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The federal government is penalizing six Maine hospitals for their rates of infections and complications, including Maine Medical Center and Eastern Maine Medical Center.

The six in Maine join a list of more than 700 hospitals around the country that will have to ante up $370 million in penalties.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — Ever since last month's deadly fire in Portland, questions are being asked about whether or not the property on Noyes Street should have been classified as a boarding house, or rooming house.

It's an important distinction because rooming houses typically require stricter fire safety measures. But the line between "rooming house" and "single family home" is not as clear as it could be.

Next month, the City of Portland's Fire Prevention's task force reconvenes for Phase Two of its action plan to revise the city's fire and building codes policy.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Within the first few weeks of the legislative session, lawmakers will have to decide whether Maine should follow the lead of Congress and adopt some or all of the four dozen tax breaks for 2014 approved in the final hours.

Tom Porter / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine - The Sony-North Korea hacking scandal has prompted many private companies across the globe to ask themselves the following question: "How vulnerable am I to a cyber attack?"

Patty Wight / MPBN

GARDINER, Maine - Some parents in Gardiner are demanding answers following an incident last January in which a high school resource officer used a Taser on a student.