Process of impeachment at the Texas Capitol? A question lawmakers are asking following AG Paxton’s impeachment
The bombshell impeachment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton by the state’s House of Representatives on Saturday remains the talk of the Capitol with many wondering about not only the next set of steps to be taken in the Senate but.... when?
Following Uvalde mass shooting, lawmakers say truancy laws need a reset
A bill filed by State Sen. Paul Bettencourt would help bring consistency to how truancy is handled by school districts across the state. After passing the Senate 30-1, Senate Bill 1630 was recently voted out of a House committee and is now headed to a vote in the House.
Proposed bill calls for Ten Commandments to be displayed in all classrooms; Is that constitutional?
In Austin, State Senator Phil King is making his case for passage of a brand new bill that would make it mandatory for a copy of the Ten Commandments to be prominently displayed in every classroom, in every public school in Texas.
Military vet helped by Spencer Solves It loses leg after flying off Highway 288 following motorcycle crash
As Christopher Katthage was riding his motorcycle, he suddenly lost control and hit the guard wall on an exit ramp above Highway 288. He was sent flying over the overpass into oncoming traffic, and in the process, his right leg was torn off.
City of Houston investigating second water treatment facility for not following testing protocols
It was on Feb. 17 that KPRC 2 Investigates was at the Kingwood Central Water Treatment Plant as investigators from the Houston Police Department were on scene executing a search warrant tied to plant operations and falsifying of records tied to testing.
Another sentencing delay for former Houston Director of Council Relations William-Paul Thomas
The third time proved not to be the charm for former Director of City Council Relations for the City of Houston William-Paul Thomas. Federal legal records obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates show the federal sentencing date for Thomas has been pushed back from next week to June.
Hobby Airport food fight ends with vote pushing out Pappas
The city of Houston awarded a lucrative Hobby Airport concessions contract to a new company, pushing out Pappas restaurant amid much debate. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and 10 other council members voted “yes” in favor of awarding the contract, with six voting “no.”
Thieves stole tens of thousands of dollars in equipment, including ‘Jaws of Life’, from Houston fire engines
At least four different fire departments, including the Houston Fire Department, have fallen victim to theft, and tens of thousands of dollars of equipment, purchased with public funds have disappeared, KPRC 2 Investigates has learned.
KPRC 2 presents a special weeklong series on escaping and ending domestic violence
It’s a dangerous problem that’s often hidden from public view until it becomes deadly. Domestic violence caused by an intimate partner can leave victims feeling vulnerable and trapped. But help exists. Next week, KPRC 2 presents “Breaking Free”. We are partnering with law enforcement and agencies across our area to bring you a weeklong series focused on stopping partner violence. The goal is to provide support, resources, and solutions that can save lives.
Nearly 4 years after deadly botched raid on Harding Street, still no trial for former HPD officer who faces 2 murder charges
The federal investigation into Harding Street led to additional charges, and while Bryant pleaded guilty to falsifying government records, Goines has yet to face a jury with the feds or Harris County.
Former HPD officer charged with murder in botched Harding Street raid back in court; Defense attorney seeks to quash indictments
The deadly botched raid on Harding Street that happened nearly four years ago was front and center inside of Judge Frank Aguilar’s courtroom in Harris County’s 228th District Court on Thursday morning.
Hidalgo’s chief of staff indicted in $11M COVID-19 contract controversy ‘to pursue new opportunity,’ judge says
Judge Lina Hidalgo announced Friday the decision by her chief of staff, Alex Triantaphyllis, to depart from his current role in early 2023 “to pursue a new opportunity.” Hidalgo’s office said Triantaphyllis, who was one of three staffers indicted in March in an $11 million COVID-19 outreach contract investigation, will continue his public service in a new role in the Harris County Office of County Administration.
13 months after Astroworld tragedy, HPD’s investigation continues and chief makes leadership changes
As the investigation being conducted by the Houston Police Department continues into the Astroworld tragedy, KPRC 2 Investigates has confirmed members of HPD’s leadership have been moved or simply moved on following the deadly concert.
KPRC 2 Investigates: How to fight your water bill
Dozens of you are telling us about your experience with the Houston Water Department. We’ve heard about phone calls, emails unanswered, and little to no communication to explain huge bills that threaten you and your family’s well-being. Now, KPRC 2 Investigates explains a customer’s last chance at getting help and how often it is working.
Neighborhood nuisance: Big rig trucks a big headache for west Harris County subdivision
In the peaceful, family neighborhood of Highland Creek Estates, near FM529, big anger and frustration is growing amongst homeowners over big rig trucks parking all over this subdivision at all hours of the day and night.
Astroworld: Countdown to Tragedy – Preventing another festival disaster
“So going into this everybody knew it was going to be a problem, the department ramped up like it was a Super Bowl or a Hurricane,” said Mark Lentini, a now-retired Houston police officer who says the festival ended his career.“Long before the disaster struck any crowd expert or person involved in crowds responsible for crowds knew there were storm clouds over that festival,” said Paul Wertheimer, a crowd safety expert with decades of experience studying crowd surge and other safety issues.On Wednesday, Nov. 2, KPRC 2 Investigates examines the safety and prevention measures that could prevent mass casualty disasters, including crowd design, emergency medicine planning, and the need for a unified command.
Voting machines in Harris County will be new for many, but officials say they are prepared to deal with any issues
It is that time of the year again. Halloween decorations are back out on the front lawn, but keep in mind this is one of those years when the other lawn decorations are also prominently displayed.
City controller asks OIG to investigate Houston Airports System’s director over $760,000 in fines waived for concessionaires
Houston City Controller Chris Brown is calling for the Office of Inspector General to open an investigation into the manner in which Houston Airports System Director Mario Diaz settled liquidated damages with a concessionaire and their partner, who has ties to former Director City Council Relations William Paul Thomas, who was convicted in federal court back in July for conspiracy tied to bribes.
KPRC 2 Investigates: The gaps in school safety and what educators need to close them
After eight students and two teachers were murdered at Santa Fe high school in 2018, state legislators passed more than a dozen laws. None of those laws prevented Uvalde and pressure is mounting for lawmakers to address lingering gaps in school security.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Solar panel sales exploding in Houston; Here’s what you need to know to keep from being taken advantage of
Texas is now the second biggest state in the country when it comes to people buying solar panels for their homes. KPRC Investigates tells you how to protect yourself from being ripped off by shady sales people trying to capitalize on this buying boom.
Investigates: Emails show city council relations director, William Paul Thomas, had close communication with private businessman
City of Houston leaders are calling for an outside investigation into the actions of a now former city director, William Paul Thomas, after KPRC 2 Investigates uncovered emails showing negotiations in favor of a private businessman.
Trust Index: Is Harris County defunding the police?
Earlier this week, Governor Greg Abbott claimed in a widely circulated news release that Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and others in the county administration were engaging in what amounted to illegally defunding Harris County’s various policing agencies.
Emails show a top city of Houston director had history of working outside of City Hall in favor of airport businessman
The liaison officer between Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office and City Council, who pled guilty to a federal conspiracy charge involving cash bribes from a bar owner, appears to have previously worked to help other private businesses on deals against the best interest of the City of Houston, according to emails obtained by KPRC 2 Investigates.
Assisted living facility where HPD officer shot knife-wielding man having ‘mental crisis’ is not licensed, KPRC 2 Investigates finds
Graystone Life Care Assisted Living is a for-profit business entity that advertises on the internet that it is a “licensed facility.” But, KPRC 2 Investigates found out that the business is not licensed.
Bettencourt: Uvalde classroom door unlocked during rampage; law enforcement didn’t try to see if it would open
On Monday, the state House committee investigating the response to the mass murders at Robb Elementary will hear testimony from responding law enforcement officers. It is the third day of testimony in Uvalde.
Tribal victory: Supreme Court rules that Texas does not have authority to regulate gaming on reservations in state
The US Supreme Court just handed a major victory to the Alabama-Coushatta and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo tribes of Texas. In a split 5-4 decision, the Justices ruled Texas does not have authority to regulate gaming on these reservations.
KPRC 2 Investigates: HOA vs Katy homeowners in concrete wall debate
Homeowners in one Katy neighborhood have hit a wall trying to work with their homeowner’s association. We are talking about a literal concrete wall that surrounds their subdivision. At issue: who is responsible for it. KPRC 2 Investigates has a story that could impact anyone with an HOA.
SUSPECT INFO: New details obtained about 18-year-old shooter who officials say killed 19 students, 2 adults at Texas elementary school
KPRC 2 Investigates has learned more information about the teenage gunman who went on a devastating rampage in an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday afternoon killing 19 students and two teachers.
U.S. Senators urge federal investigation on Hertz rental car company after customers wrongfully accused of driving stolen rental cars
Federal lawmakers are urging the federal government to investigate Hertz’s business practices after customers were wrongfully accused of driving rental cars that were reported as stolen.
Texas Rangers execute search warrant at office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
The Texas Rangers executed a search warrant Friday at the office of Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo. Sources told KPRC 2 that the warrant was related to a contract for COVID-19 vaccine outreach, but no official word has been released.
Spring break vacation: 4 places you should try, 4 you should forget
Some travel experts are comparing this coming spring break to a prison break. It makes sense when you consider that millions of Americans have been cooped-up in their homes because of COVID-19 restrictions for far too long and many are just now ready to break free and take a real vacation.
Hertz rental car company ordered by federal judge to disclose number of customers accused of driving stolen vehicles
KPRC 2 Investigates has been tracking developments connected to Hertz. The rental car company is battling hundreds of customers who say they were falsely accused of auto theft after renting cars.
3D printer, several weapons discovered inside home where suspect accused of shooting 3 HPD officers surrendered
Caballero is now facing three state counts of attempted capital murder of HPD officers, and he is also federally charged with possession of a machine gun and felon in possession of a firearm.
Events postponed again: Here is what you need to know about buying tickets right now
New COVID concerns are causing the cancellation of many events and concerts. Now, ticket holders are wondering what to do and some are worried about buying tickets to future events, like the Houston rodeo shows. We have what you need to know about buying tickets right now.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Student loan borrowers hit with credit score penalty
About 1 in every 8 people in the U.S. has student loan debt. Payments for about 80% of those borrowers have been deferred or postponed until May 1, 2022; but one man says his loan servicer reported his account delinquent, causing a big drop in his credit score.
Former Fort Bend Co. Sheriff Troy Nehls shares his experience inside the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021
Former Fort Bend County Sheriff, U.S. Rep. Troy Nehls (R) Tx-Dist. 22 was on his third day in Congress when hundreds of people who refused to believe President Donald Trump lost the election stormed the Capitol building. in Washington D.C.
KPRC 2 Investigates: Holiday return headaches, third-party shipping issues
If you are returning something you got over the holidays - it might not be as easy as in the past specially if it's a larger item. A record number of people shopped online this holiday season. That combined with the pandemic and shipping supply issues means the holiday returns season is shaping up to be a challenge. KPRC 2 Investigates is looking into third party shipping issues.
US Representative Troy Nehls calls on FAA to audit Houston Airport Systems over delayed terminal project at IAH
In August, U.S. Representative Troy Nehls told KPRC 2 Investigates he had questions over how the Mickey Leland International Terminal Program at Bush Intercontinental Airport was being managed by the Houston Airports System and its director Mario Diaz.