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Bob Watson (Reporter)

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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.

DOC employee gets $1.97M in harassment case

Published Sep. 20 2017

Missouri's Corrections Department still owes Debra Hesse nearly $1.97 million in damages, attorney fees and litigation costs, a state appeals...

Lawmakers meet today for veto session

Published Sep. 13 2017

Missouri's lawmakers are back at the Capitol at noon today, holding a veto session automatically scheduled when Gov. Eric Greitens...

Middleton urges Lincoln community to 'come together'

Published Sep. 8 2017

Unity is the important goal, even in a place as diverse as Lincoln University, Interim President Mike Middleton told about...

Ashcroft seeks end to lawsuit challenging voter ID requirement

Published Sep. 3 2017

After he certified the results of the Aug. 8 special elections around the state last Tuesday, Secretary of State Jay...

Cole County jury selection discussed at Empower Missouri event

Published Sep. 1 2017

A discussion of jury selection in Cole County, during Thursday night's Empower Missouri annual dinner meeting, evolved into a more...

Lincoln University begins official search

Published Aug. 31 2017

Lincoln University's next president likely will be hired by next March and ready to take over next summer, the school's...

UM launches new financial aid effort at Columbia campus

Published Aug. 27 2017

A year from now, some students attending the University of Missouri in Columbia — who also are Missouri residents —...

State Tech announces 'record first year' enrollment

Published Aug. 23 2017

As classes began Tuesday, State Technical College of Missouri announced it had welcomed a "record-breaking number of first-year students" to...

Capitol crowd pleased with what they saw

Published Aug. 22 2017

Several people viewing Monday's total solar eclipse in downtown Jefferson City mentioned hearing crickets during the time the light dimmed...

NAACP: Fight against discrimination law could go to court

Published Aug. 20 2017

The fight against Missouri's new discrimination law isn't over, opponents said, even though it goes into effect in just eight...

Petitions put right to work on hold

Published Aug. 19 2017

Missouri's right-to-work law won't go into effect Aug. 28 as originally expected.Missourians opposed to the law on Friday submitted more...

Boone County clerk asked to investigate Hawley vote

Published Aug. 19 2017

New Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks said this week he's reviewing a constituent's request to investigate Attorney General Josh Hawley's...

Skelton launches new campaign for 50th House seat

Published Aug. 18 2017

Michela Skelton lost last week's special election for the 50th House District seat by 298 votes.The Boone County Democrat announced...

Boone County clerk asked to investigate Hawley vote

Published Aug. 18 2017

New Boone County Clerk Taylor Burks said this week he's reviewing a constituent's request to investigate Attorney General Josh Hawley's...

Democrats question Hawley vote

Published Aug. 16 2017

Missouri Democrats on Tuesday questioned Attorney General Josh Hawley's decision to vote last week in a Boone County special election.

Greitens at Jefferson City Correctional Center Monday

Published Aug. 16 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens spent some time Monday inside the Jefferson City Correctional Center — visiting with Corrections officers and helping...

Baker named new Senate administrator

Published Aug. 15 2017

Patrick Baker will be the Missouri Senate's new administrator, beginning Sept. 1.He succeeds former Administrator Marga Hoelscher, who retired in...

Attorney general voted in Boone County in Aug. 8 special election

Published Aug. 15 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley voted in last week's special election, the Boone County Clerk's office told the News Tribune...

Russellville voters keep vehicle tax

Published Aug. 10 2017

Russellville residents will continue to pay local use taxes on vehicles and boats.Only two of the 35 people casting ballots...

LU faculty, staff challenged for new year

Published Aug. 9 2017

Like many higher education institutions around the country, Lincoln University is struggling financially.