J.J. Watt Celebrates Hurricane Harvey Survivors’ Return Home

HOUSTON - Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt raised $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief, and on Friday, he showed how one family benefited from those efforts. Watt shared a touching video on Facebook with this message: We got to move the Leonard family back into their home today and this moment right here is EVERYTHING! This is what you all... Read More

‘Mini Murals’ to Go Up Around Houston

45 New Artists Selected to Expand Number of Murals Across Houston HOUSTON - Houston residents are about to see more colorful "mini-murals" on street-side traffic signal control cabinets across town. City officials said it selected 45 new artists to expand the number of murals across the Complete Communities pilot neighborhoods of Acres Home, Gulfton, Near Northside, East End, Central Southwest,... Read More

More than 20,000 Houstonians Attend Women’s March

  HOUSTON - More than 20,000 people marched through the streets of Houston to rally for women’s rights. The 2018 Houston Women’s March started on Sabine near Buffalo Bayou. Thousands marched in unison to City Hall. The focus of this year’s march is getting folks excited and engaged in the 2018 elections,” said co-organizer Robin Paoli. “We’ve got four ‘C’ words... Read More

Frozen, Bursting Pipes cause Drought-like Conditions in Galveston

  GALVESTON, Texas - The City of Galveston was flooded with thousands of phone calls Wednesday and Thursday as the city was experiencing issues related to freezing temperatures, according to a Facebook post. City employees and local plumbers were working together to assist residents throughout the island, it said. The city is "prepared to forgive any excess use due to the inclement... Read More

5 Flu-Related Deaths Confirmed in Houston Area

  HOUSTON - Two women in their 60s have died from the flu, according to the Houston Health Department. One woman died in November and the other died last month. Nearly 13 percent of the people showing up to emergency rooms are due to flu-like symptoms," said Porfirio Villarreal, spokesperson, city of Houston Health Department. Montgomery County health officials confirmed... Read More

Houston Council Approves City’s New Recycling Contract

HOUSTON - The Houston City Council on Wednesday approved the city’s new recycling contract with a company Mayor Sylvester Turner selected nearly seven months ago. The 15-year contract with FCC will allow residents to place glass and plastic bags in the recycling container. FCC will take over the recycling process when the company completes construction of a $23 million processing... Read More

Pastor Accused of Sexual Assault asks for Forgiveness at Sunday’s Church Event

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - Taking a seat before a Memphis Congregation this Sunday morning, teaching Pastor Andres Savage asked for forgiveness from his accuser, his family and his church for what happened when he was a youth minister at a church in Spring. I regretfully had a sexual incident with a female high school senior,” said Savage of High Point Church in Memphis.... Read More

Houston Rodeo Concert Lineup Announced

Concert Lineup Each night, once the Rodeo dust settles, a superstar takes the stage to entertain the crowds. The star entertainers begin performing after the last rodeo event is completed each evening and the stage is set. Actual start times for the concert can vary day to day due to the different number of rodeo competitors and other production elements. Weekday... Read More

More than 60 Houston Churches Received over 4,000 Boxes of Holiday Food for Families in Need

  HOUSTON - One of the largest food drives in Houston culminated Saturday with more than 60 churches receiving around 4,000 boxes of food to be distributed for families in need this holiday season. Representatives from churches across the Houston area lined up with large pickup trucks and U-Hauls at the Pepsi Bottling Plant, for the 32nd annual Comida/Food Drive... Read More

HISD Approves Plan to Rebuild 4 Harvey-Damaged Elementary Schools

HOUSTON - The Houston Independent School District Board of Education has approved a plan to rebuild four elementary schools damaged by Hurricane Harvey. The schools include Braeburn, Scarborough, Kolter and Mitchell elementary schools. The cost to replace the four schools is estimated at $126 million, which will be funded by a combination of operations reserves and Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone... Read More

Nearly Half of Those Affected by Harvey Say They Aren’t Getting Help to Recover

HOUSTON - According to a recent survey by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half of the Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey said they are not getting the help they need to recover from the storm. Two-thirds of residents across 24 Texas counties said they suffered property damage, employment disruptions and/or lost income due to Harvey.... Read More

Lady Gaga Helps with Harvey Cleanup Ahead of Houston Concert

HOUSTON - Lady Gaga took time to help Hurricane Harvey victims before her Houston concert on Sunday. Gaga spent the day volunteering with Team Rubicon for Harvey recovery. She helped demolish a house that had mold and water damage. Mother Monster posed with volunteers and the homeowner's family and shared several videos on her Instagram page. She called Team Rubicon... Read More

Jimbo Fisher, New Texas A&M Football Coach, Touches Down in College Station

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Texas A&M is set to introduce Jimbo Fisher as the Aggies new head football coach on Monday. VIDEO: Jimbo lands in College Station The press conference is slated to begin at 10 a.m. at the Kyle Field football offices. Fisher’s move to Aggieland was first reported by KPRC last Sunday, and on Friday he stepped down at Florida... Read More

What You Need to Know About Thursday’s FEMA Assistance Deadline

HOUSTON - Residents in southeast Texas who were affected by Hurricane Harvey have until Thursday to apply for federal disaster assistance. More than three months after Harvey caused catastrophic flooding across the region, some people are still displaced or repairing the damage. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended the deadline for those people to file applications for assistance until... Read More

HPD, Fiesta kick off 32nd Annual Comida Food Drive

HOUSTON - Mayor Sylvester Turner, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and other members of HPD will kick off the police department's 32nd Annual Comida Food Drive. The event is an effort to feed those in need during the holiday season. A news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Fiesta Mart at 800 South Wayside Drive to... Read More

Flying for Thanksgiving? Here’s What You Need to Know

HOUSTON - More than 1.25 million people are expected to fly through Houston during the Thanksgiving weekend. Of them, 72,000 will go through Hobby Airport on Tuesday and Wednesday and 200,000 will travel through George Bush Intercontinental Airport. Officials recommended that people take time to inform themselves before coming to the airport in order to reduce holiday travel stress. Here... Read More

Houston’s Grocery Store Hours this Thanksgiving

HOUSTON - It’s not every day that you prepare a feast as big as a Thanksgiving dinner, so it’s easy to forget something. Half-and-half. Butter. That pesky can of cranberry sauce. But never fear! Here are the Thanksgiving hours for some of Houston’s most popular grocery stores: Kroger: 6 a.m. - 4 p.m. Randalls: 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. HEB: Regular... Read More

Beyonce’s Church Home Hosts Hurricane Relief Event

HOUSTON - The church home of Houston superstar Beyonce is hosting an event to help families recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Beyonce's initiative to help Harvey victims, BeyGood Houston, is one of the sponsors of Saturday's Royal Epicurean Thanksgiving Feast. It will feature celebrity hosts, including Beyonce's sister, Solange, along with rapper Paul Wall and other surprise appearances. Several celebrities will... Read More

Another $28M from Harvey Relief Fund Given to 90 Charities

HOUSTON - Another $28.9 million from a relief fund established after Hurricane Harvey has been given to 90 charities, city and county leaders announced Wednesday. This is the second round of distributions from the $79 million Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. In October, $7.55 million was given to 28 non-profit organizations aimed at helping those affected by the floods caused by... Read More

How Houston Voted on Election Day

Houston voters approve $1 billion refund to pension fund HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The watch party at Irma's Southwest Grill shut down early after the numbers held all night for the city's propositions backed by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. It was all smiles all night long as the numbers came in, with voters overwhelmingly backing the slate of initiatives known as... Read More

Election Day is Today

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Election Day is Tuesday, and there's some concern about low voter turnout. This is ABC13's crash course on some of the biggest items on the ballot impacting voters around the area. HARRIS COUNTY Voters in Harris County can vote on seven statewide propositions and six city propositions related to pension bonds, general obligation bonds and Heights... Read More

Astros Victory Parade Highlights

HOUSTON - Nearly one million people lined the streets of downtown Houston on Friday to celebrate the Astros’ World Series championship. Hours before the party started, fans were finding their spot along the nearly two-mile-long parade route that started and ended at Smith and Lamar streets. Just before 2 p.m., the victorious Astros climbed aboard Houston Fire Department trucks and... Read More

McNair Skips NAACP Meeting Over ‘Health Reasons’

HOUSTON - Texans Owner Bob McNair is under scrutiny after controversial comments he made at a recent NFL meeting, while his players face criticism by some, for how they reacted to the comment before Sunday's game in Seattle. McNair not attending NAACP Town Hall Forum Monday night The NAACP along with Community of Faith Church is hosting a town hall meeting... Read More

Astros Pitcher’s Foundation Helping Send Homeless Pets to New Homes in CA

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Dozens of pets that were displaced by Hurricane Harvey are heading to new homes in California, thanks to a sizable donation by Astros pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. Animal handlers began flying the homeless pets from the temporary shelter of Houston Pets Alive to towns in central and southern California on Monday morning. Houston PetSet teamed up... Read More

Receding Waters in Houston Reveal Families’ Divergent Paths to Recovery

HOUSTON — The water burbled from the floors of Vickie Carson's cottage in the semirural northern edge of Houston, saturating everything she owned. It seeped through the ceiling of Ebony Harrison's apartment in the impoverished Sunnyside neighborhood, dousing her newborn daughter as she slept. It swept so swiftly into Lidia Peña's rental home in the city’s north side that she... Read More

Harvey Can’t Keep Halloween Down! Donation Drive Collects 900 Costumes for Kids

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Halloween costume drive benefiting children impacted by Hurricane Harvey has already distributed more than 900 costumes, and they're still accepting donations. One organizer, Becky Schmidt, says that donated costumes have overtaken the bottom story of her home. Schmidt has organized the following drop-off locations, which are open until October 13: 2815 Texas Laurel Dr (Firethorne)... Read More

Houston Police Chief Acevedo on Gun Control: ‘If Not Now, Then When?’

HOUSTON, Texas -- Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo says inaction on gun control has "failed thousands of families" and is urging people to take a stand against gun violence following the mass shooting in Las Vegas a week ago. Acevedo tweeted Sunday: When will we stand up and say enough?" He says he has "spoken out against gun violence," and... Read More

All 5 Living Ex-Presidents to Attend Hurricane Relief Concert

President Barack Obama stands with former presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Jimmy Carter at the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, on Thu., April 25, 2013 All five former living presidents will attend a concert in Texas to raise funds for relief from Hurricanes... Read More

How Las Vegas Massacre Changes the Way Officers Police

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- In light of the deadly shooting in Las Vegas, law enforcement across the nation are on high alert, and making changes to the way they police. Right now police from around the world are in Houston. Officers from London, Russia and Mexico are here for the annual Problem Oriented Policing Conference. We're referring businesses -- schools,... Read More

Houston Church Encouraging Survivors to Share Their Stories of Harvey

HOUSTON- It’s one thing to have faith. It’s a whole different thing to feel like you’re completely alone. But in sharing their stories of the storm, one family is finding out we’re all in this together. Bound by their belief, The Community of Faith feels more like a family than a church. People are suffering beyond our comprehension,” said Bishop... Read More

Residents Warned Not to Dump Harvey Debris in Unauthorized Dumpsites

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Harris County strongly urges residents to avoid creating debris stockpile sites in their neighborhoods (i.e. parking lots, medians, community centers, etc.) Residents are reminded to separate debris into piles. Regular garbage: food, packaging, paper, which can go in regular trash bins and garbage bags   Building materials and furniture: drywall, carpeting and mattresses   Hazardous waste:... Read More

What You Need to Know About Harris County Aerial Mosquito Spraying

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) --The rain left behind by Hurricane Harvey has created large areas in Harris County where mosquitoes can lay their eggs. To address increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the risk they pose to the recovery effort and public health, the U.S. Air Force Reserve's 910th Airlift Wing flying modified C-130 cargo planes staged out of Kelly Air Force... Read More

Police Gather for Funeral of Houston Officer Who Died in Harvey Flood (Video)

HOUSTON - A Houston police officer who died in the floods of Hurricane Harvey will be laid to rest Wednesday, and officials have released details of the plans for the ceremony. The funeral for Sgt. Steve Perez, 60, will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at 1111 St. Joseph Parkway. After the funeral, honors... Read More

Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Other Celebs Bring Light to Harvey Victims in Houston

Call them the women who can't help but give more. Houston's waterlogged streets were graced with musical royalty on Friday when megastars Janet Jackson and Beyonce toured the city and made stops around the area's shelters that house thousands of flood victims from Hurricane Harvey. While Janet Jackson took a tour of the city with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and... Read More