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Top Of The Morning News: June 5th, 2013

A Republican retains the 8th Congressional seat left open when Jo Ann Emerson resigned.  Missouri revenue growth is still up even as it slowed in May.  The farm crisis of the 1980s brought lessons for one farming family.

Jason Smith Wins Missouri’s 8th Congressional District

Republican Jason Smith easily won a special election on Tuesday to fill Jo Ann Emerson’s vacant seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. It was a strong night for the 32-year old Smith, as the old Missouri House speaker pro tem cruised past Democratic rival Steve Hodges 67% to 27%.   Read more about the election here.

Missouri Revenue Growth Slow But Still Headed Up

Revenue collections in Missouri slowed a bit last month, but continued their overall upward trend.  Missouri Budget Director Linda Luebbering blames it on a drop in sales tax collections as people remain uncertain about the economy.  Learn more here.

Upcoming Conference On Domestic Violence And Sexual Assault

U.S. Attorneys from Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa will gather next week for a conference centered on domestic violence and sexual assault in Indian Country. U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom says the statistics on violence against women and girls in tribal communities can only be described as shocking.  Read more here.

My Farm Roots: Lessons From The Farm Crisis

Mark Kenney and his family lived through the farm crisis of the 1980s, when the bottom dropped out of the U.S. economy and collapsing global food markets forced many farmers out of business. He says he was lucky he was to grow up during a notoriously tough time to be a farmer.  Find out what learned from the farm crisis here.

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