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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.

Former UM System interim president to fill same role at Lincoln University

Published May. 25 2017

Mike Middleton begins working next Thursday as Lincoln University's interim president.

Lincoln University plans to cut 48 jobs

Published May. 23 2017

If Lincoln University's curators approve the plan when they meet June 8, LU will cut 48 job positions effective with...

Dorsey wants death penalty removed

Published May. 22 2017

The Missouri Supreme Court should erase Brian Dorsey's death penalty, his lawyer wrote last week, because the Boone County jury...

Healea trial reset for January

Published May. 21 2017

Moniteau County Prosecutor Shane Healea's trial on assault and leaving the scene of an accident charges will be held next...

Greitens' first special session to mull Ameren electric rate for proposed steel mill

Published May. 21 2017

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City Monday afternoon, for a special legislative session Gov. Eric Greitens called last week.

Supreme Court asked to deny AG request in Safe At Home case

Published May. 21 2017

Missouri's Supreme Court should deny Attorney General Josh Hawley's request for an order blocking a St. Louis County judge from...

Tornado at Wardsville damages homes

Published May. 20 2017

The National Weather Service confirmed Saturday that the storm that blew through Wardsville Friday evening was an EF-1 tornado —...

Lincoln raises tuition, fee rates

Published May. 19 2017

It will cost students more to attend Lincoln University.

Barnes: General Assembly did good job

Published May. 19 2017

State Rep. Jay Barnes said the 2017 legislative session — which ended last Friday — was successful.

Auditor: Gov't must be transparent, responsive

Published May. 17 2017

State Auditor Nicole Galloway said her public service work is intended "to make the community around me better."

Dixon's misdemeanor trial set for Aug. 15

Published May. 17 2017

Former Osage County Sheriff Michael Dixon will go to trial Aug. 15 on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful use of...

Transportation funding gets task force study

Published May. 16 2017

Missouri lawmakers once again ended a legislative session without solving Missouri's transportation funding issues.

Jefferson City man pleads guilty to illegal firearm; found not guilty in fatal shooting

Published May. 16 2017

Fifty-three weeks after a Cole County jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder, Paris Mark Alexander-Henderson, 27, of Jefferson...

Missouri lawmakers pleased with pension changes

Published May. 14 2017

State Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City, said it was one of his biggest disappointments for the just-completed legislative session.

Mixed reactions over legislative session accomplishments

Published May. 14 2017

Republicans and Democrats in the Missouri House of Representatives agree this legislative session was a success, but for different reasons.

Lawsuit alleges bill violated constitution

Published May. 13 2017

Ron Calzone wants the Cole County Circuit Court to throw out an education law the Legislature passed a year ago.

Ashcroft seeks high court support in concealing assault victim's address

Published May. 13 2017

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Sandra Farragut-Hemphill has until May 22 to tell the Missouri Supreme Court why she thinks...

Snake rattles Legislature

Published May. 12 2017

Eight years ago, a black snake worked its way into some underground electric cables at the Capitol and caused a...

Lincoln University looking at faculty cuts

Published May. 10 2017

Facing a cut in state revenues, Lincoln University officials told the school's faculty at least 23 faculty jobs could be...

Shelley highway honors EMT

Published May. 10 2017

Phyllis Shelley died Dec. 14, 1987, after the ambulance she was driving skidded on a snow-covered road west of California,...