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Congressman Pfluger: Nearly 600 Afghan Pilots, Service-Members, and Texas Family Members Stranded and in Danger

Texas Congressman August Pfluger (R-TX11) told Odessa Headlines in a statement that over 600 Afghan pilots, service-members, and family members of his constituents are stranded in the country of Uzbekistan, and that he is working to get them extracted to safety as the Taliban puts immense pressure on the Uzbek government to repatriate them back […]

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Ector County Commissioner’s Vote to Allocate $20 Million in ARPA Funds Lacked Transparency

On Wednesday, Ector County Commissioners entered their last day of a three-day meeting working to craft the annual budget for all elected offices and departments, and it was during this process the commissioners suddenly distributed roughly $20 million in federal aid funds – a move that is being questioned for a lack of transparency and […]

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Councilman Thompson: “I Was Trying to Shame Them”

Emails and text messages between Odessa City Council-members published on social media appear to reveal a series of instances in which three elected officials where chastised and criticized by District 2 Councilman Steve Thompson for asking questions.  The communications, published by the Odessa Accountability Project (OAP) which is a watchdog organization headed by businesswoman Jamie […]

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15 Local Texas Pensions Are Less Than 50% Funded, Total $2.9 Billion in Unfunded Liabilities

Over a dozen local public pension funds in Texas have accounted for less than half of what they’ve promised pensioners, according to data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. The 15 pensions have nearly $3 billion in unfunded liabilities — money promised but not currently accounted for in their current budget forecasts. The largest share of […]

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Tribune panel discusses higher education enrollment in Odessa

Citing a significant drop statewide in student enrollment in higher education institutions, Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith led off a paneled discussion Thursday at Odessa College sharing how three West Texas education leaders were selected not because their respective institutions reflect the statewide decline, but rather because their institutions are seeing increases in student populations […]

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Crutcher Defeats Nutter in GOP Runoff for State District Judge

Odessa attorney Lori Ruiz-Crutcher has defeated opponent Cindy Weir-Nutter in the Republican Primary Runoff Election for the office of State District Judge of the 244th District Court covering Ector County. Crutcher led Nutter consistently with a roughly 60/40 lead as early voting results were released. Final results showed Crutcher sweeping the election with 2,122 or […]