180,000 flee as Japan's nuclear-plant crisis intensifies

Futaba Kosei Hospital patients are assisted by Japan Self Defense Force personnel as they disembark from a helicopter in the compound of Fukushima Gender Equality Centre in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, Sunday morning after being evacuated from the hospital in Futaba town near the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex. They might have been exposed to radiation while waiting for evacuation when an explosion of Unit 1 reactor of the complex blew off the top part of its walls on Saturday, one day after a strong earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan.

Japanese officials warned of a possible second explosion at a nuclear plant crippled by the earthquake and tsunami as they raced to stave off multiple reactor meltdowns.

English excited to head home for NCAA Tournament

The NCAA announced Sunday that the Missouri men's basketball team is a No. 11 seed and will face No. 6 seed Cincinnati in Washington, D.C., in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. For Missouri guard Kim English, the game has extra meaning, since Washington, D.C., is located 40 miles from his hometown of Baltimore.

Gadhafi forces drive rebels from key oil town

PHOTO GALLERY: Spring Thaw Community Gardening Kick-Off

Community members met Sunday afternoon for a Spring Thaw Community Gardening Kick-Off  at Columbia's Activities and Recreation Center.

No. 14 Missouri softball scores 18 runs in two games, beats Illinois State and Illinois

The Tigers finished the DeMarini Invitational with their pitchers tossing two shutouts. Coach Ehren Earleywine said he wants his team to not just win games but dominate opponents.

ANALYSIS: Missouri Democrats could stall union legislation

Democrats this week likely will need to decide whether to start spending some of the political capital in their accounts.

Catcher Ben Turner emerging as stabilizing presence for Missouri baseball

The junior honed his skills behind the plate catching for his younger brother Jacob Turner, who is now a pitcher in the Detroit Tigers' minor league farm system.

Professional dog handler wins awards at Columbia Kennel Club Dog Show

Barry Elliott bred his first litter of puppies with the help of his mother when he was 5 years old.

 Elliott has been working with dogs since he was a child living in Kansas City. He has always loved dogs and has always been interested in working with them.


UPDATE: Fire damages north Columbia apartment

No residents were injured. Fire Department investigators at the scene were still investigating the cause of the fire.

Fire damages north Columbia apartment

No one was injured, but the apartment was heavily damaged.

School board to vote on pay scale, employee benefits

The Columbia Public School District's pay scale was frozen for two school years. 

Updated NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament bracket

Need a tournament bracket for the men's championship? Download the printable version right here.

Missouri groups in four cities campaign on smoking bans

The Cape Girardeau measure would ban smoking in all indoor workplaces, such as bars, restaurants and private clubs. Similar measures are to go before voters in O'Fallon, Webb City and Springfield on the same day.