Houston, TX

Welcome To Houston

Known as one of the largest citites in the state of Texas, Houston is home to many things. Such as the visitor center of NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. Texas Medical Center; the world’s largest amalgamation of research and healthcare institutions is also part of Houston, Texas. The city is home to many great dining and shopping establishements, along with a great nightlife to keep you going all hours of the day. Some of the notable annual events include the famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest.


The world famous annual 20 day Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, WorldFest: Houston International Film Festival, and Comicpalooza the largest pop culture convention in the state of Texas, you'll never have a dull moment in the great city of Houston. Search for top events in Houston

Districts of Houston Downtown - Home to the Skyline District, Theater District, Historic District, and Warehouse District. High finance, big business, and many other headquarters of Fortune 500 companies are home to Downtown Houston. The Houston Symphony, Alley Theatre, Theatre Under the Stars and Houston Ballet area all part of one of the largest theater districts in the U.S. Neartown (Montrose, Midtown, EaDo-East End) - Neartown offers many resale fashion shops, eclectic shopping as well as antique stores and is a large area of the LGBT population. North Loop (The Heights, Washington Corridor) - A large population to wealthy artists, musicians, and other professionals. The Heights still being a dry area brought on the opportuinity for a large number of BYOB restaurants. South Loop (South Main, Museum District, Med Center) - To the south and east of downtown you'll find Rice University and many other attractions the South Loop has to offer. Such as, Hermann Park, Reliant Stadium, and the Texas Medical Center. West Loop (Uptown, River Oaks, Upper Kirby & Greenway, West U) - On this side of the loop you will find the Galleria, a high-end shopping complex along with the tallest building (the Williams Tower) outside of a dowtown area. Nearby River Oaks is home to Houston's most exclusive neighborhoods containing unbelievable mansions and businesses. Outside 610 (West Houston, East Houston, North Houston) - Many travels find their way to these as they contain the NASA/Space Center Houston, nature centers and other interesting day trips.


Weather Forecast for Houston


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 90. South wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday Night

A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 77. South wind around 10 mph.


A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Monday Night

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 78. South wind 5 to 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 93.

Tuesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 77.


A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Wednesday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 79.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 94.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 80.


A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 95.

Friday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 80.


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 92.

Locals Tips

Figure out how to navigate Houston like a local - how to get around Houston, find top events like the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and where to find the best TexMex in town (DDUX CEO vote is anything on the lunch menu at Irma's Original or the Queso appetizer and steak fajitas at Escalante's, but hey, there are plenty of other great to choose from!), navigate the Downtown Tunnels, and the best place to spot alligators near Houston. Read more to get all the best tips for enjoying the Houston area like a local.

Houston News and Events

Deadly plane crash reported near Huntsville, officials say

A plane crash was reported in Huntsville, the Walker County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday morning.

The crash was reported in the 2600 block of Highway 19. The Texas Department of Public Safety said a male pilot was removed from the plane and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

A female passenger was reported dead at the scene.

The Federal Aviation Administration is the lead investigating agency, DPS said.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

VIDEO: Deadly plane crash near Huntsville

Texas event marks birthdays of George HW Bush, wife Barbara

A crowd has gathered at the George H.W. Bush presidential center at Texas A&M University as part of a birthday celebration for the 41st president and his wife Barbara.

Members of the Bush family gathered Saturday to lay a wreath at the couple's gravesite. George Bush enjoyed skydiving and 12 of the couple's grandchildren were scheduled to skydive later along with military veterans.

Bush's birthday was June 12, 1924, and his wife's was June 8, 1925. Barbara Bush died in April 2018 and George Bush died Nov. 30.

Saturday's gathering followed an event Wednesday when friends and family of the former president recalled his prolific letter writing and marked the first day of issue for a U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring him.

Man retrieving crab trap overtaken by current, drowns, Seabrook police say

A man drowned after he and his adult son went crab trapping in the early morning hours of Saturday.

Police said they were called around 3 a.m. in the 1300 block of Main Street in Seabrook.

When the man went to retrieve a trap, he was overtaken by a current and drowned, police said. The son had attempted to pull the father from the water, but was unsuccessful, police said.

The man's body was later found in the 1500 block of Todville Road.

Man accused of shooting, injuring deputy in Katy arrested, deputies say

A Harris County Sheriff's Deputy is expected to recover after he was shot in the line of duty Friday night, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

Investigators were called around 11 p.m. to a home in the 19600 block of Plantation Tree Court in Katy for a report of a domestic disturbance where a man was attempting to break into his ex-wife's home.

The man has been identified as 39-year-old Brady Joseph Ray. He was arrested later Saturday morning not far from the scene, Gonzalez said.

The first deputy on the scene was met with gunfire and was struck in his upper leg. A second deputy arrived and began shooting at Ray, who ran inside the home, officials said.

The second deputy transported the first deputy to the hospital in his patrol vehicle to Methodist Hospital in Katy, officials said. He was then transported via LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann in downtown Houston.

"He was very lucky," said Gonzalez about the injured officer. "He sustained what appears to be a single gunshot wound. Hopefully he'll be able to fully recover from that and we're just thankful for everyone's prayers and support."

Sheriff Gonzalez says Ray was not hit by gunfire. Charges against the 39-year-old is pending.

The ex-wife is cooperating with deputies and is not injured.

VIDEO: Investigators give update on deputy shot in Katy

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Tarrant County deputy found dead inside personal car is identified

A sheriff's deputy was found dead Friday night in the Fort Worth area. He was on the force for 19 years.

Deputies say Sgt. Keith Shepherd was on his dinner break when he was attacked in his personal car outside the jail.

He suffered significant injuries to his head and did not appear to have been shot, KXAN reports.

When he did not return from the break, fellow deputies went looking for him and found him in the employee parking garage.

They rushed him to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police with rifles were seen searching nearby after the shooting. Investigators said the parking garage does have security cameras.

A post to Facebook by the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office said Shepherd was a husband and a father.

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Man shot, killed after reported hostage situation at Pearland Dairy Queen, police say

A deadly officer-involving shooting was reported at a fast food restaurant in Pearland.

Police said they responded to a call about a robbery in progress just after midnight Saturday at a Dairy Queen in the 11300 block of Broadway Street. The caller told investigators that the man inside had a gun and was holding another employee hostage.

Police said when they arrived, the man was still inside. An officer went in and engaged with the suspect -- shooting and killing him.

Nobody else was hurt. The man's identity has not been released.

This is a developing story. Check back for details.

Group of men help man regain consciousness during episode at downtown restaurant

Robert Pelton and his partner Paul Lasco, who both work for the Harris County District Attorney's Office, said their lunch break at Jackson Street Barbecue on Wednesday quickly turned into a call of duty.

"We observed a man lying half in a pickup (truck) and half on the ground ... with a gentleman performing CPR on him," Pelton said.

The duo immediately jumped in to help the man regain consciousness.

"He was unresponsive with no pulse. He had some shallow breathing and his eyes were kind of rolled back into his head," Lasco said.

Lasco started CPR while Pelton ran back into the restaurant to ask for more help. Another man came running after Pelton, and this time, it was Freeport Police Department Chief Ray Garivey.

The men all took turns performing CPR for the next 10 minutes.

"We all took turns so we didn't get tired out, in case we needed to do it for a long time," Lasco said.

Finally, the man began to regain consciousness.

"He was starting to breathe a little better and then he started moving his hands," Lasco said.

The three men aren't calling themselves heroes, but rather saying that they were in the right place at the right time with the right type of training.

"The life that you save may be a family member, a random citizen, but you might be that person to save someone's life one day," Pelton said.

Neighbors' concerns grow after racist graffiti spray-painted on fence

Neighbors in the Spring Meadows neighborhood said someone vandalized their property around midnight Friday and they believe it was racially motivated.

Staffon Garrett said his neighbor alerted him that someone threw a rock at their window overnight.

Both homes back up to open land where a bayou is located. When they walked behind their properties, they found vulgar language, racist words and symbols spray-painted in blue on their fences.

"It says N***** get F*****, then there's a swastika behind me. This is what was on my fence when I woke up this morning," Garrett said. "I just don't feel like my family deserves this, I live here with my daughters and my wife and it's very unsettling."

Garrett's neighbor, who is a veteran, said the family woke up to a big noise around 12:30 a.m. When they walked into the living room, glass was everywhere and their big window closest to the ceiling was broken. They found a rock laying in the middle of their floor.

"Right now, what's going through my mind is, I thought to myself, 'Is this 2019 or 1819?'" Garrett said.

Garrett said someone threw a rock at their window, too, six months ago, and now doesn't believe it's a coincidence.

"First, we took it as some kids you know being kids, but once I saw this, it was time for me to deal with reality and the reality of it is, you know, even though we've come a long way as a nation, we still have a long way to go," Garrett said.

Both families said they've filed reports with the Pearland Police Department.

"No, it's not a coincidence, it's just something that is part of our society if I can be honest. It's just something that's part of our society and in order for us to change it has to change one person at a time, one person in their hearts at a time," Garrett said. "It makes me feel sad, sad for the people that still think like this. I think that we've evolved as a country to where we have the best educational system in the world, we have the best economy, we have the best of everything, so there's no need for people to be angry with one another, you know, this is the American dream, we're living the American dream, why do we continue to try to set our country back 200 years when we had to fight so hard to get where we are today."

Garrett doesn't know who vandalized their property, but if the suspects are kids, the parents should take this moment to educate their kids.

"I would just encourage each parent to let this be a teaching moment, you know because I believe you're either part of the problem or part of the solution," Garrett said. "The unacceptable has become acceptable, the uncommon has become common, we've become immune to violence, we've become immune to hate and so this is just part of something that happens every day, what happens is it goes unnoticed and I think what's going to eventually happen is, our country will suffer in the long run because of this."

Garrett went on to state that even though he's disappointed by what happened, he won't let this define the neighborhood.

"It's a great neighborhood as far as I can see, it's very diverse, It's a great community to live in it really is, so I thought," Garrett said. "I don't want to pick on Pearland as a whole, I think Pearland is a beautiful community, I think people of Pearland, for the most part, are great people, I just think that sometimes a few bad apples can spoil the whole bunch."

Man drowns while swimming near Surfside, officials say

A man drowned Friday while swimming between Surfside and San Luis Pass, according to the United States Coast Guard.

Brazoria County officials said they got a call about a missing swimmer near Follets Island around 5:20 p.m.

Officials said the man was attempting to swim to a sandbar, became distressed and went under water. A friend attempted to make it to the man to help but was not able to reach him, according to officials.

About 10 minutes later, the Coast Guard said Brazoria County officials told them that a man's body was recovered.

The swimmer was identified only as a 35-year-old man from Harris County.

JJ Watt, Texans react to Whataburger being sold to Chicago-based bank

Texans are having mixed reactions after it was announced Whataburger is being sold to a Chicago-based bank.

Whataburger announced Friday the company has agreed to be acquired by a Chicago bank, BDT Capital Partners. A lot of Texans looked at Whataburger as a staple for the state and fear the iconic menu will change for the worse.

READ: Will there be changes? Whataburger sells majority interest to Chicago bank

Texans JJ Watt expressed his thoughts on Twitter by saying we need to buy Whataburger back.

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What other Texans are saying about the purchase:

{"url":"https://twitter.com/Epic_Tweets31/status/1139683135975641088","author_name":"Chris","author_url":"https://twitter.com/Epic_Tweets31","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;What made y'all special was the fact (for awhile) only in TX could you find a Whataburger. When you returned back to TX from a trip, eatting at a WB was a symbolic way to say you were home. It was TX owned. Now, you've sold out to the North & you've lost that special meaning.&#lt;/p&#gt;— Chris (@Epic_Tweets31) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Epic_Tweets31/status/1139683135975641088?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;June 14, 2019&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt; &#lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt; ","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

{"url":"https://twitter.com/TacoMonster210/status/1139683135975616512","author_name":"Chuy's","author_url":"https://twitter.com/TacoMonster210","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Whataburger & Schlitterbahn sold on the same day. Rip TX&#lt;/p&#gt;— Chuy's (@TacoMonster210) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TacoMonster210/status/1139683135975616512?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;June 14, 2019&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt; &#lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt; ","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

{"url":"https://twitter.com/Etwardc/status/1139682869360525312","author_name":"Edward ","author_url":"https://twitter.com/Etwardc","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;Although they got sold I still love me some &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Whataburger?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;@Whataburger&#lt;/a&#gt; &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/vRkvbKGohb\"&#gt;pic.twitter.com/vRkvbKGohb&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— Edward (@Etwardc) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Etwardc/status/1139682869360525312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;June 14, 2019&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt; &#lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt; ","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

{"url":"https://twitter.com/HamburgerJack/status/1139682840797278208","author_name":"Mirage Main Who Can't Aim","author_url":"https://twitter.com/HamburgerJack","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;First thing that happens when brands gets sold is menu expands and tastes change. The workers will suffer first. Then as they try to expand too fast, standards and procedures will get thrown out.&#lt;br&#gt;&#lt;br&#gt;It won't be the same folks.&#lt;/p&#gt;— Mirage Main Who Can't Aim (@HamburgerJack) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/HamburgerJack/status/1139682840797278208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;June 14, 2019&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt; &#lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt; ","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

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{"url":"https://twitter.com/adriantg23/status/1139682198309572609","author_name":"Adrian Garcia","author_url":"https://twitter.com/adriantg23","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;I'm pissed whataburger sold majority interest to a firm in Chicago! Why!? &#lt;br&#gt;&#lt;br&#gt;Keep it Texan! &#lt;br&#gt;&#lt;br&#gt;It's like when In N Out left California it lost some of its appeal.&#lt;/p&#gt;— Adrian Garcia (@adriantg23) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/adriantg23/status/1139682198309572609?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;June 14, 2019&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt; &#lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt; ","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

{"url":"https://twitter.com/G_Hutching/status/1139680706529882113","author_name":"Gabriel Hutching","author_url":"https://twitter.com/G_Hutching","html":"&#lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&#gt;&#lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&#gt;&#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/Whataburger?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;@Whataburger&#lt;/a&#gt; : we sold our company Me: &#lt;a href=\"https://t.co/G98QVCKHZd\"&#gt;pic.twitter.com/G98QVCKHZd&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/p&#gt;— Gabriel Hutching (@G_Hutching) &#lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/G_Hutching/status/1139680706529882113?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&#gt;June 14, 2019&#lt;/a&#gt;&#lt;/blockquote&#gt; &#lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&#gt;&#lt;/script&#gt; ","width":550,"height":null,"type":"rich","cache_age":"3153600000","provider_name":"Twitter","provider_url":"https://twitter.com","version":"1.0"}

Officials can't find gator with knife stuck in head in Sugar Land lake

Residents are worried about a gator in a Sugar Land lake -- not because of the dangers of the reptile itself, but because of what someone did to it.

The gator is in Pumpkin Lake, which backs up to Cullinan Park, and neighbors said they've seen it swimming around with a knife poking out of its head.

Neighbors said their concerns are growing.

"I love animals, especially our gators around here," Erin Weaver said.

Weaver said she saw the alligator with the knife in its head around 6 a.m. Thursday while it was perched atop some rocks. The knife appears to be near the gator's eye, and Weaver is worried for its health.

Weaver said she walks around the lake every morning and is well aware that gators share the space with humans.

She said her concern spiked when she noticed the knife.

"He kind of turned and came right towards me and he swam right over there, right along the rock here, and he sat here and there was actually a knife, it looked like a steak knife, sticking out of his head," she said.

Weaver said she took a photo and posted it to the Orchard Lakes Estates neighborhood Facebook page. That's when she found out she wasn't the only one who saw the gator in that state. Someone else had posted a photo Wednesday night.

"I just felt so bad for him. I can't believe someone would be that cruel to do that to one of our alligators in our community," Weaver said.

Other neighbors echoed her sentiment.

"Horrified that someone would ever do anything like that to an animal, there's no cause for it," Jennifer Griffin said.

Griffin said the gators keep to themselves and she doesn't understand why someone would stab it with a knife.

"I wanted to help him, but you know he is a wild animal, (with) me by myself, I didn't want to do anything," Griffin said.

It's the reason the community is asking for help.

The Fort Bend County Game Warden's Office said they searched for the gator on Friday but were unable to find it. Officials said they think the knife may have fallen out of its head, but are going to continue searching.

Kemah police chief Chris Reed honored with 21-gun salute, procession

It was a somber day in League City, Kemah and across the Houston area.

Kemah Police Chief Chris Reed was laid to Friday morning, a week after he disappeared into the waters just north of the Texas City Dike on June 7.

Officials said Reed was in a boat with his wife when a larger vessel came by and caused a wake that hit their boat, causing Reed to go overboard.

The Coast Guard, along with multiple agencies, searched through the weekend. Texas City police confirmed Reed's body was found two days later in the area where he went overboard.

Friday at the Clear Creek Community Church, the community held a memorial service for the Kemah Police Chief.

"The amount of people here today and outside is only a testimony to the lives my father has touched. The impact he made and the love he's spread wherever he went," said Chris Reed's daughter, Logan Reed, as she addressed the hundreds of people in the church.

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Reed was a retired Army paratrooper, a former city manager for League City and Nassau Bay and he was a mixed martial arts fighter. Authorities said Reed was also on the school board for Clear Creek Independent School District.

"He put his light out there on every corner," said Greg Smith, superintendent of Clear Creek ISD.

Reed was known in the community, but to his wife, two daughters and son, whom he leaves behind, he was their protector and friend.

"Imagine the brave police officer playing round after round of the game "Pretty Pretty Princess," always let me, his princess, win," said Logan Reed, fondly remembering her father.

Many at the service shared stories by painting a vivid picture of who Chris Reed was.

"If we gave Chris one brick -- just one brick, in one week, he would be the president of the Mason's Union. He would have engineered a new method for laying bricks. That is now the new industry standard ... he would be on the board of directors for ACME brick company," said Richard Rennison, honorary pallbearers.

Reed's wife, Jana Reed, had her friend read to the visitors' words of thanks. Jana and Chris Reed were high school sweethearts.

"Thank you to everyone for your caring and gracious thoughts," the friend read for Jana.

Following the memorial service was a public procession to honor Chief Reed in his last ride.

The procession traveled from FM-270 to Highway 96. Then turned north on Highway 146 and passed in front of the Kemah Police Department and Kemah City Hall on its way to NASA Road 1, before it returned to the Clear Creek Community Church.

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Neighbors, first responders and members of the community lined the route to show their support for Reed.

"Wanted to be here to lift up our hearts up, lift our prayers up and just do what we can. As a community, certainly, this has shaken us to our core, and we want to give this man the respect he deserves," Amber Koons, a League City resident.

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Will there be changes? Whataburger sells majority interest to Chicago bank


Texas-based Whataburger announced Friday the company has agreed to be acquired by a Chicago bank, BDT Capital Partners. The companies will begin to expand their plans and realign internal leadership positions for the restaurants' future.

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Here's what you need to know:

Why is this happening?

With the rapid growth they have seen over the past years, Whataburger founders said it was needed in order to keep customers satisfied and to expand its brand to a new audience.

"We've gone through this process purposefully and diligently because we wanted to find a partner who honors our values, culture and 69-year legacy of family tradition," said Preston Atkinson, Whataburger's president and CEO.

Will the menu change?

Although the restaurant is planning to make changes to reach a bigger audience, Atkinson said the company doesn't plan to change its recipe for success.

When is the official purchase?

The closing transaction is expected later this summer, where customary regulatory changes will be made in the contract.

Will Whataburger stay Texas-based?

The company said its headquarters will stay in San Antonio.

Will the company's leadership change?

Beginning July 1, several leaders within the company will be promoted to positions that will help carry the company forward, Atkinson said.

"As the brand embarks on a growth and expansion plan, we decided the time was right to promote new leadership to carry the company forward," he said. "This leadership team has the right combination of Whataburger core values, strategic vision and people-centered leadership to take us into the future."

Man accused of shooting taco truck owner charged with capital murder

The man accused of shooting and killing a man in southwest Houston appeared in court Friday

Anthony Conway, 21, was charged with capital murder in connection with the death of Enrique Ayala, 49, prosecutors said.

Conway is accused of shooting and killing Ayala, who was a beloved father and taco truck owner, as he was walking to his truck on June 6.

Prosecutors said surveillance video from the Corner Store on South Post Oak Road and Willomine Way caught the moments Ayala was leaving the store and walking to his truck when Conway and three others pulled up in a white car.

In the video, Conway can be seen carrying a long gun.

"The defendant approached the complainant (and) shoots him," prosecutors said. "The complainant falls to the ground (and) one of the other individuals who got out of the motor vehicle went through the complainant's pockets."

Prosecutors said the group then fled the scene.

The video caught the vehicle's license plate and, based on that information, police were able to track down the owner, who said Conway had borrowed her car at the time of the shooting.

"That witness was able to positively identify the defendant from a mug shot," said the prosecutor.

Residents of the neighborhood where Ayala served and helped others were devastated by his death.

A small cross and flowers sat where Ayala died and friends stopped to pay their respects.

"He's got family," said Rebbekah Murphy, who lives nearby. "I mean, what are they suppose to do? This is what he worked hard for and he fed them because he loved these people."

Conway is being held without bond.

Police are looking for the three other men connected to the shooting.

Woman: Cypress restaurant said 'Black students from Prairie View don't tip', GM denies claim

A Waller woman said she was kicked out of a Cypress restaurant because of her race, but the restaurant's manager said race had nothing to do with it.

Customer's claims

Brittany Blakney said she's frustrated and hurt.

Blakney claims that she and her friends were racially profiled at Locatelli's in Cypress.

"It was really shocking because I had never experienced anything like that before," Blakney said.

Recent graduate

Blakney recently graduated from Prairie View A&M University and went to the restaurant to celebrate with her friends Thursday night.

She claims their server approached them and informed her he was going to add a 15% gratuity to their dinner.

'Black students from Prairie View don't tip'

"He said, 'Black students from Prairie View don't tip,'" Blakney said.

Then, she said, she asked to talk with a manager, but the manager defended the server and told her to leave.

"It was definitely embarrassing because she even threatened to call the police. Nobody was belligerent. Nobody was loud ... cursing at her ... anything," Blakney said.

Restaurant's side of the story

Locatelli's general manager, Kerrie Salazar, told a different story. She said it wasn't about race but a concern about the group not tipping.

"It's very frustrating for the servers because that's the way that they make their income," Salazar said.

Salazar said she wanted to add a 15% gratuity for the group of six, which she said is a policy, but it's one she said isn't always enforced.

Manager's claims

Salazar also claims Blakney insulted her.

"She graduated as an engineer, and she makes twice as much money as I do," Salazar said.

Salazar said the situation escalated and Blakney started to cuss in the restaurant filled with families.

"I just realized that the situation was not going to be defused unless I asked her to simply leave the restaurant," Salazar said.

What is Locatelli's? There are four locations in the Houston area. There are two locations in Cypress: one on Fry Road, where the incident involving Blakney happened, and another on Grant Road, near the intersection of Louetta Road. There's also a location in Tomball and another in Magnolia. The original location on Grant Road opened 15 years ago. According to its website, "Locatelli's is just your typical, every-day Italian restaurant with 300+ 5-Star Google Reviews, a local kitchen that uses only fresh ingredients and one-of-a-kind, from-scratch recipes that have been passed down several generations." The location on Fry Road is near U.S. 290 and is about a 20-minute drive from Prairie View A&M. At this location, the restaurant's website said there is a pet-friendly patio and a curbside pickup option. The Magnolia location has a pet-friendly patio, full bar and Wi-Fi. The Tomball location has a pet-friendly patio with "twinkle lights," according to the website. It's located in the Tomball Marketplace.

Police searching for men accused of causing chaotic attempted carjacking incident

Houston police are searching for two people they say are responsible for a violent carjacking in north Houston last month.

Around 12:30 a.m. on May 18, police said a woman was standing outside of her vehicle in a parking lot at 715 W. Mount Houston Road when two men pulled into the lot in another vehicle.

One of the men got out of the vehicle he was in and entered the driver's seat of the woman's vehicle, police said. The man was attempting to steal the vehicle, according to police, and the woman's two children were still inside at the time.

Police said the woman yelled and was quickly helped by several nearby witnesses. Several people were injured as the suspect attempted to drive away from the scene in the woman's vehicle, police said.

Eventually, the suspect was pulled out of the woman's vehicle and the witnesses attempted to detain him, according to authorities.

WATCH: West Mount Houston carjacking surveillance video

Another witness pulled into the parking lot to use his GPS when he saw the struggle. The man got out of his vehicle and attempted to help the man who was being detained, not knowing the situation, police said.

The witnesses who were attempting to detain the suspect then turned their attention to the other witness, thinking he was the second suspect, police said.

At the same time, the suspect was able to get back into the vehicle he arrived in and left the scene, according to police.

Community on edge

People who work in the area said they are concerned about crime.

"It is getting easier for you to be able to catch crime happening," said Yadi Garcia, whose family has owned Barb's Iris Floral Boutique since the 1980s.

She said she didn't see what happened last month, but is concerned about crime in the area.

"It is very devastating. I think we are actually all trying to think about getting more familiar with the cops in the area and having them know they can come here and take care of us a little more," Garcia said.

Police described the suspect who attempted to steal the vehicle as a black man wearing a white shirt and hat. The driver of the suspect vehicle was black with dreadlocks and was wearing a gray shirt, police said.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 713-222-TIPS (8477) or visit www.crime-stoppers.org to report their tip. Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the charging and/or arrest of the people involved in the incident.

'Houston Newsmakers' for June 16: Juneteenth, Emancipation Park conservancy

Emancipation Park center of Juneteenth celebrations

For more than 150 years, Emancipation Park has been the center of activities related to Juneteenth, the date Texas slaves found out they were free. The Rev. Jack Yates was one of the original purchasers of that land, and his great-granddaughter, Jackie Bostic, is the vice chair of the Emancipation Park Conservancy.

"There were no other parks at that time," she said. "But the people who developed that park and who bought that land knew that there needed to be a place for recreation and a place that they could go and celebrate their freedom."

The park has evolved through the years but has continued to be a gathering place of prominence. Bostic talks about that and more on this week's "Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall."

LiftFund provides funding for hard to fund projects

If you and your business have failed to get a loan by the traditional bank method, LiftFund is a nonprofit focused on providing that chance. Lisa Riley is the president of Houston and the East Texas Region of LiftFund and says they're taking a risk but do more than provide cash in order to see the business succeed.

"We actually work with our small business owners to help them develop their income statements their financial analysis," she said. "We help them not just run their business but have the paperwork in order to have their business in good standing."

How to qualify and much more on this week's program.

Career and Recovery Resources celebrates 23 years and CEO retirement

The Rev. Vernus C. Swisher has been the CEO of the Career and Recovery Resources for 23 years. "We are very much focused on employment services and what we call behavior health, which is substance abuse," he said. "All of us know someone who has been impacted by substance abuse."

It has been that never-ending quest to provide relief to those who are struggling that has focused Swisher on the leadership of the organization. What his organization does and the celebration of the annual Barrier Breakers luncheon is the topic of this segment.

More information:

-- Jacqueline Bostic, Vice Chair, Emancipation Park Conservancy
-- EmancipationParkConservancy.org
-- 713-528-1872

-- Vernus C. Swisher, CEO, Career & Recovery Resources
-- https://www.careerandrecovery.org/
-- 713-754-7000
-- Twitter: @CareerRecovery

-- Lisa Riley, president, Houston & East Texas Region, LiftFund
-- https://houston.liftfund.com/
-- 888-215-2373
-- Twitter: @LiftFundUS

2 workers injured during mansion fire in The Woodlands

Two workers were injured during a two-alarm house fire in The Woodlands on Thursday.

Officials in Montgomery County said they don't yet know the cause of the fire at the house at 46 Palmer Crest in the Palmer Woods subdivision and said the homeowners weren't home when the fire started around 5:30 p.m.

The family's pets are missing, officials said.

WATCH: The Woodlands house fire ground footage

One of the workers was taken to an area hospital via Life Flight with serious burns to his face and upper torso, officials said. The other worker was taken to an area hospital via ambulance with less severe injuries. Both are expected to recover.

Investigators were told the fire started in the area where one of the workers was painting.

The Woodlands Fire Department Battalion Chief Jason Washington said multiple agencies assisted in battling the fire.

WATCH: House fire in The Woodlands

The size of the house caused problems for firefighters. According to records, the house is about 7,400 square feet.

"When you have a home this size, we are automatically playing catch up," Washington said. "With this being a defensive fire, we were just trying to get as much water on it as possible."

The house partially collapsed during the fire and is considered a total loss.

University of Texas, Texas A&M to renew rivalry -- on hardwood

The Longhorn-Aggies rivalry is renewed, just not on the gridiron.

The University of Texas and Texas A&M University will go toe-to-toe on the hardwood during the upcoming college basketball season, according to TexAgs.com.

The upcoming non-conference game for the two Texas schools will happen on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth. Dickies Arena is a new venue that seats 14,000. It's scheduled to open in November.

The last time the teams played each other was in the 2017 preseason in Houston as a part of a charity exhibition game supporting Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. UT won the game 73-69.

Last season, both teams missed the NCAA Tournament, but the Longhorns won the NIT Tournament.

The Aggies hired Buzz Williams as their head coach this offseason.

Sketch released of shooter in Willowbrook Mall attempted armed robbery

A sketch of the shooter in an attempted armed robbery that took place Saturday at the Willowbrook Mall was released Friday.

What happened?

The shooting was reported at 2:37 p.m. outside Dick's Sporting Goods.

Investigators said the two men, who were in a black sedan, pulled up alongside the Garda truck. When the courier got out of the truck, the two men got out of the car and attempted to take the bag of money from the courier.

Surveillance video of the incident was released Friday.

The courier was able to hold onto the bag, even when one of the men, who had a pistol, shot him in the arm.

The men drove away from the scene without getting the money.

What's the latest?

Houston police said the men are described as two black men in their 30s who are approximately 6 feet tall, with thin builds. During the attempted robbery, one of the robbers wore a blue, hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses.

The other robber wore a white hooded sweatshirt.

What's next?

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

CrimeStoppers is offering an award of up to $5,000 for information that leads to the identification and arrest of the robbers.

Though two men are wanted, only one sketch was released Friday.