Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Monday, Oct. 1. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.

1. Ector County Commissioners approved changing the county’s street name sign background color in order to be in compliance with the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

2. Passing Monica’s Law, providing property tax relief, improving education, expanding highways and repealing Robin Hood are top priorities for Rep. Brooks Landgraf, who is running for re-election Nov. 6 against Democrat Armando Gamboa, also of Odessa.

3. District Judge Sara Kate Billingsley remains exuberant in a field most judges find debilitating and how she manages it is a complex story about her mother’s example, a support system of friends, a near-death experience and other things.

4. A settlement agreement between a group of Medical Center Hospital retirees and the Ector County Hospital District board of directors and health system is expected to be reviewed Tuesday during the board’s regular meeting.

5. IN SPORTS: Trailing by six with time running out, the UTPB football team put together a nine-play, 85-yard drive that resulted in a Marquis Simmons 9-yard touchdown run with 15 seconds remaining to play to tie the game.

6. BONUS: IN SPORTS: In the first meeting between the teams, visiting Odessa High football team showed no signs of fatigue against Harlingen South. The Permian Panthers football team wrapped up the nondistrict portion of their schedule with an impressive showing, defeating the Los Fresnos Falcons 56-0 Friday at Ratliff Stadium.

Source: The Associated Press

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