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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.

Transportation task force recommends changes in public policy, funding methods

Published Jan. 14 2018

Missourians "are not satisfied with the state of our transportation system now," state Rep. Kevin Corlew told a Jan. 2...

Missouri State Highway Patrol cuts four planes

Published Jan. 14 2018

The Missouri Highway Patrol has four fewer aircraft in its fleet and took in more than $758,000 from selling the...

State cutting 30 vehicles from OA fleet

Published Jan. 14 2018

Missouri's fleet of cars used for state employees' travel is getting smaller, thanks to the work of the governor's Task...

Judge rejects suit over attorney general's residency

Published Jan. 11 2018

Donna Mueller is not the proper petitioner to file a lawsuit over where Attorney General Josh Hawley lives, Cole County...

Supreme Court to decide Conservation’s powers

Published Jan. 11 2018

Missouri’s Supreme Court must decide whether the state’s Department of Conservation has the power to regulate deer held in captivity...

Governor extols less government, doesn't mention state pay

Published Jan. 11 2018

Gov. Eric Greitens on Wednesday night praised efforts to "continue to shrink the size of government," but said nothing in...

Remember MLK the hero and the man

Published Jan. 10 2018

Nearly 50 years after his assassination, there are pitfalls in remembering the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. more as a...

Judge keeps state education 'Sunshine' lawsuit going

Published Jan. 9 2018

A Springfield teacher's lawsuit accusing the State Board of Education of violating Missouri's "Sunshine" law is moving forward.

State pay tops 2 area lawmakers' wish list for State of State message

Published Jan. 9 2018

When Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens delivers his second State of the State address Wednesday night, two area lawmakers hope he...

State Board of Education hears testimony on desired commissioner traits

Published Jan. 9 2018

The State Board of Education's three remaining seated members met Monday to hear public testimony on what qualifications people of...

Sheena Greitens talks importance of adoptions, foster care

Published Jan. 3 2018

Since Oct. 1 — the first day they could apply — more than 900 Missouri adoptees asked the state Health...

Missouri House Democrats propose 10-bill ethics package

Published Jan. 3 2018

Democrats in the Missouri House hope their colleagues will support a 10-bill ethics reform package.

State task force proposes Missouri fuels tax increase

Published Jan. 3 2018

A 23-member task force wants lawmakers to ask voters to approve a 10-cent increase per gallon in Missouri's fuels tax...

Lawmakers back in session Wednesday

Published Dec. 31 2017

Missouri lawmakers return Wednesday for the 2018 General Assembly."While there is a level of uncertainty going into every session, one...

Kerr case costs among the state's higher expenses

Published Dec. 31 2017

Once the interest charges are calculated and added, the state's costs for Pat Rowe Kerr's case against Larry Kay and...

Adoptees celebrate new birth certificates

Published Dec. 31 2017

Heather Dodd's grandmother died when her mother and uncles were children — and those children were adopted by different families.

Governor's Prayer Breakfast next week

Published Dec. 28 2017

Tickets are still available for the annual Missouri Governor's Prayer Breakfast, which will begin at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at...

Beetem adds appeals attorney fees to Kerr discrimination costs

Published Dec. 28 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem last week told the state it must pay an additional $60,882 in attorneys' fees...

Cole County judge to hear state's Hawley residency case

Published Dec. 20 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley said he already complies with a state law requiring him to reside in Jefferson City.

Retired pastor continues social justice ministry work

Published Dec. 18 2017

The Rev. John Bennett may be retired — but he's not slowing down his efforts to help people get a...