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11-year-old Sugar Land girl relies on plasma donations for survival


March 5, 2021

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) — 11-year-old Ilma Morales is like most kids her age who enjoy dancing, hanging out with friends, and listening to music. There is, however, one major difference between Illma and the rest of her family and friends. “I have hypogammaglobulinemia,” said Ilma. Hypogammaglobulinemia is an immune disorder that prevents Ilma’s body from properly fighting infections. Even …

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TxDOT creating new Highway 290 HOV lane for reverse commuters


March 5, 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Highway 290 commute is about to get a little faster for reverse commuters, thanks to new rules for the HOV lanes. Instead of building new HOV lanes, TxDOT is converting the far left lane into a carpool lane. From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., Monday through Friday, the westbound (outbound) left lane will become a …

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Fired ERCOT leader refuses more than $800,000 severance pay in storm aftermath


March 5, 2021

Bill Magness, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas CEO who was terminated by his board Wednesday, said he will not accept more than $800,000 in severance pay, according to an ERCOT spokesperson. The board for the nonprofit entity that operates and manages the electricity grid that covers much of Texas voted Wednesday in favor of his 60-day termination notice. Magness was …

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COVID-19 survivors say disease still casts lingering shadows


March 5, 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — In a shaky Facebook video, Michael Sanchez is seen drumming at his last gig with his weekend band before he got sick last July. For his 22-year-old son Stephen, it’s something he holds on to as a memory of his role model. “He would drive us to gigs, now it’s just me,” said Stephen. “He was …

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‘Continue to fight the fight:’ Houston nurses and doctors look back at COVID-19 one year later


March 5, 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — COVID-19 has killed more than 43,000 Texans, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services. The concern is there will be more deaths and hospitalizations after the state’s mask order is lifted on Wednesday, March 10. Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to lift the mask order comes as health care workers have been fighting COVID-19 for …

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Here’s how many southeast Texans lost their job during the pandemic


March 5, 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A year after the pandemic shut down the economy in the Houston-area, business owners said there’s hope that Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to reopen the state will soon bring jobs back. For the past 21 years, La Cocina in Richmond has served authentic Mexican food. However, being in business that long almost came to an end …

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Houston becomes first in Texas to set participation goals for LGBTQ-certified businesses in city contracts


March 5, 2021

Houston became the first city in Texas to commit to forming a database of LGBTQ Enterprise-certified businesses for city contractors to use to ensure diversity among subcontractor and vendor participation in projects such as infrastructure improvements. Prior to Mayor Sylvester Turner signing an executive order requiring the measure on March 4, contractors vying to work on city projects only had …

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Here’s when you could get rain on Friday


March 5, 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Changes are coming to the sky Friday. A Pacific cool front will bring back clouds and rain showers. Some of you will need to use the umbrella Friday as a weak Pacific cool front blows in. Not much of a temperature change with this one, but we get a glorious weekend out of it! FORECAST: https://t.co/kYz1z4P7gd #txwx #houwx pic.twitter.com/LMr9Frt4PH — …

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Residents say Houston clinic charged cash for COVID-19 vaccine


March 5, 2021

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Barbara Thomas said she spent at least four hours every day looking up vaccine providers online and calling locations in Houston, Austin and San Antonio to sign up earlier this year. “I tried every place that was offering,” Thomas, 67, told 13 Investigates’ Ted Oberg. She said her daughter finally found Centra Clinic on Dairy Ashford …

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