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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.

Steinman launches US Senate race

Published Oct. 17 2017

Leonard Steinman II is running for the U.S. Senate.He told the News Tribune on Monday he expects to run as...

Missouri Guard busy even without new units

Published Oct. 15 2017

At the same time Missouri's National Guard announced it's adding 800 jobs over the next couple of years, it already...

Danner: Feds to pay for new Guard jobs

Published Oct. 15 2017

The federal government is paying for the 800 new National Guard jobs Gov. Eric Greitens announced last week.

Calvary Lutheran Braille Club recognized for Wolfner work

Published Oct. 13 2017

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft celebrated "World Sight Day" on Thursday by honoring volunteers from Calvary Lutheran High School's Braille...

Court dismisses latest legal challenge to Callaway hog farm

Published Oct. 12 2017

Special Judge Steven R. Ohmer last week dismissed the latest legal challenge to the proposed combined animal feeding operation —...

State Tech vying for $1 million prize

Published Oct. 12 2017

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program announced Wednesday that State Technical College of Missouri is one of only two Missouri...

'Captive deer' case goes to high court

Published Oct. 11 2017

Missouri's Conservation Department has the legal and constitutional authority to regulate captive deer as well as those in the wild,...

Judge rules Missouri owes $26.3 million to blind residents

Published Oct. 9 2017

Missouri owes more than $26.312 million to blind people who were underpaid by the state's Blind Pension Fund, Cole County...

State Tech talks ways to grow

Published Oct. 8 2017

Unless it attracts 250 more students next year — a 20 percent growth — State Technical College of Missouri President...

Middleton: Steady funding among LU's needs

Published Oct. 8 2017

Mike Middleton thinks Lincoln University has a good future, but to get there, it has to attract "every student we...

State Tech receives donation for Safety Village

Published Oct. 7 2017

"Safety Village" is coming to State Technical College of Missouri.

Arson conviction upheld for former Everhart's owner

Published Oct. 6 2017

A three-judge appeals court panel this week found no legal reason to overturn Kurt A. Steidley's conviction and seven-year prison...

Barnes says no to state Senate race

Published Oct. 6 2017

State Rep. Jay Barnes said Thursday he's not running for the Missouri Senate seat now held by Mike Kehoe.

Appeals court sends abortion law challenge to Supreme Court

Published Oct. 4 2017

A state appeals court said Tuesday the Missouri Supreme Court must decide issues that Mary Doe raised in a 2015...

CEO salaries at Missouri's public universities, colleges range from $180K-$485K

Published Oct. 1 2017

As Lincoln University searches for a new president, compensation likely will be a major negotiation issue between the school's curators...

Congress asked to pass national 'Safe At Home' law

Published Sep. 28 2017

Missouri lawmakers have introduced bills in Congress to recognize state address confidentiality programs at the federal level.

Appeals court: Ameren gas property values must be recalculated

Published Sep. 27 2017

Cole County Assessor Chris Estes and 15 other Missouri county assessors didn't allow for depreciation costs when they set the...

Revenue names Ken Zellers as COO

Published Sep. 26 2017

Former Anheuser-Busch InBev executive Ken Zellers is the Missouri Revenue Department's new chief operating officer.

Ameren expects to expand its use of wind, solar energy

Published Sep. 26 2017

Ameren Missouri's latest report looking 20 years into the future predicts dramatic increases in the amount of electricity produced by...

Middleton, alums talk LU legacy, future

Published Sep. 24 2017

Lincoln University's history and future were the main topics in an hour-long conversation Friday afternoon, between LU alumni and Interim...