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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.

Mid-Missourians not active in pre-filed bills, so far

Published Dec. 4 2016

Mid-Missouri lawmakers pre-filed three of the 284 bills and 15 proposed constitutional amendments submitted during the first two days of...

Friday night fire damages one apartment in 2-story building

Published Dec. 4 2016

Jefferson City fire officials continued Saturday to investigate the cause of a fire in one apartment of a two-story, five-apartment...

Daughter, granddaughter serving as parade marshals to remember 109-year-old matriarch

Published Dec. 2 2016

Last spring, Sarah Holmes asked Helen Fender to be grand marshal of this weekend's Jefferson City Jaycees Christmas Parade.

State, local governments look at federal overtime rule impacts

Published Dec. 1 2016

Thanks to a federal judge's ruling in Texas last week, the proposed new federal overtime rules supposed to go into...

Lincoln University names Benne to dean's post

Published Nov. 29 2016

Jennifer Benne is Lincoln University's new assistant provost of Student Success, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

JCPS Board considers more numbers on 2nd high school idea

Published Nov. 29 2016

When Jefferson City's School Board meets Dec. 12, Superintendent Larry Linthacum said Monday night he likely will recommend asking voters...

Missouri Bar discusses legislative priorities

Published Nov. 20 2016

One of the biggest Missouri Bar projects in recent years — rewriting the state's criminal code — is set to...

GOP lawmakers expect smooth working relationship with new governor

Published Nov. 13 2016

There's an official transition process that happens every time a statewide office changes hands, because the election winner wasn't the...

Recognition for service

Published Nov. 12 2016

A number of people paused Friday to remember those who served — or still are serving — the United States...

LU curators OK new student, athletic fees

Published Nov. 11 2016

Lincoln University students soon will be paying $13.25 more per credit hour in student activity and athletic fees, with the...

LU's Edwards wins Douglass fellowship

Published Nov. 10 2016

Lincoln University sophomore Brennan Edwards will spend a month this coming summer studying in London, England, as one of 10...

Republicans do well in most of Mid-Missouri

Published Nov. 9 2016

As the unofficial returns continued being reported, Republicans were doing well in Mid-Missouri — but Democrats generally were winning in...

Dixon evidence room messes up Osage County cases

Published Nov. 6 2016

Don't expect any charges to be filed after problems were reported this summer with the way former Osage County Sheriff...

Local observances to mark Veterans Day

Published Nov. 6 2016

Although still tied to the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, what Americans now...

Kander's get-out-vote campaign stops in JC

Published Nov. 2 2016

With one week to go before the elections, U.S. Senate candidate Jason Kander rode his campaign bus into Jefferson City...

LU names interim provost

Published Nov. 1 2016

Debra Greene, currently Lincoln University's head of history, political science and philosophy, was named Monday as LU's interim provost and...

Public defenders: Withholdings case should go to trial

Published Nov. 1 2016

The Missouri public defender system's challenge to Gov. Jay Nixon's budget withholds should go forward, attorney Jacqueline Shipma told Circuit...

Write-ins set for general election

Published Oct. 30 2016

Patrick Lee, of Ashland, is one of 23 Missourians wanting voters to write in their names for federal, statewide or...

Rome answers LU faculty questions

Published Oct. 30 2016

Lincoln University President Kevin Rome told LU's Faculty Senate Friday he considered their "no confidence" vote in Said Sewell's job...

Lincoln University faculty seeks more input with curators

Published Oct. 28 2016

Lincoln University's faculty want more direct access to the Board of Curators during board meetings.