Mental illness haunts the relationship of brothers Chuck and Drew Graham

Brothers Chuck Graham and Drew Graham were both injured in car accidents, and Drew Graham is treated for bipolar disorder, a mental illness his father also struggled with.

Two brothers. Two car accidents. Two wheelchairs. Former Sen. Chuck Graham and his brother Drew Graham share a physical disability, but it was Drew Graham’s mental illness – unseen by the outside world – that kept the brothers apart and now binds them together.

Family involvement puts Columbia Swim Club in good position

Among the 150 to 180 swimmers on the team, almost half compete alongside a brother or sister, and some families have as many as four children in the program.

Columbia's Brokamps named Special Olympics Missouri Family of the Year

Linda and Ken Brokamp and their daughter, Beth, a Special Olympics athlete, received the award at Tuesday's Opening Ceremonies.

Special Olympics more than a competition for Outstanding Athlete of the Year

Leanna Krogmann, a swimmer from Columbia who was chosen as the Outstanding Athlete of the Year, develops her confidence through Special Olympics.

ANALYSIS: What's next for Romney? Undercut Obama, raise money

After securing the number of delegates needed for the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney's campaign readies for the general election.

DAVID ROSMAN: Reflection on life among military veterans, importance of Memorial Day

In 1868 Gen. John Logan ordered that flowers be placed on the graves of Union soldiers at cemeteries around the country on May 30. It took until the end of the World War I for states to acknowledge this day of honor.

More than 2 million gallons of water were used to fight Brookside fire

That's more water than could fit in 3.17 Olympic-sized swimming pools, and it's twice as much water as the water tower on Walnut Street holds.

J. KARL MILLER: Blaming '1 percenters' for all of nation's problems is unhealthy

Blaming former presidents, corporations and "1 percenters" for today's societal ills is beyond logic and reason.

Health specialists volunteer to provide health screenings for Special Olympians

Health specialists have traveled from across the state to help run the Healthy Athletes event at the Mizzou Student Center, a central location for the athletes competing at this week's games all around Columbia.

St. Louis company provides first-ever electricity for parts of India

SunEdison, a subsidy of suburban St. Louis-based MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., will design, install and manage solar power plants to 26 villages without electricity in India.

UPDATE: Missouri veterans nursing homes to get increased casino fees

Up to $30 million in casino fees will be reapportioned to Missouri nursing homes serving veterans, partially offsetting a $63 million decrease in the state's main veterans trust since 1999.


Youth In Action volunteer program hosts open house Friday

The Youth In Action program starts Friday with an open house information session for youth looking to get involved.

Police respond to 2 incidents of shots fired Tuesday night and Wednesday morning

Shots were fired Tuesday night at Optimist Park on the corner of Forest Avenue and Grand Avenue and Wednesday morning at Creasy Springs Road and the Bear Creek Trail.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Higher education linked to longer, healthier lives

University of Missouri System President discusses benefits of continuing education beyond high school.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Are elected officials paying attention?

Missouri representatives ignore the voice of their constituents on important issues ranging from EEZ to the inauguration of Rush Limbaugh to the Hall of Famous Missourians.

Freeman's home run helps Braves beat Cardinals, 10-7

Freddie Freeman, sporting new glasses homered and drove in three runs to help the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals 10-7 on Wednesday night.

Special Olympics veteran athlete serves as role model for teammates

Competing in his 25th Special Olympics State  Summer Games, Ronnie Lowe hopes his dedication to athletics has helped other athletes.

PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia Swim Club benefits from family involvement

Almost half of the youth involved in the Columbia Swim Club have a sibling on the team. Coach Phil Garverick said that the club is strengthened by the sense of support and friendly competition that an abundance of families creates.

Bruce Chen, timely hitting lead Royals past Indians, 6-3

The Royals 6-3 win over the Indians on Wednesday gave Kansas City a 5-4 road trip in which it won four of its last six games. The Royals, who are off Thursday, finished May with a 15-13 record, their first winning mark in the month since 2000.