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Published October 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Former Odessa Mayor Larry Melton

In this Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 photo, former Odessa Mayor Larry Melton talks about the need for planning ahead, in his office in Odessa, Texas. The West Texas town is in the middle of an oil boom, but booms are always followed by busts. “At some point, we’re going to have a downturn,” Melton says. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

Read the article: Booming oil towns prepare for inevitable bust