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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.

McCaskill hopes Congress compromises on health care

Published Jul. 20 2017

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told reporters Wednesday calls to her office on health care "are running about 98 percent against...

Class action status sound on Moniteau library taxes

Published Jul. 19 2017

Special Judge Donald Barnes will hear arguments Friday morning on William Larry Carpenter's motion to create a class action on...

Ashcroft urges feds to recognize address confidentiality program

Published Jul. 9 2017

Missouri Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft wants to see more protections for the 1,500 people who participate in Missouri's "Safe...

Governor signs 'Safe At Home' changes into law

Published Jul. 7 2017

Missouri's secretary of state now has an automatic right to intervene in civil lawsuits where the state's "Safe At Home"...

State Tech president's home almost done

Published Jul. 3 2017

Although he's been on-the-job for a year, State Technical College of Missouri President Shawn Strong and his family just now...

2nd 'Inside the Walls' concert draws crowd to kick off Salute to America

Published Jul. 2 2017

An estimated 1,600 tickets had been sold before 6 p.m., for Saturday's "Inside the Walls" concert featuring Wynonna Judd and...

State Tech eyes ways to grow out of budget problems

Published Jul. 2 2017

State Technical College of Missouri has launched a plan to grow, even as it's facing budget issues like Missouri's other...

McCaskill's 'Waters of the US' position questioned

Published Jul. 2 2017

Democrat Claire McCaskill, Missouri's senior U.S. senator, was among the voices last week supporting the Trump administration's proposal to roll...

AG seeks rehearing or Supreme Court transfer in prosecutor's appeal

Published Jun. 30 2017

Attorney General Josh Hawley's staff wants the Missouri Court of Appeals' Eastern District to rehear its arguments in the Shayne...

Supreme Court ends current 'Safe At Home' legal battle

Published Jun. 30 2017

Missouri's Supreme Court this week denied Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft's request for an order blocking a St.

Missouri leaders applaud EPA's 'waters' change

Published Jun. 28 2017

Many Missouri officials applauded Tuesday's announcement that the federal Environmental Protection Agency is rewriting the Obama Administration's "Waters of the...

Appeals court orders new trial

Published Jun. 28 2017

Lawrence Mosely must get a new trial, after the Cole County prosecutor's office wrongly removed a potential juror, the state...

LU math teacher also has leadership role

Published Jun. 26 2017

Stephanie Clark has been teaching math at Lincoln University since 2009 — but she wasn't a traditional student.

Certification hearing set for teen suspect in murder case

Published Jun. 25 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem will be asked Thursday morning to certify a 16-year-old as an adult, so he...

Greitens signs Foster Care Bill of Rights into law

Published Jun. 23 2017

Missouri law now includes a Foster Care Bill of Rights.

Governor announces new Innovation Task Force

Published Jun. 20 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens on Monday announced the launch of a new Governor's Innovation Task Force to assess the state of...

LU, MU presidents sign cooperation agreement

Published Jun. 15 2017

Lincoln University and the University of Missouri are forming a new partnership.

6 senators propose investigation into Greitens' ethics

Published Jun. 14 2017

Six Missouri senators want a legislative committee to investigate Gov. Eric Greitens' possible violations of ethics laws.

Looking back at Kevin Rome's presidency

Published Jun. 11 2017

Kevin Rome is leaving his job as Lincoln University's 19th permanent president after just four years, so he can move...

Higher Ed concerned about budget's effects

Published Jun. 11 2017

While Missouri's public colleges and universities wrestle with managing the Legislature's 6.58 percent cut to their core funding, the state's...