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Bob Watson (Reporter)

Phone: 573-761-0245
E-mail: bwatson@newstribune.com
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.

Bustamante civil case settled

Published Jul. 25 2017

Alyssa Bustamante owes Patricia Preiss $5 million — plus interest at 9 percent per year until the debt is paid...

Federal court backs prosecutor in Victoria's Bridal case

Published Jul. 25 2017

Federal Judge Nanette Laughrey on Monday upheld Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson's decision to return tuxedos to a formal wear...

Capitol renovations continue next year

Published Jul. 23 2017

Those fence barricades on parts of the west side of the Capitol's south steps are a reminder the project to...

Former LU employee files 2nd discrimination suit

Published Jul. 23 2017

A former Lincoln University employee sued LU last week for the second time in six years.In her new lawsuit filed...

Lawsuit claims auditor, senator violated Sunshine Law

Published Jul. 22 2017

A Kansas City-based group this week accused state Auditor Nicole Galloway and state Sen. Rob Schaaf of violating Missouri's Sunshine...

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...

Mining for data, votes

Published Jul. 19 2017

Barack Obama won the U.S. presidency by the highest (2008) and second-highest (2012) popular vote margins in national election history.

Conservation Department explains recent work and heavy spending in Cole County

Published Jul. 16 2017

Cole County received more money from Missouri Conservation Department maintenance and repair projects than any other Missouri county, for the...

Legal battle blocks federal collection of voter info

Published Jul. 16 2017

No Missouri voters' information has been sent to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.

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"...

Appeals court sets arguments in right-to-work case

Published Jul. 6 2017

Missouri's Western District appeals court will hear oral arguments July 26 in the battle over the state's new right-to-work law.

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...

Former inmate now focuses on music

Published Jul. 1 2017

Steve Griggs spent 22 years in federal prisons.His Steve Griggs Band is one of the introductory acts tonight for Jefferson...

State Tech Regents extend president's contract, approve budget

Published Jul. 1 2017

State Technical College President Shawn Strong received a one-year contract extension Friday.

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...