Morning Minutes: August 5

Vote | Photo Courtesy of Theresa Thompson/Flickr
Vote | Photo Courtesy of Theresa Thompson/Flickr

Here are today’s top headlines from across Missouri:

Ballot Briefing: A guide to Missouri’s primary

Missouri voters head to the polls today to vote on issues including a sales tax to fund transportation projects, the “right to farm,” digital privacy protections and gun rights. Also at stake: A veto-proof majority for Republicans in the Missouri House heading into next month’s legislative session. Over the last week, Missouri Business Alert took a closer look at the most important ballot measures that will be put to voters today.

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Study: Missouri sees less Export-Import Bank benefit than some

A new study produced by an opponent of the Export-Import Bank of the United States claims some states get a disproportionate share of the bank’s benefits while taxpayers from other states guarantee its loans.

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State government income jumps in July, budget concerns still loom

Missouri’s general-revenue income for July increased 6.5 percent compared to a year ago, but state Budget Director Linda Luebbering said that’s not enough to hit the estimates legislators used in putting together their approved budget.

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Kansas City casino revenue drops again

The Kansas City casino market continued its recent cold streak over the first half of 2014. The area’s five casinos took in $361.7 million in revenue, down 4.3 percent from a year ago.

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USDA notes big growth for Missouri farmers markets

The number of farmers markets in Missouri has nearly doubled in less than a decade, growing to 245 from 131 just seven years ago, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

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