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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.

AG appeals judge's rejection of Safe at Home intervention

Published Apr. 27 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Wednesday his office had filed an emergency motion in St. Louis County Circuit Court...

Appeals court: Mental Health patient also may be 'employee'

Published Apr. 26 2017

At least in some cases, Missouri Department of Mental Health patients also may be "employees" able to sue the state...

Boosting the workforce and economy: State Tech plays big role in state's economic development

Published Apr. 26 2017

Economic development leaders say Missouri needs more skilled workers helping manufacture goods within the state's borders.

Greitens chooses Jackson County judge for Supreme Court vacancy

Published Apr. 25 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens has appointed Jackson County Circuit Judge W. Brent Powell of Kansas City as the newest judge on...

Lincoln University, State Tech still looking for core cuts

Published Apr. 25 2017

In just 11 days, Missouri lawmakers must pass a budget for the state business year that begins July 1.

2 curators to head Lincoln University presidential search

Published Apr. 23 2017

Lincoln University Curators Winston Rutledge, of Jefferson City, and Frank Logan, of St. Louis, will head the school's search for...

Divorce case addresses abuse victims' protections

Published Apr. 23 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's office late Friday asked a St. Louis County judge to reconsider her April 13 order...

Hasenbeck remembered in hometown as resolution moves in Legislature

Published Apr. 22 2017

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Paul Hasenbeck has been missing for 50 years.

LU Honors student praises value of liberal arts education

Published Apr. 21 2017

Lincoln University is exceptional because it offers students an affordable liberal arts education, one of its honors students told Thursday's...

Lincoln University halting tenure, sabbatical for now

Published Apr. 21 2017

Lincoln University faculty won't be getting new tenure designations or sabbaticals in the near future, Curators President Marvin Teer announced...

Auditor subpoenas Revenue records

Published Apr. 20 2017

Accusing Gov. Eric Greitens' administration of failing to be transparent about government operations, State Auditor Nicole Galloway on Wednesday issued...

Dedication set for Shelley Memorial Highway

Published Apr. 20 2017

Almost a year after lawmakers authorized it, the Phyllis Hunter Shelley Memorial Highway is being dedicated.

Hannibal-LaGrange to start classes in Jefferson City

Published Apr. 19 2017

Hannibal-LaGrange University plans to offer its "ADVANCE Adult Degree Completion Program" in Jefferson City, starting this fall.

Missouri Senate remembers 13 former colleagues

Published Apr. 19 2017

Carl Vogel was one of 13 former state senators remembered Tuesday in a two-hour program honoring the lives of the...

Stone Ridge TDD disagrees with audit

Published Apr. 16 2017

The board that operates Jefferson City's Stone Ridge transportation development district disagrees with last week's state audit report on TDDs.

Nixon details time in office

Published Apr. 16 2017

Former Gov. Jay Nixon said his eight years in office focused on "Building a Stronger Missouri." And that's the title...

JCPS district losing some administrators

Published Apr. 15 2017

When classes begin in the fall, the Jefferson City Public Schools hope to have several new administrators in place in...

Appeals court: Rucker should stay in prison

Published Apr. 13 2017

For the second time in less than three years, the state appeals court in Kansas City ruled Johnny Rucker should...

Lincoln University re-doing Reed Stadium bidding

Published Apr. 12 2017

Lincoln University is having a "do-over" on its Reed Stadium renovations.

Historic Preservation Commission tweaks proposed demolition ordinance

Published Apr. 12 2017

The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday for commenting on the proposed Jefferson City ordinance to demolish historic buildings — especially...