5:38 PM

Sidney, Litchfield sex trafficking busts reflect a change in thinking about prostitution

Key to the difference between sex trafficking and prostitution, especially when vulnerable women are targeted, is who is in control, according to District Attorney Maeghan Maloney.

6:34 PM

State approves Monmouth Middle School for funding Several photos included in this story

Renovation or replacement is likely years away to resolve the problems posed by the aging, hodgepodge building.

6:14 PM

Patriot’s Day or Patriots’ Day? Punctuation confusion continues

Maine law still acknowledges only one patriot after a bill to move the apostrophe went nowhere.

5:32 PM

Patriot’s Day Notice

Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal offices will be closed Monday, April 21.

6:00 PM

Waterville pay-per-bag proposal used in other Maine communities

Officials in Sanford and Presque Isle say some still don’t like it, but say paying for municipal trash bags has worked well.

6:58 PM

Classical music is a gift

Amy Calder says DaPonte String Quartet’s performance at the Waterville Opera House reminded her of why music is so important.

8:06 PM

Maine schools, other facilities slash heating bills with stimulus project

The Forest Service credits its program with replacing 900,000 gallons of heating oil in 2012 and 2013 with Maine wood chips and pellets but some say hefty repayment plans undercut savings.

7:42 PM

Augusta District Court

These are cases closed April 10-16.

7:04 PM

Chamber to honor Doreen Brown with customer service award

Brown, 59, of Norridgewock, has worked at Hampton Inn nine years.

7:26 PM

Charges in Cambridge home invasion upgraded to felony robbery

Two men with bandannas covering their faces allegedly invaded Ripley Road home, assaulted woman and made off with drugs in getaway car driven by woman, according to police.

12:05 AM

Maine psychic Vicki Monroe stars in new TV show

'Cell Block Psychic' debuts on the Investigation Discovery cable channel at 9 p.m. Monday.

10:02 AM

Women and children’s home in Maine to get $20,000

Gov. Paul LePage is designating $20,000 from his contingency fund to the Penquis Journey House in Dexter.

9:18 AM

Grants available to help Maine communities

The grant will fund projects designed to boost job creation in struggling communities.

7:48 PM

Kennebec Journal police log

Augusta area police reports for April 20, 2014.

8:24 PM

Public smoke-out marks pot holiday in Colorado

Revelers raised joints, pipes and vaporizer devices to the sky Sunday at a central Denver park in a defiant toast to the April 20 pot holiday.

Yesterday at 9:18 PM

The snow’s disappearing, and I don’t know how to feel about it

After facing a different challenge seemingly every day for close to four months, Adrian Crawford isn’t used to conditions outdoors being so ... easy.

10:00 AM

Dad of Massachusetts boy found dead plans funeral

The 5-year-old boy’s body was found off a Massachusetts highway.

9:20 PM

‘Dick and Jane’ artworks for sale

Nancy Childress is selling her dad’s artwork on April 30 during an online auction.

7:41 PM

Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

The study challenges the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.

10:24 PM

Boxer Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76

The boxer, who spent 19 years in prison on a wrongful murder conviction, had prostate cancer.

7:44 PM

Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation in South Korea

The captain, who was arrested, took more than half an hour to issue an evacuation order, which several passengers have said they never heard.

1:12 PM

Ukraine, Russia trade blame for eastern shootout

At least three people die in the battle and others are hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

5:02 PM

Yemen: Airstrike targets al-Qaida training camps

An official from the security committee said those killed in the strike included foreigners and suspected leading figures in al-Qaida.

10:36 AM

Attacks kill at least 15 people in Iraq

The deadliest attack took place outside the southern city of Samawah, where two car bombs exploded simultaneously in a commercial area.

Yesterday at 9:08 PM

Central Maine members of FirstPark in Oakland debate its worth Several photos included in this story

After 15 years the business center hasn’t come close to paying off taxpayers.

Yesterday at 6:28 PM

Augusta’s Howard Hill quiet getaway in heart of city Several photos included in this story Video clip included

The property will be given to the city under a deal negotiated by the Kennebec Land Trust.

Yesterday at 4:54 PM

Asian beetles threaten livelihood of Maine’s American Indians

Basket makers say the emerald ash borer, the most destructive forest pest ever seen in North America, is on a collision course with Maine’s oldest cultural art form.

6:40 PM

126th Legislature recesses with clear winners and losers

Despite veto battles on the horizon, lawmakers can say they’ve managed to make some Mainers’ lives better.

Yesterday at 7:10 PM

Dogs compete in agility competition in West Gardiner Several photos included in this story

Agility Central of Maine held one of its biannual agility competitions Saturday at Shamrock Stables.

12:35 PM

Symbiosis: In Canaan, a young would-be dairy farmer gets expert advice and the use of a farm Video clip included

Older farmers get a teeming barn and a chance to pass on what they know.

10:01 AM

Mainer's response at Boston Marathon bombings was ‘what any man would have done’ Several photos included in this story

John Mixon has had a difficult year since he sprang to help victims at the finish line. But he’ll be back in Boston on Monday.

Yesterday at 6:56 PM

Maine Film Center honored for community service by Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce

The Waterville-based nonprofit group owns Railroad Square Cinema and organizes the Maine International Film Festival.

Yesterday at 8:32 AM

18 colleges ranked ‘green’ in northern New England

Maine has seven green colleges, including one, College of the Atlantic, which received a top score.

1:00 AM

Action heavy at Kennebunk table tennis tourney Several photos included in this story Video clip included

Dozens of competitors from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts battle it out at a tournament sponsored by the Kennebunk Recreation Department.

1:00 AM

Bill Nemitz: Maine soldier’s memorial reminds us that battles continue

Veterans carry heavy burdens even after wars officially end.

1:00 AM

Do corporate incentives work? It’s a matter of opinion

A state’s enticement is just one of many factors involved in a company’s choice of a location.

Yesterday at 7:26 PM

Kennebec Journal police log

Augusta area police reports for April 19, 2014.

Yesterday at 6:46 PM

Unity’s wet and muddy conditions ideal for Trail Day Several photos included in this story

Workers divert water away from public walkways.

12:03 AM

Body found off Mass. highway identified as missing 5-year-old

Jeremiah Oliver’s disappearance prompted scrutiny of the state child welfare agency

Yesterday at 9:34 AM

Sub search for missing jet to be finished in week

As the hunt for Flight 370 hit the six-week mark, the Bluefin 21 unmanned sub began its seventh trip into the depths off the coast of western Australia.

Yesterday at 1:36 PM

Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China

Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said in the statement that the deal represents the next phase in the “expansion on a global scale of the Jeep brand.”

Yesterday at 2:38 PM

French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

The four French journalists were held hostage in Syria for 10 months.

Yesterday at 11:14 AM

Drone in Yemen kills suspected al-Qaida fighters

Yemen’s branch of al-Qaida, also known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, is considered to be the most dangerous in the world.

Yesterday at 8:44 PM

More bodies found inside South Korean ferry

Ship’s captain, two crew members arrested in conjunction with the accident, which left more than 300 missing or dead.

Yesterday at 11:56 AM

A 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

Another three guides remained missing, and searchers were working quickly to find them in case weather conditions deteriorated.

Yesterday at 11:55 PM

Big names among prospective Buffalo Bills buyers

It’s not every day – or every year – an NFL franchise goes on the market.

April 18

Christians mark Good Friday at local churches Several photos included in this story

At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Gardiner, part of St. Michael Parish, Deacon Jeff Lewis and Clarence McKay led about 75 parishioners through the 14 Stations of the Cross.

April 18

Police name woman, 18, killed in Vassalboro crash

Maine State Police said Aundria St. Amand, of South China, was killed instantly in the crash just before 2 p.m. Friday.

April 18

New bill adds teeth to drunk driving offenses

The bill passed by the Legislature would potentially increase sentences for drunk drivers with prior felony convictions.

Yesterday at 12:19 AM

Triple murder suspect got U.S. visa through Portland group

Ibragim Todashev has ties to the Boston Marathon bombers and was killed by FBI agents last year.

Yesterday at 5:54 PM

LifeFlight called to multi-vehicle crash on I-95 at Gardiner

The accident, which involved a tractor-trailer, happened near mile marker 106 Friday night.

April 18

Maine’s unemployment rate falls to 5.9 percent

The state’s number of unemployed people has declined 6,700 over the year to 41,800.

April 18

Kennebec County Veterans Treatment Court to expand

The program takes a team approach to dealing with veterans who commit crimes or become addicted to drugs.

April 18

Cold weather prompts musings on warmer future

Columnist J.P. Devine wonders if there’s a balmy paradise for him, and can you get there from here?

April 18

Messalonskee High robotics students shoot high in world championships

Call them underfunded underdogs, but the adversity they have faced has made them fiercer competitors, students said.

April 18

Waterville police seek public’s help identifying jewelry thief

Two wedding bands, with a total value of $5,000, were taken from L. Tardif Jeweler Store on Tuesday, police said.

Yesterday at 12:03 AM

Maine to put ID photos on welfare benefit cards

The LePage administration says the action will prevent fraud and abuse, but advocates for the poor say such plans potentially harm those who rely on benefits.

Yesterday at 12:06 AM

Captain of sunken South Korean ferry arrested, as death toll rises Several photos included in this story

The disaster three days ago left more than 270 people missing and at least 29 people dead.

April 18

Winslow husband, wife win community service award

Jackie Dalton, co-executive director of REM, and John Dalton, president and CEO of Inland Hospital, were recognized for eight years of volunteer work in the Waterville area.

April 17

LePage signs bill calling for removal of some local highway signs

The new law will bring the state into conformity with federal standards by requiring the removal of a quarter of signs directing drivers to secondary destinations.

April 18

Kennebec Journal police log

Augusta-area police reports for April 18, 2014.

April 18

Second, milder wave of flu hitting Northeast

Widespread symptoms are reported in six states, including Maine.

April 18

Fairfield changes meeting time, structure

Changes were made in the interest of transparency, the town manager said.

April 17

Pot-growing operation lands Waterville man in court

David Marchand, 40, pleaded guilty last week in U.S. District Court in Bangor to a charge of “manufacturing marijuana.”

April 17

Winthrop Masonic hall torn down Several photos included in this story

The Bowdoin Street hall was razed Thursday to make way for an expansion of the library next door.

Yesterday at 12:41 AM

Crews start Augusta cleanup as Kennebec River recedes Several photos included in this story

Flooding on the river was not as significant as anticipated; and Bond Brook, which never flooded, is no longer a threat.

April 18

Good Friday marked at Waterville church Several photos included in this story

Christians worldwide on Friday reflected on the biblical account of the day Jesus died on the cross.

April 17

Waterville man charged with smashing downtown window

Police said Lance Huff, 37, of 58 Old Main St., Fairfield, was arrested Wednesday.

April 18

Producers casting in Maine for ‘social experiment’ reality TV show

On Fox’s “Utopia,” people with practical skills and strong opinions about how the world should work will build their own society.