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13 Investigates: Thousands of Houston contact tracing cases tossed over testing delays

13 Investigates: Thousands of Houston contact tracing cases tossed over testing delays

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy and Sarah Rafique HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- After his COVID-19 test came back positive in mid-March, Troy Chandler said he expected calls from contact tracers asking about who he had been around during the days leading up to his diagnosis."[They] asked just a ton of questions about who I was around and exposed to," Chandler told 13 Investigates' Ted Oberg. "The day I went to the ER the first time and they said, 'You're fine, you don't have it. You probably just have an infection.' I went to work the next day and again sat in the conference room with about three...

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Controversial Trump administration pick, Anthony Tata, designated to new role within Pentagon

Controversial Trump administration pick, Anthony Tata, designated to new role within Pentagon

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out WASHINGTON -- A controversial Trump administration pick for a senior position at the Pentagon, retired Army Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata accepted the job just days after his nomination for a top post position tanked.Defense officials confirmed to ABC News that Tata will assume acting duties as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy."Mr. Tata withdrew from consideration before the Senate Armed Services Committee his nomination to be the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy. He has been designated as the official Performing the Duties of the Deputy Undersecretary...

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Famous Mexican drug cartel leader 'El Marro' arrested on Sunday morning

Famous Mexican drug cartel leader 'El Marro' arrested on Sunday morning

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out MEXICO (KTRK) -- The Mexican Army captured a famous drug cartel leader on Sunday morning, the country's security forces announced.José Antonio Yépez Ortiz, known as "El Marro," is the leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima Cartel (CSRL), a Mexican criminal organization from the state of Guanajuato and rival to the Jalisco Cartel.A businesswoman kidnapped was also rescued during the operation, according to Alfonso Durazo, Mexico's Ministry of Security and Citizen Protection.Ortiz will be transferred to CEFERESO, a federal prison in Mexico.The Guanajuato attorney...

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COVID-19 bankruptcies sparking concern among workers and shoppers

COVID-19 bankruptcies sparking concern among workers and shoppers

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The cost of COVID-19 is more than some businesses can afford. This year, there have been many name-brand retailers, local shops and restaurants declaring bankruptcy or closing altogether.Shoppers are sharing the heartbreak as fabled stores feel the effect of the pandemic. Coronavirus bankruptcies include J.Crew, Neiman Marcus and Pier One, just to name a few."I heard about it the other day, like, 'What? Really? Why?' Really [it's] everywhere you never would have thought," said shopper Sheldona Plumber.Many favorite local restaurants...

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UT-Austin now leads US colleges in highest number of COVID-19 cases

UT-Austin now leads US colleges in highest number of COVID-19 cases

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy BY RAGA JUSTIN, The Texas Tribune AUSTIN, Texas -- As higher education institutions nationwide navigate their fall returns to campus in the midst of a pandemic, the to publish the latest data about all of its known coronavirus cases - a number that topped 450 as of Thursday.While some universities nationwide and in Texas are still refusing to disclose cases, UT-Austin set up allowing community members to see updated student, faculty and staff cases.But the transparency has already proven to be a double-edged sword, as the eye-popping numbers have contributed...

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HFD now battling fire at SE Houston grocery store

HFD now battling fire at SE Houston grocery store

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houston firefighters are responding to a fire that broke out in a supermarket in southeast Houston area.It happened in the 4700 block of Yellowstone Boulevard near Calhoun Road around 6 p.m. FridaySmoke could be seen coming from the roof, and the roof soon collapsed.An awning with the words "Jim's Super" on it was also seen falling.The fire department has had a busy Friday already. Earlier in the day, crews battled a three-alarm fire at a southwest Houston business that was making hand sanitizer.SEE MORE: This is a developing story....

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COVID-19 deaths taking a devastating toll on nursing homes

COVID-19 deaths taking a devastating toll on nursing homes

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- New state data is showing the devastating toll COVID-19 is having on Texas families, especially in the Greater Houston area.The Texas Health and Human Service Commission, which regulates long-term care facilities, finally released the data on Monday after months of pressure from families and long-term care advocates.For instance, the data showed Focused Care at Westwood had the highest number of COVID-19 deaths in Harris County. Twenty residents have died since the pandemic began, including Lily Jang's father, David Jang."My dad...

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Houston-area bars among 6 to have licenses suspended

Houston-area bars among 6 to have licenses suspended

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out Six more bars, the majority of them in the Houston area, have had their licenses suspended by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission after the businesses violated Gov. Greg Abbott's order over the weekend. that receive more than 51% of their gross revenue from alcoholic beverage sales would be ordered to close effective at noon on June 26.The mandate came as COVID-19 cases rise across the state.The six bars who violated the order are:Since the order, multiple establishments have faced consequences, including having their liquor license suspended.Days after the...

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'First of its kind' temporary medical marijuana sites open in Houston area

'First of its kind' temporary medical marijuana sites open in Houston area

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Houstonian Zahid Qayum has been using a liquid form of medical marijuana for several months to help him manage a motor neuron disease he has, which causes him to lose strength in his arms and legs."That is something that regular medication hasn't helped at all. It has helped me. It hasn't killed it but alleviates some of the symptoms," Qayum said.For months, the medical marijuana has been delivered to his home, but now, the company where he gets it from has opened three temporary dispensary sites in Houston for patients to pick up at...

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Texas 5th and 8th graders won't have to pass STAAR test to move on to the next grade

Texas 5th and 8th graders won't have to pass STAAR test to move on to the next grade

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out AUSTIN, Texas (KTRK) -- The grade promotion requirement related to the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) test for 5th and 8th grade students has been waived for the upcoming school year, announced Gov. Greg Abbott.Waiving the grade promotion requirement related to STAAR testing for the upcoming 2020-21 school year.More information: — Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) Typically, school systems must take a student's score on the STAAR test into account to determine whether the student can go to the next grade.According to a statement released by...

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12-year-old arrested and charged in murder of woman

12-year-old arrested and charged in murder of woman

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A 12-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with murder in the shooting of a 50-year-old woman in the Greenspoint area.The deadly shooting happened Saturday, July 25 around 4:40 p.m. at an apartment complex at 1000 Greens Road.Detectives say that officers found the woman, who had been shot several times, lying on the bedroom floor. She was pronounced dead by HFD paramedics.The medical examiner identified the victim as Sharon D. Hawkins. Her death was ruled a homicide.Sharon was a mother of three and a grandmother to one. Her sons...

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Dad accused of beating toddler to death after losing his temper during potty training

Dad accused of beating toddler to death after losing his temper during potty training

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston man faces upgraded charges after his arrest on accusations he beat his 2-year-old son to death.Antonio Hick Sr. was taken into custody after he and the child's mother told police he lost his temper while potty training the boy and hit him several times, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.The toddler, Antonio Hicks Jr., died at a hospital on Saturday.WATCH: The toddler's uncle and neighbors speak on their favorite memories of him and what they remember hearing earlier that dayHicks was initially charged with injury...

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Brave Florida man serves up hot dog lunch for alligators straight from his mouth

Brave Florida man serves up hot dog lunch for alligators straight from his mouth

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out FLORIDA -- A brave Florida man served up a hot dog lunch to some hungry alligators.Michael Womer has no fear, and loves gators so much that he decided to feed one of them from his own mouth.The dangerous stunt was caught on camera at a conservation center in Florida.Michael calls himself "The Gator Crusader."He actually does this a lot. In this case he put a camera on his head.He says he wanted to show what it's like to have an alligator diving at your face as you hold the bait in your mouth. Related topics:Copyright © 2020 KGO-TV. All Rights Reserved.BUZZWORTHY...

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Federal officials enter former Chinese Consulate accused of spying

Federal officials enter former Chinese Consulate accused of spying

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- After 40 years of operating in Houston, sandwiched between a neighborhood bar and the busy Montrose Blvd., the Chinese Consulate closed Friday afternoon at 4 p.m.The closure caps off a stunning turn of events that focused international attention on the consulate in the heart of Houston.Friday morning, dozens of protesters from the Fa Long Gong religious group protested outside the consulate, declaring a victory of sorts over the closure.By Friday afternoon, the Chinese staff was gone, and plain clothed federal officials could be seen...

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Former employee sues Sam's Club in Conroe after being forced to wear face mask

Former employee sues Sam's Club in Conroe after being forced to wear face mask

Welcome, Your AccountLog OutBy CONROE, Texas (KTRK) -- Christina Batista has filed a lawsuit against her former employer, Sam's Club in Conroe after she said she was forced to wear a face mask.Batista was a cashier at the store and said she was told she had to wear her mask under harsh conditions, she even said her employers harassed her about it."They were telling me I need to put the face mask on. They were telling me that I'm not doing my job fast enough," she said. "What if I passed out?"She claims the store's AC is always broken, so she said she would take off her mask just to catch...

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Schlumberger slashes 21,000 jobs amid pandemic oil rout

Schlumberger slashes 21,000 jobs amid pandemic oil rout

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out Schlumberger is cutting more than 21,000 jobs as the global coronavirus pandemic quashes demand for energy and oil prices are routed.The company will pay more than $1 billion in severance benefits.The job cuts announced Friday, about a quarter of its entire workforce, puts the number of people employed by the world's largest oilfield services company close to where it was at the start of the oil and gas fracking boom that upended global energy markets and put the U.S. on top.SEE ALSO: Chesapeake Energy, a pioneer in fracking, sought bankruptcy protection last...

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Documents burned on the grounds of the Chinese Consulate in Houston

Documents burned on the grounds of the Chinese Consulate in Houston

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- The U.S. has ordered China to close its consulate in Houston in what a Chinese official called an outrageous and unjustified move that will sabotage relations between the two countries.Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin condemned the action, which comes at a time of rising tensions between the world's two largest economies. He warned of firm countermeasures if the U.S. does not reverse its decision."The unilateral closure of China's consulate general in Houston within a short period of time is an unprecedented escalation of its...

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Baytown officer fired after being seen kicking man in controversial arrest

Baytown officer fired after being seen kicking man in controversial arrest

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out BAYTOWN, Texas (KTRK) -- A Baytown police officer has been fired after he was caught on video hitting a man who was questioning why the officers were arresting a black man.In a statement sent to ABC13 on Thursday, the Baytown Police Department said Nathaniel Brown was fired on Monday after a "complete and thorough review" of the incident.The controversial arrest was all caught on cell phone video. It happened outside of the Baytown Market store on June 2.Officers pulled over a 23-year-old black man for a traffic violation. When officers handcuffed Jostin Moore,...

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Thousands of dollars worth of bicycles stolen in shop burglary

Thousands of dollars worth of bicycles stolen in shop burglary

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out PEARLAND, Texas (KTRK) -- Thousands of dollars worth of bicycles were taken under the cover of night from a Pearland shop known for selling and servicing them. The owner hopes surveillance video will lead authorities to the group responsible.It happened overnight Monday at Pearland Bicycles in the 9300 block of Broadway."(Three) lowlifes broke into our bicycle shop tonight here in the Silverlake area of Pearland," owner Daryl Catching said. "Please get the word out to other bike shops for them to take additional security measures."A total of 19 bicycles were...

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Fort Hood soldier's body found near post, 3rd death in month

Fort Hood soldier's body found near post, 3rd death in month

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out KILLEEN, Texas -- U.S. Army officials on Tuesday said that the body of a Fort Hood soldier was found near the Texas army post, marking the third time in a month that a Fort Hood soldier's body has been discovered.Pvt. Mejhor Morta, 26, was found unresponsive July 17 in the vicinity of Stillhouse Hollow Lake, according to Fort Hood officials. Stillhouse Hollow Lake is a reservoir located in Bell County and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Fort Worth District."The Black Knight family is truly heartbroken by the tragic loss of Private Mejhor Morta,"...

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'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek celebrates 80th birthday, shows no signs of slowing down

'Jeopardy!' host Alex Trebek celebrates 80th birthday, shows no signs of slowing down

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out Alex Trebek is now an octogenarian!The game show host celebrated 36 years with "Jeopardy!" in September, recently marked one year of surviving cancer since his diagnosis and reached another milestone this Wednesday, his 80th birthday.A COVID-bearded Trebek recently shared an update with fans, saying he's continuing treatment for stage 4 pancreatic cancer."It is paying off, though it does fatigue me a great deal," he said.Trebek shows no signs of slowing down.His memoir "The Answer Is ...: Reflections on My Life" was released this week, and he's worked on the...

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Documents being burned on the grounds of the Chinese Consulate in Houston

Documents being burned on the grounds of the Chinese Consulate in Houston

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Trash cans full of documents are being burned in the courtyard of the Chinese Consulate on Montrose Boulevard.The consulate is considered Chinese territory, so the Houston Fire Department is standing by outside but has not entered the grounds."It appears to be open burning in a container within the courtyard of the Chinese consulate facility. It does not appear to be an unconfined fire but we have not been allowed access. We are standing by and monitoring," said Chief Sam Pena.The Chinese Consulate reportedly must leave the building by...

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Documents being burned on the grounds of the Chinese Consulate in Houston

Documents being burned on the grounds of the Chinese Consulate in Houston

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Trash cans full of documents are being burned in the courtyard of the Chinese Consulate on Montrose Boulevard.The consulate is considered Chinese territory, so the Houston Fire Department is standing by outside but has not entered the grounds."It appears to be open burning in a container within the courtyard of the Chinese consulate facility. It does not appear to be an unconfined fire but we have not been allowed access. We are standing by and monitoring," said Chief Sam Pena.The Chinese Consulate reportedly must leave the building by...

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Couple under house arrest after refusing to sign COVID-19 quarantine agreement

Couple under house arrest after refusing to sign COVID-19 quarantine agreement

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out LOUISVILLE, Kentucky -- A Kentucky couple is under house arrest after one of them tested positive for coronavirus and refused to sign self-quarantine papers.Elizabeth Linscott got tested for COVID-19 because she was planning to go visit her parents."My grandparents wanted to see me, too, so, just to make sure that, you know, if I tested negative, that they would be okay, everything would be fine," Linscott said.After testing positive but without showing any symptoms, Linscott told the health department contacted her, requesting she sign documents."I agreed to...

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Houston workers among thousands to walk off job today to protest racial inequality

Houston workers among thousands to walk off job today to protest racial inequality

Welcome, Your AccountLog Out HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are set to walk off the job Monday in more than two dozen U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.Our ABC13 Mycah Hatfield breaks down the strike as Houstonians join 36 cities against racial inequalityDubbed the "Strike for Black Lives," labor unions, along with social and racial justice organizations from New York City to Los Angeles, will participate in a range of planned actions. Where work...

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