JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Missouri is adopting new wage requirements for construction projects on public roads and buildings.
Gov. Jay Nixon said Friday that he will allow a bill changing prevailing wage rates to take effect as law without his signature.
The prevailing wage essentially is a special minimum wage for public works projects. It's determined for each construction trade on a county-by-county basis according to voluntary surveys about wages.
But Republicans claim it leads to artificially high wages in rural areas when union rates get used.
The legislation divides the wage surveys by union and non-union contractors in rural counties, and bases the prevailing wage on whichever group reports more work hours. It also allows prior years' wages to be used when no surveys are returned.
Members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, are gathering outside the Cathedral Basilica today.
The gathering comes a week before Archbishop Robert Carlson is expected to give testimony in a criminal case. Carlson is one of two basilica officials subpoenaed in the case. Prosecutors allege that a fromer associate pastor of the Cathedral Basilica fondled a teenage girl in 2012.
SNAP officials believe this is the first time Carlson has been subpoenaed in a criminal case.
IDOT is hoping the third time is a charm as they have the McKinley Bridge scheduled to be closed, starting tonight.
The work to seal the deck of the bridge has been delayed twice before this weekend. The span will close at 9 PM tonight and should reopen by 5 AM on Monday. The work was previously postponed due to high flood waters and rain in the forecast.