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A chalk message at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin in Odessa. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

These are a few of the seven victims who lost their lives in Saturday's mass shooting in Odessa and Midland, Texas. 22 others were injured in the event.

The big picture: They were driving with their families, joining loved ones on errands and visiting their parents. One had served in Afghanistan. And then a senseless act of violence took their lives.

Mary Granados. Photo: Leslie Aide and Rosie Granados/GoFundMe
  • Mary Granados, 29, was a postal worker. She was on the phone with her twin sister, Rosie, when the suspect attacked her in an attempt to hijack her postal van, per CNN.
  • Kameron Brown served in the Army and had spent time in Afghanistan, according to CBS 7. He died sitting in the driver's seat of his work pickup truck.
  • Edwin Peregrino, 25, had been visiting his parents when the shooting occurred, and went to investigate gunshot noises in the front yard. The gunman shot Peregrino as he was driving by, according to the Washington Post. Peregrino's sister says he was a beloved uncle to two nephews and a niece.
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  • Leilah Hernandez, 15, was killed as she was walking out of a car dealership with her brother, Nathan — who is currently being treated for gunshot wounds. Leilah had just celebrated her quinceañera in May, according to the Washington Post.
  • Joseph Griffith, 40, was killed while sitting at a traffic light with his wife and two children. Griffith was a former math teacher, per the Washington Post.

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Fintech's record year

Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios

Massive venture rounds into fintech companies have ballooned this year, pushing up total dollars invested — in just the first three quarters of 2021 — to nearly double the amount in all of 2020, per new PitchBook data.

Why it matters: The maturing of fintech startups means a growing number of companies are able to raise huge later-stage funding rounds as investors look to lock-in their bets.

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Democrats' clean power outlook is very muddy

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Here are two big questions as a key Democratic proposal to slash emissions from power generation flounders: how much its demise would sap climate protections, and what might replace it.

Catch up fast: New financial carrots and sticks for utilities to deploy zero-carbon power — the Clean Electricity Performance Program (CEPP) — look unlikely to stay in Democrats' big social spending and climate bill.

1 hour ago - Health

CDC: Unvaccinated are over 11 times more likely to die from COVID

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Reproduced from CDC; Note: Data represents 30% of Americans across 16 jurisdictions: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York City, Seattle/King County, Wash., Utah and Wisconsin; Chart: Danielle Alberti/Axios

The CDC recently published data evaluating Americans' rate of coronavirus cases and deaths by vaccine status, providing more data on which vaccines are working best and how much protection they offer relative to being unvaccinated.

What they found: As of August, unvaccinated people had a more than six times higher risk of testing positive for the coronavirus, and were more than 11 times more likely to die from the virus.

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