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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.

Local women protest health care law changes

Published Jan. 16 2017

In spite of the drizzle and cold weather, a small group of women unhappy with Congress' plans to repeal the...

Agencies geared up for predicted ice storm troubles

Published Jan. 15 2017

Even as some of Friday night's icy conditions melted Saturday, the National Weather Service still was predicting slippery conditions for...

Law enforcement recruiting down, but agencies still working

Published Jan. 15 2017

Recruiting for many Missouri law enforcement agencies already was down — and news stories from around the country in 2016...

KMIZ, KQFX signals removed from DIRECTV

Published Jan. 15 2017

Unless something changes today, Mid-Missouri DIRECTV satellite customers won't be able to watch FOX network's broadcast of the Green Bay...

New Missouri Legislature includes 23 lawyers

Published Jan. 15 2017

Twenty-three — Missouri currently has the lowest number in its history of lawmakers who also are lawyers.

Clean Water Commission still tied on Callaway Farrowing operation

Published Jan. 12 2017

Missouri's Clean Water Commission failed Wednesday morning to clarify the status of a proposed combined animal feeding operation (CAFO) permit...

Appeals court: Reduce sentences for two men

Published Jan. 11 2017

The state appeals court in Kansas City on Tuesday ordered reduced sentences for two men — including one who now...

Greitens bans lobbyist gifts to executive branch employees

Published Jan. 10 2017

In his first official act as Missouri's 56th governor, Eric Greitens banned gifts from lobbyists to executive branch state employees...

Greitens takes aim at 'new direction' for Missouri

Published Jan. 10 2017

Eric Greitens promised Missourians Monday he and his new administration are ready "to do the people's work" and turn the...

New events added to inaugural schedule

Published Jan. 8 2017

Gov.-elect Eric Greitens' inauguration Monday as Missouri's 56th governor includes both traditional and new events.

Nixon offers advice to incoming governor

Published Jan. 8 2017

Outgoing Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has said a number of times since Eric Greitens' election two months ago that —...

Inaugurations become stage for governors' visions

Published Jan. 8 2017

Missouri laws set the statewide officials' terms as four years, beginning at noon on the second Monday of January after...

Medicaid protesters among Nixon's pardons

Published Jan. 8 2017

Jefferson City ministers William (W.T.) Edmonson and John Bennett were among 16 religious leaders pardoned by Gov. Jay Nixon on...

Judge: Drug task force violated open meetings law

Published Jan. 6 2017

A drug task force based in Mexico, Missouri, violated the state's Sunshine Law when it didn't allow a St. Louis...

Nixon, Greitens discuss value of prayer

Published Jan. 6 2017

Prayer is important in the lives of leaders, both Gov. Jay Nixon and Gov.-elect Eric Greitens said Thursday.

Missouri Legislature back in session

Published Jan. 5 2017

House Speaker Todd Richardson on Wednesday highlighted right-to-work legislation, lobbyist gift bans and increasing access to charter schools' education as...

Area legislator to join Greitens' office

Published Jan. 4 2017

State Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia, will join the Eric Greitens administration as deputy chief of staff, after Greitens becomes governor...

Supreme Court suspends Lincoln County judge

Published Jan. 4 2017

Lincoln County Circuit Judge Christina Kunza Mennemeyer will be off the bench for six months — without pay — beginning...

Caleb Jones to Greitens' office

Published Jan. 3 2017

State Rep. Caleb Jones, R-Columbia, will join the Eric Greitens administration as deputy chief of staff after Greitens becomes governor...

New report: Agriculture remains Missouri's top industry

Published Jan. 3 2017

A new study says agriculture still is Missouri's top economic industry.