Five things you need to know today, Feb. 2

Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Thursday, Feb. 2. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at and our daily E-Edition at
1. An Ector County jury convicted 35-year-old Richard Martin of murder Wednesday, determining that he ambushed and shot a teen he had mentored in a gang as a misguided act of revenge for a drug robbery.

2. The Midland Habitat for Humanity recently started accepting applications in Odessa for homes.

3. A steady stream of dignitaries and educators, including officials from Midland College, Ector County and Pecos-Toyah-Barstow ISDs, were on hand for the unveiling of the Fab Lab Permian Basin in Sedate Hall at Odessa College Wednesday.

4. After following them on Twitter for the past month and half, about 50 Crockett Middle School students got a chance to talk via satellite phone today with a member of the American Oarsmen, a team of Texans that participated in the 2016 Talikser Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

5. IN SPORTS: With a year of games in the books, the UTPB football team added reinforcements for its second season.