The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Oct. 1, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry, first lady Anita Perry and state Rep. Jim Pitts at the unveiling of the restored Texas Governor's Mansion on July 18, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry, first lady Anita Perry and state Rep. Jim Pitts at the unveiling of the restored Texas Governor's Mansion on July 18, 2012.

Your evening reading: Perry says wife misspoke about abortion; Abbott announces settlement over American Airlines-US Airways merger; rocky start for health insurance exchange 

Marketplace Launches With High Expectations, Hiccups

Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.
Zoila Chaver, second from right, a member of the Texas Organizing Project, giving health care information to Dallas resident Graciela Garcia at Garcia's home on July 10, 2013.

The much-anticipated launch of the federal health insurance marketplace — intended to help Texans find health coverage to comply with the Affordable Care Act — got off to a rocky start on Tuesday. 

 

Federal Government Shutdown to Keep Texas Workers Home

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Sirvesta Thomas, right, and his wife, Tina Thomas, at CityWalk at Akard, an affordable housing project in downtown Dallas, on April 25, 2012.
Sirvesta Thomas, right, and his wife, Tina Thomas, at CityWalk at Akard, an affordable housing project in downtown Dallas, on April 25, 2012.

Thousands of “nonessential” Texas federal employees will be off the job until Congress passes legislation to turn the government’s lights back on. Texas has the nation's third-highest concentration of federal employees.

 

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