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Despite being met with opposition, renovation work is underway at the Alamo as the Texas General Land Office plans to restore and recapture the historical 1836 battle.

Karina Erickson, Communications Director with the GLO, said the project aims to elevate the Alamo to the level of the Gettysburg memorial in Pennsylvania.


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UPDATE: Early Friday evening, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill allowing the state of Texas to sell the Sutton Building to a private developer. 

Ryan Poppe

Updated 8:24 p.m.

 

Texas General Land Commissioner George P. Bush is crying foul on a draft audit document critical of his handling of the Alamo Restoration Project. Now Bush is requesting a criminal review of their internal findings that resulted the release of agency staff and some of their nonprofit partners personal information.


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One of the fiercest competitions in the upcoming March primary in Texas is for an office a lot of people never really think about: Texas Land Commissioner.

George P. Bush is the incumbent — one of those Bushes trying to fend off three Republican challengers, including Jerry Patterson, who used to be the land commissioner. Patterson took a lot of people by surprise when he launched his campaign to take back the office he left three years ago.


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Only a small percentage of households impacted by Hurricane Harvey have been awarded a federal travel trailer or RV from the Federal Emergency Management Agency or Texas’ General Land Office.


Ryan Poppe

Monday was the last day anyone could file their candidacy in a statewide primary election.  And one of those candidates making a last minute filing is former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.


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Jerry Patterson announced he will file his candidacy to run against current General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush during the Republican primaries in March.

 

“At this point in life it’s not exactly what I had planned nor is it my first choice, but I’ve watched this agency over the last three years essentially crater,” Patterson said.

 

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The Texas General Land Office has received an exceptionally rare Stephen F. Austin map of Texas, and was donated by Thomas B. and Marsha Brown Taylor of Seabrook.

 

Austin’s map shows the eastern two thirds of Texas in 1830. The map is from the last known printing in 1848. No other copy of this map is known to exist.

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A question about Texas history has been solved thanks to new, rare maps that The Texas General Land Office now has on display.  The maps change what we know about the Republic of Texas.

The Texas General Land Office has a hefty collection of about 45,000 different maps, but they just acquired five rare ones.

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  The Alamo is getting a facelift. The Texas Legislature approved $5 million for upgrading bathrooms so they are ADA compliant, structural repairs, preservation work, and adding fiber optics.

Preservation and structural work began Monday on the aging Alamo. Visitors will see scaffolding for the next few months, but the Alamo is open to the public.   

Texas General Land Office spokeswoman Brittany Eck says some of the work addresses safety concerns at the Alamo Research Center.

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