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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.

Capitol crowd pleased with what they saw

Published Aug. 22 2017

Several people viewing Monday's total solar eclipse in downtown Jefferson City mentioned hearing crickets during the time the light dimmed...

Eclipse is both personal and science learning experience

Published Aug. 22 2017

Tim Schmolzi, of Jefferson City, said Monday's eclipse was amazing."I want to see another one," he said.

NAACP: Fight against discrimination law could go to court

Published Aug. 20 2017

The fight against Missouri's new discrimination law isn't over, opponents said, even though it goes into effect in just eight...

Petitions put right to work on hold

Published Aug. 19 2017

Missouri’s right-to-work law won’t go into effect Aug. 28 as originally expected.Missourians opposed to the law on Friday submitted more...

Boone County clerk asked to investigate Hawley vote

Published Aug. 19 2017

New Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks said this week he's reviewing a constituent's request to investigate Attorney General Josh Hawley's...

Skelton launches new campaign for 50th House seat

Published Aug. 18 2017

Michela Skelton lost last week's special election for the 50th House District seat by 298 votes.The Boone County Democrat announced...

Boone County clerk asked to investigate Hawley vote

Published Aug. 18 2017

New Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks said this week he's reviewing a constituent's request to investigate Attorney General Josh Hawley's...

GOP party executive looks to oust McCaskill, Galloway

Published Aug. 18 2017

Two statewide political offices are on next year's Missouri ballots — U.S. Senator and state auditor.

Missouri re-launching 'Workforce Diversity' initiative

Published Aug. 17 2017

The state's Office of Equal Opportunity will join the Workforce Diversity Council in leading a renewed initiative to review current...

State considering Missouri American for Capitol water

Published Aug. 17 2017

State officials are looking into the possibility of converting the Capitol Complex to Missouri American Water Co.'s services from the...

Democrats question Hawley vote

Published Aug. 16 2017

Missouri Democrats on Tuesday questioned Attorney General Josh Hawley's decision to vote last week in a Boone County special election.

Greitens at Jefferson City Correctional Center Monday

Published Aug. 16 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens spent some time Monday inside the Jefferson City Correctional Center — visiting with Corrections officers and helping...

Baker named new Senate administrator

Published Aug. 15 2017

Patrick Baker will be the Missouri Senate's new administrator, beginning Sept. 1.He succeeds former Administrator Marga Hoelscher, who retired in...

Attorney general voted in Boone County in Aug. 8 special election

Published Aug. 15 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley voted in last week's special election, the Boone County Clerk's office told the News Tribune...

Lincoln University gets ready for new school year

Published Aug. 13 2017

Lincoln University freshmen moved into their dorms Saturday, getting ready for the week-long orientation known as "Roar Week.

Russellville voters keep vehicle tax

Published Aug. 10 2017

Russellville residents will continue to pay local use taxes on vehicles and boats.Only two of the 35 people casting ballots...

LU faculty, staff challenged for new year

Published Aug. 9 2017

Like many higher education institutions around the country, Lincoln University is struggling financially.

Voters choose Walsh in 50th House District special election

Published Aug. 9 2017

Republican Sara Walsh is going to the Missouri House, succeeding former Rep. Caleb Jones, a Republican who resigned in January...

John Bax working to improve, modernize LU's technology

Published Aug. 7 2017

For some it will seem like ancient history.

Events on final night of fair canceled due to rain

Published Aug. 6 2017

The Ferris wheel kept turning, but no one was riding it shortly after the final night of this year's Jefferson...