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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.

Passport cards a 'Real ID' solution for Missouri travelers

Published Nov. 20 2017

In her more than 30 years as Jefferson City's "Passport Lady," April Burger has seen a lot of changes.

Lt. Gov. report details issues at Veterans Home

Published Nov. 19 2017

Missouri's Public Safety Department last week launched its investigation of the St. Louis Veterans Home, which Gov. Eric Greitens ordered...

New high court judge: Lawyers play important community roles

Published Nov. 18 2017

Missouri's newest Supreme Court judge Friday said Missouri's lawyers play important roles in communities as well as in the legal...

Beatty: Greitens removed state board member illegally

Published Nov. 17 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens violated a state law when he removed Melissa Gelner, of Springfield, from the State Board of Education...

Solutions sought for local public defender caseloads

Published Nov. 17 2017

Cole County Presiding Circuit Judge Pat Joyce hopes to get some local attorneys to help with some of the public...

Interest group seeks public rebuke of ruling

Published Nov. 16 2017

Missouri members of the Massachusetts-based National Parents Organization say an appeals court ruling last month ignored a 2016 law that...

Attorney General Hawley sued over 'residence'

Published Nov. 15 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley either should establish residence in Jefferson City or resign from office, Jefferson City resident Donna...

Appeals court re-instates 8 convictions

Published Nov. 15 2017

Joseph L. Payne and seven other Missouri prison inmates lost a case Tuesday they previously had won in trial courts.

Lawyer gets ready to appeal court rulings that favor Ameren on natural gas equipment

Published Nov. 13 2017

The counties and school districts who support a higher property value for Ameren Missouri's natural gas facilities will ask the...

Appeals court dismisses Cole County search warrant case

Published Nov. 12 2017

The Missouri appeals court's Western District on Thursday dismissed a case three of its judges heard that morning.

Presidential aides talk personal service

Published Nov. 12 2017

How do former presidents get along?Very well, based on their appearance last month at Texas A&M University for the "One...

Museum honors anniversary of U.S. entry into WWI

Published Nov. 12 2017

On Veterans Day — for one day only — the Missouri State Museum at the Capitol offered special demonstrations observing...

Salvation Army ringing in the season

Published Nov. 12 2017

The red kettles are out, and the bells are ringing.

Veterans Day honors future service as well past

Published Nov. 11 2017

The Civil War played a strong part in two Veterans Day messages Friday.

Sewell named AASCU 'senior fellow'

Published Nov. 9 2017

Former Lincoln University Provost Said Sewell has a new position — senior fellow of the American Association of State Colleges...

Presidential advisers tell teachers about executive orders, pardons

Published Nov. 8 2017

The president's power to pardon and to issue executive orders or memoranda have been hot topics in the last few...

Ameren wins two more appeals on natural gas assessments

Published Nov. 8 2017

Missouri's three appeals court divisions all have reached the same conclusion: Assessors in 16 Missouri counties didn't allow for depreciation...

MCHCP adds 'non-contraceptive' coverage option

Published Nov. 7 2017

State government employees covered by the Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan have until Nov. 20 to say if they want...

State could see 440 fewer board appointments

Published Nov. 5 2017

If lawmakers and state officials follow all the recommendations of a 28-page task force report released last week, Missouri Gov....

LU enrollment continues to tumble

Published Nov. 5 2017

For the fifth time in six years, Lincoln University's enrollment this fall was lower than the previous year.