Houston Astros look for playoff spot as they seek 2-0 win against Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday

PHOENIX, Arizona — Houston Astros (88-72, second in the AL West) vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (84-76, second in the NL West) The video above is from ABC13’s Live Streaming Channel. PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (12-8, 3.32 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 139 strikeouts); Diamondbacks: Merrill Kelly (12-7, 3.48 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 182 strikeouts) The Astros earned the 2-1 win Friday night in Phoenix off of an RBI double by Jose Abreu in the sixth inning that was originally ruled a home run. RELATED: Are the Astros in the playoffs yet? Houston wins…

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Powerball Saturday drawing: Jackpot nears $1 billion after long drought of winners

Saturday, September 30, 2023 10:21PM Another Powerball drawing Saturday night, another chance at a jackpot that is inching toward $1 billion. The estimated $960 million prize is the world’s ninth-largest lottery jackpot, behind earlier Powerball and Mega Millions prizes that all topped $1 billion. The prize has grown so large because there have been 30 consecutive drawings without a big winner, dating to July 19. That streak without a jackpot winner is due to the game’s long odds, 1 in 292.2 million, that are designed to make winning rare so…

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One person confirmed dead following apparent hit-and-run in north Houston near Bauman Road and Julia Street

Saturday, September 30, 2023 9:51PM HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — The Houston Police Department is investigating an apparent hit-and-run in north Houston on Saturday. The video above is from ABC13’s Live Streaming Channel. The crash happened near Bauman Road and 243 Julia Street just before 4 p.m. Officers with HPD responded to a reported fatality crash. Upon arrival, one victim, identified as a USPS driver, was found and pronounced dead, and it was learned that the suspect fled the area, according to HPD. Officials did not elaborate on a possible suspect…

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Race and culture in Houston: Venezuelans are fastest-growing Hispanic group new study says, coined ‘Katy’-zeula

KATY, Texas (KTRK) — A new study has shown that Venezuelans are the fastest-growing group of Hispanics across the United States. Since 2010, in the US, the Venezuelan population has expanded to 169%, according to the Pew Research Center. From traditional Venezuelan dances on the floor of Stylus Dance Academy to baked goods from their home country in the heart of Old Katy at Pan Pa’ Venezuela, there’s culture, tradition, and pieces of home away from home in a suburb many now refer to as “Katyzuela.” Jose Vilma, owner of…

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Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constable injured in crash with DWI suspect on Highway 249 in Tomball area, investigators say

Saturday, September 30, 2023 7:01PM TOMBALL, Texas (KTRK) — A deputy constable is recovering after being hit by a suspected drunk driver in the Tomball area Saturday morning, according to investigators. The video above is ABC13’s 24/7 livestream. The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office said the wreck happened at about 3:30 a.m. on Highway 249 at Northpointe. A deputy constable was conducting a traffic stop when the suspect slammed into the patrol vehicle, according to the constable’s office. The deputy was taken to the hospital in stable condition, and…

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MLB rookies 2023: Baseball players and managers believe they know why 2023 has most productive class of rookie hitters

Royce Lewis has played in 70 games for the Minnesota Twins. He has five grand slams. The AL Central champion Twins haven’t had a rookie so ready for major league stardom since Joe Mauer nearly two decades ago. Despite a decided lack of live games over the last three seasons due to injuries and the pandemic, Lewis entered the lineup after finishing his ACL rehab and immediately hit like he’d been there for years. The video above is ABC13’s 24/7 livestream. “An impact on our team that we can’t really…

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A government shutdown is nearing this weekend. What does it mean, who’s hit and what’s next?

WASHINGTON — The government is headed toward a shutdown this weekend that would disrupt many government services, squeeze federal employees and roil politics. House Republicans, fueled by hard-right demands to slash budgets, are forcing a confrontation over federal spending. While some government entities will be exempt – Social Security checks, for example, will still go out – other functions will be severely curtailed. Federal agencies will cease all actions deemed nonessential, and many of the federal government’s roughly 2 million employees, as well as 2 million active-duty military troops and…

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Houston Astros pitcher Hector Neris denies using homophobic slur, doesn’t expect discipline for incident against Seattle Mariners

Hector Neris issued a written apology Thursday, denying he used a homophobic slur in the words he said to Hector RodrĂ­guez. Saturday, September 30, 2023 2:58PM HOUSTON, Texas — Houston Astros pitcher Hector Neris once again denied using a homophobic slur and said Friday he does not expect to be disciplined by Major League Baseball for his part in a benches-clearing incident against the Seattle Mariners this week. The video above is ABC13’s 24/7 livestream. The confrontation took place during Houston’s 8-3 win in Seattle on Wednesday. Neris struck out…

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MLB wild card standings 2023: What happens if there’s a tie? See baseball guide from betting favorites to rule changes

Major League Baseball’s final weekend of the regular season will include some sweaty palms and intense games as a handful of teams jockey for limited spots in the postseason bracket. Consider it a prelude for what’s coming in October. SEE MORE: Are the Astros in the playoffs yet? Houston wins 1st of last 3 games as M’s surprising Rangers Many of the postseason spots are already decided, and there are a lot of familiar faces, particularly in the National League. The speedy and strong Ronald Acuña Jr. – the one…

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Houston police shot and killed 17-year-old suspect before group of armed men taken into custody, HPD says

Saturday, September 30, 2023 1:33PM HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — An armed suspect was shot and killed by Houston police after allegedly pointing a rifle at an officer during a chase, according to authorities. The Houston Police Department said it began looking into the shooting involving the officer at 8:50 p.m. in the 6700 Bennington Street, which is just off Homestead Road in the Trinity/Houston Gardens area. HPD Chief Troy Finner said at about 7 p.m., officers were heading to an apartment complex where a group of men were posting on…

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