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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.

Healea attorney wants to close hearing

Published Dec. 10 2016

Because he wants the special master to hear confidential information, the attorney for Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea wants a...

GOP lawmakers expect smooth working relationship with new governor

Published Nov. 13 2016

There's an official transition process that happens every time a statewide office changes hands, because the election winner wasn't the...

Republicans do well in most of Mid-Missouri

Published Nov. 9 2016

As the unofficial returns continued being reported, Republicans were doing well in Mid-Missouri — but Democrats generally were winning in...

Local observances to mark Veterans Day

Published Nov. 6 2016

Although still tied to the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, what Americans now...

Kander's get-out-vote campaign stops in JC

Published Nov. 2 2016

With one week to go before the elections, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander rode his campaign bus into Jefferson City...

Sixth Amendment concerns raised in Healea case

Published Nov. 1 2016

Shayne Healea's lawyer said Columbia police violated Healea's constitutional rights and state laws after they arrested him in October 2014.

Healea case continues in northeast Missouri

Published Nov. 1 2016

Shayne Healea's lawyer says Columbia police violated Healea's constitutional rights and a state law, after they arrested him in October...

LU names interim provost

Published Nov. 1 2016

Debra Greene, currently Lincoln University's head of history, political science and philosophy, was named Monday as LU's interim provost and...

Public defenders: Withholdings case should go to trial

Published Nov. 1 2016

The Missouri public defender system's challenge to Gov. Jay Nixon's budget withholds should go forward, attorney Jacqueline Shipma told Circuit...

Write-ins set for general election

Published Oct. 30 2016

Patrick Lee, of Ashland, is one of 23 Missourians wanting voters to write in their names for federal, statewide or...

State NAACP opposes voter ID measure

Published Oct. 28 2016

From the Missouri NAACP's position, voting on the issues on the Nov. 8 general election ballot should be pretty clear.

Public defender's withholdings case returning to court

Published Oct. 27 2016

After Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem rejected the state's motion to block it, the state public defender system's lawsuit...

Woods arraigned on sex charges

Published Oct. 27 2016

Jefferson City funeral director Tyler Woods will return to court Feb. 15 for a status hearing, after pleading not guilty...

Picturing history one day at a time

Published Oct. 23 2016

It seems like everybody knows Julie Smith, the News Tribune's chief photographer.

Project seeks to increase STEM graduates by 125 percent

Published Oct. 17 2016

Lincoln University is one of eight Missouri schools sharing a $5 million National Science Foundation grant to increase the number...

Christeson execution scheduled

Published Oct. 13 2016

Mark Christeson now is scheduled to die Jan. 31 — one day short of the 19th anniversary of the three...

Contractors celebrate Missouri contributions

Published Oct. 12 2016

Missouri's contractors contribute significantly to the state's economy, the Associated General Contractors said in a Tuesday morning news conference.

Special Master named in Healea case

Published Oct. 11 2016

Retired Circuit Judge Hadley E. Grimm, of Macon, has a new assignment: Advise his successor, Judge Frederick P. Tucker, on...

LU curators' history degree decision questioned

Published Sep. 29 2016

The Lincoln University Curators' decision to deactivate the school's history degree program is among the reasons cited for Lincoln University's...

Whistleblower files new lawsuit against Patrol

Published Sep. 10 2016

A retired sergeant who spoke out after a handcuffed Iowa man drowned is suing three Missouri Highway Patrol officials, saying...