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Alamo Flap Highlights Mismanagement At Monument

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Aired 11/27/12

After a two-year investigation into the operations of the Alamo the Texas Attorney General’s office called into question the stewardship of the popular Texan shrine.

— The group responsible for maintaining the Alamo is reacting to a scathing report from the Texas Attorney General’s Office. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are responding with a polite volley of apologies while saying they want to focus on the future.

After a two-year investigation into the operations of the Alamo the Texas Attorney General’s office called into question the stewardship of the popular Texan shrine, citing mismanagement, neglect and even criminal misconduct by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

Karen R. Thompson, President General of The DRT, admits there were problems with the operations and some fiscal foul-ups but that’s been corrected. And it’s time to move on.

“We just took major revisions, and we can always to better and we’re doing that," Thompson said.

For the last 107 years the DRT operated and preserved the Alamo at no cost to the state. But that relationship went south when the DRT tried to copyright the name “The Alamo.”

Thompson said the reforms are kicking in at the old Spanish Mission. But she says just like the heroic defenders - the Daughters aren’t going to surrender.

“The Daughters have been there and we have no intention of leaving," Thompson said.

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