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Governor Brad Henry signs bill for state's birthday

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Governor Brad Henry signed a $16-million appropriation Thursday to help the state celebrate its 100th birthday.

The money goes to the Oklahoma Centennial Commission, which will give it a variety of local projects and events that promote the state's official centennial celebration in 2007.

Henry says the birthday celebration will put the state in the national spotlight, improve the state's quality of life and lead to more jobs coming to Oklahoma.

The proposal did contain $34-million, but was pared as it went through the legislative process.

Many communities are matching state funding with local funds or are totally funding their projects.

The bill is listed as state Senate Bill 1193 and was authored by Senator Johnnie Crutchfield of Ardmore, and Representative Chris Benge of Tulsa.
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