Five things you need to know today, Jan. 8

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, Jan. 8. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at

1. The Odessa City Council is scheduled on Tuesday to discuss “pros and cons of single-member district representation, at-large representation, and strong mayor representation” as a petition drive seeks to force a May special election so Odessa voters can decide on a proposal to restructure the board.

2. More than five weeks after city officials say they “resolved” a sexual harassment case involving the city attorney, the city refuses to say whether the legal assistant who filed a federal complaint received taxpayer money as part of the settlement.

3. On Dec. 21 Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reached an agreement for the approval of the 1115 Demonstration Waiver for the next five years. Medical Center Hospital’s new President and CEO Rick Napper said the impact of that extension to MCH will be a positive one.

4. Ector County Commissioners will hold the regularly scheduled meeting today to appoint a new county court at law judge for Ector County Court at Law No. 2 following the resignation of Judge Scott Layh.

5. IN SPORTS: When she’s not teaching fifth grade at Blackshear Elementary School, Ronda Rodriguez is a member of Echo Company 949th Brigade Support Battalion in Denton, which helped those impacted by Hurricane Harvey with food and supply distribution in fall 2017.