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Bob Watson (Reporter)

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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.

LU math teacher also has leadership role

Published Jun. 26 2017

Stephanie Clark has been teaching math at Lincoln University since 2009 — but she wasn't a traditional student.

Some lawmakers support tax credits evaluation

Published Jun. 25 2017

State Rep. Jay Barnes wasn't surprised by State Auditor Nicole Galloway's finding last week that Missouri's tax credit programs may...

Certification hearing set for teen suspect in murder case

Published Jun. 25 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will be asked Thursday morning to certify a 16-year-old as an adult, so he...

Highway Patrol graduates 27 new troopers

Published Jun. 24 2017

The Missouri Highway Patrol's 27 newest troopers were reminded Friday their new lives will be much different from their old...

Greitens signs Foster Care Bill of Rights into law

Published Jun. 23 2017

Missouri law now includes a Foster Care Bill of Rights.

Governor announces new Innovation Task Force

Published Jun. 20 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday announced the launch of a new Governor's Innovation Task Force to assess the state of...

Lincoln University curators reinstate tenure, promotions

Published Jun. 18 2017

Lincoln University Curators this month approved promotions for five professors and tenure for four others — ending a two-month stay...

Judge: Drug task force is subject to Sunshine Law

Published Jun. 17 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Pat Joyce ruled this week the Mustang Drug Task Force — officially, the Mid-Missouri Unified Strike...

Buescher asks Mo. Supreme Court to review Jefferson City properties case

Published Jun. 16 2017

Barbara Buescher wants the Missouri Supreme Court to do what two lower courts have not — tell Jefferson City's government...

LU, MU presidents sign cooperation agreement

Published Jun. 15 2017

Lincoln University and the University of Missouri are forming a new partnership.

6 senators propose investigation into Greitens' ethics

Published Jun. 14 2017

Six Missouri senators want a legislative committee to investigate Gov. Eric Greitens' possible violations of ethics laws.

Looking back at Kevin Rome's presidency

Published Jun. 11 2017

Kevin Rome is leaving his job as Lincoln University's 19th permanent president after just four years, so he can move...

Abortion regulations a focus of second special session

Published Jun. 11 2017

By 4 p.m. Monday, some legislators will be seated in the Missouri House chambers for a "technical" session to answer...

Higher Ed concerned about budget's effects

Published Jun. 11 2017

While Missouri's public colleges and universities wrestle with managing the Legislature's 6.58 percent cut to their core funding, the state's...

Public defenders' budget in limbo

Published Jun. 10 2017

Like many state agencies, Missouri's public defenders are waiting to see how Gov. Eric Greitens handles the lawmaker-approved state budget...

LU alumni ask for more cooperation, seat on board

Published Jun. 10 2017

Lincoln University's alumni want more cooperation with their alma mater's governing board.

LU adds 'James Frank' name to LINC Wellness Center

Published Jun. 9 2017

Add former Lincoln University President James Frank's name to the LINC Wellness Center.

Technology improvements approved at Lincoln

Published Jun. 9 2017

Lincoln University Curators told administrators Thursday to move forward with improvements to on-campus technology, at a cost of $1.1 million.

Curators OK Lincoln University budget, job cuts

Published Jun. 9 2017

Lincoln University Curators have approved a $33,519,100 operating budget for the business year that begins July 1.

Middleton settling in at Lincoln University

Published Jun. 8 2017

Today marks the beginning of Mike Middleton's second week as Lincoln University's interim president — and the first time he'll...