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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.

Green blocks Callaway hog farm again

Published Mar. 29 2017

Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green again has blocked the Clean Water Commission's plans to vote on a proposed hog...

Convoy to Kansas helps provide relief

Published Mar. 28 2017

State Rep. Tom Hurst was back from Kansas on Monday after helping lead a convoy carrying relief supplies to west-central...

Curators plan LU presidential search

Published Mar. 26 2017

For the third time in 13 years, Lincoln University is launching a search for a new president — after both...

Lincoln University and Fisk similar, but different

Published Mar. 26 2017

Although he — and many others — consider Fisk University, Nashville, to be one of the nation's "elite" historically black...

State Tech getting new health sciences building

Published Mar. 25 2017

State Technical College soon will begin building a new Allied Health Sciences Center.

Search for Moniteau Library receiver unfinished

Published Mar. 24 2017

No one has been named yet as the Moniteau County Library District's receiver — even though the original court order...

Tipton residents seeking new library tax

Published Mar. 24 2017

Many Tipton residents want a tax-supported library operating in their city.

LU's president headed to Tennessee college

Published Mar. 23 2017

Lincoln University President Kevin Rome is the new, 16th president of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee — which also is...

Missouri farm aid headed to Kansas

Published Mar. 23 2017

The convoy plans to leave at 4 p.m. Friday from the Mid-Missouri town of Belle, heading for Kansas.

Private law firms offer to help public defenders

Published Mar. 21 2017

For the next two years, Missouri's public defenders could be getting some help from private practice lawyers.

State seals response to Healea motion to block case

Published Mar. 19 2017

Missouri's attorney general's office told the state appeals court last week it eventually will rule in favor of the Northeast...

LU fraternity honors professor with mentoring program

Published Mar. 19 2017

The Beta Zeta Lambda Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity has created the Thomas D. Pawley III Alpha Esquires...

State auditor to investigate government payouts

Published Mar. 16 2017

State Auditor Nicole Galloway has launched a review of "potentially improper or inappropriate payouts" paid with public dollars.

Kenny Jones heads Probation and Parole board

Published Mar. 16 2017

Former Moniteau County Sheriff and state Rep. Kenny Jones is the new head of Missouri's Probation and Parole board.

Moniteau County prosecutor's trial delayed

Published Mar. 15 2017

Moniteau County Prosecutor Shayne Healea's scheduled trial in June on five felony charges is on hold.

Public defender week commemorates anniversary of landmark case

Published Mar. 14 2017

In 1961, Bay County, Florida, officials charged Hannibal native Clarence Earl Gideon with breaking and entering in the Panama City...

Lawmakers ponder governor's staff budgeting

Published Mar. 12 2017

Some Missouri Senate Appropriations Committee members aren't sure they like Gov. Eric Greitens' proposal to split Chief Operating Officer Drew...

Resolutions seek to honor Missouri's missing Vietnam vets

Published Mar. 12 2017

Missouri lawmakers will hold their fourth "Vietnam Veterans Day" March 30 to honor and remember those Missourians who served in...

Senate committee backs MSP land transfer

Published Mar. 9 2017

Missouri senators soon could be debating the idea of the state giving Jefferson City's government almost 32 acres of the...

House Veterans Committee endorses search for Missouri POWs and MIAs

Published Mar. 9 2017

As of January, 15 Missourians are still unaccounted for — but presumed dead — from their service during the Vietnam...