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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.

Comparing Missouri state workers' jobs to those in other states

Published Feb. 19 2017

It's been a month since Gov. Eric Greitens acknowledged Missouri state employees are last-in-the-nation in overall average pay and suggested...

Program replaces van for day care owner

Published Feb. 15 2017

LaKaisha McCaleb has a van, again.

Missouri unveils new license plate design

Published Feb. 15 2017

Missourians will start getting new license plates no later than Jan. 1, 2019 — plates that celebrate the state's 200th...

Appeals court: Trapani not entitled to expungement

Published Feb. 15 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem correctly denied a man's request his 2011 arrest record be expunged, a three judge...

Said Sewell finalist for Kentucky State presidency

Published Feb. 14 2017

Said Sewell, Lincoln University's former provost and Academic Affairs vice president, is one of three finalists for president of Kentucky...

Revised History program at Lincoln will have differences

Published Feb. 12 2017

Starting this fall, Lincoln University again will offer bachelor of science and bachelor of arts degrees in history — just...

LU curators redefine 'faculty'

Published Feb. 11 2017

Lincoln University curators unanimously voted Thursday to change the school's definition of "academic faculty."

LU curators approve bond issue for stadium, Wellness Center work

Published Feb. 10 2017

Lincoln University will spend up to $2.5 million for improvements to the Dwight T. Reed Stadium and additions to the...

Speaker: LU's uneducated founders understood value of education

Published Feb. 10 2017

Education has helped make America the greatest nation in the world, Chicago attorney George C. Howard Jr. told Lincoln University's...

Local names among state high court applicants

Published Feb. 8 2017

State Rep. Jay Barnes, Cole County Circuit Judge Jon Beetem and Assistant Attorney General Shaun Mackelprang are three of the...

Passion behind the badge

Published Feb. 8 2017

Minutes after being named as the Missouri Highway Patrol's next superintendent, Lt. Col. Sandra Karsten last Wednesday told the 29...

2 petitions would eliminate state partisan elections

Published Feb. 7 2017

Missourians soon could be asked to sign petitions seeking to change the way we elect members of Congress, statewide officials...

Mix of cuts, increases in state budget

Published Feb. 5 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens' nearly $27.6 billion proposed state budget plan, released Thursday, cuts MoDOT's general revenue funding by almost $28.5...

No pay raise for state workers, more job cuts

Published Feb. 3 2017

Missouri government's workers won't be losing their last-in-the-nation ranking for average pay this coming year.

Sandra Karsten will be first woman to lead state troopers

Published Feb. 2 2017

Lt. Col. Sandra Karsten — the Highway Patrol's second-in-command — is Gov. Eric Greitens' choice to be the statewide agency's...

LU monitoring Trump's executive order on refugees, travel

Published Feb. 2 2017

Add Lincoln University to the list of higher education institutions concerned about President Donald Trump's executive order last week affecting...

Greitens tabs Karsten new Highway Patrol superintendent

Published Feb. 1 2017

Gov. Eric Greitens today chose Lt. Col. Sandra Karsten — the Highway Patrol's second-in-command — to be the statewide agency's...

Auditor: Only half of Missouri cities complied with law

Published Jan. 31 2017

A dozen Mid-Missouri cities, towns and villages filed a required financial report with the state auditor's office by the end...

Discussing the state of Lincoln University's finances

Published Jan. 29 2017

Some among Lincoln University's faculty wonder why administrators are talking about having trouble paying bills, because the faculty thinks the...

Johnson ready to retire after 30-year Patrol career

Published Jan. 29 2017

Missouri State Highway Patrol Col. J. Bret Johnson grew up on a farm near Unionville in rural Putnam County, worked...