the video stunt above. SEE MORE CONTENT HERE This is how KPRC celebrated at the game See posts our anchors and reporters made during the event.