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Bob Watson (Reporter)

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Bob Watson primarily reports on Missouri state government, including the Legislature with a focus on the state Senate; the six statewide offices (governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, auditor and treasurer); and the courts at the trial, appeals and Supreme Court levels. He also covers the governing boards for Lincoln University in Jefferson City and the State Technical College of Missouri, Linn. He is based in Jefferson City and has lived in Missouri's capital since July 1974. He has worked in radio (1972-82), television (1982-89) and at the News Tribune since January 1989. Watson won the Missouri Bar's "Excellence in Journalism" award several times and has been part of News Tribune teams that have won awards from the Missouri Press and Kansas City Press associations. His journalism work began on his high school newspaper in St. Louis, and he's been covering news on at least a part-time basis since 1972 during his senior year in college in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In high school, he wanted to be a teacher. In college, he realized journalism is another way — and better for him — to help people learn about the world around them.

OA begins planning for Merit System changes

Published May. 20 2018

Many state employees received an email Friday from Sarah Steelman, Missouri's commissioner of Administration, noting the Legislature's passage of a...

Area lawmakers pleased with outcome of session

Published May. 20 2018

Mid-Missouri lawmakers generally were pleased with the 2018 General Assembly, which ended its regular session Friday.

Area lawmakers bid farewell to Capitol posts

Published May. 19 2018

Rep. Jay Barnes has spent the past eight years representing Jefferson City in the General Assembly.

Windows replacements at LU hall approved

Published May. 18 2018

Lincoln University's Anthony Hall is getting 168 new window panes this summer.In a telephone conference call Thursday afternoon, the school's...

Missouri Legislature passes second associate judge, again

Published May. 17 2018

For the second time in a week, the Missouri Legislature has approved Cole County's request to add a second associate...

House 'Greitens' committee talks special session procedures

Published May. 17 2018

Rep. Jay Barnes and other members of a special House committee investigating Gov. Eric Greitens' legal situation Tuesday repeated their...

House Committee to interview governor's policy director

Published May. 16 2018

Will Scharf, Gov. Eric Greitens' policy director, soon will be asked to appear before the special House committee investigating Greitens'...

Greitens' lawyers seek 'ground rules' for committee meeting

Published May. 16 2018

Committee Chairman Jay Barnes said Tuesday that Thursday morning's meeting of the House Special Investigative Committee on Oversight will "discuss...

State auditor seeks Greitens' lawyer information

Published May. 15 2018

State Auditor Nicole Galloway wants to know more details about Gov. Eric Greitens' legal bills — including who's paying them...

House Special Investigative Committee seeks more information

Published May. 15 2018

A war of words — or, at least, a lawyers' skirmish — erupted Monday in the ongoing work of the...

Conviction wouldn't equal loss of job

Published May. 13 2018

Twice in the last two weeks, Missouri senators talked about how to appoint someone to serve as lieutenant governor, if...

Lawmakers OK bill on capital improvements

Published May. 12 2018

Missouri lawmakers on Friday approved the final $1.2 million to complete construction of the new Fulton State Hospital and to...

LU ‘grateful’ for its share of higher ed budget

Published May. 12 2018

Lincoln University officials said Friday they’re “grateful” for the work lawmakers did in LU’s part of the state’s Higher Education...

Judge's order explains April 30 order in Greitens' Confide case

Published May. 12 2018

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled nearly two weeks ago that the lawsuit challenging Gov. Eric Greitens' use of...

Blunt also agrees with Missouri trade concerns

Published May. 11 2018

U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt also agrees with Missouri lawmakers' concerns about the Trump administration's recent tariff actions.

Revenue reports speedier refunds

Published May. 11 2018

Missouri's Revenue Department said Thursday it's taking an average of 9.6 days to issue income tax refund checks — about...

Lawmaker seeks study of utilities' political spending

Published May. 11 2018

State Sen. Doug Libla wants the Missouri Public Service Commission to investigate the influence of Missouri's regulated utilities' political contributions.

McCaskill shares state senators' concerns on tariffs

Published May. 10 2018

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill agrees with concerns raised by 16 Missouri state senators about negative impacts on tariffs caused by...

Missouri lawmakers send higher ed budget to governor

Published May. 10 2018

Lincoln University is getting a little more money than last year, and State Technical College of Missouri will get less,...

Missouri Senate modifies 'revenge porn' bill

Published May. 9 2018

With identical votes of 33-0, the Missouri Senate modified a "revenge porn" bill and sent it back to the House.