SLIDESHOW: Earthquake and tsunami wreak havoc in Japan

Images of destruction in Japan after an earthquake and tsunami rocked the country Friday.

Mayor to announce final four candidates for Watkins' job

The candidates come from Wisconsin, Washington, Texas and Iowa.

TODAY'S QUESTION: Should Missouri abolish its death penalty?

Illinois' elimination of its death penalty has triggered discussion for a similar bill to be passed in Missouri, which has a much higher execution rate.

MU alumni experience Japan's devastating quake firsthand

MU graduate Satoshi Toyoshima said the floor in his Tokyo newsroom shook like a thrill ride at an amusement park. Caught on a train, another MU grad, Jim Buell, said he knew something devastating was happening.

COLUMN: Sixth sense not so common among teenagers, wild animals

Observations in his classroom and in his backyard lead a teacher to question the demise of intuition.

Search for new Columbia elementary school site continues

Site selection committee members traveled to sites in the northeast under consideration for the location of Columbia's new elementary school and discussed the pros and cons of each.

Benton, Lewis, West Boulevard to hold partial school during spring break

Sixty volunteer students in three Columbia elementary schools will attend classes part of the day during spring break. The pilot program is meant to help students who are struggling academically.

DEAR READER: Open records showcase the value of information

Each Monday, Show Me the Records highlights a piece of publicly available and free information on the Internet. The information helps readers create their own stories from the news.

Obama says U.S. ready to aid Japan earthquake, tsunami victims

President Barack Obama said he was confident that Japan would successfully rebound from the potentially "catastrophic" disaster and offered his condolences to the families of those who were killed.

UPDATE: Hundreds killed in tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake

The quake unleashed a 23-foot wave that was followed by as many as 50 aftershocks Friday.

Tsunami waves hit Hawaii, sweep across islands

Waves were 3 feet high at Oahu and Kauai, and officials warned that the waves could continue and become larger.

Missouri men's basketball team determined to overcome struggles

Missouri coach Mike Anderson said Thursday’s frustrating loss shouldn’t spill over into the NCAA Tournament.

Basketball rivalry between Rock Bridge and Hickman one-sided

It has been 18 consecutive wins for the Bruins over the Kewpies in boys basketball. A high number of coaching changes at Hickman might be the reason for slowed success.

iPad 2 release brings crowds to Columbia Best Buy

Across the nation, consumers are hoping to purchase Apple's iPad 2. So far, demand has outstripped the supply.

Mistakes and errors result in home loss for Missouri baseball

The Missouri baseball team made too many mistakes and some costly errors that resulted in a close 6-5 loss to Le Moyne on Friday night.

Rock Bridge boys basketball loses shooting touch in Class 5 semifinals loss

The Bruins lost 57-45 to Troy Buchanan on Friday at Mizzou Arena. Rock Bridge fell behind Troy Buchanan early in the Class 5 semifinals game and struggled to make a comeback as it missed outside shots and simple put-backs.

Testimonies in Reid sexual misconduct case under consideration

Jon Paul Reid, accused of statutory rape of his 12-year-old adopted daughter, left a hearing Friday after a judge granted him permission. The use of testimonies from the girl's mother and 14-year-old brother are under consideration.

School Board candidates discuss student motivation

School Board candidates shared their views on how to best close the achievement gap in Columbia Public Schools.

City Council narrows city manager candidates down to four

Mayor Bob McDavid said although the four candidates are from other states, they know what to expect as Columbia's city manager.

AGGREGATE: Earthquake, tsunami devastate Japan

The Missourian has compiled a list of stories and resources describing Friday's disastrous events in Japan.