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The Evening Brief: Sept. 21, 2012

Your evening reading: state asks judge to unblock dead-voter purge; Wisconsin governor, in Arlington, says Romney must sharpen economic message; Sadler hits Cruz over birth control

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•   Abbott moves to lift ‘dead voter’ injunction (Austin American-Statesman): "Attorney General Greg Abbott today asked a state district judge to dissolve a temporary restraining order barring state election officials from continuing efforts to remove suspected dead people from voting rolls."

•   Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says Mitt Romney needs to be more forceful with economic issues (The Dallas Morning News): "Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday that Mitt Romney needs to be more forceful in telling Americans what he would do to improve the economy, create jobs and solve the nation’s budget deficit. 'In the end, at least in my state, what most voters need to know, more than anything else, is what are you going to do to fix things,' Walker said during an interview with The Dallas Morning News at Cowboys Stadium. 'Gov. Romney needs to do more to articulate and address those issues. He needs to be bold and specific on the budget debate.'"

•   Sadler says Cruz would limit women’s access to birth control (The Dallas Morning News): "Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Paul Sadler has accused GOP opponent Ted Cruz of embracing 'extreme policies' on federal health insurance rules and family planning programs for low-income women that Sadler says would curtail women’s ability to obtain contraceptives. 'Ted Cruz and the Republican Party’s agenda would take away coverage for contraceptive care in health insurance coverage and cut funding to programs that serve women in disadvantaged communities,' Sadler’s campaign said in a release Thursday."

•   Texas employers add 38,000 jobs in August, but not enough to lower the unemployment rate (The Dallas Morning News): "Texas employers added 38,000 seasonally adjusted jobs in August, the biggest monthly gain since January, according to data released today by the Texas Workforce Commission. However, the job growth in August wasn’t enough to bring down the state’s unemployment rate, which was unchanged from July’s 7.1 percent. The Texas Workforce Commission revised July’s rate from an initial 7.2 percent."

•   Candidate’s fliers mistakenly call him a native Texan (Austin American-Statesman): "In a mistake that could prove to be Democrat Matt Stillwell’s 'oops moment,' a flier his campaign sent out to residents in the new Texas House District 136 in Williamson County identify him as a native Texan. Stillwell was born in New Mexico."

New in The Texas Tribune:

•   MD Anderson Seeks to Cure Eight Types of Cancer: "With the launch of its new Moon Shots Program on Friday, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center hopes to go where no cancer research center has gone before: It wants to cure eight types of cancer."

•   Better Hepatitis Drugs Costly for Texas Prisons: "The cost to treat Texas inmates with hepatitis C is expected to soar by as much as 380 percent next year. Legislators, already facing a strained budget, will have to find millions more dollars to pay for this care."

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