JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed legislation that would have required public employees to give annual written consent before union dues could be deducted from their paychecks.
Nixon said in a veto message Tuesday the bill would have placed what he called "unnecessary burdens on public employees for the purpose of weakening labor organizations."
The Democratic governor said the bill would have unfairly singled out one group of workers. He noted it would not have imposed similar requirements on other automatic paycheck deductions, such as savings accounts for college or retirement.
The bill also would have required public employee unions to get a separate, annual written permission to use dues for political purposes.
Republican lawmakers who supported the bill said it would have protected the rights of individual union members.
A Ballwin man faces several felony charges after allegedly sexually assaulting two children over the past year.
Prosecutors say Bryan Ziegler molested the children several times, starting in 2012. Ziegler allegedly fondled both of the children at different homes.
In total, he faces two counts of child molestation and five counts of statutory sodomy.
Two men are on the loose after allegedly shooting someone with an assault rifle Tuesday afternoon.
Police said the suspects drove up to another car near the intersection of Cote Brilliante and Kingshighway in North St. Louis. One suspect got out the car and started shooting at the victim in the other car. The victim was taken to the hospital in unknown condition.
The incident happened in front of a halfway house for released convicts.