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News Brief: Tubman replacing Jackson on the $20, Prince found dead and Oklahoma Senate passes gun resolution

Headlines from April 18-22: 

  • Hamilton to stay on $10; Tubman replacing Jackson on the $20 (Politico)

The Treasury Department announced this week that anti-slavery activist Harriet Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill. Tubman will be the first woman on U.S. paper currency – Sacagawea has been minted on the gold dollar coin since 2000. Originally, a woman figure was to replace Alexander Hamilton, founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury. Current Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said the decision not to replace Hamilton came in response to an unexpected show of support for Hamilton fueled, in part, by the popularity of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway musical based on Hamilton’s life by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The $5, $10 and $20 bills will all be redesigned over the next four years, but will be put into production at various times over the next decade.

  • Music icon Prince dead at 57 (CNN)

Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern time, was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told The Associated Press that the superstar “died at his home this morning at Paisley Park.” The local sheriff said deputies found Prince unresponsive in an elevator late Thursday morning after being summoned to his home, but that first-responders couldn’t revive him. No details about what may have caused his death have been released.

  • OK Senate passes gun resolution (NewsOK)

The Oklahoma Senate passed a bill on Thursday to ask voters to amend the state Constitution to make it harder to regulate guns. If the resolution wins final legislative approval, voters in November would decide whether to amend the state Constitution to boost protection for the right to keep and bear arms. On Wednesday, the Senate passed House Bill 3098, which would allow people to openly carry firearms without a permit and without training. Nearly three dozen organizations, including the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Oklahoma State Troopers Association, universities, chambers of commerce and hospitals had opposed the resolution and an open-carry bill.

  • Oklahoma’s first Costco Wholesale store opens in south Tulsa (Tulsa World)

Costco Wholesale opened its first Oklahoma store on Thursday in Tulsa. The store is the 705th store in the world and 493rd in the U.S. The Tulsa Costco could receive up to $2 million in reimbursements for infrastructure improvements if it collects enough sales tax.

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