Top Houston news: 'Wobbly wheel' scam alert issued; Occidental starting widespread layoffs; more

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Here's the most recent top news you may have missed in Houston.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Texas Medical Center is closing and parents are shocked

A staple of Houston's Medical Center is closing its doors; the Shriners Hospital for Children confirms they will consolidate with the Galveston location next year.

Read the full story on KHOU 11 News.

'Wobbly wheel' scam alert issued for southwest Houston

Charges have been filed against six suspects, four of whom are wanted in a seven-month-long investigation into fraudulent activity known as the "wobbly wheel" scam. Scammers typically follow a victim and honk or yell to get their attention. The scammers then tell the victim the front wheel of their car is loose and they should pull over.

Read the full story on KHOU 11 News.

1 shot, 1 detained at SW Houston Walmart: HPD

Houston police said they were searching for at least two other suspects.

Read the full story on KHOU 11 News.

State judge temporarily blocks Texas from taking over Houston school district

A state judge Wednesday evening immediately blocked Texas from taking over the Houston Independent School District until she issues a final ruling on the case, complicating the state's plan to oust the district's school board by March.

Read the full story on KPRC2/Click2Houston.

Occidental starting widespread layoffs in Houston and beyond

Occidental Petroleum started broad layoffs this week that will reach from Houston to Denver, as the Permian Basin’s leading oil producer aims to cut costs in the aftermath of its massive $38 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum last year. 

Read the full story on Houston Chronicle.

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