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


Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.


A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday Night

Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Wednesday Night

Showers and thunderstorms likely. Cloudy, with a low around 67. Southeast wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.


A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 79.

Thursday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.


Sunny, with a high near 83.

Friday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 65.


Sunny, with a high near 85.

Saturday Night

Mostly clear, with a low around 66.


Sunny, with a high near 83.

Sunday Night

Partly cloudy, with a low around 67.


Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.

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

UPDATE: Officials identify 6 Houstonians killed in plane crash

Six people died Monday in a crash involving a plane that departed from the West Houston Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 crashed on a private ranch in Kerrville just before 9 a.m. while preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport, which is about 6 miles away from the crash scene.

FAA officials said six adults were on the plane. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, all six were killed.

Here are the people who were killed, according to authorities:

Jeffrey Carl Weiss, 65, of Houston (pilot) Stuart Roben Kensinger, 55, of Houston Angela Webb Kensinger, 54, of Houston Mark Damien Scioneaux, 58, of Houston Scott Reagan Miller, 55, of Houston Marc Tellepsen, 45, of Houston

The plane is registered to Weiss.

Officials do not yet know what caused the crash.

"Lots of lives changed today," Robert Hurt, a former pilot from Kerrville, said. "I've been to a bunch of crashes and these things are just heart wrenching."

Kerr County Sheriff's Office officials said the plane crashed into a ravine, but a spokesman for DPS described it differently.

"It's a pretty open area," DPS Sgt. Orlando Moreno told KSAT-TV. "There (are) no trees but it is very rocky, very hilly."

Investigators with the FAA are headed to the scene. The National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will be in charge of the investigation.

VIDEO: Aerials of Kerrville plane crash

An eyewitness who was working near the crash site said he saw the plane coming down fast. Richard Hall said he looked up and thought the plane was way too low, and about 30 seconds later, he said he knew it crashed.

"It went like this (shows plane dropping with hands) twice," Hall said. "Saw it nosedive. It went way left and then straight down."

VIDEO: DPS talks about Kerrville plane crash

Hall and others were working on a house when they saw the plane come down.

"I said this is not good, so I turned around, and within 25 seconds 30 seconds, maybe, I was across the road and I see the electricians run out of the building I said, 'That plane went down, didn't it?' He said, 'Yeah I heard it hit," Hall said.

Hall said he and several others jumped a fence and rushed to try to find the crash site and help. By the time the found it, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers had already arrived.

"It wasn't scattered out like you would think. It was all in one area like he had come down really fast," Hall said.

VIDEO: Scene of plane crash

What we know about Jeffrey Weiss, pilot of plane that crashed in Kerrville

Jeffrey C. Weiss has several planes, three of which are kept at West Houston Airport.

His fleet includes the plane that crashed Monday on a private ranch in Kerrville.

He and five others died in the crash, according to officials. Here are the people who were killed:

Weiss, 65, of Houston (pilot) Stuart Roben Kensinger, 55, of Houston Angela Webb Kensinger, 54, of Houston Mark Damien Scioneaux, 58, of Houston Scott Reagan Miller, 55, of Houston Marc Tellepsen, 45, of Houston

The plane departed from the West Houston Airport and crashed just before 9 a.m. while preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport, which is about 6 miles away from the crash scene.

Officials said all six adults aboard the plane were killed.

The airport manager of West Houston Airport said it was a twin-engine Beechcraft BE58 that crashed. The manager said it's a very popular aircraft that can seat six people.

The manager said Weiss has two other airplanes at the airport and has flown there for about 15 years.

Weiss is well-known for his giving nature and the manager said Weiss averaged about 40 hours of flight time a month, which equates to about 500 hours a year.

The manager said a majority of Weiss' flights were charitable acts -- such as picking up kids and people with medical issues and helping veterans travel. He also took part in a program to pick up stranded pilots.

A friend of Weiss said Weiss was behind the controls.

"If you were a friend and wanted to go from here to the Valley for a weekend hunting trip and called Jeff, 'Any chance you can take me down there?' He'd say, 'Sure, I love to fly, I'll take you,'" Bob Fuller said.

The manager said he heard Weiss on the radio Monday morning around 7:30 saying he was turning right and heading west.

He said Weiss flew a lot and last flew on Saturday. He said he's an excellent pilot and that they've flown together.

Friend talks about pilot of plane that crashed in Kerrville

Six people died Monday in a plane crash on a private ranch in Kerrville, according to officials.

The plane departed from the West Houston Airport and crashed just before 9 a.m. while preparing to land at Kerrville Municipal Airport, which is about 6 miles away from the crash scene.

Officials said all six adults aboard the plane were killed. Here are the people who were killed:

Jeffrey Carl Weiss, 65, of Houston (pilot) Stuart Roben Kensinger, 55, of Houston Angela Webb Kensinger, 54, of Houston Mark Damien Scioneaux, 58, of Houston Scott Reagan Miller, 55, of Houston Marc Tellepsen, 45, of Houston

KPRC2 learned the plane is registered to Weiss, a successful Houston businessman and experienced amateur pilot.

Weiss had logged more than 5,000 hours in the air, according to officials.

Officials do not yet know what caused the crash.

Weiss made his living as a personal wealth manager for the Raymond James firm, but his passion was flying and he used his flying skills to help others.

His friend Bob Fuller said he heard about the crash Monday morning from a friend who told him Weiss was at the controls.

"I got a call from a friend of mine who verified ... it was Jeff," Fuller said.

Fuller said Weiss volunteered his time for an array of charities: Providing flights for medical and humanitarian emergencies, for special needs kids, and supported both the Lone Star flight museum and the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport.

Fuller said Weiss was the best pilot he'd ever seen.

"He's as meticulous a pilot as I've ever known," Fuller said. "Exceedingly safe, safety conscious."

Weiss also helped Fuller put on his Keels and Wheels charity event in Seabrook each year to aid abused children, giving both his time and money.

"I loved the man, I'll tell you that. He was generous to a fault. He wanted to support our charity any way he can and one of those was if I wanted to fly to Detroit to talk to General Motors, 'Call me first.'"

As Fuller mourns his friend, he is anxious to learn more about exactly what happened to the veteran pilot.

"ATC says he lost airspeed, and he was using instrument approach and he went down. I don't know if it was (the) engine. I have no clue," Fuller said.

VIDEO: Aerials of Kerrville plane crash

These are the CBD oil businesses in Houston area

CBD oil is the latest craze. From coffee shops to wellness studios, whether you believe the hype or not, new stores are popping up in the city and suburbs.

On April 20, a day popular with cannabis enthusiasts, the Smoking Pot, the area's first CBD oil infused coffee shop, opened in Spring Branch.

And in Rice Village, Sacred Leaf Wellness opened its doors.

"One of the mottos of the shop is you get the benefits of marijuana without getting high," said Cindy Moulton with Sacred Leaf Wellness.

Monday on KPRC2 News at 10, what exactly is CBD oil? And is it legal in Texas? We went to four different district attorneys' offices in our region and we'll bring you their answers.

Here's a map of the CBD-centric businesses in the Houston area:

Marwin Gonzalez returns to Minute Maid Park as member of Twins

A familiar face was back at Minute Maid Park Monday afternoon, former Astros player Marwin Gonzalez.

The utility player, who now plays for the Minnesota Twins, was greeted by several of his former teammates, including Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve before batting practice.

The Astros and Twins open a three-game series Monday night at MMP.

"It feels good, not going to lie," Gonzalez said. "This was the place that gave me my welcome to the big leagues."

The free agent signed a two-year, $21 million deal with the Twins during the offseason. Gonzalez hit arguably the biggest home run in Astros' history when he went deep in game two of the 2017 World Series. The Astros went on to beat the Dodgers to capture the franchise's first ever World Series title.

"I remember the last out of the World Series," Gonzalez said. "That's every kid's dream to win a World Series."

Dynamo partners with MD Anderson Cancer Center in preparation for 4th annual Prom Party Palooza

The MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital is hosting their annual "Prom Party Palooza" on Saturday.

This year's prom is inspired by the movie "The Greatest Showman" so it will be a circus theme.

On Monday, patients shopped in preparation for the big night. Dozens of gorgeous prom dresses were brought into the hospital and the kids and their parents were able to pick out the perfect one.

The Dynamo's Brian Ching and current players were part of the special day and were on hand to help with the prom prep.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for these kids to put a smile on their face and feel normal. They're going through some traumatic times right now. Just to get to interact with them and see the excitement of them grabbing a dress or getting fitted for a suit, it's pretty special," Ching said.

The Prom Party Palooza will be from 6-9 p.m. Saturday.

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Another work week is started.

Monday is also Earth Day. The annual April 22nd observance was created to increase public awareness of environmental problems. We've got a history of how the special day came to be here.

Today's Weather

Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley has a look at the forecast.

Don't forget! You can keep track of the radar and forecast throughout the day at click2houston.com/weather or by downloading the Frank's Free Forecast app.

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What we know about Jeffrey Weiss, registered owner of plane that crashed in Kerrville

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Armstrong's relationship with parents 'really good,' girlfriend testifies at murder trial

Was Antonio "A.J." Armstrong Jr. capable of doing what the state says he did? Could he have opted one early morning in July 2016 to kill his parents? Those were the questions being asked Monday in his murder trial. Read more >

Perfect strangers: Intimate shots of faux Houston-area couple leave social media wanting more

Two people posing for a photo shoot showing kissing, hand-holding and gentle butt-grabbing were actually strangers, according to a Houston photographer's now-viral Facebook post. Read more >

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The murky legalities of hemp products in Texas

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World News

What we know about the Sri Lanka attack victims

The bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed at least 290 people and wounded hundreds of others are a tragedy both locally and internationally. Read more >

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Keepsakes and collectibles: Are you sitting on a small fortune?

From old toys and keepsakes to furniture that's been in your family for generations, you could be sitting on a small fortune. But how can you tell trash from treasure and find out what your items are actually worth? Read more >

On This Day

In 1876, the first National League baseball game was played in Philadelphia. The Boston Red Stockings (now the Atlanta Braves) beat the Philadelphia Athletics 6-5.

Armstrong's relationship with parents 'really good,' girlfriend testifies at murder trial

Was Antonio "A.J." Armstrong Jr. capable of doing what the state says he did? Could he have opted one early morning in July 2016 to kill his parents? Those were the questions being asked Monday in his murder trial.

Not the least bit, testified Kate Ober, Armstrong's girlfriend.

Prosecutors contend Armstrong, 19, shot his parents at the family's home in the 5300 block of Palmetto Street in southwest Houston.

Dawn and Antonio Armstrong Sr. were asleep in their bedroom when they were shot. Their son, who was 16 years old at the time of the shooting, maintains his innocence.

The younger Armstrong and Ober were dating the morning his parents were killed. Armstrong's relationship with his parents, according to Ober, was "really good."

Ober said she and Armstrong messaged one another throughout the day every day and the days leading up to the shooting were no different.

The defense asked Ober how Armstrong's demeanor appeared on the day of the shooting.

Normal, Ober testified.

The defense also brought up a text exchange Ober had with Armstrong hours before the shooting, which included advice from Armstrong Sr.

The defense's point in having Ober testify was to explain to jurors Armstrong was normal seemingly minutes before his parents' death.

During cross-examination, prosecutors turned to what has become their go-to in the case: The trove of texts and other messages extracted from Armstrong's mobile devices.

Prosecutors pressed Ober on her knowledge of Armstrong's parents disdain over his spending. Seven-hundred dollars in gas for one month, his marijuana usage and whether Armstrong was honest about everything.

Ober stood behind her boyfriend and said he's innocent.

After the killings, after Armstrong had been arrested, charged and placed in juvenile detention, there was another exchange between him and Ober.

"You lied to me about Kinkaid, little stuff like that. I feel like you never give me the truth and always lie to me," Ober texted.

City, firefighters union agree on mediator for Prop B dispute

Houston leaders and the union representing the city's firefighters have agreed to a mediator who will work to reach an agreement on the implementation of Proposition B.

In a court order issued Monday, Judge Tanya Garrison said that both parties have agreed to let Dave Matthiesen, a well-known Houston lawyer, mediate the dispute over the voter-mandated pay parity between firefighters and their Police Department counterparts.

Matthiesen is the person agreed to Friday by the Houston Professional Fire Fighters Association.

According to Garrison's order, the city also agreed to Matthiesen, provided the mediation happens on Monday or Tuesday of this week. The union objected to that, saying more time was needed to prepare for mediation and brief union members at a meeting Wednesday. Ultimately, Garrison overruled the union's objection and ordered them to attend mediation starting Monday afternoon.

DOCUMENT: Read Judge Garrison's order on Prop B mediation

Garrison has also ordered both parties to continue mediation until a settlement is achieved or until Matthiesen determines an impasse has been reached.

The main sticking point in the dispute is the amount of time needed to roll out Prop B and how many layoffs will occur based on the time frame.

HPFFA has agreed to a 3.5-year implementation, but only if the union can be granted access to the city's financial records and that no layoffs happen.

"We'll see," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said on his way in the door, responding to the question, "Is it going to get done?" from Channel 2 investigator, Joel Eisenbaum.

Time is of the essence because between 200 and 300 jobs are on the line, as city council takes up the matter of firefighter layoffs on Wednesday, with budget deadlines looming.

Turner has said that layoffs will be necessary to institute Prop B within that time frame. He said that five years of rollout would be needed in order to prevent layoffs.

Also present at the initial meeting, HPFFA President, Patrick "Marty" Lancton; HPOU President, Joe Gamaldi; City Attorney Ronald Lewis; and Houston Fire Chief Sam Pena.

The same group is expected to attend a mediation session Tuesday, the third go-round is set for next Monday.

Mediation produces a nonbinding outcome, but both the mayor and the HPFFA have said they will abide by any agreement.

Lancton released a statement Monday that read:

"Houston firefighters welcome the order of the court regarding mediation. Only time will tell if Sylvester Turner is serious about using mediation to negotiate implementation of Proposition B. Last week, he was against mediation. Now, after the court order, he's for it. So far, the mayor has avoided working with us for two years, offering every excuse imaginable for not resolving our differences. As for mediation, our team is ready to sensibly address all of the issues before the court. We appreciate the opportunity to go before a neutral mediator and finally make some progress with the city. We will do whatever it takes, 24 hours a day, if necessary, to give the mediation a chance to succeed."

Early voting site remains open after car crashes into Harris County annex

An early voting site that officials originally said had been relocated Monday after a car crashed into a Harris County annex in southeast Houston remains open.

The crash happened at the Scarsdale Annex at the corner of Scarsdale Boulevard and Beamer Road.
A photo showed the car lodged in a hallway.

Election officials said in a statement sent to media outlets Monday afternoon that the early voting polling place that is usually located in the annex had been moved to the Parker Williams Branch Library next door until further notice.

About an hour later, election officials sent another statement saying that the polling place was still open and had not been relocated.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured.

Early voting for the May 4 election runs from Monday to April 30.

Man accused of stealing 4 guns while employee was distracted

Houston police are hoping a photo will lead them to the person they said stole four handguns from a west Houston business last month.

Around 11:40 a.m. March 15, police said, the man stole the guns from a business in the 5800 block of Beverly Hill Street.

Police said an employee was helping two customers in the parking lot when the thief entered the business through a side door and stole four handguns from an office.

The thief then got in a white Cadillac, which was parked on the side of the business.

The two customers who were being helped in the parking lot then got inside the same vehicle before all three left the scene.

The thief is described by police as being black, about 20 to 30 years old, weighing about 220 pounds and was wearing a yellow baseball cap, gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans at the time of the theft.

Police said anyone with information about the case should call 713-222-TIPS (8477) or visit the Crime Stoppers website.

Everything you need to know about Early Voting

Early voting started Monday and will run through April 30.

Texans are encouraged to take advantage of early voting before the May 4 election. Click here to check the early voting hours in Harris County.

"Texas voters will have the opportunity to make important choices about the governance in their cities, towns, school districts, and other localities," Secretary of State David Whitley said. "I strongly encourage all eligible Texas voters to plan their trip to the polls now so they can be prepared to cast a ballot during the early voting period or on Election Day. It is critical to make sure all eligible Texans have a voice in shaping the future of their local communities."

During early voting, voters can cast a ballot at any location in their county of registration.

On Election Day, only voters registered in a county that participates in the Countywide Polling Place Program (CWPP) can cast a ballot at any location in the county. In counties that do not participate in the CWPP, Texas voters must cast a ballot in their precinct of registration on Election Day.

Click here to check your voter registration status.

Voters who want to vote by mail are required to send an Application for Ballot by Mail to the Early Voting Clerk by Tuesday. Click here for more information about voting by mail.

Whitley also reminded voters that they must present a valid form of identification at the polls.

The seven forms of approved photo identification are:

Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS); Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS; Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS; Texas Handgun License issued by DPS; United States Military Identification Card containing the person's photograph; United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph; and United States Passport (book or card)

Voters with questions about how to cast a ballot in upcoming elections can call 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).

For Texas voters affected by Hurricane Harvey, click here for additional information and resources.

To see a sample ballot, click here.

For more information on early voting, click here.

For more information on voting in Texas, click here.

Voting information outside Harris County Fort Bend County voting information Montgomery County voting information Galveston County voting information Brazoria County voting information Chambers County voting information Liberty County voting information

Perfect strangers: Intimate shots of faux Houston-area couple leave social media wanting more

Two people posing for a photo shoot showing kissing, hand-holding and gentle butt-grabbing were actually strangers, according to a Houston photographer's now-viral Facebook post.

The photos show Mckenzie Marie Stalter, of Houston, and Matt Tabor, of Sealy smiling, laughing and cuddling together in what appears to be a couple's photo shoot.

Eye Rock Photography said in its post that the pair posed after just 10 minutes of small talk.

"It's really crazy that it's blown up," photographer Danielle Esparza told KPRC. "We had a lot of fun."

The comments on the Facebook post have gone wild over the "couple," with Stalter herself joining in with digital laughter when fans suggested they need more progress beyond a lunch date and promised dinner date.

"Oh my gosh. They definitely need to be a couple," Lindsey Godwin Summers wrote on one of the photos. "They are so natural."

Another, Jackee Beeby wrote: "I want this couple to hook up for real!"

And for the record -- Stalter lists herself as single on her Facebook page. Tabor doesn't list his relationship status.

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Man caught on camera snatching woman's purse in northeast Houston

Police have released video of a man caught snatching a woman's purse in a supermarket's parking lot Jan. 29 in southeast Houston.

The robbery was reported at 3:40 p.m. that day at Mi Tienda Supermarket in the 3000 block Little York Road.

Houston police said while the woman was loading her groceries in her vehicle, a gray, four-door SUV pulled up and a man exited the vehicle, walking toward the woman. Police said as the woman attempted to walk to the driver's door, the man forcibly snatched her purse from her shoulder, ran to the SUV and drove off.

The man is described as black, 20 to 24 years old and 5 feet, 7 inches to 6 feet tall. Police said he was last seen wearing a light gray pullover and gray pants.

Crime Stoppers is offering to pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the man's arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-8477.

Have you seen her? 12-year-old girl reported missing in SW Houston

Officials are searching for a 12-year-old girl who has been missing for two days in southwest Houston, police said.

Angelina Slamen was last seen on Saturday leaving a location in the 6300 block of Rowan Lane in an unknown direction, officials said.

Anyone with information or Slamen's whereabouts is asked to call the Houston Police Missing Persons Division at 832-394-1840.

Houston wins bid to host 2021 World Table Tennis Championships

Houston has won its bid to host the World Table Tennis Championships next year, organizers announced Monday.

Officials at the Houston Sports Authority said this is the first time the championships will be held in the United States.

The bid for the 2021 championships was essentially a joint effort between Houston and China, organizers said.

Next year's event will also mark the 50th anniversary of when the United States table tennis team went to China for a friendly match, which has since been dubbed "Ping Pong Diplomacy." The event led to a thawing of relations between the two nations and eventually paved the way for President Richard Nixon's 1972 visit to Beijing.

"There is no better way to celebrate 50 years of diplomacy between these two great countries than to bring the first of these back-to-back championships to the most diverse and welcoming city in the nation," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said in a written statement.

Houston beat out Morocco to host the 2021 championships, while China snagged the 2022 event from Japan and Portugal.

Who's next? Texans to host first round draft day party at NRG Stadium

The Texans will host a draft party at NRG Stadium, allowing fans to gather to watch the first round on April 25.

The party will start at 6 p.m., and parking will be free in the Blue Lot on the south end of NRG Stadium.

Tickets will be available Thursday at 9 a.m. and will be limited. Fans will be allowed up to four free tickets. Check Ticketmaster.com for details.

NFL Network's coverage of the draft will be shown on TVs throughout the 100-level concourse, and Texans Radio on SportsRadio 610 will be broadcast live from the stadium.

Texans players will be available for photos and autographs throughout the evening. The 2019 cheerleaders will make their first appearance and will be available for photos and autographs.

TORO's Kids Club Zone will be open for young fans. It will feature interactive games, a balloon artist, face painters and appearances by TORO and Deep Steel Thunder.

AJ Armstrong trial: What we know about teen accused of killing parents

The defense continues its case Monday in week four of the trial of a Houston man accused of killing his parents.

Prosecutors say Antonio "A.J." Armstrong Jr., 19, shot his parents in July 2016. The shooting occurred at the family's home in the 5300 block of Palmetto Street in southwest Houston.

Dawn and Antonio Armstrong Sr. were asleep in their bedroom when they were shot. Armstrong Jr., who was 16 years old at the time of the shooting, maintains his innocence.

Armstrong Jr. said there was a masked person in the house, according to audio of the 911 call he made to police. His defense team supports that claim, alleging Houston police hastily zeroed in on Armstrong Jr. before conducting a thorough investigation of the murder scene.


Armstrong Jr. was the middle child of Dawn Armstrong and Antonio Armstrong Sr.

Armstrong Jr. was a star athlete at The Kinkaid School, where he played football and was considered a "standout" by the coaching staff.

"He had a lot of confidence in his ability," testified Stephen Hill, former head football coach at Kinkaid.

However, during his junior year, Armstrong Jr.'s athletic success became overshadowed by slipping grades and tension between him and his parents, testimony alleged.

Armstrong Jr. was charged with murder hours after his parents' death. He is accused of using his father's gun, a .22 caliber pistol, to shoot them.

Police said they found the gun next to what appeared to be a note on a kitchen counter.

A.J.'s fingerprints were not found on the gun. Moreover, there was no trace of his DNA on the gun, the note, the notepad or the pen used to write the note. His hands and clothing tested negative for gunshot residue.

A witness for the prosecution testified the gun used could have been fired without extracting a compound of three elements known as gunshot residue.


Twenty-eight witnesses testified for the prosecution, which rested its case April 18. A central part of the prosecution's case rests on the belief that A.J. Armstrong had to kill his parents. The alarm system indicated no one entered or exited the home leading up to and following the shooting.

Moreover, a sensor on the second floor, near Dawn Armstrong and Armstrong Sr.'s bedroom, recorded movement between the third and second floor roughly 30 minutes before A.J. Armstrong called 911 to report an intruder in the home.

A.J.'s bedroom was on the third floor of the family's townhome on Palmetto Street in southwest Houston.

The home's alarm was administered by ADT. An administrator from ADT offered expert testimony for the prosecution, claiming the alarm system was reliable and acted without error the night of the shooting.

Two key moments bookend the prosecution's case: the presentation of a 911 recording and message transcripts. Earlier in the trial, jurors heard audio recordings of the interrogation session between Armstrong Jr. and Houston police, who the prosecution said zeroed in on A.J. Armstrong shortly after arriving at the scene.

They also read text and email transcripts between Armstrong Jr. and his parents. While tens of thousands of pages of communications were extracted, prosecutors highlighted what they argued supported their claim that A.J. Armstrong had become a problem for his parents.

The messages extracted spanned from October 2015 through July 2016, stringing together a narrative a troubled teen who was failing classes, skipping tutoring sessions and lying to his parents about it all.

Dawn and Armstrong Sr. grew increasingly frustrated with their son, the messages showed.

However, Armstrong Jr.'s defense argues the transcripts don't provide a character sketch of a killer; rather, they show "cherry picked" exchanges between a 16-year-old and his parents. Thus, said the defense: prosecutors are trying to get A.J. Armstrong convicted of murder on no more than circumstantial evidence.


Armstrong Jr.'s defense team argues Houston police pegged A.J. Armstrong as the killer before officers concluded an investigation at the home. Rick DeToto, Armstrong Jr.'s defense attorney, said police placed too much emphasis on the alarm system, claiming officers jumped on A.J., without properly investigating the alarm system.

A separate alarm system expert testified for the defense Thursday, claiming the alarm system at the Armstrong residence was not properly installed, including sensors on windows. Jim Parker also testified that motion detectors on the first and second floors were not reliable.

Parker concluded either "the motion detectors are not reliable, they were not working properly or there were multiple people in the house," claiming there's no way Armstrong Jr. could have called 911 while running around the house at the same time, as the motion detectors suggest.

The fourth witness for the defense is expected to be called to the stand Monday afternoon.

Wonderful weather to start work week before storms arrive

The work week is starting off on a beautiful note in Houston.

Expect partly cloudy skies Monday, with temperatures climbing to near 80 degrees by the afternoon.

Clouds will increase Tuesday with temperatures into the upper 70s for highs. There's a slim chance of showers late in the day.

The best chance for rain comes Wednesday, with scattered thunderstorms expected. Some strong storms are possible, but severe weather doesn't appear likely at this time. Temperatures will top out in the upper 70s.

Storms stick around for Thursday, with a 40 percent chance of rain. Temperatures will climb to near 80 degrees.

Sunshine returns Friday, with temperatures in the 80s.

3 teens hospitalized after ATV crash in central Harris County

Three juveniles were taken to an area hospital Sunday after an ATV crash in central Harris County, according to authorities.

Officials said the juveniles were thrown from the 4-wheeler after crashing into a mailbox in the 3900 block of Cedar Hill Lane around 8 p.m.

According to authorities, a 13-year-old girl was driving the ATV on a road it should not have been on, with two 14-year-old boys riding on the back.

At some point during the ride, the 13-year-old lost control of the 4-wheeler while heading west on Cedar Hill and crashed into the mailbox.

"They were traveling at a high rate of speed down Cedar Hill," said Dashana Dheek-McNeal, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "The driver lost control (and) struck a mailbox. After striking the mailbox, the ATV flipped a couple times. All of the occupants were ejected off."

Officials said all three had to be transported to a hospital, with one of the boys suffering serious head trauma.

"We're just really trying to find out the extent of the injuries on the passenger," said Dheek-McNeal. "We're just trying to find out if they're going to make it OK because there were some pretty serious head injuries."

Authorities said none of the teens were wearing helmets, which is why that one of the 14-year-old riders suffered serious head trauma, deputies said.

The other two teens suffered cuts and bruises, officials said.

Residents said the teens live nearby and often spend time riding the ATV around the area.

"It's like every week. They (are) riding, you know, in the afternoons," said Maria Aldape. "I got scared last night because the neighbors (and) everybody was scared and worried about the kids."

Though residents are concerned for the teens, some said the parents are to blame for not paying enough attention.

"I heard they were riding the 4-wheelers. The dog got in front of them and I guess they ran over the dog and the 4-wheeler just flipped over," said Laura Portales. "It's tragic because, you know, the parents also have to be aware of their underage kids. They're not supposed to be on 4-wheelers. You know, that's what I think."

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles said the ATV shouldn't have been on a public street, especially for a joy ride.

Deputies said the ATV belongs to one of the teens' parents and they are just trying to figure out which one. It is unclear if the parent or parents could face charges.