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a.MKE: Obamacare, Gov shut down, ATM fees and RR Quite Zone in Tosa 10.1.13

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The federal government will shut down for the first time in nearly two decades after last-minute moves in both chambers of Congress failed to break a bitter budget standoff over the president's health care law. 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed and more than a million others will be asked to work without pay.

 

Railroad crossing quiet zones have been reinstated in Wauwatosa. The Federal Railroad Administration has approved the cities application and within 21 days, train engineers are no longer required to sound their horns at railroad crossings.

 

Today marks the first day that people can enroll in health care coverage in the Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges, the centerpiece of Obama's landmark legislation. Coverage begins in 2014, and signup must be completed by December 15th. A link to learn more about coverage is found on our Facebook page.

 

According to a survey of the 25 largest U.S. markets, Milwaukee has the highest overdraft fees in the nation and the second-highest ATM fees. The study, released Monday by Bankrate.com found Milwaukee's average overdraft fee of $34.16 topped off all other cities and our average ATM fee of $4.59 was second only to Denver at $4.70. ATM fees have risen by nearly a third since 2008.