Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Feb. 8. 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 Odessa City Council will consider hiring an outside law firm to fill in as the full-time city attorney after the retirement of Larry Long, who was allowed to retire at the end of this month following a sexual harassment complaint corroborated by the city’s human resources department.

2. Voters are going to have a plethora of names to sort through in the upcoming March primary, particularly in the race for the Ector County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace position, which has seven different candidates vying for the vacant seat.

3. With just one week left in their fundraising campaign, United Way of Odessa is working hard to reach their $2 million goal to ensure they have the money to provide to the local agencies they help support.

4. A woman was charged with endangering a child she was babysitting after reportedly dragging her out of bed outside into 37 degree weather.

5. IN SPORTS: Three Permian athletes made their college choices official Wednesday by signing national letters of intent at the Permian High School library.