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Rural Missourians more likely to be uninsured; McDonald County has state’s highest rate

Missourians who live in rural areas are far less likely to have health insurance than those living near big cities, according to U.S. Census data. The Associated Press examined county-by-county data for 2011, the most recent year available. The data is for residents under 65 since older residents are eligible for Medicare.

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Stained glass window central to church loss — and recovery

After the 2011 tornado in Joplin, the huge stained glass window at First Community Church became the focal point of church members’ loss — and recovery. The window spanned the front of the church sanctuary, making it a backdrop for every service and church program. It was destroyed when the EF-5 tornado demolished that wall and the roof of the church at 2007 E. 15th St.

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