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Five things you need to know today, July 30

July 31, 2018

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, July 30. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. The body of a young male was found in the rubble of the brush fire early this morning in West Odessa, according to the Ector County Sheriff’s Office.

2. Ector County will have a little more wiggle room during the budgeting process this year, as the total taxable value of Ector County properties came out higher than expected.

3. When Medical Center Hospital provides millions of dollars to Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, President and CEO Rick Napper considers it an investment, not a giveaway.

4. The Ector County Sheriff’s Office has had a longstanding policy of having at least six deputies on patrol at all times, but due to a shortage of deputies, that’s no longer always the case.

5. If there’s something to be mowed, moved or fixed around Ector County Independent School District, Julio Mancha is probably in charge. The grounds foreman recently received Maintenance Employee of the Year honors.

6. BONUS: IN SPORTS: Holding a four-shot lead heading into the final hole, Rick Sutherland was able to hang on to win the senior championship flight of the Odessa Men’s City Championship on Sunday at the Ratliff Ranch Golf Links.

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