Missouri gymnasts advance to NCAA Championships for first time

Missouri's Danielle Guider performs on the beam Saturday at the NCAA South Central Regional at Hearnes Center. Guider, competing in her last meet in front of a Missouri home crowd, earned a 9.8 on her beam routine.

The Missouri gymnastics team won the NCAA South Central Regional meet, defeating five teams, including five-time defending champion Georgia, on Saturday night at Hearnes Center.

Missouri softball team loses in Texas

The Missouri softball team lost 5-2 to No. 16 Texas on Saturday in Austin, Texas.

Goalkeeper competition works well for Rock Bridge soccer team

Sophomore Stephanie Monticelli and junior Carrie Levy are competing to be the Rock Bridge girls soccer team's starting goalkeeper.

Missouri baseball team trying to avoid series sweep

After losing at Oklahoma on Friday, the Missouri baseball team lost to Sooners again Saturday, falling 10-4.

Hickman does well at boys track invite

The Hickman boys track and field team won the 4 X 100 meter relay Saturday at the 28-team Springfield Invitational and had several other good finishes.

All ages participate in kite flying event

Columbia Parks and Recreation facilitated the annual Kite Flying Day on Saturday afternoon.

The Week in Pictures: April 4 to 9

A compilation of photos from the week's events that highlights the local election, the Maplewood Barn Community Theatre fire and more.

Analysis: Obama faces dilemma in court choice

President Obama must tread softly with his nomination pick to replace Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, since Republican senators have the power to block his decision.

UPDATE: Sheriff's Department conducts sobriety checkpoint

The checkpoint along Vawter School Road took place between midnight and 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

Analysis: Katyn claims another Polish generation

Thousands of Polish officers and intellectuals were massacred by the Soviet secret security in the Katyn forest during World War II. Polish President Lech Kaczynski died in a plane crash while en route to a memorial service in the forest.

PHOTO GALLERY: How to build a Missourian kite

Missourian graphics editor Mary Nguyen demonstrates how to build a kite using a newspaper, dowels, tape and string on Friday in the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

Missouri parents could pay for development program

Families that benefit from Parents as Teachers childhood development program may be required to pay a fee for services after budget cuts halved funding for the program.

Bushes outside Memorial Union catch fire

Lt. Randy White of the Columbia Fire Department said that the heat from the fire cracked a window on the building.

Polish president, 95 others dead in Russia jet crash

A Polish state delegation was on its way to events marking the 70th anniversary of a massacre of Polish officers by the Soviet secret police.

Advocates seek Jefferson City indoor smoking ban

A Jefferson City organiztion is collecting signatures to get smoking banned indoors. About 800 votes are needed to get the measure placed on the ballot.