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The 2018 midterm elections feature an open field of candidates in cases where a longstanding officeholder is retiring. It’s also an election in which former officeholders are running to get their old jobs back, with one race already heating up with barbs thrown between the candidates on social media.

So with the midterm elections less than a year away, here are some battles in the March 6 primaries worth noting for South Texas voters.

Ryan Poppe

Texas lawmakers are disturbed by the General Land Office’s level of transparency of the state’s Alamo Redesign and Restoration Project. The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday began digging into those plans and how the $75 million in state funds for the project will be spent.


The state of Texas is making a major change to the management of the iconic landmark the Alamo. The General Land Office is ending its contract with the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to run the Shrine of Texas Liberty.

Baron Wiley

The William B. Travis “Victory or Death” letter from the Battle of the Alamo is back in San Antonio. The letter will be on exhibit at the Alamo for 13 days -- the same length of time the fortress was under siege -- and then will be returned to the state archives.

Under the watchful eyes of dozens of police officers, state troopers carried the letter into the Alamo before an audience of hundreds.

The fourth-generation great-nephew of Col. William B. Travis read a transcript of his uncle’s letter as it was carried past the crowd and into the Alamo shrine.

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After months of being closed for renovation, the gift shop at the Alamo is reopening on Friday with dramatic flare. 

"The Alamo Gift Shop is vital to the daily operations because the Alamo derives most of its funding from proceeds from the gift shop," said Mark Loeffle with the Texas General Land Office, which now has control over the landmark.

He said the new Alamo gift shop is loaded with unique Alamo souvenirs for the tourist looking for that special relic of the shrine of Texas liberty.