Missouri voters went to the poll in big numbers, but not as big as in 2008.
Figures released by Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan's office on Wednesday showed that 2.7 million people, or 65.7 percent of registered voters, turned out on Tuesday. Both the raw number and the percentage were down from 2008, when a record 2.9 million voters, or 69.4 percent, went to the polls.
Missouri Republicans have increased their control of the state Legislature, apparently claiming the two-thirds majority needed to override the governor's vetoes.
Complete but unofficial returns show the GOP apparently will have 110 seats in the 163-member House. In the state Senate, Republicans maintained their veto-proof majority. But incumbent GOP Sen. Jim Lembke, of St. Louis, lost to Democratic challenger Scott Sifton.
Several sitting House members also lost their re-election bids.
Missouri doesn't have enough natural gas deposits for the state to get much benefit from the hydraulic fracturing movement that has produced a glut of natural gas nationwide.
But it does have something that's very important to energy producers who engage in fracking — sand. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Missouri has vast quantities of nearly pure silica sand. The sand is in high demand among drillers who use the tiny granules to prop open cracks in shale rock and allow oil and natural gas to escape.
An emergency management team from Missouri is headed to New York to help manage volunteers and donations in the aftermath of superstorm Sandy.
Governor Jay Nixon's office says the New York emergency management office asked for help from Missouri's State Emergency Management Agency. The request was made through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, which is part of the nation's mutual aid system.
A union representing 13,000 workers who provide in-home care to the disabled says it hopes a decision by the Missouri Supreme Court can clear the way for negotiations with the state on a contract.
The Supreme Court declined Tuesday to hear an appeal of a May ruling upholding a vote by the workers to be represented by the Missouri Home Care Union. The union says that clears the "last legal obstacle delaying negotiations" on its first contract.
The workers are paid by the state to help the disabled in their homes with daily tasks such as bathing and cleaning.
The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that a criminal defendant may be forced to pay cash to be released from jail before trial.
A St. Louis County set a $75,000 cash-only bail for a man accused of invading people's privacy by using a concealed camera in a massage therapy business. The defendant, Kirk Jackson, challenged the cash bail order.
Shunned by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is instead turning to former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich to help raise his profile and cash in the closing week of his campaign.