Five things you need to know today, May 17

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, May 17. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at

1. Medical Center Health System President and CEO Rick Napper talked to attendees of the Ector County Republican Women’s luncheon Wednesday about the challenges in healthcare.

2. City officials want to tap an outside firm to study city roadways and to craft a long-term transportation plan with goals that include saving money on maintenance, identifying future needs, and supporting efforts to seek state funding for major projects.

3. Pathways to improving outcomes throughout a student’s educational life and ways of continuously attacking them were hashed out during an Education Partnership of the Permian Basin meeting.

4. In preparation for an exhibit to be hosted by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin this fall, students in a Maymester class led by History Professor Derek Catsam and Associate Professor of Art Chris Stanley is curating sports artifacts. Called “Museum on Main Street: Hometown Teams — How Sports Shaped America,” it will be featured in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute.

5. IN SPORTS: The Permian Panthers wrapped up their month of spring football practice Wednesday night with their annual Black-White Game at Ratliff Stadium, and Panthers coach Blake Feldt was more than happy with the progress made.