• July 11, 2020

Odessa American: Gene Powell

e-Edition Subscribe

Gene Powell

  • Gene Powell Jr. joined the Odessa American as assistant managing editor in March 2002. The Odessa native was promoted to managing editor before leaving the OA in December 2010 to become a public information officer for the Texas Department of Transportation.

U.S. News

Saturday 07/11/2020
AP Week in Pictures, Global
Posted: July 11, 2020 - 2:25 am

JULY 4 - 10, 2020

Fay downgraded to depression; expected to dissipate Sunday
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 2:16 am

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical depression Fay moved north over New York early Saturday and was expected to continue to weaken through the weekend, forecasters said.

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 12:31 am

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America.

Friday 07/10/2020
Asia Today: Australia Victoria state daily cases drop to 216
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 12:16 am

MELBOURNE Australia (AP) — The beleaguered Australian state of Victoria received some good news Saturday with health officials reporting 216 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, down from the record 288 the previous day.

The Latest: India cases pass 800,000 with record daily jump
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 12:15 am

NEW DELHI: India’s coronavirus cases have passed 800,000 with the biggest spike of 27,114 cases in the past 24 hours, causing nearly a dozen states to impose a partial lockdown in high-risk areas.

COVID-19 heroes must jump through hoops for workers' comp
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 12:16 am

WASHINGTON (AP) —

Trump lags Biden on people of color in top campaign ranks
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 12:03 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid a summer of racial unrest and calls for more diversity in leadership, President Donald Trump lags Democratic rival Joe Biden in the percentage of people of color on their campaign staffs, according to data the campaigns provided to The Associated Press.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges
Updated: July 11, 2020 - 3:02 am

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

Thomas spoke, Roberts ruled in unusual Supreme Court term
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 11:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled.

It's not just the presidency: Trump is changing the Congress
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 11:45 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump isn’t just changing the presidency during his first term in office. He’s also changing Congress.

Storm clouds hang over Trump's attempted campaign reboot
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 11:45 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Friday was supposed to be the day President Donald Trump's campaign reboot itself got a reboot. Instead, it hit another snag.

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 11:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct.

Today in History
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 11:32 pm

Today in History

Trump commutes longtime friend Roger Stone's prison sentence
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:46 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president's own conduct.

Tropical Storm Fay weakens after New Jersey landfall
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:16 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay made landfall in New Jersey on Friday amid heavy, lashing rains that closed beaches and flooded shore town streets, before weakening as it moved over New Jersey.

Storm clouds hang over Trump's attempted campaign reboot
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:16 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Friday was supposed to be the day President Donald Trump's campaign reboot itself got a reboot. Instead, it hit another snag.

The Latest: China rejects food imports after virus detected
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:16 pm

BEIJING — New coronavirus cases have dropped sharply in China, and authorities are turning their attention to concerns that the virus could spread through imported food.

Thomas spoke, Roberts ruled in unusual Supreme Court term
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:02 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled.

Trump undercuts health experts — again — in schools debate
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 9:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House seating chart spoke volumes.

Sonar, divers search for 'Glee' star thought to have drowned
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:30 pm

Teams are using sonar and robotic devices in what could be a long search for “Glee” star Naya Rivera, who authorities believe drowned in a Southern California lake.

Correction: Racial Injustice-Elijah McClain story
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:03 pm

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — In a story published July 3, 2020, about police officers being fired over photos showing them reenacting a chokehold used on Elijah McClain, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of a family friend. His name is Terrance Roberts, not Terrence Roberts.

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:32 pm

Roughly five hours after an internal email went out Friday to Amazon employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones, the online retailing giant appeared to backtrack, calling the ban a mistake.

Turkey's president formally makes Hagia Sophia a mosque
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:31 pm

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The president of Turkey on Friday formally converted Istanbul’s sixth-century Hagia Sophia back into a mosque and declared it open for Muslim worship, hours after a high court annulled a 1934 decision that had made the religious landmark a museum.

Attorney not disputing suicide findings in Black man's death
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:31 pm

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An attorney for the family of a Black man found hanging from a tree last month in a Southern California city park did not dispute on Friday investigators' finding that the death was a suicide.

Church singing ban strikes sour note with California pastor
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:46 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Crossroads Community Church Senior Pastor Jim Clark wants to keep his 1,500 parishioners safe during the coronavirus pandemic but he's drawing the line at a new California ban on singing or chanting at religious services.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:16 pm

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:

Justice Department plans to appeal ruling halting execution
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:16 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department plans to appeal a judge’s ruling that halted the first federal execution in nearly two decades after family members of the victims raised concerns they would be at high risk for coronavirus if they had to travel to attend it.

Amazon's homeless shelter faces Seattle crisis, criticism
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:02 pm

SEATTLE (AP) — A homeless shelter built on Amazon’s perfectly manicured urban Seattle campus is a major civic contribution that pushes the company to face the crisis and criticism in the hometown it has rapidly transformed.

Trump threatens to pull tax exemption for schools, colleges
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:32 pm

In his push to get schools and colleges to reopen this fall, President Donald Trump is again taking aim at their finances, this time threatening their tax-exempt status.

Indiana GOP ousts attorney general after groping allegations
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 5:16 pm

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill’s bid for reelection was scuttled Friday as he lost the Republican nomination following a monthlong suspension of his law license over allegations that he groped a state lawmaker and three other women during a party.

'A slap in the face:' Goya faces boycott over Trump praise
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 5:03 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of food company Goya is facing an uproar over his praise for President Donald Trump, with some Latino families purging their pantries of the products and scrambling to find alternatives to the beloved beans, seasoning and other products that have long been fixtures in their cooking.

It's not just the presidency: Trump is changing the Congress
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:32 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump isn’t just changing the presidency during his first term in office. He’s also changing Congress.

Wall Street rallies as optimism returns to cap erratic week
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 4:01 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — Optimism returned to Wall Street on Friday, and stocks rallied to cap a shaky week dogged by worries that rising coronavirus counts may halt the economy’s recent upswing.

Singer says lawsuit over Lady A name is 'white privilege'
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:31 pm

Singer Anita White, who was sued by a country group over the use of the name Lady A, says the group is using their white privilege against her.

Lawyer: Over 150 Minneapolis officers seeking disability
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 3:47 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — More than 150 Minneapolis police officers are filing work-related disability claims after the death of George Floyd and ensuing unrest, with about three-quarters citing post-traumatic stress disorder as the reason for their planned departures, according to an attorney representing the officers.

Comet streaking past Earth, providing spectacular show
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:03 pm

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.

Florida's curve no longer flat amid new surge of virus cases
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 2:15 pm

MIAMI (AP) — Fighting a surge in coronavirus cases in the spring, Florida appeared to be “flattening the curve” as theme parks shuttered, sugar sand beaches closed and residents heeded orders to stay home. Now, it's almost as if that never happened.

US bets on untested company to deliver COVID-19 vaccine
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:32 pm

When precious vats of COVID-19 vaccine are finally ready, jabbing the lifesaving solution into the arms of Americans will require hundreds of millions of injections.

Homeland Security gets new role under Trump monument order
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 1:46 pm

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters who have clashed with authorities in the Pacific Northwest are not just confronting local police. Some are also facing off against federal officers whose presence reflects President Donald Trump's decision to make cracking down on “violent mayhem” a federal priority.

Correction: Virus Outbreak-Mississippi Legislature story
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 1:02 pm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — In a story July 9, 2020, about coronavirus cases in the Mississippi Legislature, The Associated Press erroneously reported in an early version of the story that a North Dakota legislator had died of the virus. The story should have said that a South Dakota legislator had died of the virus. Subsequent versions of the story did not include the error.

AP: Catholic Church lobbied for taxpayer funds, got $1.4B
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 7:32 pm

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid, with many millions going to dioceses that have paid huge settlements or sought bankruptcy protection because of clergy sexual abuse cover-ups.

Dutch government to take Russia to European court over MH17
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 11:46 am

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights for its alleged role in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine six years ago, the foreign minister announced Friday.

Tapping into crime fears, GOP conflates mayhem with protests
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 9:32 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — Apocalyptic images of blazing buildings and window-smashing protesters pop on the TV screen as a caller to a 911 emergency line reaches voicemail. The computer offers to take reports of rapes, murders or home invasions, adding, “Our estimated wait time is five days.”

Biden's Iowa hires signal tightening in state Trump won big
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 10:00 am

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Joe Biden's presidential campaign has lined up a senior team in Iowa, a sign Democrats see the state where Republican Donald Trump beat them handily in 2016 as within reach.

Trump looks for political edge in latest high court rulings
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 6:02 am

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump won the White House on the promise of bringing a conservative shift to the Supreme Court. But this year and last, even with two justices Trump hand-picked, the court has shown it is no rubber stamp for him or his administration’s policies. That’s drawn the president’s ire and teed up a renewed battle over the court as Trump seeks political advantage ahead of November’s election.

5 Things to Know for Today
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 5:15 am

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

Police: Pop Smoke's social media led killers to LA home
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 12:46 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities believe rising rapper Pop Smoke was shot and killed during a Los Angeles home-invasion robbery in February after his social media posts led five suspects to the house he was renting, police said after detectives arrested the group Thursday morning.

Thursday 07/09/2020
'Glee' star Naya Rivera believed drowned in California lake
Updated: July 10, 2020 - 12:16 am

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities said Thursday that they believe “Glee” star Naya Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat.

Today in History
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 11:31 pm

Today in History

Asian stocks sink after Wall St losses on economy worries
Updated: July 09, 2020 - 11:03 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets followed Wall Street lower Friday on worries economic recoveries might fade as coronavirus cases increase in the United States and some other countries.

Opinion Columns and Editorials

Odessa, TX

Current Conditions

Clear
84°
Humidity: 44%
Winds: S at 10mph
Feels Like: 85°

Your Extended Forecast

Tomorrow

weather
High 105°/Low 76°
Mostly clear. Lows overnight in the mid 70s.

saturday

weather
High 106°/Low 75°
Mainly sunny. Highs 104 to 108F and lows in the mid 70s.

sunday

weather
High 108°/Low 76°
Abundant sunshine. Highs 106 to 110F and lows in the mid 70s.
Online Features

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




  • ALL-ACCESS: Subscribe to our e-edition and premium website at myoaoa.com.
    You can read your daily newspaper without taking a walk to the driveway.
    Look back at yesterday's newspaper, or issues from months ago with our archive feature.
    Call circulation at 432-337-7314 to sign up today.