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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.

Officials dedicate Lafayette interchange

Published Oct. 22 2016

With U.S. 50/63 traffic passing underneath, students from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jefferson City stood on the Chestnut...

Greitens campaign stop includes Q&A with audience

Published Oct. 22 2016

About 100 people crowded into an open area of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry building Friday to hear...

Stained Glass stages 'A Man Called Peter' again

Published Oct. 20 2016

Jefferson City's Stained Glass Theatre (SGT) debuts the play tonight, with curtain time at 7:30 p.m.

Rome explains, defends recent Lincoln University actions

Published Oct. 20 2016

Lincoln University has addressed its Dawson Hall mold situation but still is fighting a bed bug problem in the same...

State high court disciplines local attorney

Published Oct. 19 2016

Jefferson City lawyer Noel Bisges can keep practicing law, but the state Supreme Court placed him on a one-year probation...

Apartment opponents urge rejection

Published Oct. 18 2016

Twenty Jefferson City residents traveled to Columbia on Monday to tell the Missouri Housing Development Commission it should reject a...

Project seeks to increase STEM graduates by 125 percent

Published Oct. 17 2016

Lincoln University is one of eight Missouri schools sharing a $5 million National Science Foundation grant to increase the number...

Retired dean counters some of Sewell's defense

Published Oct. 16 2016

Ruthi Sturdevant, a former Lincoln University professor and administrator, has questioned some of the information Said Sewell gave LU's faculty...

P&Z action leaves bad taste for residents

Published Oct. 14 2016

Jefferson City's Eastland Drive Pizza Hut could become a Taco Bell.

LU to share in science foundation grant

Published Oct. 13 2016

Lincoln University is one of eight Missouri colleges and universities sharing a $5 million National Science Foundation grant to help...

Christeson execution scheduled

Published Oct. 13 2016

Mark Christeson now is scheduled to die Jan. 31 — one day short of the 19th anniversary of the three...

Contractors celebrate Missouri contributions

Published Oct. 12 2016

Missouri's contractors contribute significantly to the state's economy, the Associated General Contractors said in a Tuesday morning news conference.

St. Louisans seeking secretary of state's office

Published Oct. 12 2016

Missouri's next secretary of state will be from the St. Louis area.

Appeals court: Procedures caused illegal conviction

Published Oct. 9 2016

Jeffrey C. McCarty, of Wardsville, should not have been convicted in 2015 of being a minor in possession of intoxicating...

'Special Master' to consider Healea effort to block charges

Published Oct. 9 2016

Retired Circuit Judge Hadley E. Grimm, of Macon, has a new assignment: Advise his successor, Judge Frederick P. Tucker, on...

Bridge to re-open by Nov. 14

Published Oct. 6 2016

In just 5 weeks, Jefferson City area motorists again should have two bridges crossing the Missouri River.

24th Pumpkin Fest set this weekend

Published Oct. 5 2016

It started in 1991 but — thanks to the record-setting floods of 1993, which severely damaged Hartsburg, washed away the...

Two vying to be lieutenant governor have active political histories

Published Oct. 5 2016

Two men with plenty of political experience want to be Missouri's next lieutenant governor.

Council approves transportation grants, MSP planning

Published Oct. 4 2016

Jefferson City's Council approved two federal grant contracts Monday night, providing the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization with nearly $350,000...

Koster, Greitens approach office from different backgrounds

Published Oct. 2 2016

Republican Eric Greitens is an outsider who says Missouri needs a non-politician to end corruption in state government. Democrat Chris...