*Partly cloudy today high 52
Missouri's Secretary of State is reporting that voter turned out was 58% higher than predicted!
*Prop D which would have raised the state's gas tax for road and bridge improvements did NOT pass
*Prop B to increase the Minimum Wage was approved
*Prop Z is for zoo, which will increase sales tax passed
*Missouri voters approved Amendment 2 on Tuesday, making it the 31st state in the country to adopt medical marijuana legislation.
*Josh Hawley beat two-term incumbent Senator Claire McCaskill
* U.S. Representative Ann Wagner (R-Ballwin) has won a fourth term in Congress over Cort VanOstran
*Democrat Nicole Galloway will continue to be the only Democrat elected to a statewide office in state government
*Congressman Mike Bost won over St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly
MIDTERM ELECTIONS: Dems Take House, GOP Keeps Senate
The blue wave that Democrats were hoping for didn't quite develop, but nor did a red tide Republicans thought might occur. Instead, both parties had big wins and huge losses in Tuesday night's midterm elections.
For the Democrats, the good news was taking back control of the House, by picking up seats not only in blue states, but also red and purple parts of the country, including New York, Oklahoma, New Jersey, Colorado, Florida, Minnesota, Texas and others.
By midnight eastern time, the Democrats took control of the House by winning at least 23 of the seats necessary even before the results came in from blue state California.
Donald Trump called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just before midnight to congratulate her.
It was also a big night for women, with at least 90 winning House elections.
The Dems also won races for governor in Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico and Michigan, but Republicans took a key race in Florida and led in Georgia.
The Republicans were also able to boost their slim 51-49 majority in the Senate with wins in North Dakota, Indiana and Tennessee.
Though Trump wasn't directly involved in a race, in some respects the election was all about him, with voters using their choices to express support or opposition for the president. According to exit polling, two-thirds of those interviewed said Trump played a big part in their vote, with 40 percent saying they voted to express their displeasure with the president and 25 percent saying they used their votes to show support for Trump. (Los Angeles Times)
Elite Marines Are Being Held For “Extreme Hazing”-
Defense officials report that at least five U.S. marines are in pretrial confinement for allegations of extreme hazing.
The Marines serve as part of Washington D.C.'s prestigious Silent Drill Platoon. A video allegedly showed some Marines hitting at least one other Marine in their unit. The situation came to light after a marine reported the incidents.
Performances by the elite group have been canceled.
Source: ABC Arizona
GoFundMe Page For Teacher Accused OF Hitting Student, Balloons-
A GoFundMe campaign is generating more than 100-thousand dollars for a California high school music teacher who was arrested after a student altercation.
The teacher, 64-year-old Marston Riley, was arrested for child abuse after he assaulted a 14-year-old boy who repeatedly harassed him and called him racial slurs.
Students later said that the altercation began because of a dress code violation. The campaign was created over the weekend by a school district worker who says the teacher has been attacked several times before. Riley later thanked people who made donations in a video on the campaign website.
The school says it doesn’t condone physical violence.
*A new study from the Krembil Brain Institute reveals that drinking coffee may protect you from developing both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. Coffee may just be the world’s best medicine. (EurekAlert.org)
The Blues beat Carolina 4-1