DALLAS — Texas will use the balance of $25 million of state general obligation bonds earmarked for long-term preservation of the historic Battleship Texas on emergency repairs to keep the 100-year-old dreadnought from sinking into the mud.

Texas voters approved the GO bonds in November 2007 as part of the Proposition 4 that authorized a $1 billion bond program for state facilities. The measure passed with 58% of voters in favor. Proposition 4 was among $10 billion of state GO bonds approved in that election.

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