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Cash register provides hope [Photo]

Patients learn skills such as using a cash register during their classes and training.

Cory Calbert Portrait [Photo]

Cory Calbert suffers from a brain injury and is a participant in the Prevocational Training Classes at Alternative Opportunities, in Springfield, Mo. For the people who depend on the Traumatic Brain Injury program, the possibility of losing its services could be as life-shattering as the accidents that put them there.

Timothy Baczek Portrait [Photo]

Timothy Baczek suffers from a brain injury and is a participant in the Prevocational Training Classes at Alternative Opportunities, in Springfield, Mo. Without the classes and counseling Alternative Opportunities Inc. provides with state funding, many injury victims would be institutionalized, either in a group home, or worse, in jail, at a potentially greater cost to the state.

Sue Farris Portrait [Photo]

Sue Farris suffers from a brain injury and is a participant in the Prevocational Training Classes at Alternative Opportunities, in Springfield, Mo.

Victories celebrated during training [Photo]

Ken Wilson, right, suffers from a brain injury. He pumps his fists in excitement after entering the correct amount of money and getting the correct amount of change while getting training by Classroom Facilitator, Ellen Ritter, left, on the operation of a cash register during a Prevocational Training Class at Alternative Opportunities in Springfield, Mo.

Every day skills keep patients involved [Photo]

Dwight Evans, a victim of brain injury, participates in the Prevocational Training Class by taking an inventory of donated goods to provide him with an experience of what it might be like to be in a real work environment during a Prevocational Training Class at Alternative Opportunities in Springfield, Mo.

Games help patients' coordination [Photo]

Robby Sveum, who suffers from a brain injury, participates in a Prevocational Training Class by working on a peg exercise which contributes to the hand-eye coordination of students at Alternative Opportunities in Springfield, Mo.

Carol Ann Chilton Portrait [Photo]

Carol Ann Chilton, who suffers from a brain injury and is a participant in the Prevocational Training Classes at Alternative Opportunities, in Springfield, Mo.

Mother's Day: Facts about moms [Graphic]

Mother’s Day falls on the second Sunday of May each year in the U.S. In Paraguay, mothers are celebrated on the country’s independence day, and in Thailand, the queen’s birthday is also the day for the country’s moms. Below are some other facts about mothers.

Rock Bridge runners Chris Walton and Quinn Gray race in the 200 meters [Photo]

Rock Bridge's Chris Walton, left, pulls away from teammate Quinn Gray in the 200-meter dash on Saturday at the Rock Bridge Invitational.

SLIDESHOW: Katy Trail anniversary celebration [Slideshow]

The 20th Anniversary Katy Tail State Park celebration was held Saturday in Rocheport. The ceremony included live music, speeches by Gov. Jay Nixon and Darwin Hindman, and a 17 mile round trip bicycle ride to Kindman Junction.

May 2010 Columbia College graduation [Slideshow]

525 total students graduated on Saturday from Columbia College.

Life after collegiate sports [Interactive graphic]

Chicken wing eating contest at Isle of Capri casino [Slideshow]

Twelve competitors squared off in a boneless buffalo wing eating contest sponsored by Isle of Capri Casino and Major League Eating.

Kelsey Whipple mug [Photo]

Kelsey Whipple is a columnist for the Missourian.

Amanda Woytus mug [Photo]

Amanda Woytus is a columnist for the Missourian.

Vacant building serves as shelter [Photo]

Cooper Thornhill, 4, sweeps the floor of a future waiting area in the old Mid-City Lumber Building while volunteering on Saturday. The building will serve as a temporary shelter for for the Humane Society adoption center during renovations funded by the ZooToo million dollar makeover contest.

The Week in Pictures: April 30 to May 7 [Slideshow]

Pictures of the Week for 05/07/10. Edited by Jason Lenhart.

Sarah Palmer mug [Photo]

Sarah Palmer is an assistant city editor for the Missourian.

Boy secures bike outside diner [Photo]

Kahlil Roth, 10, secures a bungee on his bike outside of Shiloh Bar & Grill on Friday morning, May 7, 2010. Shiloh Bar & Grill served free breakfast provided by Broadway Diner for participants in the Bike Walk & Wheel Week.
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