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Bob Watson (Reporter)

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E-mail: bwatson@newstribune.com
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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.

Moniteau Library legal fight prompts letter, rebuttal

Published Feb. 20 2017

Even as the parties wait for Senior Judge Donald Barnes to rule in the Moniteau County Library District's legal battle,...

Missouri unveils new license plate design

Published Feb. 15 2017

Missourians will start getting new license plates no later than Jan. 1, 2019 — plates that celebrate the state's 200th...

Local names among state high court applicants

Published Feb. 8 2017

State Rep. Jay Barnes, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem and Assistant Attorney General Shaun Mackelprang are three of the...

2 petitions would eliminate state partisan elections

Published Feb. 7 2017

Missourians soon could be asked to sign petitions seeking to change the way we elect members of Congress, statewide officials...

No pay raise for state workers, more job cuts

Published Feb. 3 2017

Missouri government's workers won't be losing their last-in-the-nation ranking for average pay this coming year.

Sandra Karsten will be first woman to lead state troopers

Published Feb. 2 2017

Lt. Col. Sandra Karsten — the Highway Patrol's second-in-command — is Gov. Eric Greitens' choice to be the statewide agency's...

Greitens tabs Karsten new Highway Patrol superintendent

Published Feb. 1 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens today chose Lt. Col. Sandra Karsten — the Highway Patrol's second-in-command — to be the statewide agency's...

Auditor: Only half of Missouri cities complied with law

Published Jan. 31 2017

A dozen Mid-Missouri cities, towns and villages filed a required financial report with the state auditor's office by the end...

Johnson ready to retire after 30-year Patrol career

Published Jan. 29 2017

Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. J. Bret Johnson grew up on a farm near Unionville in rural Putnam County, worked...

Jefferson City IRS office remains unstaffed

Published Jan. 27 2017

Tax season has begun.

Judge asked to extend deadline in Moniteau County library case

Published Jan. 26 2017

Senior Judge Donald Barnes should extend his order requiring the Moniteau County Library District to hold onto tax money collected...

Missouri House launches study of Corrections

Published Jan. 26 2017

In the wake of a number of lawsuits alleging harassment and hostile working conditions in Missouri prisons, state Rep. Jim...

Missouri House launches Department of Corrections study

Published Jan. 25 2017

In the wake of a number of lawsuits alleging harassment and hostile working conditions in Missouri prisons, state Rep. Jim...

Contempt citation sought for Moniteau Library officials

Published Jan. 25 2017

Even as the parties wait for Senior Judge Donald L. Barnes to rule in the Moniteau County Library lawsuit, one...

Chief justice: State employees need support

Published Jan. 25 2017

Missouri Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Breckenridge told lawmakers Tuesday all of state government needs to honor state employees.

Rice tackles diversity issues

Published Jan. 23 2017

Rolundus Rice came to Jefferson City last fall, to take on a special assignment at Lincoln University — helping the...

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...