Rice University among schools in jeopardy of losing affirmative action after justices raise doubts

The survival of affirmative action in higher education appeared to be in serious trouble Monday at a conservative-dominated Supreme Court after hours of debate over vexing questions of race. The most diverse court in the nation’s history – among the nine justices are four women, two Black people and a Latina – is weighing challenges … Read more

New Texas Election poll watchers: Enhanced protections concern some of possible voter intimidation

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Early voting for the midterm election is underway. This year, more eyes and ears may be observing the ballot-casting process at the polls. This comes after Senate Bill 1 enhanced protections for poll watchers, one of many changes made after President Trump questioned the authenticity of the 2020 presidential election results. … Read more

Bayou Bucket on the brink? Rice, UH not slated to play past ’23

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Rice University and the University of Houston will face off in football for the 44th time on Saturday. It will be the 41st time the winner will receive the Bayou Bucket trophy – presented by the Touchdown Club of Houston. However, the Bayou Bucket may be empty in the near future. … Read more

Rice University holds First Black Student-Athletes Celebration to honor 6 trailblazers of ’72

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Former Rice University track athlete Jamila Mensah still beams about her alma mater. “Rice is something we all wear very proudly,” Mensah explained. And she means it, all the way down to her Owls accessories. But Jamila, a Westfield High School product from Houston, says she would not have been presented … Read more

Rice University celebrates 60th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s famous moon speech

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — “We choose to go to the moon.” President John F. Kennedy said those powerful words in a historic speech at Rice Stadium 60 years ago, and on Monday, the university will wrap up a three-day event commemorating that anniversary. Kennedy delivered the speech on Sept. 12, 1962 before a crowd of … Read more

Rice University scores No. 6 rank among best colleges in the US and No. 1 in Texas

ByJohn Egan via HOUSTON, Texas — Rice University is a star student among the top colleges in the U.S. The video featured above is from a previous 2021 report when Rice University was named one of the greatest schools in the US. A new ranking from education information and review platform Niche ranks Rice as … Read more

Experts weigh in on what needs to happen to keep the Texas governor’s race close

FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — With summer coming to an end, schools back in session, and voting only weeks away, we can expect to see Texas’ gubernatorial race pick up. This was on full display this week in Fort Bend County. A place where Governor Greg Abbott won by less than 500 votes four … Read more

Jamey Rootes, former Texans and Dynamo exec, has died, wife announces

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Jamey Rootes, the former longtime president of the Houston Texans, has died, his wife said on Monday night. In a Facebook post, Melissa Wildgen Rootes said her husband passed away on Sunday after “a battle with mental health issues.” “Jamey was best known for his devotion to his family and friends … Read more

NCAA Final Four tournament planning course to be offered to 4 universities in Houston

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Houston will be the official host city of the 2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four tournament in more than seven months. During that time, the schools that punch their ticket to the courts here in Space City will make history. And lucky students from Universities here in Houston will be a part … Read more

15-year-old receives surprise prosthetic running foot at mobility clinic

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — A 15-year-old was surprised with an Ossur running foot at a clinic for people with limb loss and limb difference on Sunday. Over 20 people with lower-limb loss and limb difference gathered at Robert L. Waltrip Indoor Training Center at Rice University for the Ossur and Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Running … Read more