The Morning Brew: Streetcar testing continues; GOP candidates talk school shootings
Streetcar testing continues
Streetcar testing is under way in downtown Oklahoma City as the process of installing the city's streetcar system reaches its home stretch ahead of its big opening later this year.
Streetcar testing moved onto downtown Oklahoma City streets Monday, beginning six months of trials leading up to the start of service in December.
Monday's work was on the 2.3-mile loop that connects Bricktown with Chesapeake Energy Arena, the new convention center complex and park, and Myriad Gardens.
A "clearance" cart was walked around the Bricktown loop to check for trees that must be trimmed, and other issues, before the streetcar vehicles themselves will begin test runs.
The first streetcar tentatively is scheduled to make the circuit Thursday evening, pulled by a truck.
The $131.8 million system includes the Bricktown loop and a longer loop through downtown.
GOP candidates blame morals, mental health for shootings
DUNCAN — Republicans running for Oklahoma governor blamed moral decay and mental illness for school shootings and called for a variety of responses, mostly at the local level.
At a forum held Saturday as part of the annual Stephens County Republican Fish Fry, the candidates were asked about school security in the wake of the latest mass shooting, this one on Friday at a high school in Santa Fe, Texas, where eight students and two teachers were killed.