Hire Houston Youth plays major role in Houston’s efforts to reduce crime
Your teenagers will be out of school for the summer before you know it. Making sure they have meaningful job opportunities so they don’t get into trouble is a key part of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s mission to make Houston streets safer
Street takeovers could cost more than jail time, says top law enforcement in Harris Co.
Four top law-enforcement officials in the Harris County region warned Thursday of severe consequences for those plotting illegal “street takeovers” to promote street racing or reckless driving like recent events in Austin and Houston.
Concerns grow about superfund site in NW Harris County; Commissioner now demanding action
More than 20 years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency listed a Northwest Harris County shopping center at the 11600 block of Jones Road as a superfund site after county officials say a former dry cleaning business spent more than a decade improperly dumping toxic waste.
Woman accused of being serial fraudster arrested again; Here’s how fraud directly impacts consumers
“Fraud is on the rise here in Houston,” and one particular woman is part of the reason why, according to Sergeant Darren Schlosser with the Houston Police Department’s Auto Theft Division Vehicle Fraud Unit.
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream celebrating first anniversary, looking to hire more people with special needs
Howdy Homemade Ice Cream employs adults with special needs and they’re celebrating a lot of big achievements! The company is hosting a one-year-anniversary Friday at the Katy storefront at 20920 Katy Freeway, Ste, S. They have live music, celebrity guests, and ice cream (obviously). Those with special needs will get free ice cream during the celebration from noon to 9 p.m.
Texas AG Ken Paxton asks court to immediately halt implementation of President Biden’s new border rule
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that he has filed a motion for a preliminary injunction Monday to stop the implementation of the Department of Homeland Security’s new rule he says is unlawfully altering asylum and parole procedures at the border.
Fort Bend County opens emergency cooling centers: Here’s where they are, when they’re open
Temperatures are expected to rise this Mother’s Day weekend and in response, authorities have opened several public facilities located throughout the county to serve as emergency cooling centers, Saturday through Sunday.
Jurors hear recording of police interview with accused killer in 11-year-old Josue Flores’ case
For the first time, we are hearing what accused killer Andre Jackson had to say to authorities shortly after his arrest on June 3, 2016, for the murder of Josue Flores. Prosecutors played the police interview for the jury on Thursday.
Local blind chef defeating all odds despite limitations
Christine Ha was the first blind contestant on Master Chef and won the show’s third season. Following the show, she went on to become a renowned restaurateur, entrepreneur and author hoping to spread awareness about her condition and inspiring people to achieve their dreams despite their limitations.
Here’s where can you find fresh wreaths this holiday season
The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner. It’s time to pull out those Christmas decorations - or get new, fresh ones to bring in the yuletide season. Several tree farms in the Houston area will be selling fresh wreaths this holiday season.
Father accused of street racing with infant and toddler in backseat of car
Atascocita, TX – An Atascocita man is facing charges of street racing and child endangerment after investigators say he was racing with his two children in the back seat of his car. According to Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, Kevin Quinteros admitted that he was racing last Saturday in the 20000 block of West Lake Parkway. He had a female companion, a 7-month-old baby, and then a 3-year-old child,” said Herman. “Most of these individuals that are out on our streets racing underestimate the danger of what speed can do and every year we see it - hundreds and hundreds of people die from street racing,” Herman told KPRC 2. AdQuinteros is facing one count of street racing in addition to two child endangerment charges.
Amazon to build 4 new delivery stations in Houston area
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistribu)HOUSTON – Amazon continues to expand its company in the Houston area after announcing that it’s building four more delivery stations in the Houston area. The additional delivery stations will help increase the company’s efficiency of deliveries for customers in the area, according to Amazon. The stations will create more than 300 full-time jobs, which will pay $15 per hour and a benefits package, according to a release. Amazon expects the new sites to open sometime later this year. The following delivery stations will be located at the following addresses:9155 Derrington Road, Houston, TX 7601111311 N Gessner Drive, Houston, TX 77064Northcrest and Spring Steubner, Spring, TX 77064Highway 59 and Kingwood Drive, Porter, TX 77365“We are both excited and grateful to Amazon for seeing an opportunity to expand their growing network in this quickly developing area of Montgomery County,” said Frank McCrady, president and CEO of the East Montgomery County Improvement District.
Family members help with virtual learning during pandemic
Cypress, TX – Extended family members have helped with the challenges of virtual learning during the pandemic, experts said. Virtual learning isn’t always easy for children and in the Patel home, it was a concern for the kids to return to the classroom. “I wake them up, have breakfast, get in the shower, get ready for school,” said Hansa Patel. “It helps with young people and learning and having another adult at home to support the family. She believes most relatives, if they’re able to do so safely, would welcome the opportunity to connect with family.
Houston Zoo welcomes a new zebra
There’s a new zebra in town at the Houston Zoo! The Grant’s zebra, Rosalita, comes to Houston from Brownsville, TX. Rosalita, a Grant’s zebra, came to the Houston Zoo from Brownsville. The Houston Zoo provides support and training for local communities in Kenya to protect wild zebras. AdWhen guests visit the Houston Zoo to see zebras Kapuki and Rosalita, they will also help save wild zebras in Africa.
BREAKING: Demetrius Hunter Commits to Oklahoma
One of the most highly sought-after recruits in the nation is headed to Norman. West Orange Stark's Demetrius "Pancake" Hunter gave his pledge to the Sooners late Monday night. According to rivals.com Hunter is the No. West Orange Stark has a proud football tradition with multiple NFL Players including Earl Thomas of the Baltimore Ravens. Demetrius Hunter makes the 7th commit for the Sooners and first O-Lineman.
Welcome to March (and Spring)!
Houston, TX – Meteorologically speaking, the spring season is from March 1 to May 31 (easier for record keeping) despite the Equinox occurring on Saturday, March 20th (4:37am). Longer hours of daylight, return of bluebonnets, and warmer weather. Of course, this is also the season for severe weather. Here’s the frontal position for then and while most models are not forecasting severe weather, we are still five days out. On the upside, the monthly forecast for rain is below normal (normal is just under 3.5″).
LIST: Food and water distribution sites in the Houston area
HOUSTON – Many local businesses and organizations have opened food and water distribution sites in the Houston area in the wake of the recent winter storms. Various distribution sites pop up daily, so please keep checking this list if you’re in need. Houston Community College-North Forest CampusTexas State Representative Senfronia Thompson, NACC Disaster Services, Teamsters Union, Houston Community College (HCC)- North Forest campus, HCC Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Peoples United Summit, and other volunteer groups host water and food distribution in northeast Houston. The organizers will provide food and water for about 1,000 vehicles. Pet owners will receive free pet food, supplies, and information on additional resources such as the Houston Humane Society’s free spay/neuter program.
Update: Silver Alert canceled for 66-year-old man last seen in Spring
UPDATE: Rickie Dillard has been found safe, according to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. A Silver Alert was issued for a 66-year-old man last seen in Spring. Rickie Dillard was last seen at approximately 7:40 a.m. Friday in the 17000 block of South Cypress Villas Drive in Spring, TX. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, a long gray fleece robe, gray sweatpants and black shoes. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact the Harris County Sheriff’s Office at (713) 755-7427.
LIST: Food and water distribution sites in the Houston area
Amid the boil water advisory, several water distribution sites are opening in the Houston area. Harris County, Precinct 2Harris County Precinct 2 will be hosting a pair of drive-through pop-up food giveaways. Food distribution sitesHouston Food Bank Neighborhood Super Site Food Distribution at NRGHouston Food Bank will host a Neighborhood Super Site food distribution at NRG Stadium this Sunday, February 21, from 9 am to 1 pm or until all food is distributed. AdHarris County, Precinct 2Harris County Precinct 2 will be hosting a pair of drive-through pop-up food giveaways. Sunday’s food distribution will be held at 10 a.m. at Leonel Castillo Community Center at 2101 South Street.
Reagan Bregman shares details on local water distribution event
HOUSTON – If you’ve been affected by the winter storm, Reagan Bregman and husband, Astros’ third baseman Alex Bregman have teamed up with Brothers Produce and The Astros Foundation to deliver cases of water to people in need. More than 18,000 cases of water will be distributed tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. at the Astros Urban Youth Academy. 18,000 + cases will be given away tomorrow 9am at 2801 S. Victory Drive in Houston, TX — Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) February 19, 2021There will be an additional giveaway on Sunday at Butler Stadium. Sunday’s water giveaway will be at Butler Stadium at 2pm 13755 S. Main Street Houston, TX — Alex Bregman (@ABREG_1) February 19, 2021For more information on The Astros Foundation, click here.
Check out this Meyerland home complete with a ‘man cave’ on the market
The man cave you’ve always wanted is ready for you in Meyerland. Luxury Properties of Houston recently listed a three-bedroom, two-bathroom home that sits on a 13,124-square foot corner lot, complete with the ultimate man cave for $554,900. 5018 Loch Lomond Drive, Houston, TX 77096 (HAR.com)5018 Loch Lomond Drive, Houston, TX 77096 (HAR.com)Built in 1958, 5018 Loch Lomond Drive features a unique layout and interior with colorful accents, several built-in shelving, and a kidney bean-shaped swimming pool. Here are some key features from the description provided on the Houston Association of Realtors website:Remodeled home on an oversized corner lotRecently updated: interior paint, Engineered wood flooring in living areas, plush carpeting with extra padding in bedroomsRecently replaced dishwasher, Thermador warming oven, double ovens, and most windowsCoffee bar off of the kitchenLarge formal living and dining areasFamily room with brick fireplaceSwimming pool“Man Cave” or 3-car garageLots of yard spaceClick here to view the listing.
The Polar Vortex comes closer this week
I’ve talked about the Polar Vortex before, and this week the U.S. will see it in action, especially in the East. We have a weak front coming through today but will see colder temperatures move our way Wednesday night as a dry cold front transits the area. We miss this one, which is a blessing, or not, depending on how you like cold weather. You can see above that while we get some of the coldest temps we’ve had in a while, we’re nowhere near freezing. Here’s our 10-day forecast as of Monday morning:A dry Wednesday front cools us down a bitYou can see, our weather all looks pretty manageable.
What to know about our messy week
Most of the rain should be lightAfter a stellar weekend and a beautiful holiday, get ready for a change in course! A number of small systems are going to slowly push through the state over the week ahead, and that means gloomy weather -- especially Wednesday through the weekend. Here’s the latest American (GFS) model:A lot of light rain in the area all week, especially the weekendThe reason these features are taking their time is that the jet stream is not particularly strong this week (those are the winds that push these systems through). Lucky for us, the strongest jet winds are to our north, which means that area will see the heaviest rain. Here’s the jet stream outlook:Darker grey are weaker windsWe’ll have on-and-off rain each day, starting Wednesday.
Did you get COVID-19 over the holidays? Harris County advises people to get tested due to potential exposure
HOUSTON – Harris County Public Health is advising residents to get tested due to potential holiday COVID-19 exposure. Heath officials said even if a person visited with family members during the holiday, they should still get tested. Officials said COVID-19 infections from Christmas and New Year’s will begin to show up in the next week or two. Officials said it’s important to get tested as those in the high risk community continue to get the vaccine in efforts to slow the spread. Here is a list of HCPH test sites where you get your results in 3-5 days:Jan. 11 – Jan. 16- M.O.
Texas’ Crenshaw pens op-ed explaining U.S. election process to rioters
Following Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol, Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) shared his thoughts of those challenging the electoral count, explaining they misunderstand how America elects its presidents. “On Wednesday the Capitol of the most powerful nation the world has ever known was stormed by an angry mob. The congressman went on to explain Jan. 6 attack of the Capitol is the exact situation the founders of this nation sought to avoid. For this reason, the Founders opted to diffuse responsibility to electors from each state,” Crenshaw wrote. Ultimately, Crenshaw’s op-ed communicated those who challenge the electoral count misunderstand the process of electing United States presidents.
What to Expect from January!
Houston, TX – Welcome to 2021 and, at least for now, the fog has been limited, although with a warmer than normal month ahead we’re likely to get into that pretty soon. Our average temps for January are 64° for highs and 45° for lows, but you can see from the 30 day outlook this month that we’re expect ABOVE average temps (not that anyone is surprised anymore). La Nina UpdateThe La Nina pattern you’ve heard so much about is stronger than ever. Interestingly, the La Nina effect doesn’t appear to be much of a player for the eastern U.S.And La Nina is here to stay through the end of spring. La Nina is here to stay for a whileSo keep a sweater handy for those cooler than normal nights.
What to know about Wednesday’s stormy weather
Over the weekend, the exciting “winter weather word” -- the one that begins with “S” -- has been flurried about over social media. The latest word from me is “Snowpe,” as in “Nope.” Still, a strong cold front is poised to move through, so let’s talk about first, WHEN. In a nutshell, rain amounts look to be fairly common between an inch and 3 inches, while heavier amounts could reach 5 inches. Saying that, the European has put heavier rain north of Houston while the American puts it more west -- darker red indicates heavier rain on both models. I honestly don’t think the snow rumors will become more than that, but I suppose we can always “SnHope” for a bit!
7 Houston spots for cheap late-night eats
The Burger JointPhoto courtesy of The Burger JointWhat night owls say: "Perfect spot for late night food. Katz’s Deli & BarWhat night owls say: "Late night, early morning, or lunch, you can't go wrong with this hot spot. Pho Bình By NightWhat night owls say: "Went to Pho Binh late night with my cousins. Frank’s PizzaPhoto courtesy of Frank's PizzaWhat night owls say: "My absolute favorite Houston pizza!! 11 a.m. – 3 a.m.Where: 417 Travis St Houston, TX 77002Link: www.frankspizza.comYou and your friend eating at 2 a.m.:
Warm up the hot cocoa! What to know about our COLD Christmas forecast
There’s no business in snow business this Christmas like we experienced in 2004 (Thanks to Donna Bohannon for some great Angleton snow shots! ), but our coldest Christmas Day in years is in our forecast! For those of you who like hot-cocoa-footy-pajama Christmas mornings and afternoons, then this is your year! I took a look back at our Christmas highs since that fateful 2004 snow day. Cold all holidayHere’s a look at our 10-day forecast and you can see that Christmas Eve through Sunday promises beautiful ugly sweater temps:Christmas Week ForecastWe’re also dry the whole way through.
Texas Amber Alert discontinued for 6-year-old girl
An Amber alert issued for Holiman has been discontinued. UPDATED INFO AS OF 08:30PM 12/12/2020 FROM GRAYSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: CANCEL AMBER ALERT - CHILD HAS BEEN LOCATED... Posted by Lamar County Sheriff's Office on Saturday, December 12, 2020Authorities on Saturday issued an Amber Alert for Kobie Shay Holiman, a six-year-old girl allegedly abducted in Northeast Texas. Holiman is described as a white female with brown hair and brown eyes weighing 39 pounds and standing 3′8′'. (KPRC 2)Kindel Holiman is described as a 29-year-old white male weighing 300 pounds and standing 6′2′' with blond hair and blue eyes. Muller is described as a 27-year-old white female weighing 135 pounds and standing 5′5′' with brown hair and hazel eyes.
Holiday magic is arriving at CityPlace and Springwoods Village for families
HOUSTON – New for this season are two, one-of-a-kind attractions that will be unveiled during a lighting ceremony at CityPlace Park – 1200 Lake Plaza Drive, Spring, TX 77389 – on Sunday, November 29 between 4 and 7 p.m. with help from Santa and Mrs. Claus. A super-sized, fantasy version of the holiday classic, the installation is anticipated to expand each year. This is a first of its kind endeavor for Kopelman, a pioneering and globally recognized haunted house producer, COO of the country’s largest escape room company, and co-founder of soon-to-open immersive experiential museum Seismique. In addition to enjoying an inaugural look, visitors of the evening’s complimentary festivities will also enjoy carolers and complimentary hot chocolate. For those unable to attend the kickoff, both the tree and gingerbread village will be on display through January 9 with free hot chocolate served on the Plaza every Thursday and Sunday from 4 until 7 p.m.
Are we in for a drought?
We go through dry periods and, as you know, we can get soakers around here that fix a no-rain situation pretty quickly. Last Thursday’s drought monitor shows abnormally dry to severe drought conditions in SE Texas and Extreme drought in West Texas:US Drought monitor showing abnormally dry to severe drought in our areaU.S. Drought monitor showing extreme and exceptional drought in West Texas. Our normal rainfall from Oct. 1 to now is 8.33 inches so clearly, that’s a deficit. But prolonged dry periods can turn into longer dry periods and that is the concern. Here’s our precip forecast into winter:Dry OutlookThis shows better chances than not for below normal rainfall.
What happens if we run through the Greek alphabet?
I’ve had a number of viewers ask what happens if we go through the Greek alphabet for storm names. Or we could stick with the Greek idea -- Tropical Storm Chi Omega? The bottom line is, we have no fear of running through the Greek alphabet. Per the WMO, once the 21 names on the Atlantic list are exhausted, the Greek alphabet is used. There are 24 names on the Greek alphabet list.
2020 Thanksgiving Guide: Where to get a delicious holiday meal to-go in Houston
3606 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77005, (713) 667-2386At Hugo’s, you’ll find a Thanksgiving meal with a south of the border twist! The size of offerings is varied and includes a family feast, a holiday meal for two and any of their a la carte items. 1600 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006, (713) 524-7744Kenny & Ziggy’s is always a great choice for any holiday. 12505 Memorial Dr #140, Houston, TX 77024, (713) 808-9291If your family is in a more untraditional mood this holiday season, check out Cool Runnings . 111 N Post Oak Ln, Houston, TX 77024, (713) 685-6713
#WHATASNAP: Behind the Scenes at the 2020 VYPE SATX Basketball Photoshoot
The basketball stars of San Antonio, TX were socially-distanced and masked-up as VYPE hosted the 2020 VYPE SATX Basketball Photo Shoot powered by Whataburger. Some of the best athletes came through the media day presented by Whataburger & Ballogy. Check out the behind the scenes video below! Click here to visit your local Whataburger and make sure to check out #WhataSnap.
What to know about Sunday’s front
No one can complain about the crisp, fall weather we’ve seen so far, although we’ve been missing it the past couple of days. We’ll warm up this weekend, into the mid-80s, but look at the cold air stored up in Canada:Cold Air is Waiting! All we need is a big cold front to sweep that colder air our way and one arrives Saturday night into Monday morning:Sunday morning front and showers (KPRC)We need the rain but our futurecast model doesn’t indicate much will fall! Rain amounts not impressive for Sunday's front (KPRC)So what happens to our temperatures? FrankEmail me and follow me on Facebook!
#WHATASNAP: Behind the Scenes at the 2020 VYPE Houston Basketball Photoshoot
The basketball stars of Houston, TX were socially-distanced and masked-up as VYPE hosted the 2020 VYPE HOUSTON Basketball Photo Shoot powered by Whataburger. Some of the best athletes came through the media day presented by Whataburger & Ballogy. Check out the behind the scenes video below! Click here to visit your local Whataburger and make sure to check out #WhataSnap.
Alcohol, cheese and cats: Check out Aldi’s collection of Advent calendars
HOUSTON – Aldi’s highly-anticipated Advent Calendar collection hit store shelves on Wednesday. The grocery store chain announced in September that they will bring back their popular cheese, beer, and wine Advent calendars along with several additions to the collection. More than 20 Advent calendars will be sold in stores and online, with the exception of alcohol Advent calendars, which are strictly sold in stores, Aldi stated on their website FAQ’s. To check out the full collection of Aldi’s Advent Calendars, click here. 6 South, Houston, TX 770823715 FM 1960 West, Houston, TX 770688755 FM 1960 Bypass W, Humble, TX 773389002 Spencer Highway, La Porte, TX 7757110402 Hwy.
Why ETA will be so devastating
ETA, now a 50-mph tropical storm, continues to move over Nicaragua and Honduras at a slow 7 mph. Eta moving slowly over Central America courtesy NOAAThat slow movement divided into 100 (my rule of thumb for rainfall) equals 14-15 inches. My prayers are with them as Eta takes the next two days to move through that country. However, because 2005 had a couple of unnamed storms, that year’s names did not get to ETA (stopping one short with ZETA). ETA forecasted pathOfficially the season ends Nov. 30, but if 2005 taught us anything it is not to look at the calendar -- that year’s ZETA formed Dec. 28 and degenerated Jan.
#WHATASNAP: Behind the Scenes at the 2020 VYPE ATX Basketball Photoshoot
The basketball stars of Austin, TX were socially-distanced and masked-up as VYPE hosted the 2020 VYPE ATX Basketball Photo Shoot powered by Whataburger. Some of the best athletes came through the media day presented by Whataburger & Ballogy. Check out the behind the scenes video below! Click here to visit your local Whataburger and make sure to check out #WhataSnap.