Oklahoma City — Closed bridge between nearby towns causes loss
PURCELL, Okla. (AP) — Purcell and Lexington are only about 4,000 feet apart as the crow flies, but much farther as the car drives.
Travel between the communities now requires a 45-minute trip through the Oklahoma City suburbs after an emergency closure on Jan. 31 of the James C. Nance Memorial Bridge between the communities.
The cities have partnered with the Department of Transportation to provide a shuttle, but residents say not enough is being done.
The Purcell city manager says the trade impact has affected Purcell retailers by 35 to 50 percent and $150,000 to $200,000 has been lost in sales tax revenue.
Inspectors from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation found flaws in the bridge and the state subsequently declared a state of emergency to put the span back into service by Easter.
Oklahoma kids get helmets for tornado protection
MOORE, Okla. (AP) — As many as 34,000 students and workers in the Moore school district soon will have access to helmets to protect them during severe weather.
Moore Helmets for Schools, a group of volunteers headed by the mother of a Briarwood Elementary School student who survived the deadly May 20 tornado, has raised $250,000 to pay for skating helmets and storage bins.
Group members are set to deliver helmets and bins to four schools Saturday morning.
The Oklahoman reports the helmets, which cost less than $7 each, are being paid for by private and public donations, including more than $100,000 each from the United Way and the American Red Cross.
Moore Superintendent Robert Romines says the helmets will provide “one more layer of protection for our students and faculty.”
Okla. House passes measure to expand CNG stations
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation designed to help Oklahoma counties convert their vehicle fleets to compressed natural gas and increase CNG fuel stations across the state has been approved by the Oklahoma House.