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~Zone forecast from Maine.gov~

The US government shutdown is now at 27 days according to CNN.

Parking fine could be going up in Waterville according to centralmaine.com.

Augusta city councilors will not be giving out  $250 fines non-residents who put items into city recycling bins or for residents to use the bins improperly according to centralmaine.com.

Gov. Mills a new office charged with finding innovative ways to tackle issues according to centralmaine.com.

Changes in the federal tax system will start to impact Mainers this year according to centralmaine.com.

It has been an unique week, a big storm on the way, a rotating ice disk, a meteor and an earthquake near Rangeley Lake according to WMTW.

Firefighters in Rockport are reminding Mainers keep an eye on portable heaters after one caught fire this week according to WMTW.

Senator King is among a group of lawmakers promoting legislation to secure back pay for employees who work as contractors for the U.S. government during the ongoing federal shutdown according to US News.