CPR http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Morning headlines: Thursday, March 29, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-thursday-march-29-2012 <p><strong>Mo. Senator accuses state labor department of improperly manipulating wages with unions</strong></p><p>A top Missouri Senate leader says the state labor department is improperly working with unions to manipulate wages paid on public works projects. The state calculates an annual &quot;prevailing wage&quot; for various construction trades in each county based on surveys of wages already paid on jobs.</p><p>Senate President Pro Tem Rob Mayer, a Republican from Dexter, said Wednesday that state bureaucrats and labor unions had engaged in what he called &quot;collusion.</p> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 13:55:48 +0000 Alex King, The Associated Press & Joseph Leahy 3378 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines: Thursday, March 29, 2012