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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.

Former inmate shares experiences with middle-schoolers

Published Sep. 23 2017

Steve Griggs was 40 when he went to prison, he told Thomas Jefferson Middle School students Friday afternoon.

LU enrollment down from last year

Published Sep. 23 2017

Lincoln University’s total fall 2017 enrollment is 2,622, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment said Thursday.

Pizza, Blue Tigers meet on the court

Published Sep. 23 2017

From now on, The Linc wellness center's gymnasium will carry Arris Pardolos' name and logos from the pizza restaurant and...

Former inmate shares experiences with middle-schoolers

Published Sep. 23 2017

Steve Griggs was 40 when he went to prison, he told Thomas Jefferson Middle School students Friday afternoon.

LU students, alums seek continued history emphasis even in change

Published Sep. 22 2017

One student told nearly 50 people attending an Alumni-Student Dialogue session Thursday he thinks Lincoln University's next president should be...

Burks: Hawley is a registered Boone County voter

Published Sep. 21 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's registration and voting from a Boone County address "is proper and does not appear to...

DOC employee gets $1.97M in harassment case

Published Sep. 20 2017

Missouri's Corrections Department still owes Debra Hesse nearly $1.97 million in damages, attorney fees and litigation costs, a state appeals...

Court reinstates search warrant in Jefferson City drugs case

Published Sep. 20 2017

A state appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that Cole County prosecutors can use evidence obtained through a search warrant against...

Auditor: State's Legal Expense Fund fails to ID costs

Published Sep. 19 2017

Missouri's Legal Expense Fund paid out more than $79 million over a six-year period, State Auditor Nicole Galloway reported Monday,...

Combining her love of education, law

Published Sep. 18 2017

For almost 23 years, Millie Aulbur has combined her loves of education and the law, helping teachers tell the story...

Lincoln University Homecoming schedule offers a little history, lots of variety

Published Sep. 17 2017

With the theme "There's No Place Like Homecoming!" Lincoln University is holding its 88th homecoming celebration this week.

Lincoln Homecoming Parade follows 'new' route

Published Sep. 17 2017

More than 100 vehicles, floats and bands are expected for this year's Lincoln University Homecoming parade.

2 Lincoln University grads signing books Friday

Published Sep. 17 2017

Two Lincoln University graduates will be signing copies of books they have written, as part of LU's Homecoming activities.

Area law enforcement agencies don't anticipate post-verdict violence locally

Published Sep. 16 2017

Jefferson City area law enforcement departments were not anticipating any local demonstrations in the wake of a not-guilty verdict Friday...

State retirement package faces changes

Published Sep. 15 2017

With only one "no" vote, the Missouri State Employees Retirement System's board on Thursday approved asking state lawmakers for a...

Treasurer warns of future Missouri State Employees Retirement System troubles

Published Sep. 14 2017

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt warned lawmakers Wednesday that MOSERS — the Missouri State Employees Retirement System — faces a bigger...

Mid-Mo senators support Chappelle-Nadal's censure

Published Sep. 14 2017

Mid-Missouri's senators on Wednesday voted for the resolution censuring Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City.

Lawmakers meet today for veto session

Published Sep. 13 2017

Missouri's lawmakers are back at the Capitol at noon today, holding a veto session automatically scheduled when Gov. Eric Greitens...

MOSERS offering early buyout

Published Sep. 10 2017

The Missouri State Employees Retirement System is sending letters this month to about 17,500 former Missouri government employees, letting them...

Powell installed on Missouri high court

Published Sep. 9 2017

He's been on the job since early May.