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Bob Watson (Reporter)

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

Middleton, alums talk LU legacy, future

Published Sep. 24 2017

Lincoln University's history and future were the main topics in an hour-long conversation Friday afternoon, between LU alumni and Interim...

Former inmate shares experiences with middle-schoolers

Published Sep. 23 2017

Steve Griggs was 40 when he went to prison, he told Thomas Jefferson Middle School students Friday afternoon.

LU students, alums seek continued history emphasis even in change

Published Sep. 22 2017

One student told nearly 50 people attending an Alumni-Student Dialogue session Thursday he thinks Lincoln University's next president should be...

Burks: Hawley is a registered Boone County voter

Published Sep. 21 2017

Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley's registration and voting from a Boone County address "is proper and does not appear to...

DOC employee gets $1.97M in harassment case

Published Sep. 20 2017

Missouri's Corrections Department still owes Debra Hesse nearly $1.97 million in damages, attorney fees and litigation costs, a state appeals...

Auditor: State's Legal Expense Fund fails to ID costs

Published Sep. 19 2017

Missouri's Legal Expense Fund paid out more than $79 million over a six-year period, State Auditor Nicole Galloway reported Monday,...

State retirement package faces changes

Published Sep. 15 2017

With only one "no" vote, the Missouri State Employees Retirement System's board on Thursday approved asking state lawmakers for a...

Treasurer warns of future Missouri State Employees Retirement System troubles

Published Sep. 14 2017

State Treasurer Eric Schmitt warned lawmakers Wednesday that MOSERS — the Missouri State Employees Retirement System — faces a bigger...

Mid-Mo senators support Chappelle-Nadal's censure

Published Sep. 14 2017

Mid-Missouri's senators on Wednesday voted for the resolution censuring Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City.

Lawmakers meet today for veto session

Published Sep. 13 2017

Missouri's lawmakers are back at the Capitol at noon today, holding a veto session automatically scheduled when Gov. Eric Greitens...

MOSERS offering early buyout

Published Sep. 10 2017

The Missouri State Employees Retirement System is sending letters this month to about 17,500 former Missouri government employees, letting them...

Powell installed on Missouri high court

Published Sep. 9 2017

He's been on the job since early May.

Curators modify LU budget

Published Sep. 8 2017

Lawmakers this year gave Lincoln University an extra $2.5 million to match federal money for LU's land grant mission, prompting...

Middleton urges Lincoln community to 'come together'

Published Sep. 8 2017

Unity is the important goal, even in a place as diverse as Lincoln University, Interim President Mike Middleton told about...

Ashcroft seeks end to lawsuit challenging voter ID requirement

Published Sep. 3 2017

After he certified the results of the Aug. 8 special elections around the state last Tuesday, Secretary of State Jay...

Cole County jury selection discussed at Empower Missouri event

Published Sep. 1 2017

A discussion of jury selection in Cole County, during Thursday night's Empower Missouri annual dinner meeting, evolved into a more...

Lincoln University begins official search

Published Aug. 31 2017

Lincoln University's next president likely will be hired by next March and ready to take over next summer, the school's...

UM launches new financial aid effort at Columbia campus

Published Aug. 27 2017

A year from now, some students attending the University of Missouri in Columbia — who also are Missouri residents —...

State Tech announces 'record first year' enrollment

Published Aug. 23 2017

As classes began Tuesday, State Technical College of Missouri announced it had welcomed a "record-breaking number of first-year students" to...

Court rejects Buescher appeal

Published Aug. 23 2017

Missouri's Supreme Court on Tuesday denied Barbara Buescher's request for the seven-judge court to hear her case.