TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Gilcrease Museum has transferred its copy of the Declaration of Independence to a new home in the most secure section of the recently opened Helmerich Center for American Research.
The Tulsa World reports the nearly 240-year-old artifact —believed to be the only certified copy of the Declaration of Independence in existence —was moved Thursday.
The museum has been transferring more than 100,000 items that make up its archival collection to the center since it opened last September.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Key legislators cannot agree on how Oklahoma should wrap up funding for a Native American museum being built near downtown Oklahoma City.
One Democratic leader wants the state to borrow the last $40 million needed to finish the $170 million American Indian Cultural Center and Museum, but another Democrat says that with Oklahoma facing a $300 million shortfall, the state cannot afford to borrow money.
The head of the Senate, a Republican, says that Senate support for borrowing money "is not great."
Although Oklahoma faces a $300 million budget shortfall for next fiscal year, don’t expect lawmakers to slash business tax incentives to close the gap.
Budget summit panelists this week said it’s unrealistic to think the legislature will put any of the state’s dozens of incentives on the chopping block this year. Mark VanLandingham with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber said doing so risks breaking promises already made to businesses.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new head of Oklahoma's public school system is taking a spot on a committee looking at new standards for math and English.
At her first meeting as Oklahoma's schools superintendent, Joy Hofmeister on Thursday said she wanted to hold one of the Board of Education's seats on the panel. Committee member Bill Price gave up his seat so Hofmeister could join the group. If he hadn't, Hofmeister's attendance would have violated the state's Open Meetings Act because four members of the state Education Board would have been present — enough for a quorum.
SHERMAN, Texas (AP) — Officials have recovered a single-engine plane that crashed into Lake Texoma in southern Oklahoma, but the search for the pilot continues.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Ashley Hampton tells the Sherman Herald-Democrat the plane was recovered Thursday afternoon. No bodies were found inside. On Friday, divers are set to search for the pilot.
Federal Aviation Administration Spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane was conducting low passes over the lake Wednesday morning when it crashed. He says the Grumman AA1 was registered out of Durant.