Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a proud alumnus of the University of Mississippi (a.k.a., Ole Miss), and has been in radio for over 20 years, starting out as a deejay. His big break in news came when the first President Bush ordered the invasion of Panama in 1989. Marshall was working the graveyard shift at a rock station, and began ripping news bulletins off the old AP teletype and reading updates between songs. From there on, his radio career turned toward news reporting and anchoring. In 1999, he became the capital bureau chief for Florida's Radio Networks, and in 2003 he became News Director at WFSU-FM/Florida Public Radio. During his time in Tallahassee he covered seven legislative sessions, Governor Jeb Bush's administration, four hurricanes, the Terri Schiavo saga, and the 2000 presidential recount. Before coming to Missouri, he enjoyed a brief stint in the Blue Ridge Mountains, reporting and anchoring for WWNC-AM in Asheville, North Carolina. Marshall lives in Jefferson City with his wife, Julie, their dogs, Max and Mason, and their cat, Honey.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

State lawmakers take spring break

Missouri lawmakers have left Jefferson City for their annual spring break.  House leaders touted their first-half accomplishments while downplaying controversy over Speaker Steven Tilley’s decision to induct Rush Limbaugh into the Hall of Famous Missourians.

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Politics
5:42 pm
Thu March 8, 2012

Missouri House passes legislation adding gun owners to protected minority groups

Legislation that would add gun owners to the state’s list of protected minority groups has passed the Missouri House. 

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Politics
10:01 am
Thu March 8, 2012

House budget would cut services to the blind, restore higher education dollars

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Budget writers in the Missouri House have approved their version of the 13 bills that make up the state's budget for next year.  Committee members eliminated $28 million for a program that aids the blind, but then put 6 million back into it from another source. 

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Science, Health and Technology
5:41 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

New study shows it may be easier to utilize death penalty in Missouri

It may be easier to be sentenced to death in Missouri than in other states, according to a study released today.

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Politics
5:13 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Candidates flock to Jeff. City to file

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Candidates for the Missouri General Assembly, for Governor and for other statewide offices can now file to run.  Hundreds flocked to Jefferson City today and lined up outside the doors of the Secretary of State’s office to file their paperwork.

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Politics
8:27 am
Tue February 28, 2012

State high court hears testimony against new House map

Opponents of the proposed new state House map complain the process was done behind closed doors.
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The Missouri Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging the new State House redistricting map. 

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Commission redrawing state senate districts reaches accord

A ten-member commission chosen by Gov. Jay Nixon to draw a new map for Missouri’s State Senate districts has reached a tentative agreement.

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Politics
8:58 am
Wed February 22, 2012

Cole Co. Judge declares MOSIRA unconstitutional

The judge said failure by lawmakers to pass wide-ranging tax credit legislation in the fall special session renders the bill unconstitutional.
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The Missouri Science and Innovation Reinvestment Act, or MOSIRA, has been ruled unconstitutional by a Cole County judge.

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Politics
11:20 am
Tue February 21, 2012

House approves English-only driver's tests

Legislation would make English the sole language on driver's license tests.
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The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given only in English.

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Politics
8:23 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Congressional map back in Supreme Court

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Two lawsuits challenging Missouri’s new congressional district map have been heard for a second time by the State Supreme Court. The cases returned to the high court after the map was upheld two weeks ago by a Cole County judge.

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Politics
5:26 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

MO Senate passes bill to push back primary filing period

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The Missouri Senate has unanimously passed legislation to move the filing period for the state’s party primaries back by one month.  The bill is moving rapidly because the filing period is currently set to begin February 28th and end in late March.

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Politics
9:02 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Lawmakers to address work-related injury fund

The Second Injury Fund is currently $160 million in the red.
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Legislation has been filed in both the Missouri House and Senate to address the state’s Second Injury Fund, which provides payments to workers with prior disabilities who are injured on the job.  But the fund has been losing money for years.

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Politics
8:57 am
Thu February 16, 2012

Senate approves bill moving back Missouri primary date

The legislation would move filing periods for candidates from late February to March.
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The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would push back the filing period for the state’s August primaries by one month.

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Politics
9:01 am
Wed February 15, 2012

Senate committee approves employer contraception insurance bill

Legislation would allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control and other contraceptives.
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Legislation that would allow employers to block insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations, all for religious reasons, has passed a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

MO Supreme Court throws out ethics rules

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Wide-ranging ethics rules that were passed by Missouri lawmakers two years ago were tossed out Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.

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Politics
5:24 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Politicians meet in Columbia, talk flooding

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State and federal leaders are gathering in Columbia tomorrow to talk about ways to prevent last year’s devastating floods in northwest and southeastern Missouri.

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Politics
5:27 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

MO House passes voter ID bill

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The Missouri House has passed legislation that would require voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

The Thursday vote split exactly along party lines.

Democrats hammered away at Republicans’ arguments that the bill would combat voter fraud, saying there hasn’t been a documented case of voter fraud in decades – and that the bill does nothing to deal with voter registration fraud.  GOP House Member Todd Richardson of Poplar Bluff disagreed.

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Politics
9:08 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Mo. Senate passes workplace discrimination reform bill

Mo. Senate Democrats tried to filibuster the workplace discrimination reform bill last week.
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The Missouri Senate has passed legislation that would redefine what constitutes discrimination in the workplace. The vote was a mere formality following last week’s battle to kill the bill.

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Politics
8:43 am
Wed February 8, 2012

Mo. Gov. promises millions to higher education

Governor Jay Nixon announced a possible six percent decrease to higher education cuts in the proposed 2013 budget.
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon says he want to add $40 million to his higher education budget.  The money would come from a proposed lawsuit settlement with five large mortgage banks over foreclosure practices.

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Politics
9:10 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Voter ID bill raises ire between House members

A bill requiring voter ID at the polls caused heated debate at the Missouri House of Representatives Monday.
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Debate began Monday in the Missouri House on legislation to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.  As Marshall Griffin tells us from Jefferson City, the back-and-forth got pretty heated at times.

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Politics
6:23 pm
Mon February 6, 2012

Tax credit bills go to House floor

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Two bills that would provide incentives for building underground data storage centers and for drawing amateur sporting events to Missouri have cleared a State House committee.

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Politics
6:01 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Congressional redistricting map upheld by Cole County judge

A Cole County Judge has upheld the new congressional redistricting map passed by Missouri lawmakers last year. 

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Politics
10:14 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Judge hears closing arguments in congressional redistricting

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Closing arguments were heard Thursday in the lawsuit over Missouri’s new congressional district map.

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Politics
9:11 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Senate Democrats end filibuster

The Missouri Capitol building, where Senate Democrats filibustered a workplace discrimination reform bill into the evening hours Wednesday.
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Senate Democrats have ended their filibuster of a workplace discrimination bill, after an agreement was reached with the bill’s sponsor.  But that doesn’t mean they won’t try blocking the bill again.

Democrat Maria Chappelle-Nadal agreed to end the filibuster after the bill’s sponsor, GOP Senator Brad Lager, allowed her to add an amendment – that amendment would guarantee the right to a jury trial in all workplace discrimination cases.  She says, though, that the bill’s definition of what constitutes workplace discrimination is still flawed.

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Education
9:12 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Senate committee scrutinizes school transfer bill

A state Senate committee is examining legislation allowing children from unaccredited schools to transfer to accredited ones.
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Legislation that’s designed to stem a potential flood of students from unaccredited schools in St. Louis and Kansas City to nearby suburban schools was heard Tuesday before a Missouri Senate committee.

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Politics
5:07 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Judge hears redistricting arguments

Opening arguments were held Tuesday for the congressional redistricting lawsuit.  The suit is being held in lower court because the Missouri Supreme Court ordered a review of the redrawn map.

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Politics
10:40 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Legislative Black Caucus fights workplace discrimination bills

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The Legislative Black Caucus is vowing to fight attempts in both the Missouri House and Senate to pass Republican-sponsored workplace discrimination bills. As St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin tells us, both Senate and House bills would redefine discrimination as a motivating factor in actions taken against an employee:

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NPR Story
5:16 pm
Fri January 27, 2012

Bill to abolish death penalty filed in Mo. House

Originally published on Fri January 27, 2012 4:51 pm

Legislation has been filed in the Missouri House that would abolish the death penalty.

If the bill becomes law, any pending executions in Missouri would be halted, and all inmates sentenced to death would be re-sentenced to life without probation or parole.  It’s sponsored by State Representative Penny Hubbard (D, St. Louis).  She says she doesn’t believe that capital punishment is an effective deterrent.

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Business
8:17 am
Fri January 27, 2012

MODOT chief says making I-70 toll road would finance reconstruction

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The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now. 

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Politics
5:17 pm
Thu January 26, 2012

MoDOT Director: Toll roads only option if state wants to rebuild I-70 right now

Originally published on Thu January 26, 2012 5:12 pm

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation says charging tolls on Interstate 70 is the only real option for funding reconstruction of the highway, if the state wants to do something about it right now.

MoDOT Director Kevin Keith told a gathering of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry Thursday that converting I-70 to a toll road could have short-term benefits, namely, job creation.

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