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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.

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...

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.