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Five things you need to know today, Aug. 9

August 10, 2018

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Aug. 9. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. An Ector County grand jury did not return an indictment in the case of former Odessa police Cpl. Cory Wester when they met Monday. Wester was fired from the Odessa Police Department in June after the department alleged he used an unreasonable amount of force during an arrest.

2. The Odessa Police Department charged a 29-year-old man who was an employee for Odessa High School with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony, on Wednesday.

3. The City Council approved the property tax rate for the 2019 fiscal year during a special emergency meeting Wednesday afternoon.

4. The proposed higher tax rate and a public meeting date for adopting the tax rate were recently discussed at an Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees work study session.

5. IN SPORTS: It had been a long, arduous process to bring a new head football coach and athletic director to Kermit High School.

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