Former Congresswoman for Southeast Missouri Jo Ann Emerson is hospitalized in Italy after suffering a brain hemorrhage. The family says she is in stable condition after undergoing surgery. Emerson served as a U.S. representative for Missouri from 1996 to 2013. She’s now chief executive officer of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. An official spokesperson says Emerson fell ill while traveling with her family. Emerson currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area but hails from Cape Girardeau. Our prayers are with JoAnn for a speedy recovery.