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Bob Watson (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0245
Bob Watson reports on Missouri state government, including the Legislature, with a focus on the state Senate; statewide offices including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer; and courts at the trial, appeals and Supreme Court levels. He also covers the governing boards for Lincoln University and State Technical College of Missouri.

Dixon's Boone County case delayed again

Published Dec. 7 2016

For the fifth time, a court hearing for former Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon was continued so Dixon's attorneys and...

Pension administrators don't expect much trouble

Published Dec. 7 2016

Missouri government's retirees shouldn't be upset by reports the costs for funding state employee pensions will increase in the 2017-18...

Steinman to seek vacant Jefferson City Council position

Published Dec. 6 2016

Leonard Steinman II wants to join Jefferson City's Council, to fill Glen Costales' Fourth Ward seat.

Mid-Missourians not active in pre-filed bills, so far

Published Dec. 4 2016

Mid-Missouri lawmakers pre-filed three of the 284 bills and 15 proposed constitutional amendments submitted during the first two days of...

Friday night fire damages one apartment in 2-story building

Published Dec. 4 2016

Jefferson City fire officials continued Saturday to investigate the cause of a fire in one apartment of a two-story, five-apartment...

Daughter, granddaughter serving as parade marshals to remember 109-year-old matriarch

Published Dec. 2 2016

Last spring, Sarah Holmes asked Helen Fender to be grand marshal of this weekend's Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade.

State, local governments look at federal overtime rule impacts

Published Dec. 1 2016

Thanks to a federal judge's ruling in Texas last week, the proposed new federal overtime rules supposed to go into...

Appeals court upholds protection order

Published Nov. 30 2016

Matthew Martin should have received the order of protection Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce issued against him a year...

Lincoln University names Benne to dean's post

Published Nov. 29 2016

Jennifer Benne is Lincoln University's new assistant provost of Student Success, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

JCPS Board considers more numbers on 2nd high school idea

Published Nov. 29 2016

When Jefferson City's School Board meets Dec. 12, Superintendent Larry Linthacum said Monday night he likely will recommend asking voters...

Life changes lead to helping direct a unique home-building effort

Published Nov. 28 2016

This has been a year of "big changes" for Susan Cook-Williams.

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Miller County sodomy case

Published Nov. 26 2016

Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce correctly dismissed sodomy charges against a Miller County man last year, the state appeals...

LU still waiting to get approval for repairs to Dickinson facility

Published Nov. 21 2016

It's now been 17 months since a fire virtually destroyed Lincoln University's Dickinson Research Center.

Missouri Bar discusses legislative priorities

Published Nov. 20 2016

One of the biggest Missouri Bar projects in recent years — rewriting the state's criminal code — is set to...

Thompson reflects on career at Missouri Bar meeting

Published Nov. 19 2016

At the end of a nearly 14-minute presentation, retiring Supreme Court Clerk Bill Thompson urged lawyers to keep "imagineering" ways...

Lincoln department under hiring freeze

Published Nov. 19 2016

Lincoln University's College of Agriculture, Environmental and Human Sciences has only enough money to pay seven months' salary, if the...

Giesing charged with rape

Published Nov. 15 2016

Bond was set at $250,000 for a man charged Monday with raping a former girlfriend this weekend in Cole...

GOP lawmakers expect smooth working relationship with new governor

Published Nov. 13 2016

There's an official transition process that happens every time a statewide office changes hands, because the election winner wasn't the...

Recognition for service

Published Nov. 12 2016

A number of people paused Friday to remember those who served — or still are serving — the United States...

LU working toward collective bargaining policies

Published Nov. 11 2016

Lincoln University administrators and some curators met Thursday afternoon with some LU faculty members and representatives of Missouri's National Education...