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Plans to Fund Pop Culture Museum Still Alive

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Backers of a museum devoted to Oklahoma popular culture say they're still hopeful state lawmakers will approve $40 million to help build it.

A proposal to divert the money over four years for the so-called OKPOP Museum in Tulsa narrowly passed a Senate budget committee by a 13-12 vote on Thursday.

The measure now heads to a similar committee in the House, where plans for the museum fell apart last year.

The museum, which has been in the planning stages for several years, will be a 75,000-square-foot, four-story building dedicated to Oklahoma artists and their impact on popular culture.

The Legislature is supposed to adjourn by May 31, but lawmakers say they want to end the session next week.