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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NPR Story
5:40 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Nixon Withdraws Proposed Food Stamps Rule Change

Missouri is one of nine states where felony drug convicts are ineligible for food stamps.
(via Flickr/clementine gallot)

Originally published on Fri October 25, 2013 4:35 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has reversed course on a proposed rule change that would have cut food stamp eligibility for unemployed adults without children.

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Agriculture
4:23 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Hunters urged to take caution to combat Chronic Wasting Disease

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Conservation officials in Missouri want deer hunters to take precautions this fall in order to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease. CWD cases are so far limited to a containment zone in north central Missouri, with the state’s first documented case occurring three years ago.

Joe Jerek with the state Conservation Department said hunters should wear latex gloves when field-dressing a deer.

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Education
6:02 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Kansas City Schools Remain Unaccredited

The Mo. State Board of Education meets on Oct. 22, 2013. They chose to take no action on a request to consider reclassifying the K.C. School District, which has been unaccredited since Jan. 2012.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue October 22, 2013 5:45 pm

Public schools in Kansas City, Missouri, will remain unaccredited.

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Politics
8:30 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Proposed cut in food stamps will allow for public input

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps
Credit Selbe B / flickr

An official with the Missouri Department of Social Services briefed a House Interim Committee Monday on Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed rule change to cut able-bodied adults without children from the food stamp program if they don’t have a job.  

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Education
8:13 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Nixon to raise higher education budget proposal

Gov. Jay Nixon
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Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says next year he will propose a higher education budget that is “substantially” higher than it has been in recent years.  

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Politics
4:29 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Nixon to explore reopening national parks

Credit KBIA

A spokesman for Governor Jay Nixon said his office is continuing to explore options on how to reopen the Gateway Arch and other National Park Service sites in Missouri.

Nixon’s press secretary, Scott Holste, said in an emailed statement that the Governor’s office has been working with the U-S Department of the Interior on finding the best way to reopen National Park properties.

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Politics
8:25 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Gov. Nixon proposes reopening National Park sites in Mo.

Gateway Arch in St.Louis
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Missouri has joined a growing list of states looking to reopen national parks within their borders as the federal government shutdown continues.  

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Business
5:18 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Sale of E-15 gas rejected -- for now

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Missouri gas stations will not be selling E-15 anytime soon.

A joint House-Senate committee voted Wednesday to reject a rule change sought by the State Agriculture Department that would have allowed sales of fuel containing 15 percent ethanol. Republican Senator Eric Schmitt of St. Louis County chairs the committee and said its vote had nothing to do with its opinion on increasing ethanol use in Missouri.

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Politics
8:58 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Government shutdown leads to furloughs, cancelled drills for Missouri National Guard

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The federal government shutdown has now hit the Missouri National Guard.

Late Wednesday, the Guard furloughed nearly a thousand of their 1,400 federal technicians considered to be non-essential.  Spokeswoman, Major Tammy Spicer, says the technicians include both civilian and uniformed staff.

"Full-time federal technicians do a variety of jobs across the state, anything from clerical, to mechanical, to aviation related," Spicer said.

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Education
7:35 am
Wed October 2, 2013

State's unaccredited school districts face dire situation, DESE reports to House committee

The Joint Committee on Education met at the state Capitol on Oct. 1, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A joint House-Senate committee heard testimony Tuesday on the effects of Missouri's school transfer law, which allows students from unaccredited K-12 schools to transfer to nearby accredited districts.

The 5 1/2-hour hearing kicked off with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Commissioner Chris Nicastro telling the committee of the dire situation facing the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Politics
7:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Mo. House Committee Kicks Off Series Of Medicaid Hearings

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Sat September 28, 2013 11:07 am

A series of hearings by state lawmakers into Missouri's Medicaid system has begun.

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Politics
12:07 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

House Interim Cmte. Wants Detailed Budgets Of Every State University In Missouri

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 7:14 pm

Members of a Missouri House interim committee tasked with improving government efficiency complained Wednesday about not having access to the full budgets of any of the state's universities.

The committee was examining the Department of Higher Education.  Republican committee member Kathie Conway of St. Charles says the department's annual budget requests to the Governor's office do not contain line-by-line expense requests she says the committee needs to do its job.

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Politics
9:57 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Who left the loaded handgun in the bathroom at the Capitol?

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

There could be an effort next year to change the law allowing Missouri lawmakers and others to carry guns at the State Capitol.

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Politics
9:44 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Hanaway May Run For Missouri Governor In 2016

(UPI photo)

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 9:40 am

Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway says she's considering running for Governor in 2016.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Kinder Blasts 'Obamacare' One Week Before Mo.'s Federal Health Exchange Opens

(St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Mon September 23, 2013 6:23 pm

Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) blasted President Obama's (D) Affordable Care Act Monday, just over one week before Missouri's federally-run health insurance exchange is scheduled to open for business.

Kinder told reporters during a conference call that he hopes Missouri residents without health coverage will opt not to use the exchange.

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Politics
6:16 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

'Famous 15' To Meet Friday To Discuss Proposals For Tax Bill In 2014

Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Thu September 19, 2013 4:52 pm

The so-called "Famous 15" Missouri Republican House Members who voted "no" on a controversial tax cut bill during last week's veto session are set to meet Friday to plan their next steps.

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Politics
4:33 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Schaefer to run for Attorney General

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State Senator Kurt Schaefer has become the first big-name Republican to toss his hat in the ring for the 2016 Missouri Attorney General’s race. He is in his second and final term in the Missouri Senate.  

He made headlines earlier this year when he held hearings on the Department of Revenue’s practice of scanning the documents of driver’s license applicants, and its decision to release the names of Missouri’s concealed-carry weapons holders to a federal investigator.  

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Politics
8:28 am
Tue September 17, 2013

U.S. Rep. Luetkemeyer on Syria: 'Our credibility is already zero'

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Missouri U.S. Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R) is blasting the Obama Administration for the way it's handled the crisis in Syria.

Luetkemeyer spoke Monday before a small group of business leaders in Jefferson City.  He told them that Syrian officials used chemical weapons against their own people because they fear no repercussions from the U.S.

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Politics
5:59 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Nixon releases just over half of withheld budget funds

Photo provided by Bernard Pollack

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has released just over half of the 400 million dollars he withheld earlier this year from Missouri’s current state budget.  215-million dollars will be divvied up among K-through-12 schools, higher education, mental health programs and specific programs for training health care professional in southwest Missouri.  Nixon released the money Thursday after Republican lawmakers on Wednesday failed to override his veto of a controversial tax cut bill.

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Politics
5:35 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Missouri's 2013 Veto Session Begins Wednesday

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 11:24 am

The showdown between Missouri's Democratic Governor and the Republican-led General Assembly finally arrives this week, as lawmakers return to Jefferson City for their annual veto session.  Governor Jay Nixon struck down 29 bills this year, with most of the post-veto attention falling on two bills in particular, a controversial tax cut proposal and an even more controversial attempt to nullify federal gun control laws.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin takes a look at what may or may not happen on Wednesday.

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Politics
8:14 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Missouri police groups criticize 'Second Amendment Preservation Act'

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Several police departments and organizations around Missouri are speaking out against a bill that would bar enforcement of federal gun laws if they interfere with a Missourian's Second Amendment rights.

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says House Bill 436 would in effect end cooperation between local and federal law enforcement agencies.  He cites a recent traffic stop where his officers apprehended two armed men wanted for different crimes.

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Politics
8:56 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise

Tim Lloyd/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 4:14 pm

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.

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NPR Story
8:23 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Koster Opposing Bill That Could Nullify Federal Gun Laws In Mo.

(Official Portrait, Missouri Attorney General's office)

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 5:33 pm

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is siding with fellow Democrat, Governor Jay Nixon, in opposition to legislation that would challenge the federal government's ability to enforce federal gun laws in Show-Me State.

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Science, Health and Technology
4:09 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Drought Conditions Plaguing Northern Missouri

Nat. Drought Mitigation Ctr., Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:09 pm

Drought conditions are again plaguing the northern half of Missouri, according to the latest U.S. drought monitor report.

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Politics
4:49 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

No Support Yet For A Mo. Special Session On Tax Cut Legislation

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri August 30, 2013 4:35 pm

So far, there has not been a ground swell of support for the idea of a special legislative session in Missouri to pass an alternate version of the tax cut bill vetoed earlier this year by Governor Jay Nixon (D).

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Politics
7:55 am
Fri August 30, 2013

In effort to block executions in Mo., ACLU focuses on anesthesiologist

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The American Civil Liberties Union hopes to block two executions in Missouri this fall by seeking to disqualify the anesthesiologist used by the Department of Corrections.

Jeffrey Mittman is Executive Director of the ACLU of Eastern Missouri.  He says the American Board of Anesthesiology has recently adopted the same standards used by the American Medical Association, meaning that they cannot participate in ending someone's life.

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Politics
4:31 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Crowd gathers at state Capitol to commemorate March on Washington

Credit Jacob Fenston / KBIA

Roughly 200 people braved the heat and humidity outside Missouri’s Capitol building today (Wednesday) to mark the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.  Among those speaking at the event was former St. Louis lawmaker Jeanette Mott Oxford, who now heads the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.  She told the crowd she believes King’s vision for America went beyond racial equality:

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Politics
4:45 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Dozens of new Mo. laws take effect Wednesday

Dozens of new state laws take effect in Missouri on Wednesday.  

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Mo. House committee discusses social services department

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A Missouri House interim committee tasked with looking at how efficiently state government operates spent Monday scrutinizing the Department of Social Services.

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Politics
8:23 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Coalition Calling For Override Of Tax Cut Veto Brings Tour To Mo. Capital City

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri August 23, 2013 7:06 pm

While Governor Jay Nixon (D) continues touring Missouri to oppose efforts to override his veto of tax cut legislation, a group of business officials and political activists are trying to rally support for the override effort.

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