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
9:12 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Nixon Stands Behind Nominee For Missouri Parole Board

Former Mo. State Rep. Dennis Fowler (R, Advance), has been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to fill a seat on the State Board of Probation and Parole.
Mo. House

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 4:49 pm

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his choice to fill a vacancy on the state Board of Probation and Parole.

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Politics
5:01 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Tax Cuts, Student Transfers May Dominate Missouri Legislature's 2014 Session

House Speaker Tim Jones and other Republican lawmakers on opening day of Missouri's 2014 legislative session.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 7:31 pm

The Missouri General Assembly's 2014 session is underway, and the first day sounded a lot like last year's session.

In his opening remarks, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, laid out his agenda for this year's regular session: medical malpractice reform, making Missouri a right-to-work state, and cutting taxes.

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Education
8:24 am
Wed January 8, 2014

Legislators, DESE consider costs of common core standards testing

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A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.

The standards are designed to put in place common nationwide achievement goals in math and language arts.  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told committee members Tuesday that implementing the Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.

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Crime
8:16 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Mo. AG warns of Target call scam

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In the wake of a massive data breach committed against the Target retail store chain, con artists may be targeting victims in Missouri and elsewhere. 

According to the Missouri Attorney General’s office, scammers are calling and emailing consumers and claiming to be from Target, or from their bank or credit card company. The scammers then attempt to trick customers into giving them their personal and financial information. 

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Politics
6:02 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients

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Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 6:42 pm

A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.

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Politics
9:05 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Ryan McKenna to head Mo. labor department

Ryan McKenna
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Gov. Jay Nixon has filled a cabinet vacancy by appointing fellow Democrat and State Senator Ryan McKenna to head the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.  

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Health
8:26 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Pre-filed legislation would restore cap on damages in medical malpractice lawsuits

Republican legislators in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Education
4:14 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Legislature to consider school transfer bill

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A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area will be considered by the state legislature next year.

If passed, the proposal would allow local school districts to set class sizes and student-to-teacher ratios, and once reached, those districts could not be forced to accept transfer students from unaccredited school districts. The bill has been pre-filed by Democratic Senator Paul LeVota of Independence.

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NPR Story
4:20 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Nixon Unveils Plans To Pay For New Fulton State Hospital

Aerial view of Fulton State Hospital, 1934.
Craig C. Chapman/Cx3 Photography

Originally published on Tue December 10, 2013 3:45 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released plans to fund construction of a new state psychiatric hospital in Fulton.

Nixon says his state budget for the next fiscal year (FY 2015) will include a bond issue designed to generate roughly $200 million to help cover the projected $211 million price tag.

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NPR Story
5:20 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Mo. House Passes Boeing Bill, Special Session Ends

Floor of the Mo. House shortly after the passage of the Boeing incentives bill on Dec. 6, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon December 9, 2013 7:25 am

The Missouri House has passed the Senate version of the Boeing incentives bill, bringing a quickly-called special session of the legislature to a quick close.

The measure would provide roughly $1.7 billion in tax breaks over a 23-year period to Boeing to expand its St. Louis facility and build its 777X passenger jet there.  Perhaps the most enthusiastic endorsement on the House floor came from State Representative Steve Lynch (R, Waynesville), who also owns a furniture store.

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NPR Story
5:38 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Boeing Incentives Bill Passes 2 Mo. House Committees

Mo. House Economic Development Committee chair Anne Zerr (R, St. Charles) holds a list of amendments the Mo. Senate added to the Boeing bill on Wednesday before passing it. Zerr was supportive of the amendments, and the bill passed her committee today.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri December 6, 2013 12:42 pm

The Boeing incentives bill continues moving forward during Missouri's special legislative session.

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Politics
8:17 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Missouri lawmaker wants to ban retailers from opening on Thanksgiving

State Rep. Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart)
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Many large retailers were open on Thanksgiving Day. Now, one Missouri lawmaker wants to limit that.

State Representative Jeff Roorda (D, Barnhart) plans to file legislation that would make it illegal for most retail stores in Missouri to be open for business on Thanksgiving.  He filed the "Thanksgiving Family Protection Act" during the 2013 regular session, but it went nowhere, not even getting a hearing.  Roorda says he's trying again, nevertheless.

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Business
7:59 am
Tue November 26, 2013

New railway bridge opens for business, serving Amtrak's Missouri River Runner

An Amtrak train crosses over the new railroad bridge minutes after being opened for rail traffic at Osage City, Mo., on Nov. 25, 2013.
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A new railroad bridge over the Osage River between St. Louis and Jefferson City is now open for both passenger and freight train use.

The new bridge cost $28 million, with most of the funds coming from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Federal Railroad Administrator Joe Szabo says the project came in under budget and ahead of schedule.

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Business
8:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Missouri businesses to pay more in unemployment taxes

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Missouri businesses will have to shell out more money for unemployment taxes next year in order to pay down debt the state owes to the federal government.

Missouri began borrowing federal dollars in 2008 to pay for jobless benefits after an economic downturn drained the state's unemployment benefits trust fund.  Brendan Cossette with the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry says that led to the feds levying a surcharge on Missouri businesses to repay the borrowed money.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Same-Sex Married Couples Living In Mo. Will Be Able To File Joint State Tax Returns

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon (D).
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Originally published on Mon November 18, 2013 7:34 am

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has issued an executive order directing the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) to accept jointly filed state income tax returns from same-sex married couples living in the Show-Me State.

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