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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.

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...

Nixon urges lawmakers to uphold vetoes

Published Sep. 8 2016

When lawmakers return to Jefferson City next Wednesday for their annual veto session, Gov. Jay Nixon wants them to uphold...

Lincoln getting large USDA grant

Published Sep. 6 2016

Lincoln University is getting the third largest share of a $18.9 million federal agriculture grant to improve research facilities at...

Fallen EMT's family seeks help in getting memorial highway signs

Published Aug. 31 2016

It's official — Missouri law now designates an eight-mile portion of U.S. 50 in Moniteau County as the "Phyllis D....

Audit: Protect statehouse whistleblowers

Published Aug. 30 2016

The Missouri House and Senate need improved personnel policies and better definitions of which records are open to the public...

Audit: Missouri's House and Senate need better personnel, records policies

Published Aug. 29 2016

State Auditor Nicole Galloway's staff said both the Missouri House and Senate need improved personnel policies as well as better...

Public defenders' funding battles with Nixon continue

Published Aug. 28 2016

Missouri's Public Defender Commission this weekend welcomed the three new members Gov. Jay Nixon named Friday afternoon.

Nixon names three public defender commissioners

Published Aug. 27 2016

Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday filled two vacancies on the state Public Defender Commission and replaced one member whose term...

Joyce keeps campaign contributions on ballot

Published Aug. 25 2016

A proposed constitutional amendment to reimpose campaign finance limits in Missouri will stay on the Nov. 8 election ballot, Cole...

Missouri tobacco tax hike proposal survives court challenge

Published Aug. 23 2016

A judge has ruled that a ballot measure to raise cigarette taxes to benefit early childhood programs can stay on...

Both presidential campaigns set up Missouri offices

Published Aug. 23 2016

Campaign officials for both presidential candidates — Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — announced Monday they will have Missouri offices.

Magazine ranks state economy 32nd in US

Published Aug. 23 2016

Missouri's economy ranks 32nd among the states, Governing Magazine reported Monday.

Medicaid 22 guilty of trespassing

Published Aug. 18 2016

A Cole County jury will be back in court this morning to debate and recommend a punishment after finding 22...

'Medicaid 23' go on trial today

Published Aug. 16 2016

A six-man, eight-woman jury, including two alternates, will begin hearing evidence this morning in the case of 22 religious leaders...

Audit questions court automation security

Published Aug. 11 2016

The State Courts Administrator (OSCA) and the Missouri Court Automation Committee need to do a better job of managing and...

Luetkemeyer, Cleaver pleased with housing changes bill

Published Aug. 9 2016

A bill modifying the way public housing operates in the United States was launched by two Missouri congressmen early last...

Life experiences spark NAACP leadership roles

Published Aug. 8 2016

Rod Chapel remembers it like it was yesterday — a conversation with his father, a small contractor.

Missouri State Fair always looking to improve

Published Aug. 7 2016

The 116th Missouri State Fair begins Thursday in Sedalia and runs through Aug. 21. "We're still a reasonable cost," Fair...

Kander holds opioid roundtable

Published Aug. 5 2016

Missouri is the last state in the nation without a prescription drug monitoring (PDMP) bill.

Beetem upholds assessor's value for Ameren gas properties

Published Aug. 3 2016

Ameren Missouri's natural gas property was assessed properly for 2013, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Monday.