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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.

Missouri farm aid headed to Kansas

Published Mar. 23 2017

The convoy plans to leave at 4 p.m. Friday from Belle, heading for Kansas.

8 of 9 Council candidates answer forum questions

Published Mar. 22 2017

There was more agreement than disagreement among the eight City Council candidates who took part in a candidates' forum Tuesday...

Private law firms offer to help public defenders

Published Mar. 21 2017

For the next two years, Missouri's public defenders could be getting some help from private practice lawyers.

Jefferson City Council candidates talk issues, economy

Published Mar. 19 2017

The local economy and Jefferson City's infrastructure are concerns for at least eight of the nine people running for one...

State seals response to Healea motion to block case

Published Mar. 19 2017

Missouri's attorney general's office told the state appeals court last week it eventually will rule in favor of the Northeast...

LU fraternity honors professor with mentoring program

Published Mar. 19 2017

The Beta Zeta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has created the Thomas D. Pawley III Alpha Esquires...

Lawmakers react to Greitens' parental leave order

Published Mar. 17 2017

Missouri's Transportation director announced Thursday that MoDOT "will implement a parental leave policy in accordance with Monday's announcement by Gov....

State auditor to investigate government payouts

Published Mar. 16 2017

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has launched a review of "potentially improper or inappropriate payouts" paid with public dollars.

Kenny Jones heads Probation and Parole board

Published Mar. 16 2017

Former Moniteau County Sheriff and state Rep. Kenny Jones is the new head of Missouri's Probation and Parole board.

Moniteau County prosecutor's trial delayed

Published Mar. 15 2017

Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea's scheduled trial in June on five felony charges is on hold.

Public defender week commemorates anniversary of landmark case

Published Mar. 14 2017

In 1961, Bay County, Florida, officials charged Hannibal native Clarence Earl Gideon with breaking and entering in the Panama City...

Lawmakers ponder governor's staff budgeting

Published Mar. 12 2017

Some Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee members aren't sure they like Gov. Eric Greitens' proposal to split Chief Operating Officer Drew...

Resolutions seek to honor Missouri's missing Vietnam vets

Published Mar. 12 2017

Missouri lawmakers will hold their fourth "Vietnam Veterans Day" March 30 to honor and remember those Missourians who served in...

Joyce hears 'sunshine case' against MUSTANG Drug Task Force

Published Mar. 11 2017

After hearing three and a half hours of testimony and legal arguments Friday, Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce...

ACLU, St. Louis law firm sue state over public defender funding

Published Mar. 10 2017

Missouri's public defender system budget "is shockingly inadequate," a new lawsuit charges, accusing the state of failing "to provide the...

Senate committee backs MSP land transfer

Published Mar. 9 2017

Missouri senators soon could be debating the idea of the state giving Jefferson City's government almost 32 acres of the...

House Veterans Committee endorses search for Missouri POWs and MIAs

Published Mar. 9 2017

As of January, 15 Missourians are still unaccounted for — but presumed dead — from their service during the Vietnam...

Prosecutors lobby for better control

Published Mar. 8 2017

Missouri's prosecuting attorneys have some ideas for laws that would make their jobs easier while also providing better protections for...

Appeals court upholds ruling on watershed work

Published Mar. 8 2017

Missouri's Conservation department isn't violating the law or state Constitution in the way it manages watershed mitigation projects, a three-judge...

State begins to garnish money from Buescher

Published Mar. 7 2017

Court records show the state government has begun taking money from two bank accounts connected with Barbara Buescher in an...