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Different Industries - And People - Impacted By The Shutdown Throughout Maine

As the partial government shutdown stretches into its fifth week, some Mainers say what typically feels like distant Washington D.C. politics is now affecting their daily lives.

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Updated at 4:25 p.m. ET

President Trump promised to find an alternative setting for his State of the Union address, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., insisted he could not speak on the House floor until a partial government shutdown is over.

The president and the speaker traded barbed letters Wednesday, with Trump initially saying he wanted to deliver the speech next Tuesday in the House chamber — the traditional location.

Updated at 10:10 p.m. ET

At least five people were killed when a man opened fire Wednesday afternoon in a bank in Sebring, Fla., according to officials.

At a brief news conference, Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund named 21-year-old Zephen Xaver, of Sebring, as the suspect. Xaver is in police custody.

While U.S. Sen. Susan Collins said that President Trump's plan to get border wall funding in exchange for temporary protections for some immigrants is not ideal, it would result in the reopening of government, which she said is her priority. From the Senate floor Wednesday, Collins said that the shutdown is causing real harm and asked that specific proposals be put on the table.

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Properties along Maine's coast have lost nearly $70 million in appreciated value since 2005 because of repeated tidal flooding due to sea level rise. That's according to new research from data scientists at Columbia University and the nonprofit First Street Foundation.

Steve Mistler / Maine Public

From carbon taxes to the Maine version of the Green New Deal, Democratic state lawmakers are pitching a slew of bills designed to address the threat of climate change.

Even in a normal year, taxes can be complicated and stressful — for taxpayers and IRS workers alike. But this year is shaping up to be worse than usual.

The IRS starts processing returns on Monday, implementing big changes in tax law while having to run on half the staff because of the ongoing government shutdown.

Both Maine and New Hampshire will receive $1.4 million each as their share of a multistate settlement with medical device companies.

Updated at 3:42 p.m. ET

President Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has postponed the public testimony he planned to give next month to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, citing "threats" from Trump.

A lawyer for Cohen said on Wednesday that "ongoing threats" against Cohen's family from the president and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, "as well as Mr. Cohen's cooperation with ongoing investigations," had prompted him to decide not to appear as planned.

Patty Wight / Maine Public/file

Democratic Gov. Janet Mills has rejected a federal government waiver that would have allowed Maine to impose work requirements for Medicaid recipients.

Should the U.S. require its citizens to perform public service? Should its young women register for the draft?

A federal panel says it is working on answers to those questions — and is considering how the nation could implement a universal service program and whether it should be mandatory or optional.

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