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The Evening Brief: Aug. 15, 2013

Your evening reading: federal government awards $10.8 million to help Texans find health coverage; Cruz barnstorming Texas next week; Pauken slams Abbott for opposing airline merger

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius met in Austin with leaders from the health care industry to discu…

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•    Feds Award $10.8 Million to Help Texans Find Coverage: "With the rollout of many Affordable Care Act provisions approaching, the federal government announced Thursday that eight Texas organizations will receive a combined $10.8 million to hire and train 'navigators' to help the uninsured find coverage."

•    Cruz Staging Number of Events Across Texas: "U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will press the flesh with Texans over the next couple of weeks with town hall meetings and visits with business leaders across the state."

   Pauken Attacks Abbott for Opposing Airline Merger: "Tom Pauken, waging a longshot bid to be the GOP nominee for Texas governor, attacked front-runner Greg Abbott Thursday for joining forces with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to block a proposed airline merger."

•    State Board of Education Will No Longer Approve Charter Applicants: "For the first time since the charter school system was created in 1995, the state education board will no longer play a central role in determining which charter schools get approved."

•    We've updated our Texas Campaign Finance Database with the most recent figures from the Texas Ethics Commission. Use it to find out how much high-profile candidates like Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis are raising and spending for the 2014 campaign, or to just check up on your local lawmakers.

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•    Non-Clinton Dems ask: Why not me? (Politico): "And on Sept. 15, both Vice President Joe Biden — no stranger to the voters, or to the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Circuit — and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will both speak at Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry, a traditional stop on the road to a presidential primary campaign."

•    A&M chancellor: Manziel’s 'heart in the right place' (Fort Worth Star-Telegram): "Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp defended his school’s embattled star quarterback, calling Johnny Manziel 'a good kid' and questioning why a college athlete can’t make money off his name."

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