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Darvin Bentlage says his health insurance plan used to be the same as all the other cattle farmers in Barton County, Missouri: stay healthy until he turned 65, then get on Medicare. But when he turned 50, things did not go according to plan.

“Well, I had a couple issues,” he says.

He’s putting it mildly.

Over two years time he had Hepatitis C and diverticulitis, and that’s on top of his diabetes, persistent kidney stones and other problems.

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Update 3:30 pm: A vote on a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act has been delayed, as NPR reports. There were not enough votes to pass the bill as of Thursday afternoon, although a vote could come Friday.

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Springfield-Greene County Library District
Springfield-Greene County Library District

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft has announced more than $94,000 worth of grants that will benefit 11 area libraries.

Missouri State University

The dominant portrayal of science and scientists today is that disseminated by the television show :The BIg Bang Theory”.  Is it accurate?  Are the situations funny or is the laughter primarily at and not with the characters.  On the show, I discuss what I see as the actual motivations behind the show and its generally negative look at the quirky, lovable and completely dysfunctional denizens of the “typical” physics department.

Greene County

A meeting to share information about the Kansas Expressway Extension Project is set for this week.

The Greene County Highway Department will host the public hearing tonight (3/23) from 6 to 8 at Wanda Gray Elementary, 2101 W. Farm Rd. 182.

Plans for the project, to extend Kansas Expressway south a little more than two miles to a connection with Cox Road, began several years ago.