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4 choice seasonal and holiday events in Houston this weekend | Hoodline  KTRK-TV

Just try to keep up with Santa this weekend in Houston.

KTRK-TV
Energy companies fret Houston Ship Channel traffic  Chron.com

Energy companies are worried new, especially large container ships will cause traffic jams on the Houston Ship Channel and ultimately hinder the shale boom.

Chron.com
Travel + Leisure names Houston among the 50 best places to travel in 2019  Chron

Houston's back in the national spotlight, but this time it's not only because of this city's great dining scene. (Of course that helps, too). Lifestyle magazine Travel + ...

Chron
Houston man sentenced to 30 years for gunpoint robbery  Chron

A Houston man was sentenced Friday to 30 years for robbing two men at gunpoint, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. In December 2017 ...

Chron
Finalists named in Touchdown Club of Houston's Player of the Year categories  KTRK-TV

Touchdown Club of Houston honors finalists for Player of the Year awards in Houston, Texas.

KTRK-TV
Deputy injured in shootout with Houston felon going home from hospital  KTRK-TV

Doctors were able to save Sgt. James Smejkal's fingers after he was shot while serving a felony warrant in NE Harris County.

KTRK-TV
Man dead after flipping car, slamming into tree in northeast Houston  Chron

Police say a speeding vehicle, a dip in the road, and a tree made for a deadly combination Friday in northeast Houston. The driver was southbound on Majestic ...

Chron
Houston girl kicks cheating boyfriend to the curb, shares epic video with the Twitterverse  Chron

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Houston resident Tiana Perea blasted her now ex-boyfriend for cheating. And while most of us would shy away from ...

Chron
Beltway North spool marks 5th loose obstacle on Houston roadway since October  KTRK-TV

Another Houston hazard for motorists - the fifth reported spool on the roadway since October.

KTRK-TV
14 top gangs operating in Houston and throughout southeast Texas  Chron

A new report by the Texas Department of Public Safety shows that more than a dozen gangs still maintain a presence in Houston and throughout southeast ...

Chron
Girls Basketball | Houston 69, Lanesboro 34 | Basketball  PostBulletin.com

Houston 69, Lanesboro 34. HOUSTON (69). No stats submitted. LANESBORO (34). Lauren Zoellner 8 P, 2 3-PT; Brielle Ruen 8 P; Lexie Johnson 11 P, 1 3-PT; ...

PostBulletin.com
Houston again takes crown for No.1 party spot in the U.S.  Chron

Somehow, someway, Houston managed to beat every other major U.S. city when it comes to the number of planned Evite events in 2018. And, according to an ...

Chron
Things to Do: Best Bets for a Great Weekend in Houston, December 14-16, 2018  Houston Press

It seems like an eternity waiting for the final season of Game of Thrones but, until that happens, we can all channel our alter egos in this weekend's Winter is ...

Houston Press
Houston Middle returns to class in Houston High  KTUU.com

Forced to close for the year after the Nov. 30 earthquake, Houston Middle School is co-locating with it's neighbor, Houston High.

KTUU.com
TIMELINE: Houston drivers dodge 5 loose spools on freeways  KTRK-TV

For the fourth time since October and the second time in a week, drivers had to dodge a large, industrial-sized object on a Houston highway. Oct. 25, 2018

KTRK-TV
Attorney for west Houston mother accused of dismembering her 5-year-old son says client is catatonic  KHOU.com

HOUSTON — In his first television interview since being retained by Houston mother Lihui Liu, attorney George Parnham speaks on her mental state. Liu has ...

KHOU.com
Houston drivers can enjoy more open lanes on 290 as construction nears end  CultureMap Houston

The Texas Department of Transportation has good news for drivers traveling down US-290. TxDOT is urging motorists and businesses along US-290 to ...

CultureMap Houston
Shoppers on edge after robberies near busy H-E-B store  KTRK-TV

As you're wrapping up your holiday shopping, police say it's important to be on the lookout for theft.

KTRK-TV
What famous Houstonians are deserving of their own biopics?  Chron

Houston, one of the most magnetic and interesting cities in the world, has plenty of faces and stories throughout its history that are ripe for Hollywood, or at least ...

Chron
Houston Chronicle photos capture Houston's top moments of 2018  Houston Chronicle

A year when life in Houston mostly got back to normal — beautiful, infuriating, funny, heartbreaking normal. By Lisa Gray. There are years that define Houston.

Houston Chronicle
Remains of WWII pilot from Houston identified, crash in 1945  Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON (AP) — The remains of a World War II aviator from Texas missing since a 1945 crash in the Philippines have been located and identified.

Houston Chronicle
Boy fatally shot during girl fight in Spring Branch  Chron

A Houston man who arranged for his ex-girlfriend to fight another female has been charged with murder after authorities said he fatally shot a teenage boy who ...

Chron
How do Houston airports rate when it comes to flight delays?  KHOU.com

HOUSTON — HOUSTON - Millions of people will head to the airport to spend the holidays with loved ones, but thousands of them won't arrive on time. KHOU 11 ...

KHOU.com
Arrests stemming from Houston rap video make national headlines  KPRC Click2Houston

Last March, Houston rappers Maxo Kream and NFL Cartel Bo used a city park next to an elementary school to shoot a music video. It included about two dozen ...

KPRC Click2Houston
What to expect and when as strong winds blow through Houston  KHOU.com

With wind gusts up to 45 mph Friday, we could see scattered power outages and a few branches to come down.

KHOU.com
Mother accused of hitting daughter for not taking medicine  KPRC Click2Houston

A Houston woman is facing charges after authorities said she hit her daughter for not taking her medicine earlier this year.

KPRC Click2Houston
Texans at Jets: Houston Chronicle staff predictions  Houston Chronicle

The Houston Chronicle's pundits make their predictions for Saturday's Texans-Jets game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.: Jenny Dial Creech ...

Houston Chronicle
Grandparents sentenced to prison for kidnapping their grandson from Houston to Brazil  KTRK-TV

The international custody battle involving a Houston couple and their young grandson has played out in the courts.

KTRK-TV
Suspected drunk driver crashes into utility pole in north Houston  KTRK-TV

A suspected drunk driver crashed his vehicle into a utility pole in north Houston.

KTRK-TV
Conroe takes Houston's lead, bans 'sexbot brothels'  KHOU.com

The move by Conroe sought to "define and prohibit the operation of sexbot brothels."

KHOU.com
Where you can own a home in Houston based on your annual salary in 2018  Chron.com

While home buyers may face concerns like rising mortgage rates and the costs of maintaining a home, chances are there is a neighborhood in the Greater ...

Chron.com
Top 12 Houston restaurants of 2018  KPRC Click2Houston

Here are the Top 12 restaurants in Houston of 2018, according to Good Taste.

KPRC Click2Houston
Homeowner shoots burglar in east Houston  KTRK-TV

A homeowner opened fire on a burglar at his house in east Houston.

KTRK-TV
FBI seeks public's help after 3 men rob Houston Compass Bank  KTRK-TV

The Compass Bank just outside a popular H-E-B grocery store was held up this morning.

KTRK-TV
Artist loses tools and commissioned works when family-owned studio burns  KTRK-TV

The family-owned art studio, where the Houston Texans' Toro entrance was made, is in ruins.

KTRK-TV
Suspect, 19, arrested in Houston-area drive-by shooting  KZTV Action 10 News

HOUSTON (AP) – A suspect has been arrested in the investigation of a drive-by shooting at a Houston-area intersection that left a 7-year-old passenger ...

KZTV Action 10 News
A Multi-Billion Dollar Plan Aims To Protect Houston’s Heavy Industry From Hurricanes  Houston Public Media

The government's preferred plan for better protecting the coast will take billions of dollars, political will and community buy-in, ingredients that aren't always easy ...

Houston Public Media
Houston leaders dismayed by HISD board vote, foresee state takeover  Houston Chronicle

Houston ISD's Kashmere High School has failed to meet state academic standards for nine consecutive years, hindered in part by administrative turnover and a ...

Houston Chronicle
Officers shot while serving warrant in Mount Houston area, suspect found dead  Houston Chronicle

A Harris County sheriff's sergeant and two agents with the Texas Attorney General's Office are in stable condition after a suspect shot them while serving a ...

Houston Chronicle
Megachurch pastor with Houston ties defends $200K Lamborghini gift to wife  KSAT 12

A megachurch pastor with ties to Joel Osteen's Houston Lakewood Church defended his decision to purchase a $200000 Lamborghini for his wife.

KSAT 12
Houston Baptist University receives largest donation in school's history  Chron

The Houston Baptist University received the largest donation in its history for a building with more classrooms and laboratories for certain science, technology, ...

Chron
Rockets look to avoid letdown against Grizzlies  Chron

Going from an exceedingly high-paced game in an electric atmosphere and on a nationally televised stage, the Rockets will face the slowdown Grizzlies in ...

Chron
No. 24 Houston Comes Back for Hoops Win, 82-76  LSUSports.net

HOUSTON, Texas – The LSU Tigers couldn't sustain a strong first half and suffered a dry spell from the field in the first 10 minutes of the second half that allowed ...

LSUSports.net
Houston's historic, nostalgic, weird, and just plain fun stories of 2018  Chron

Check out the slideshow above to see some of Craig Hlavaty's most popular stories of 2018... After nearly six years covering Houston history, pop-culture, ...

Chron
Houston has nation's second most expensive commute  KTRK-TV

Houston tied with Dallas for the second most expensive commute in the country.

KTRK-TV
Man shot to death on side of road in southwest Houston  Chron

Houston police found a man shot to death on the side of the road in southwest Houston Tuesday night. Officers responded to a call of a person lying in the ...

Chron
Houston teen praised after heroic actions to save woman from assault  KTRK-TV

A teen is now an honorary member of a group focused on stopping crime after he took quick action to help defend a woman from senseless violence in the ...

KTRK-TV
Best restaurants in Houston area cities, according to reviews  Chron.com

From country Texas barbecue and authentic Creole cuisine to the best pho you've ever had, Houston area cities and neighborhoods have a lot to offer foodies ...

Chron.com
Watch chihuahua chase off intruder...or so he thinks  Chron

Who says a watchdog has to be big to chase off crooks? Not this little guy. Recently a Ring.com door camera captured a would-be intruder apparently trying to ...

Chron
Drivers forced to abandon vehicles on Houston flooded roads  KTRK-TV

Some drivers in Houston were forced to abandon their vehicles after Houston streets and highways became submerged in high water.

KTRK-TV
Three police officers shot in Houston while serving warrant  NBC News

A sheriff's deputy and two other officers were shot and wounded in Houston as they served a felony arrest warrant on a suspect who later killed himself, officials ...

NBC News
Dallas-Houston bullet train critics want to boost Texas oversight of eminent domain use  The Texas Tribune

As private developer Texas Central moves ahead with plans to build what could be the country's first high-speed rail line, a handful of state lawmakers hope to ...

The Texas Tribune
College basketball rankings: Don't look now but Houston is 8-0 and No. 21 in the Top 25 And 1  CBS Sports

Kelvin Sampson lost three of the top five scorers from last season's team at Houston that won 27 times and advanced to the Round of 32 of the NCAA ...

CBS Sports
Killed Houston teens found in Missouri City park share links to Elsik High School  Chron

Missouri City homicide detectives are investigating after the body of a murdered Houston teen was recently found in Buffalo Run Park near Marshall High School ...

Chron
These are the sectors in Houston expected to add the most jobs in 2019  Houston Business Journal

The job market for the city's energy industry is expected to continue its recovery from the 2015 oil downturn.

Houston Business Journal
Big rig strikes Houston Avenue bridge on Katy Freeway … again  Chron

As if spools weren't enough for Houston drivers to worry about, yet another big rig struck the Houston Avenue bridge just west of downtown Friday morning.

Chron
Loved ones remember Sharpstown High School student who died from gunshot wound in SW Houston  KTRK-TV

Police say Christian Estes-Johnson was arguing with two other young men before gunfire erupted in his bedroom.

KTRK-TV
Homeless man rescued from high water near Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston  KTRK-TV

A homeless man who was stuck under a bridge near downtown gets rescued from Buffalo Bayou by Houston Police in Houston, Texas.

KTRK-TV
Pedestrian killed by METRORail train in SE Houston  KTRK-TV

A pedestrian was killed Tuesday by a METRORail train in southeast Houston.

KTRK-TV
Federal judge: 'Please stop trying to become my least favorite lawyers'  Chron

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore has just about had it with a years-old patent infringement case involving two companies that manufacture clear teeth ...

Chron
Hundreds of bomb threats sent to schools and businesses nationwide, including Houston  KTRK-TV

Authorities are investigating after hundreds of bomb threats were called in to schools and businesses around the country Thursday.

KTRK-TV
What to expect with Friday's strong winds in the Houston area  KHOU.com

The winds will really pick up across the area over the next couple of hours. With wind gusts up to 45 mph today, we could see scattered power outages, downed ...

KHOU.com
Houston fashion designer learned her trade from unusual place: YouTube  Houston Chronicle

Chasity Sereal's green crisscross leather mini-dress is so intricately crafted, you'd think she was formally trained as a fashion designer. Not the case for the ...

Houston Chronicle
Houston Texans Rumors: Why Jadeveon Clowney should be tagged then traded  House of Houston

Houston Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is set to hit free agency this offseason. Here's why the team should franchise tag him then trade him.

House of Houston
Some council members not in tune with Houston airport music contract  Houston Chronicle

City council is mulling whether to pay up to $600,000 a year for live music at Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports, a *service* that Mayor Sylvester Turner has ...

Houston Chronicle
Is yours on the list? Houston's Top Ten Stolen Vehicles in November  Chron

With holidays just around the corner, you might find yourself finishing up shopping or visiting family only to realize your vehicle is gone from where you parked.

Chron
Pre-sale tickets to Michelle Obama's book tour in Houston go fast  Chron

We had our strategy down, but it wasn't enough. By 10:03 a.m. this morning, nearly all of the good pre-sale tickets for Michelle Obama's book tour were sold out.

Chron
Thieves target 6 Houston-area Chase Bank ATMs  KTRK-TV

Investigators say at least six Chase Bank locations have lost their ATM's after crooks tried to steal them.

KTRK-TV
20-year-old flown to hospital after major wreck in Humble  Chron

A driver is in critical condition after his car was rear-ended in Humble Thursday night, according to Metro Video. A Kia Sorento throttled into the back of the ...

Chron
Video captures moment when man urges passenger to breathe on flight from Houston  KTRK-TV

A United Airlines flight from Houston continued onto its destination in Ohio despite a woman suffering a dramatic seizure on board.

KTRK-TV
Most unique mugshots in Texas in 2018  Chron

Some mugshots in Texas this year left more questions than answers. One woman who was part of a large group arrested on parole violation charges appeared ...

Chron
Thousands of dead fish floating near Lake Houston cause stench in Kingwood neighborhood  KTRK-TV

A fish kill in Kingwood has caused a bad smell to float through a neighborhood, as thousands of fish have popped up dead.

KTRK-TV
Houston Texans News: December 14, 2018  Battle Red Blog

Your one-stop shop for Houston Texans, local sports, and news from around the league for Friday, December 14, 2018.

Battle Red Blog
FOUL FOOD? Health code violations of Houston stadiums  KTRK-TV

A new report from ESPN looked into food safety inspection reports for all 111 North American pro sports venues.

KTRK-TV
Clerk at NE Houston smoke shop says teens pulled gun out on her and stole hundreds of dollars  KTRK-TV

Maria Lopez thought three young customers were coming in to make a purchase at a smoke shop on Jensen. But then she said, "He pulled out his gun."

KTRK-TV
Boil water notice issued after rainfall causes spill of wastewater in multiple Houston areas  KTRK-TV

If you're using private drinking wells in these areas, you are urged to boil the water before use. As for water provided by the city, that is still safe to use without ...

KTRK-TV
Former LSU Tigers Alfred Blue, Tyrann Mathieu give Houston Texans a lift  Shreveport Times

Running back Alfred Blue and Tyrann Mathieu have played key roles for the resurgent Texans.

Shreveport Times
Houston councilman proposes trash fee to pay for firefighter raises  KHOU.com

Councilman Dwight Boykins believes this plan would bridge the budget shortfall, giving firefighters a pay raise without layoffs.

KHOU.com
3 men wanted for bank heist in southwest Houston  KTRK-TV

The Compass Bank just outside a popular H-E-B grocery store was held up this morning.

KTRK-TV
Danuel House finding a home with Rockets  Chron

Though Danuel House Jr. has seemed increasingly comfortable in the Rockets' offense and with his role, scoring in double figures in consecutive games for the ...

Chron
Katy grants abatement to Southern Glazer’s  Chron

Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits soon will create 250 jobs as it opens a distribution center near Highway 90 and Cane Island Parkway in Katy. After a Dec.

Chron
Which Houston employers made Glassdoor's Best Places to Work list?  Chron

Glassdoor, a global job and recruiting site, highlighted 25 employers in Houston that earned spots on its Best Places to Work in 2019 ranking. The 11th annual ...

Chron
Police: Marshall HS football player fatally shot by uncle during argument in southwest Houston  KTRK-TV

Drew Conley, a Fort Bend Marshall High School football player, was killed by his uncle Monday night in southwest Houston.

KTRK-TV
Houston Renews Funding For Airport Music Program After Bitter Fight  Houston Public Media

Live music at the airport might not seem like it would be that controversial, but it took hours for Houston City Council to agree to fund the Houston Airports ...

Houston Public Media
Ex-minister accused of stealing $800K from Houston's First Baptist Church  Houston Chronicle

A former minister at Houston's First Baptist Church took more than $800,000 over a six-year period from the megachurch's coffers, spending money on overseas ...

Houston Chronicle
Houston truck community mourns the loss of two members killed in crash  KTRK-TV

Laurence Garza and Jonathan Gonzales were well known by many truck groups in Houston.

KTRK-TV
New road connection gives residents in NE Houston direct access to US-59  KTRK-TV

Commuting will be shorter for residents traveling from northeast Houston as it now takes just five minutes to access the Eastex Freeway from The Groves ...

KTRK-TV
Houston murder suspect behind bars after 3 months on the run  Chron

A suspected killer whose been wanted for months by Houston police is now behind bars. Levar Knox, 39, is accused of gunning down 25-yea-rold Ryan White ...

Chron
Acclaimed Houston ice cream shop dishes out new locales and fun factory  CultureMap Houston

December's chilly weather may not immediately prompt cravings for ice cream, but this month has been a busy one for Cloud 10 Creamery. The acclaimed ic.

CultureMap Houston
Lil' Wayne bringing free concert tour to Houston  KTRK-TV

The New Orleans-born rapper is inviting folks to a free show happening later this month.

KTRK-TV
Houston Co. man accused of sexually abusing physically impaired minor  Dothan First

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WDHN) — A Houston County man was arrested after allegedly having sexual contact with an under-aged, physically impaired victim.

Dothan First
Make holidays happy, safe and healthy for pets  Chron.com

Dear Abby: Holidays can be stressful and even dangerous for pets. Here are some things pet owners can do to make them less so for their four-legged ...

Chron.com
Things to Do: Upcoming Food & Drink Events in Houston this Winter 2018  Houston Press

We bring you a list of the best upcoming food and drink events in Houston.

Houston Press
Retail wrap: Café Sol adds dining option for Meridiana  Chron

Meridiana, a development of Rise Communities along Texas 288 in the Manvel area, announced the opening of Café Sol Kitchen & Bar in its lakefront Oasis ...

Chron
Houston named No. 2 most expensive commute in the country  KHOU.com

Houston tied with Dallas for No. 2, with both cities averaging $174314 in costs for commuting over a lifetime.

KHOU.com
When you can expect gusty winds and temperature drops in Houston  KHOU.com

Here's what you can expect over the next few days and how you can prepare.

KHOU.com
Deshaun Watson relied on perseverance, quiet confidence to pull Texans out of 0-3 nosedive  USA TODAY

HOUSTON – Deshaun Watson found himself in uncharted territory, and not in a good way. Bewildered and frustrated, the Houston Texans quarterback searched ...

USA TODAY
Low chance for 'a snowflake or two' in Houston area highlights cold temperatures ahead  Chron

Take a deep breath, because there's a good chance it's not going to snow in the Houston area this week. National Weather *Service* forecasters say chances for ...

Chron
Deadly day in Houston: 5 dead in crashes throughout Harris County  Houston Chronicle

Five people died Wednesday in crashes throughout Harris County in a stark reminder that Houston is one of the deadliest metropolitan areas for motorists ...

Houston Chronicle
Houston energy co. takes steps to save stock listing  Houston Business Journal

Houston-based Camber Energy Inc. (NYSE American: CEI) has managed to nab some stockholder equity, putting it on track to deal with some of its delisting ...

Houston Business Journal
 

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Houston ( (listen) HEW-stən) is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States, with a census-estimated population of 2.312 million in 2017. It is the most populous city in the Southern United States and on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Located in Southeast Texas near Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, it is the seat of Harris County and the principal city of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, which is the fifth most populous metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States and the second most populous in Texas after the Dallas-Fort Worth MSA. With a total area of 627 square miles (1,620 km2), Houston is the eighth most expansive city in the United States (including consolidated city-counties; it is the largest city in the United States by total area, whose government is similarly not consolidated with that of a county or borough).Houston was founded by land speculators on August 30, 1836, at the confluence of Buffalo Bayou and White Oak Bayou (a point now known as Allen's Landing) and incorporated as a city on June 5, 1837. The city is named after former General Sam Houston, who was president of the Republic of Texas and had won Texas' independence from Mexico at the Battle of San Jacinto 25 miles (40 km) east of Allen's Landing. After briefly serving as the capital of the Texas Republic in the late 1830s, Houston grew steadily into a regional trading center for the remainder of the 19th century.The arrival of the 20th century saw a convergence of economic factors which fueled rapid growth in Houston, including a burgeoning port and railroad industry, the decline of Galveston as Texas' primary port following a devastating 1900 hurricane, the subsequent construction of the Houston Ship Channel, and the Texas oil boom. In the mid-20th century, Houston's economy diversified as it became home to the Texas Medical Center—the world's largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions—and NASA's Johnson Space Center, where the Mission Control Center is located.Houston's economy has a broad industrial base in energy, manufacturing, aeronautics, and transportation. Leading in healthcare sectors and building oilfield equipment, Houston has the second most Fortune 500 headquarters of any U.S. municipality within its city limits (after New York City). The Port of Houston ranks first in the United States in international waterborne tonnage handled and second in total cargo tonnage handled. Nicknamed the "Space City", Houston is a global city, with strengths in culture, medicine, and research. The city has a population from various ethnic and religious backgrounds and a large and growing international community. Houston is the most diverse metropolitan area in Texas and has been described as the most racially and ethnically diverse major metropolis in the U.S. It is home to many cultural institutions and exhibits, which attract more than 7 million visitors a year to the Museum District. Houston has an active visual and performing arts scene in the Theater District and offers year-round resident companies in all major performing arts.