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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.

Missouri State Fair always looking to improve

Published Aug. 7 2016

The 116th Missouri State Fair begins Thursday in Sedalia and runs through Aug. 21. "We're still a reasonable cost," Fair...

Beetem upholds assessor's value for Ameren gas properties

Published Aug. 3 2016

Ameren Missouri's natural gas property was assessed properly for 2013, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem ruled Monday.

2 hurt, 1 arrested in Eugene shooting Friday

Published Jul. 31 2016

One man was being held Saturday in the Cole County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges in a Friday...

State buildings not spared in power outage

Published Jul. 29 2016

A half-dozen state office buildings in and near downtown Jefferson City lost power Wednesday when a natural gas leak forced...

Jason Kander's bus tour swings into Mid-Missouri

Published Jul. 27 2016

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander wants to replace Roy Blunt in the U.S. Senate.

Brunner looks to expand economic growth as governor

Published Jul. 23 2016

Republican John Brunner talks a lot about helping his family's business, Vi-Jon Industries, grow in the face of increasing government...

Lincoln curators to cut history degree

Published Jul. 19 2016

New Lincoln University students won't be able to earn a history degree or a degree in music education or sacred...

Remembering Sam Cook

Published Jul. 17 2016

Intelligent. Knowledgeable on many different subjects. Interested in the arts, architecture and the community. Visionary. Those are just some of...

Dixon fined $1,000 for probation violation

Published Jul. 15 2016

Former Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon pleaded to a probation violation for being in an establishment that served alcohol.

3 lawmakers plan bills to undo state abortion restrictions

Published Jul. 15 2016

Three Missouri lawmakers — all women and Democrats — said this week they'll sponsor bills to remove some of the...

Holste to be Nixon's communications director

Published Jul. 14 2016

Today is Channing Ansley Grate's last day as Gov. Jay Nixon's communications director.

Following family footsteps in Philly

Published Jul. 8 2016

The founding fathers approved the draft of the Declaration of Independence on July 2, 1776, then signed it on July...

Hanaway announces jobs plan

Published Jul. 8 2016

If elected governor, Catherine Hanaway has a five-point plan for improving the state's economy and jobs picture.

Loose Creek man gets 7 years for child porn

Published Jul. 7 2016

Richard Dale Hays will be spending the next seven years in a federal prison.

Missouri public defender system sues over funding cuts

Published Jul. 6 2016

Missouri's public defender agency is suing over what it calls Gov. Jay Nixon's unconstitutional decision to withhold $3.5 million in...

Groups exploring ways to improve court public relations

Published Jul. 3 2016

Judges, court staff, lawyers and reporters gathered Thursday for a first-ever American Bar Association meeting to talk about ways the...

Supreme Court overturns drug 'posession' conviction

Published Jun. 30 2016

The Missouri Supreme Court this week ordered a Webster County circuit judge to remove the conviction and 10-year sentence imposed...

No impact on Capitol Plaza expected in Hammons bankruptcy

Published Jun. 28 2016

John Q. Hammons Hotels and Resorts filed for federal bankruptcy protection over the weekend, but the legal action probably won't...

State's compensation study delayed

Published Jun. 28 2016

Missouri government employees may have to wait until August to learn details from the most recent salary and benefits study.

Kander pledges support of a balanced federal budget

Published Jun. 24 2016

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander said Congress needs to balance the budget every year and face the same budget...