Practicing to pump up the crowds [Photo]

Smithville High School junior varsity cheerleader, Sarah Pence, foreground, helps teammate Olivian Sloan with a routine on Wednesday. The girls practice for their team evaluations at the National Cheerleaders Association cheer camp held at the MU Student Recreation Center.

Missouri Scholars broaden their experiences at MU [Photo]

Mary Beth Duncan, Autumn Lewis and Amy Gibson, students in the Missouri Scholars Academy, play a game of cards in their free time between sessions. High schoolers come from around the state to spend most of June on MU's campus.

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Missouri Scholars Academy students Nora Lewis-Borbuly, Malia Hu, Stephanie Fischer and Jamie Smith wait for their next program Wednesday evening in the Mark Twain Residence Hall at MU.

MU Sinclair School of Nursing appoints new dean [Photo]

Judith Fitzgerald Miller has been named dean of MU's Sinclair School of Nursing.

Columbia artists offer their ideas for a new flag on Flag Day [Photo]

Bob Hartzell's flag

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Gaige Larson's flag

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Stephanie Foley's flag

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Chris Canipe's flag

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Bob Hartzell

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Chris Canipe

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Gaige Larson

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Stephanie Foley

Missouri communities prepare for river flooding [Photo]

William Kimpton, left, and Ben Walker wade through floodwaters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Thursday afternoon. Three-thousand-nine-hundred homes were evacuated from Cedar Rapids, where rescuers removed people with boats. Officials estimated 100 blocks were underwater, and a railroad bridge over the flooded Cedar River collapsed.

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A view of downtown Cedar Rapids, Iowa, shows widespread flooding from the raging Cedar River on Thursday. Heavy rains continue to pound large portions of Iowa and as flooding continues. Officials are scrambling as rivers are expected to crest at record levels in many portions of the state.

Heart of American training course [Graphic]

Robotic surgical system unveiled [Video]

Columbia Regional Hospital unveiled its new da Vinci Surgical System Wednesday. The $1.3 million robotic system will help doctors conduct surgical procedures by providing a better range of motion and increased dexterity. Doctors say the system will be used for prostate, kidney and bladder surgery.

Fire at MU Power Plant stamped out quickly [Video]

Columbia firefighters responded to a fire inside the MU Power Plant Wednesday evening. The Columbia Fire Department reported that welding sparks ignited the fire, which caused about $5,000 in damage before being extinguished.

MU welcomes new freshmen [Photo]

Summer Welcome leaders teach the MU fight song to a group of incoming freshmen at the Summer Welcome Spirit Rally on Tuesday.

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Nina Moini, 19, greets incoming freshmen at the MU Summer Welcome on Tuesday. Freshmen were divided into smaller groups, and Moini's group was called "Nina Nina's Ballerinas."

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Ellie Schamel, left, and her mom Gail Schamel enjoy ice cream at the ice cream social held Tuesday. The social was part of summer welcome at MU.