‘The amount was ridiculous’: Houston family stuck with big ambulance bill. Why new Texas law won’t help
When you’re sick or in pain and you need a doctor quickly you probably don’t stop to check rates for how much an ambulance ride to the nearest hospital will cost you. But did you know 1 out of every 4 ambulance rides results in a surprise bill for thousands of dollars? It’s why a new law bans surprise ambulance bills in Texas. Investigative reporter Amy Davis explains who is protected and what you should do anytime you get a bill from an ambulance service.
Public Works has $46.3 million in extra revenue. So why raise water rates again?
Each week we in our ‘DRAINED’ Investigation are showing you water bills for hundreds, even thousands of dollars that are “draining” Houstonians. NEW TODAY: We are asking questions about the planned water bill increases and extra city money. Investigative reporter Amy Davis explains why some are questioning whether the city needs the extra revenue.
Unveiling ‘Ozempic Face’: Effects of weight loss with the medication
Celebrities, social media influencers, and everyday people are turning to Ozempic for its weight loss effects. But be aware, it comes with some possible side effects like the infamous "Ozempic face" – visible changes in facial appearance due to weight loss.
Houston Mayor still working on plan to tackle high water bills uncovered by KPRC 2 Investigates
A big update on KPRC 2′s ‘DRAINED’ Investigation into Houston water bills. Investigator Amy Davis was first to tell you about the outrageous water bills from the city of Houston and she’s been helping customers get thousands of dollars in refunds. Now that there’s a new administration Mayor John Whitmire wants to bring some much-needed relief and prevent these types of bills.
‘It was a mess’: Vacant property on Houston’s east side becomes magnet for crime
A vacant commercial property near downtown on Houston’s east side has become a magnet for crime. The building on Harrisburg near 65th Street has been continually damaged by thieves, vandals and members of Houston’s homeless population.
Thousands of Houston customers billed for water they’re not using
Some 7,000 property owners in the city of Houston are paying monthly water bills even though they haven’t used a single drop of water. Houston City Council voted to change the ordinance in December to give those customers are way to stop the never-ending charges. But even with that change, the water department is still sending monthly bills without letting those citizens know there is a way to make them stop.
Loose bolts on Boeing 737 Max 9 planes discovered by United Airlines: What attorney is saying to KPRC 2 Investigates
More loose bolts were identified on Boeing 737 Max 9 planes. The findings came after all 737 Max 9 were grounded over the weekend after a sealed door blew off the side of an Alaska Airlines Max 9 flight on Saturday.
A candid conversation with Houston mayor-elect John Whitmire on infrastructure and public safety (including his own)
State Sen. Whitmire is about to undergo a career change at an age when most individuals are enjoying retirement. Whitmire’s reasoning? This is a calling for him and the Houstonians who requested he come home to fix the city.
Texas EquuSearch founder wants tight supervision kept on man considered suspect in ‘Killing Fields’ murders
A man considered a suspect in the so-called ‘Killing Fields’ murders is facing a review of his parole conditions, according to Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady and Texas EquuSearch founder, Tim Miller. Clyde Hedrick was paroled from prison in 2021, sent to live at halfway house and placed under the state’s highest level of supervision known as the Super Intensive Supervision Program (SISP).
Push by Mayor Turner’s airport director to make canceling airport contracts for the next mayor more difficult
On Wednesday morning at Houston City Hall there will be 74 agenda items heard by city council members. The agenda, which is one of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s final ones as Mayor, is unusually long.
Houston area mother’s fight to hold school accountable for daughter’s assault may go to US Supreme Court
A Houston area mother is suing the Fort Bend Independent School District; claiming educators failed to protect her daughter from another student. The lawsuit reads this woman’s daughter was sexually assaulted twice by the same classmate, even though safeguards were in place to ensure neither student was unsupervised.
Harris County Jail moving to digital mail system to cut down on contraband
A recent investigation by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office highlights an ongoing effort to cut down on contraband smuggled into jails and prisons via paper correspondence. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said the county is in the final stages of setting up a digital mail system in the jail.
Chapter closed? Mayor Turner tells KPRC 2 Investigates, ‘Sylvester Turner has taken care of that bill’
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner spoke with KPRC 2 Investigates on Friday in the latest chapter of the controversy tied to a book focused specifically on Turner’s time as mayor. The book was produced for the recent State of the City Luncheon and there were attempts for Houston First -- the city’s tourism and convention arm -- to pay for it.
NEW VIDEO: Houston Mayor’s 2016 beef with KPRC 2′s Amy Davis
A tense moment between KPRC 2 Investigates’ Amy Davis and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner over the city’s water billing and infrastructure problems has gone viral. We’ve gotten a lot of comments and questions about what Mayor Turner was referring to in his comments on Nov. 15.
‘Very blatant’: DA’s Office, HPD launch investigation into trio of suspected brothels
A joint investigation by the Harris County District Attorney’s money laundering division and Houston Police is targeting individuals suspected of operating a series of strip-center brothels. So far, three people have been charged with engaging in organized crime and at least one bank account has been seized.
‘You will always have a voice’: Houston Crime Stoppers video program ensures victims always part of parole process
For crime victims and their family members, the potential parole of an attacker is both terrifying and emotionally draining. Many family members also worry whether their concerns will be heard by the parole board prior to any decision. Houston Crime Stoppers is now addressing these concerns through a unique program that records victim impact statements to be used during the parole process.
Houston leaders promise change, accountability after DRAINED customers takeover council meeting
On Tuesday, 27 people signed up to speak about their water bill problems after KPRC 2 Investigates asked the community to address the council after 18 months of reporting on unexplained water usage, meter readings, and billing problems.
KPRC 2 Investigates cluster mailbox mess
Many communities and subdivisions in and around Houston use cluster mailboxes. The clusters with multiple mail slots make it easy for people to get their mail from one location but when the boxes need repair or replacing mail customers say they're getting the runaround. They called KPRC 2 Investigates for help.
Ownership questions continue to surround private African art collection found in county shed by KPRC 2 Investigates
It is undoubtedly one of the stories KPRC 2 Investigates hears more about than any other in recent memory: A February 2020 investigation into a massive private African art collection we uncovered secretly stored inside of an old Harris County maintenance shed at the expense of taxpayers.