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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.

Judge: Moniteau County Library District's illegal

Published Feb. 22 2017

The Moniteau County Library District never was created legally and should be dissolved, Senior Judge Donald Barnes ruled Tuesday.

Auditor urges governor to keep new leave policies

Published Feb. 22 2017

Just 6 weeks after giving birth to her third son, Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway has asked Gov. Eric Greitens to...

Moniteau Library legal fight prompts letter, rebuttal

Published Feb. 20 2017

Even as the parties wait for Senior Judge Donald Barnes to rule in the Moniteau County Library District's legal battle,...

Comparing Missouri state workers' jobs to those in other states

Published Feb. 19 2017

It's been a month since Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledged Missouri state employees are last-in-the-nation in overall average pay and suggested...

Innovation focus of transportation conference

Published Feb. 17 2017

Using drones to help inspect bridges.

Appeals court: Corrections execution team isn't public information

Published Feb. 16 2017

Former state Sen. Joan Bray and several media outlets — including the Associated Press — plan to appeal Tuesday's appeals...

Blind Federation members lobby lawmakers

Published Feb. 16 2017

Members of Missouri's National Federation of the Blind (NFB) chapter visited the Capitol this week, delivering their message that "low...

Program replaces van for day care owner

Published Feb. 15 2017

LaKaisha McCaleb has a van, again.

Missouri unveils new license plate design

Published Feb. 15 2017

Missourians will start getting new license plates no later than Jan. 1, 2019 — plates that celebrate the state's 200th...

Appeals court: Trapani not entitled to expungement

Published Feb. 15 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem correctly denied a man's request his 2011 arrest record be expunged, a three judge...

Said Sewell finalist for Kentucky State presidency

Published Feb. 14 2017

Said Sewell, Lincoln University's former provost and Academic Affairs vice president, is one of three finalists for president of Kentucky...

Revised History program at Lincoln will have differences

Published Feb. 12 2017

Starting this fall, Lincoln University again will offer bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees in history — just...

LU curators redefine 'faculty'

Published Feb. 11 2017

Lincoln University curators unanimously voted Thursday to change the school's definition of "academic faculty."

LU to reinstate History degree program this fall

Published Feb. 11 2017

Just six and a half months after curators voted to deactivate Lincoln University's history degree program, the school's administrators have...

LU curators approve bond issue for stadium, Wellness Center work

Published Feb. 10 2017

Lincoln University will spend up to $2.5 million for improvements to the Dwight T. Reed Stadium and additions to the...

Speaker: LU's uneducated founders understood value of education

Published Feb. 10 2017

Education has helped make America the greatest nation in the world, Chicago attorney George C. Howard Jr. told Lincoln University's...

Local names among state high court applicants

Published Feb. 8 2017

State Rep. Jay Barnes, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem and Assistant Attorney General Shaun Mackelprang are three of the...

2 petitions would eliminate state partisan elections

Published Feb. 7 2017

Missourians soon could be asked to sign petitions seeking to change the way we elect members of Congress, statewide officials...

Acting superintendent reflects on changes in Highway Patrol, society

Published Feb. 5 2017

Minutes after being named as the Missouri Highway Patrol's next superintendent, Lt. Col. Sandra Karsten last Wednesday told the 29...

Mix of cuts, increases in state budget

Published Feb. 5 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens' nearly $27.6 billion proposed state budget plan, released Thursday, cuts MoDOT's general revenue funding by almost $28.5...