2 more coal-fired power plants shutting down amid debate over Pritzker’s clean energy plan
Only four Illinois coal plants will remain without announced closure dates after the NRG plants are shut down for good, a dramatic change in a state that once relied on the fossil fuel for more than half of its electricity.chicagotribune.com
NRG Community Vaccination site to remain open for 4 more weeks, Hidalgo says
After receiving requests for an extension from Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Mayor Sylvester Turner and other officials, FEMA and the Texas Division of Emergency Management have agreed to extend the duration of the vaccination site at NRG.
Gov. Greg Abbott requests extension of NRG vaccination site from FEMA
Greg Abbott has joined Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner in asking FEMA for an extension on the vaccination super-site at NRG. According to a news release by Abbott, he and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) asked FEMA for extensions for the NRG site as well as the federally supported vaccination sites in Arlington and Dallas. On top of asking for the extension on the already-existing sites in Texas, the TDEM submitted a request to establish a new site at the Alamodome in San Antonio, which FEMA denies, according to the release. AdAbbott’s announcement comes days after Hidalgo and Turner submitted their own letter asking for an extension of the NRG vaccination site through at least May. FEMA has yet to respond to the requests.
FEMA vaccine mega-site aims to vaccinate most vulnerable communities
HOUSTON – A small number of people were allowed inside NRG Park’s new mass vaccination site for its soft-opening Tuesday. The mega-site is set to open to those on the city of Houston and Harris County’s waitlists. Once the site is open, the goal is to have 126,000 people that meet eligibility requirements get vaccinated. City and county leaders say the focus will be on the elderly, vulnerable and high-risk zip codes. Sunnyside falls within the 70051 zip code, which is among a list of 35 zip codes with the highest risk for COVID-19.
‘For the sake of public safety’: Deshaun Watson asks fans to go home after reports of planned rally in support of QB at NRG
HOUSTON – Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is asking fans to go home after reports of a planned rally at NRG Stadium Monday. Watson took to Twitter to tell fans he appreciated the support but wanted them to stay home for safety purposes. “I’m hearing there is a march planned on my behalf in Houston today,” Watson said. Although I am humbled I ask that whoever is organizing the march cancel for the sake of public safety. “Covid is spreading at a high rate & I don’t want any fans to unnecessarily expose themselves to infection,” Watson said.
UPDATE: Appointments for Memorial Hermann’s vaccine clinic at NRG Park this weekend are full
Vehicles arrive on the opening day of Memorial Hermann's drive-thru coronavirus vaccine clinic at NRG Park in Houston on Jan. 14, 2021. HOUSTON – Memorial Hermann officials said the additional 2,000 appointment slots they opened Friday for the hospital system’s vaccine clinic this weekend at NRG Park were filled in a little more than an hour. Previous story:Memorial Hermann Hospital started vaccinating thousands of people in the area’s first drive-thru mass vaccination clinic at NRG Park on Thursday. I haven’t seen my grandkids in a long time and I’m ready to go see them,” said Joslin. Memorial Hermann initially invited only people 65 and older who had relationships with the hospital, such as previous patients.
Appointments for Memorial Hermann’s vaccine clinic at NRG Park are full
HOUSTON – Memorial Hermann will open a coronavirus vaccine clinic at NRG Park on Thursday, but appointments for the clinic are full. Kathryn Williams, of Memorial Hermann, said Tuesday that the drive-thru clinic will be open Thursday through Sunday and officials are hoping to vaccinate about 13,000 people. All of the appointment slots were full within a few hours of registration being opened to the public Wednesday, officials said. Only people who fall into Phase 1B and are 65 years old or older are eligible to receive the vaccine at the clinic. Only people who have registered for an appointment will get the vaccine at this clinic.
Precinct 1 Constable’s Office spreads much-needed holiday cheer with toy drive
HOUSTON – ‘Twas (a few nights) before Christmas and all through the NRG center families packed cars with smiles on their faces. “I think it’s because it’s been a hard time, and I’m tired of not smiling you know,” said one mother. “I wish I had more toys to give away,” said Precinct One Constable, Alan Rosen. “I hope everyone leaves here today with a message of hope,” said Rosen. The only requirement is that parents arrive with their children, aged 3-11, at NRG center.
Pandemic magic? Disney back on the ice at NRG with strict protocols
HOUSTON – The Disney On Ice: Dream Big tour arrived in Houston Wednesday night, the first large event at NRG during the pandemic outside of the election and Texans games. “I love princesses, so I’m excited to see all of them,” said Bella Loera, who attended Disney on Ice for the ninth year in a row Wednesday night. “For the past eight months we have come up with a brilliant mitigation plan,” said DJ Weiss, who travels with Disney on Ice. The “Dream Big” tour is typically one of nine Disney On Ice tours ongoing worldwide. Disney On Ice shows continue through Sunday.
Raise the roof!: For first time in 6 years, NRG Stadium roof will open for Texans game
Raise the roof, Texans fans. Come Sunday, the team will play a home game at NRG Stadium under an open roof, the team announced on Twitter. The franchise hasn’t opened the retractable roof at NRG Stadium for a game since Nov. 30, 2014, when the Texans triumphed over the Tennessee Titans, 45-21, in a Week 13 matchup. The Texans host the Patriots at noon tomorrow. “All-time, the Texans are 24-22 when they play with the roof open at NRG Stadium,” Texans TV Host Drew Dougherty said on the team’s website.
Ask 2: Can I turn in my ballot-by-mail at NRG on Monday and on Election Day?
As part of our Ask 2 series, the newsroom will answer your questions about all things Houston. Question: Can I turn in my ballot-by-mail at NRG on Monday and on Election Day? According to the Harris County Clerk’s Office, you can return your completed ballot-by-mail in person at NRG at any time during regular poll hours and Election Day. Only the voter named on their ballot can drop it off at NRG. If you do not present an acceptable form of ID, you can complete a reasonable impediment declaration form.
Harris County makes final preparations for Election Day
HOUSTON – On Sunday, about 100 County Clerk’s Office staff members worked to process about 400 presiding election judges. We have over 800 Election Day voting centers,” Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins said. Workers made sure election judges had their list of voters for each precinct and other items they need to process voters on Election Day. “We give them essentially the control boards that they’ll be using to check in voters on election days, but we don’t have those machines yet. He said there will be over 11,000 workers on Election Day to make sure all votes get counted.
5 things for Houstonians to know for Wednesday, Oct. 21
Here are things to know for Wednesday, Oct. 21:1. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials sayHouston authorities said veteran Houston Police Officer Sgt. He was struck multiple times, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. State officials said Tuesday that the licenses for Lux Lounge, The Standard, Spire and Sol Billares have been suspended for 30 days as part of a weeklong effort to enforce the state’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Also, 4,588 COVID-19 patients were in Texas hospitals Tuesday, the most since 4,907 cases were reported in hospitals on Aug. 26.
41-year veteran HPD Officer Sgt. Harold Preston dies in shooting near NRG, officials say
HOUSTON – Houston authorities said veteran Houston Police Officer Sgt. Harold Preston has died after a shooting near NRG Tuesday morning. Harold Preston, who was shot and killed in the line of duty this morning. The responding officers -- a 3-year veteran officer, a 5-year veteran officer and Preston -- arrived at the scene and met the woman who had called police. The two officers who were shot -- Courtney Waller and Preston -- were transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital at 9:32.
Lyft to offer free rides to NRG to drop off mail-in ballots
HOUSTON – Ridesharing service Lyft is teaming up with the ‘More Than A Vote' Coalition to offer free rides to NRG to drop off mail-in ballots in response to Gov. In a tweet posted Oct. 6, Lyft riders in Harris County can get a free ride to NRG Arena using promo code HOUVOTE on their Lyft app to drop off their ballot. “Harris County, we see you, we got you,” The coalition said in the tweet. In Harris County, home to 2.4 million voters, Texas shut down 11 of 12 ballot drop off locations. Get a free @Lyft (up to $15) in Harris County to drop off your ballot at NRG Arena using code HOUVOTE.
Hidalgo: Don’t feel ‘muzzled’ by the state’s ‘thinly-veiled attempt at suppression’
“It’s a problem, it’s a thinly-veiled attempt at suppression,” Hidalgo said. “But we’re doing everything we can to make that people can participate and that people can vote and that’s what we see right here.”She highlighted the efforts to set-up drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting and more early voting locations and Election Day locations. “The message to the community here is we’re here for you to participate, whatever your political persuasion is,” she said. “We want to make sure that you can participate, that you can vote. We shouldn’t let ourselves be discouraged or muzzled by the state’s actions.”Watch Hidalgo’s full remarks below.
What does the future hold for Houston’s NRG Stadium?
Speaking of stadiums, Houston’s NRG Stadium is nearing its 20th year as home of the Texans, which isn’t too old by NFL standards, but it does beg the question: what does the future hold for NRG? NRG in its prime“I think NRG Stadium is in its prime, honestly,” says Ryan Walsh, the Executive Director of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation. “We’ve always been envisioned as a multi-use, multi-destination sports and entertainment and community complex,” Walsh says. "It’s about how do we project a really unique site-wide brand that’s really recognizable globally.”Looking toward the futureThis year, there will be revamped concessions at NRG Stadium. Click through the timeline below to see when all of the current NFL stadiums opened.
Here’s why Houston’s NRG Park will be a significant spot in 2020 November presidential election
HOUSTON – NRG Arena has been designated as the election headquarters for the Harris County Clerk’s Office for the upcoming 2020 presidential election, NRG Park officials announced Monday. In addition to in-person voting, NRG Park will also serve as a drive-thru voting location, something Hollins likens to pulling up at your favorite fast-food restaurant. In-person Election Day voting will be held Nov. 3 at NRG Arena Proper. “We are proud to provide this facility for Harris County voters to participate in one of the most important rights and responsibilities that we as citizens have,” Executive Director of the Harris County Sports and Convention Corporation Ryan Walsh said. NRG Park has pledged to maintain the highest standards of public safety and health for the community as proud participants of Houston Clean and ASM Global’s Venue Shield.
Texans Tidbits: KPRC Channel 2 Sports Director Randy McIlvoys takeaways from Camp on Friday
I like football on all levels and always enjoy watching camp workouts especially the 1 on 1 drills as guys fight for jobs. They were fired up play after play2 speaking of making plays on the Defense, shoutout to Carlos Watkins. I watched this group and their drills a lot today and was impressed with Randall Cobb and Brandin Cooks . He doesnt sit still and was smiling and clapping after good plays were made. Keep it locked into KPRC Channel 2 Sports and our sports page on click2houston.com
Mayor Turners Back 2 School Fest helps thousands for the 2020 school year
HOUSTON Lines of cars showed up for the Mayors Back 2 School Fest. The distribution is drive-thru style and volunteers started to fill up the trunks of cars with back to school supplies, food and masks at 8 a.m. on Friday morning. The event, which is being presented by Shell and is in partnership with the Houston Food Bank, is designed to help economically disadvantaged elementary school students and their families prepare for the school year. I think its great, matter of fact it is very organized I didnt think it would be this organized, said Leon Deal. In addition to distributing masks and backpacks stuffed with school supplies, the Houston Food Bank will also be providing families with necessary food items..Click here to pre-register for the event.
Mass food distribution event rescheduled, testing sites closed Saturday due to severe weather
HOUSTON – Local testing sites and food distribution events will be upended by severe weather that is forecasted for this weekend, officials announced Friday. Food distributionA mass food distribution event at NRG Stadium conducted by the Houston Independent School District and Houston Food Bank that has drawn thousands of families in need in previous weeks will be rescheduled officials announced. Instead, the massive food distribution event will be held Monday, May 18 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the NRG Yellow Lot. School district officials said families may continue to visit HISD’s regular, weekday food distribution sites next week. Testing sitesThe city of Houston and Harris County announced all testing sites will be closed Saturday due to the threat of severe weather.
Houston Food Bank, HISD open food distribution site at NRG Park
HOUSTON – Long lines of cars waited hours to receive food donations at NRG Park Saturday afternoon. Houston Food Bank and the Houston Independent School District organized the distribution site, feeding over 3,000 families, officials said. Officials closed the gate to the site once the organizers ran out of food, a few hours after opening the site to the public. “When you have to close out the line and say there is no more, your heart goes out because you wondering what’s going to happen," said HISD Superintendent Grenita Lathan. “We will re-open on Monday, but still, that’s two days away.”Those looking for help can visit houstonfoodbank.org/COVID19 or call the help hotline at 832-369-9390 to locate other food pantries.
Houston Reports Latest Numbers While Fort Bend Opens Up COVID-19 Testing For All
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner reported three more COVID-19 deaths for 26 reported deaths total and 52 new positive cases at his Wednesday afternoon press conference. Meanwhile, following Houston's lead, Fort Bend County has opened its public COVID-19 testing site to anyone wanting a test, whether symptomatic or not. Fort Bend County Judge KP George announced at a commissioners court meeting that he was expanding the free testing. AccessHealth workers at the Fort Bend testing site. Photo by Lacie SumpterIn Fort Bend County there have been 15 deaths reported and 627 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date.houstonpress.com
Harris County invests $11 million for emergency healthcare facility at NRG park amid coronavirus pandemic
HOUSTON – Harris County and Houston officials said the region is ready for the potential worst-case scenario if the healthcare system becomes overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Officials created the pop-up medical shelter at NRG Park to serve as a back-up if the hospitals' surge capacity is exceeded. We need more testing, especially in high poverty areas and in vulnerable communities.”Harris County Commissioners Court unanimously voted to allocate up to $60M for medical shelter at NRG Park. The temporary healthcare shelter will work in partnership with the regional healthcare systems and provide several units, depending on the level of patients' care. Hidalgo said she decided to move forward with the NRG medical shelter because she was faced with a "take-or-leave it" scenario.
A medical shelter is being built at NRG Park. Here’s what we know about it
HOUSTON – Officials with the city of Houston, Harris County and federal partners have begun building a medical shelter at NRG Park during the coronavirus pandemic. Construction crews were seen within the parking lot of NRG Park Tuesday morning. Details about the medical shelter will be announced at a later date. Greg Abbott alluded to the possibility of the shelter at NRG Park while talking about the emergency care facilities popping up around the country, as hospitals are overflowing. “We have one up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area called FMS, Federal Medical Station, 250 beds in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center," Abbott said.
NRG could become possible coronavirus care facility, Abbott says
NRG Stadium could be set to serve as a care facility during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In a press conference on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott alluded to the possibility when talking about the emergency care facilities popping up around the country, as hospitals are overflowing. “We have one up in the Dallas/Fort Worth area called FMS, Federal Medical Station, 250 beds in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center," said Abbott. “There’s actually similarly about that same number of beds set up in the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, and then Houston will be setting one up in NRG.”Abbott did not specify whether he meant NRG Stadium or NRG Arena.
PHOTOS: Take a look at some of the fun things happening during RodeoHouston opening day
HOUSTON – Tuesday was the first official day the 2020 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. People headed out NRG stadium to partake in the Houston tradition. From food to shopping, here is a look at RodeoHouston opening day.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo kicks off 2020 season with the cutest baby animals
HOUSTON – Whether you’re heading out to NRG for the deep fried food, loud country music, or super cute animals in the petting zoo, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has officially begun! Country band Midland kicks off the entertainment performances, Willie Nelson, Becky G, Chance The Rapper and Maren Morris will follow later this week. Weekday concert performances are at 8:45 p.m., and weekend performances are at 5:45 p.m. A few new changes coming to Rodeo this year: including their first-ever Sensory Friendly Carnival Experience this Thursday, March 5. The petting zoo is always a fan favorite that includes a wide variety of animals — from the exotic to those found on a typical farm, and it’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.Watch some of the cutest little baby goats play around in the Great American Petting Farm, and happy Rodeo, Houston!
More than 50,000 people along with President Donald Trump attend 'Howdy Modi' event
HOUSTON - Houstons India- American community welcomed India Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning inside NRG stadium. It's my honor and privilege to be welcomed here in this magnificent stadium and magnificent country, Modi said. Most of his speech was made alongside President DonaldTrump who announced last week he would be joining the prime minister in Houston. In addition to the economy, the president spoke of strengthening military ties and border security. Border security is vital to (the) United States; border security is vital to India, Trump said.
KPRC2's Fall Football Guide special
HOUSTON – Football season is here and KPRC2 and Click2Houston have you covered! It is going to be a busy season, from the high school fields all the way to NRG and the Super Bowl. Join Randy McIlvoy and Rachel McNeill as they host our 2016 Fall Football Guide, LIVE from Space Center Houston just hours before the opening of the Super Bowl 51 Touchdown Tour event. Watch the KPRC2 Fall Football Guide at 7 p.m. Friday, on KPRC2 and streaming on Click2Houston.com. DOWNLOAD our Friday Football Frenzy app to follow your teams and to vote in our Game of the Week polls:iPhone --> http://bit.ly/1nybHHAAndroid --> http://bit.ly/1duhJbbClick on the links below for more football news:Friday Football Frenzy coverageHouston Texans coverageCollege Football coverage