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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.

Report shows high levels of a common mold in 5 LU rooms

Published Sep. 27 2016

Lincoln University officials are working with state health officials to see what they need to do next, after an outside...

Lincoln University seeking comments for accreditation process

Published Sep. 25 2016

The next Higher Learning Commission (HLC) visit to Lincoln University is just under six months from now. But LU officials...

Appeals court upholds ruling in sex abuse civil case

Published Sep. 24 2016

A former Jefferson City woman is not entitled to sue her former stepfather for damages after he reportedly raped and...

Lincoln confirms mold found in student rooms

Published Sep. 23 2016

Initial testing of Dawson Hall rooms has found higher counts of a common airborne mold in three of the 14...

LU faculty asked to vote 'no confidence' in Sewell

Published Sep. 23 2016

Lincoln University's faculty will be asked to vote "no confidence" in Said Sewell as LU's provost and vice president for...

Parks Commission renames park at Noren Access for Joe Wilson

Published Sep. 22 2016

From now on, the Jefferson City park along the north bank of the Missouri River that includes the Conservation department's...

Old Car Show is added Oktoberfest attraction

Published Sep. 22 2016

Lyle Rosburg has a car with 43,000 miles on it, that had about 39,000 miles when he bought it as...

Council rejects 'Truman' TIF

Published Sep. 20 2016

The Puri Group won't get city taxpayers' help to redevelop the nine-acre Truman Hotel site in the 1500 block of...

LU investigating mold complaints

Published Sep. 20 2016

Lincoln University officials are investigating complaints of mold in some rooms in Dawson Hall, the high-rise residence hall just east...

Lincoln University celebrates 150 years of teaching

Published Sep. 18 2016

Lincoln University has been teaching students for 150 years — beginning with just two students, Henry Brown and Cornelius Chappelle.

Governor, officials offer differing views on 'most overridden' status

Published Sep. 18 2016

In his eight legislative sessions as Missouri governor, Jay Nixon, a Democrat, has vetoed 148 non-budget bills passed by the...

Supreme Court hears tobacco tax ballot issue

Published Sep. 16 2016

Lawyers expect the Missouri Supreme Court to rule quickly on a challenge to the Raise Your Hand 4 Kids tobacco...

Battle over guns, voter ID may not be over

Published Sep. 15 2016

Opponents of bills changing Missouri's concealed carry laws and creating a photo identification requirement for voting said Wednesday their fights...

Floods take toll on Ice Arena activities, revenue

Published Sep. 14 2016

Concerns about the twice-flooded Washington Park Ice Arena dominated discussion Tuesday by the Jefferson City Parks and Recreation Commission, but...

Regulations mandatory, not just suggestions

Published Sep. 14 2016

Missouri officials acted properly when they imposed probation for one year on Uldis Pironis' pharmacist's license and on the operating...

MoDOT: Bridge closure to continue through late October

Published Sep. 11 2016

For some motorists passing by on the other bridge, it may be hard to tell, but Missouri's Transportation department said...

Voter ID, guns likely to be key topics in veto session

Published Sep. 11 2016

Missouri lawmakers return to the Capitol Wednesday to decide whether they should override any of Gov. Jay Nixon's vetoes of...

20 bills eligible for override during veto session

Published Sep. 11 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon wants Missouri lawmakers to support his vetoes in this Wednesday's veto session, asking them to look at...

Flooding closes Jefferson City's ice arena -- again

Published Sep. 11 2016

For the second time in about six weeks, flash flooding along Wear's Creek forced Jefferson City's Ice Arena to close.

Appeals court: Widow can pursue trial in husband's death

Published Sep. 10 2016

For the second time in just over 16 months, a state appeals court has ruled a widow could sue the...