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
8:47 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Missouri House GOP Scraps Nixon's Budget Proposal

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, and House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, discuss their FY2015 budget plans with reporters.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 5:38 pm

Republican leaders in the Missouri House have scrapped the budget being proposed by Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat. Instead they will use last year's budget bills as a starting point for crafting their fiscal year 2015 spending plan.

House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood, says their budget bills contain none of the governor's spending proposals for the fiscal year (FY2015) that begins July 1.

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Business
8:30 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Try To End 'Border War' Between Kansas And Missouri

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, presents his "Border War" cease fire bill on Feb. 5, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed February 5, 2014 6:40 pm

Two bills that would each try to end the so-called "border war" among business interests in the Kansas City area were heard Wednesday by two Missouri legislative committees.

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Crime
8:27 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court Hears Clemons Case

Mo. Supreme Court Building
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 5:29 pm

The case of a Missouri death row inmate who accuses police of beating a false confession out of him was heard Tuesday by the State Supreme Court.

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Education
8:55 am
Fri January 31, 2014

State needs to step up digital learning, new Chamber report says

EEG's John Watson, Mo. Chamber Pres. (left) and CEO Dan Mehan (center), & Mo. Chamber Education VP Brian Crouse (right).
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A study released Thursday by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry states that Missouri is "falling behind" when it comes to providing digital learning for K-12 students. 

The chamber commissioned the study, which was conducted by the Colorado-based Evergreen Education Group.  Chamber President and CEO Dan Mehan says although online learning options are available in the Show-Me State, most require tuition, while those that don’t are limited geographically.

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Politics
8:04 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Missouri House Committee Examines Medical Conscience Bill

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 7:03 pm

Legislation to allow medical professionals to refuse to take part in procedures that violate their religious or personal beliefs was heard Wednesday by a Missouri House committee.

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Politics
8:14 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Tax Cut Proposal Passes Mo. House Committee; Testimony Heard On Tax Credit Package

The Mo. House Ways and Means Committee, shortly before passing HB1253 by a 9-6 vote.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 9:17 am

Tax cuts and tax credits were the center of attention at hearings conducted by two Missouri House committees Tuesday night.

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Politics
8:18 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Opponents Of Photo ID Dominate State Senate Hearing On Bill

File photo

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 8:20 pm

A Missouri Senate committee heard testimony Monday on the latest effort by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls.

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Politics
6:14 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Future of Mo. transportation funding looks bleak

Missouri’s transportation funding outlook has become so bleak that the state’s Highways and Transportation Commission has stopped adding new projects to its 5-year construction budget.  That announcement came today  during a transportation conference in Jefferson City.  MoDOT Director Dave Nichols says their main mission will shift to maintenance of current roads and bridges.

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Education
8:15 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Five Bills Heard Jointly Seek To Restructure Missouri's Student Transfer Law

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 5:09 pm

Five identical bills that would each revamp Missouri's student transfer law were examined Wednesday by a State Senate committee.

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Politics
8:10 am
Mon January 20, 2014

Nixon expected to call for Medicaid expansion, education funding

Credit File Photo / KBIA

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon will deliver his annual State of the State address Tuesday night, during which he'll unveil his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015.

The governor is expected to announce funding increases for both K-12 schools and higher education, along with a warning to House and Senate GOP leaders not to cut taxes.  Nixon vetoed last year's tax cut bill (HB 253) and successfully fought off an attempted veto override last fall.  The Democratic governor is also expected to make another pitch for expanding Medicaid.

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Politics
9:18 am
Fri January 17, 2014

House Speaker Jones Makes Medical Malpractice Caps A Top Priority For 2014

Mo. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, at a press conference Thursday in Jefferson City, announcing that restoring caps on medical malpractice damages will be a top priority in 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 5:53 pm

The speaker of the Missouri House is pushing lawmakers to restore caps on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits.

A 2005 Missouri law created a $350,000 cap on non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.  But that cap was tossed out in 2012 by the Missouri Supreme Court. House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, surrounded by a group of medical professionals and lawmakers Thursday in Jefferson City, said restoring the caps will be one of his top priorities this year.

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Education
5:22 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Nicastro: Normandy Schools Headed For Bankruptcy; Lawmaker Calls For Her Resignation During Hearing

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro appears before the Mo. House Budget Committee on Jan. 15, 2014.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 15, 2014 4:39 pm

Time is running out for Normandy schools in north St. Louis County to win extra funding from Missouri lawmakers this school year.

Normandy and Riverview Gardens have experienced an exodus this school year due to the student transfer law.  Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told the House Budget Committee Wednesday that she expects the Normandy School District will be bankrupt by the end of the year.

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Politics
7:50 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Kander proposes legislative ethics reforms

Credit File Photo / KBIA News

Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has unveiled a wide-ranging ethics proposal he wants lawmakers to take up and pass this year.

It includes restoring campaign contribution limits, banning gifts from lobbyists to all state elected officials, and requiring a 3-year waiting period before ex-lawmakers can work as lobbyists. Kander said if adopted, Missouri can go from having the worst ethics system in the country to the best:

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Politics
4:40 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Chappelle-Nadal Calls For Nicastro's Resignation

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro
Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

Originally published on Tue January 14, 2014 4:19 pm

Reading of remonstrance on Senate floor, and statement from Sen. Chappelle-Nadal

A Missouri State senator has filed a remonstrance that calls for the immediate resignation of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro.

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Politics
7:42 am
Tue January 14, 2014

'Right-to-work' bill praised and blasted in House committee hearing

A standing-room-only crowd awaits the start of a hearing on House Bill 1099, which would make Missouri a right-to-work state.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A bill to turn Missouri into a right-to-work state was the subject of a hearing in Jefferson City Monday.

As written, the so-called "Freedom to Work Act" (House Bill 1099) would bar workers from being required to "engage in or cease engaging in specified labor organization practices" as a condition for employment.  It's sponsored by State Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield.

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