The federal government has begun a partial shutdown after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.

Here's a look at how services are likely to be affected, beginning Tuesday.

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Cover Oregon, the new health insurance marketplace, kicks off in October and Clatsop County citizens will have a local agent to help them navigate the new program.

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The 12th annual Pacific Northwest Brew Cup was forced to change venue Saturday after storms brought historic amounts of rainfall and wind to Astoria over the weekend.

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Coast Guard rescued a sailor from his sailboat, which was beset by weather more than 14 miles off shore of Tillamook Harbor Saturday.

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A big storm on the last weekend of the month helped make for the wettest September on record in many parts of Oregon with the coast getting an unusual and record breaking September soaking.

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Clatsop County's ability to notify residents and visitors during emergencies has been enhanced with an improved ClatsopAlerts! service and the addition of a FEMA-managed alert system.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has tentatively scheduled razor-clam digs through October, while continuing to accept public comments on openings for the rest of the season.

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Bubba the bus may be headed for the barn permanently.  "We've evolved over time, and are not the same organization we were just a few years ago," says Sunset Empire Transit District Executive Director Jay Flint. "And in promoting our agency to the public, we realized that our current identity no longer reflects all of the services we provide."

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Over the past century the Oregon coast has undergone several periods of major coastal erosion in which the mean shoreline position moved landward, encroaching on homes built atop dunes and coastal bluffs and sometimes even destroying homes.

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Confidence is increasing this morning for a potentially significant rainfall event this weekend across NW Oregon and SW Washington. A strong September jet stream will consolidate across the Pacific Ocean and aim its energy at the Pacific Northwest beginning Friday night and lasting through the weekend.

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The tax bill that you will be receiving will show market values in some, but not all areas have decreased, but this may not translate into lower taxes. The primary reason can be found in the provisions of Ballot Measure 50, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1997.  Property tax bills for the 2013-14 fiscal year will arrive in mailboxes beginning the third week of October.

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