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Oklahoma Capitol renovation project previewed

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - State officials have previewed preliminary plans for renovating the century-old Oklahoma State Capitol amid a display of artifacts from groundbreaking ceremonies for the structure.

The 100th anniversary of the Capitol's July 20, 1914, groundbreaking falls on Sunday. The Oklahoma Historical Society displayed artifacts, including the pick ax used to break ground, on Thursday.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation this spring authorizing a $120 million bond issue for renovations to the Capitol, where chunks of limestone and mortar have fallen from the facade. Barricades have cordoned off the south side of the structure since 2011.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services says the project will take four to six years. Work on the building's exterior is expected to begin this year, with interior work expected at the end of 2015.

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