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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri House committee is scheduled to consider legislation that would change the ability of certain public employee labor unions to collect fees.
The Workforce Development and Workforce Safety Committee is expected to hear public testimony Monday on the measure its supporters call "paycheck protection."
The bill would prohibit a union from receiving fees that are deducted automatically from a public employee's paycheck. It would also require unions to get written authorization to spend a person's fees on political activities.
Unions representing "first responders," such as police and firefighters, would not be affected by the bill.
The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a similar bill last year, but it was vetoed by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon.
 
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A California man has been ordered to spend 17years in federal prison on convictions related to child pornography and inappropriate behavior with an Ohio teenager.
Twenty-seven-year-old David Michael Thompson of Temecula, Calif., was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in East St. Louis on charges of transporting child porn and traveling across state lines to engage in sex with a minor child.
Authorities say an Illinois State Police trooper stopped Thompson's car in 2012 and found a 16-year-old girl who'd been reported missing from the Cincinnati area.
The girl told police she met Thompson through online social networking sites and was planning to move in with him.
Investigators say Thompson's cellphone had two photographs showing the girl engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

St. Louis gas prices fall for the week

Monday, 03 February 2014 07:27 Published in Local News
With snow in the forecast, it may be a good day to fill the gas tank.
Retail website GasBuddy.com reports the average price for a gallon of regular gas in St. Louis has fallen nearly 14 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.04 a gallon on Sunday.
That is 22 cents below the national average which is $3.26 a gallon. Prices yesterday in St. Louis were 33 cents per gallon lower than the same day one year ago and about a nickle lower than a month ago.
The national average has decreased 4.0 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 21.4 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago. 
GasBuddy.com surveys nearly one thousand retail outlets in St. Louis everyday. 

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