Businesses, lawmakers unveil school shelter plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bipartisan group of Oklahoma lawmakers is teaming up with several businesses to start a fund to build safe rooms or underground shelters in public schools across the state.Flanked by business leaders and school officials from Moore, legislators announced Thursday they had created and launched a nonprofit group called Shelter Oklahoma Schools to help fund the effort.Houston-based energy company Apache Corp. already announced a $500,000 donation to start the program, and on Thursday Apache CEO Steven Farris said the company was offering another $500,000 to match additional donations.Emergency officials have estimated it costs between $600,000 to $1 million to outfit a school with a classroom-sized safe room. Oklahoma has more than 1,600 public schools.