Missouri’s poverty rate slips another tenth in the latest census bureau figures, down to 10.7%. But a leading advocate for Missouri’s poor says those numbers are only part of the story. Peter DeSimone heads the Missouri Association for Social Welfare. He says his group is grateful that the poor are doing better in Missouri. At the same time, DeSimone points out that 17% of the state’s children are still living below the poverty level. And he says the federally-established poverty level is only about half the amount the state economic development department says is needed for self- sufficiency in Missouri.