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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Education
8:04 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Mo. State Education Board Expands Oversight Of Failing Schools; Talks MAP Scores

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 5:40 pm

The Missouri State Board of Education voted Tuesday to increase oversight of the state's unaccredited school districts.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Public Input Sought For Nominees To Hall Of Famous Missourians

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 12:57 pm

After a controversial inductee last year, Missouri residents are being given the chance this year to nominate two of the next three inductees for the Hall of Famous Missourians.

House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) says he made the decision to seek citizens' input, in part, to see if someone who's worthy of induction has been forgotten over time or overlooked.

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Science, Health and Technology
10:28 am
Wed August 21, 2013

How The Flood Of 1993 Impacted And Changed North Jefferson City, Rhineland

MoDOT

Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 6:13 am

It's been twenty years since the Great Flood of '93 swelled the Missouri River to record-high crests.  Since then, levees have been upgraded, flood preparations improved, and in a few places, communities bought out and relocated.  St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin visited some sites along the river in central Missouri and talked to people who battled the flood waters in 1993, and who still keep an eye on the river today:

Flooding damages north Jefferson City & triggers buyout of Cedar City

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Politics
9:21 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Special Mo. House Committee Wraps Up Hearings Into Dept. Of Revenue Scanning

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Tue August 20, 2013 6:52 pm

A special Missouri House committee appointed to look into why the Department of Revenue began scanning documents of driver's license and conceal-carry applicants has wrapped up its series of hearings this summer.

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Arts and Culture
3:43 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Mo. State Fair attendance appears unaffected by rodeo clown incident

Credit Missouri Division of Tourism / Flickr

Attendance figures appear to be on the rise as the 2013 Missouri State Fair heads into its final weekend. 

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Agriculture
8:08 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Blunt, Hartzler call for new farm bill

U.S. Senator Roy Blunt spoke to an assembly of politicians and fair-goers at the annual Governor's Ham Breakfast, Missouri State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Two Republican members of Missouri's Congressional delegation were at the State Fair Thursday, calling on Congress to pass a new federal farm bill, instead of extending the farm bill passed in 2008 by another year.  U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Congressmember Vicky Hartzler told Missouri Farm Bureau members and the media that the hold-up centers on how much money to spend on food stamps.  The GOP-led U.S. House voted to cut the food stamp program, now known as SNAP, by $20 billion.  The Democratic-controlled U.S.

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Politics
8:01 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Governor's annual ham breakfast brings out state politicians

Governor Nixon addresses politicians from across the state, at his annual Governor's Ham Breakfast, Missouri State Fair, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013.
Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

"What has always united us is (that) no matter what part of the state you're from, or who you voted for, we treat people with respect," Nixon told the applauding crowd.

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Politics
4:27 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Politicians Descend On Sedalia For Mo. State Fair

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu August 15, 2013 7:09 pm

Sedalia was swarming with politicians Thursday, as office holders from both parties descended on the Missouri State Fair.

Nearly a thousand people, politicians and citizens alike, dined on country ham, eggs and peaches at the Governor's Ham Breakfast.  Governor Jay Nixon began his annual speech by condemning the incident in which a rodeo clown wore a President Obama mask this weekend.

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Science, Health and Technology
7:58 am
Thu August 15, 2013

State Senate panel hears from health care professionals on issue of Medicaid

Credit Marshall Griffin / St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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NPR Story
7:51 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Mo. Senate Panel Hears From Backers And Opponents Of Medicaid Expansion

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 1:27 pm

A Missouri Senate interim committee looking into the state's Medicaid system heard from several doctors and other health care providers Wednesday at a hearing in Jefferson City.  

Among those testifying was Thomas Hale, M.D., a St. Louis-based physician working with Sisters of Mercy.  He told the panel that Medicaid needs to be expanded to make up for the pending loss of federal reimbursements to hospitals, known as DSH payments ("dish").

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Science, Health and Technology
8:00 am
Tue July 30, 2013

'Several Days' Before Callaway Nuclear Reactor Will Be Back Online

Ameren Missouri

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 5:49 pm

Missouri's lone nuclear reactor remains shut down while workers and officials continue to investigate what caused a small fire at the Callaway County plant Friday night.

Ameren Missouri spokesman Cleve Reasoner said it'll be several days before the plant is back online.

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Weather
7:17 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Despite rain, drought still an issue for Missouri

Credit Camille Phillips / Harvest Public Media

Drought remains a threat to Missouri, despite the wet spring and improved rainfall this summer.  

Right now, a large portion of northwest Missouri is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while the rest of the state is classified as either “abnormally dry” or normal.

“We are looking at abnormally wet conditions along the Mississippi River and points to the east, where things get progressively wetter across parts of south-central Illinois," said Mark Fuchs, a hydrologist with the National Weather Service office in St. Louis.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Mo. House Committee On Downsizing State Govt. Submits Findings To Speaker

Mo. State Rep. Paul Curtman (R, Pacific)
Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Thu October 31, 2013 4:40 pm

The chair of a Missouri House committee looking at ways to downsize state government says they've handed off their findings to the Speaker's office.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Audit Of Mo. Technology Corporation Cites Lack Of Documentation For Admin. Costs

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon July 29, 2013 6:44 am

A state-run nonprofit corporation needs to improve its transparency, according to an audit released Thursday.

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Politics
8:05 am
Tue July 23, 2013

State House committee tackles Department of Social Services, hears allegations of abuse

Credit Marshall Griffin- / St. Louis Public Radio

Two days of hearings are underway by an interim House committee looking into how well state agencies in Missouri are delivering services to their clients.

The hearings began with a critique of the Missouri Department of Social Services.  Dan Amsden with the group Spending Oversight Council testified that DSS officials are doing a poor job of preventing non-eligible people from receiving welfare benefits, and of tracking those who no longer need them.

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NPR Story
7:59 am
Tue July 23, 2013

Hearings Begin Into Efficiency Of Dept. Of Social Services & Other Mo. State Agencies

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:26 pm

Two days of hearings are underway by an interim House committee looking into how well state agencies in Missouri are delivering services to their clients.

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Business
8:04 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Mo. Regulators Approve Laclede Gas Purchase Of MGE

(via Flickr/Fergus Randall)

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 1:59 pm

The Missouri Public Service Commission has given the go-ahead for St. Louis-based Laclede Gas to purchase Missouri Gas Energy.

Commission members placed a major condition on the purchase – Laclede Gas is barred from seeking a rate increase in its current service area until October of 2015.  Laclede spokeswoman Jessica Willingham says, though, they would be allowed to seek an increase in the areas currently served by Missouri Gas once the purchase becomes official.

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Politics
7:47 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Vetoes By Nixon Set Table For Hectic Mo. Veto Session In September

Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Tue July 16, 2013 7:05 pm

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon's record number of vetoes this year is expected to set up a very busy and hard-fought veto session this September.

According to the Associated Press, the Democratic Governor struck down 29 of the 145 non-budgetary bills sent to him by the Republican-dominated House and Senate.  Dave Robertson is a political science professor at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

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Politics
5:16 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Nixon signs FY 2014 budget, withholds $400 million of spending

Credit File Photo / KBIA

  Missouri’s state budget for the fiscal year that begins Monday has been signed into law, but Gov. Jay Nixon also announced that he will withhold more than 400 million dollars in funding for several state needs.  He told reporters Friday that the tentative cuts would become permanent if Republican lawmakers override his veto of their tax cut bill.  Budget Director Linda Luebbering says Nixon's cuts includes cancelling pay raises for state workers as well as eliminating state jobs.

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Politics
9:15 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Mary Russell To Become Chief Justice Of Mo. Supreme Court Next Week

Mo. Supreme Court

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 3:18 pm

Judge Mary Russell is set to become Chief Justice of the Missouri Supreme Court next week.

The Hannibal native has sat on the state's highest court since 2004, and previously served on the Appeals court for Missouri's Eastern District.  Russell lists the expansion of specialty courts as one of her top priorities for her two-year term.

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Politics
5:48 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Judge spares Nixon's staff from testifying

Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 5:40 pm

One day after a Missouri House committee issued subpoenas to several members of Governor Jay Nixon's (D) administration, a Cole County judge has issued a preliminary order blocking the subpoenas.

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Politics
4:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Mo. House Hearings On Driver's License Document Scanning Controversy Begin

(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Thu June 27, 2013 5:20 pm

Updated 4:38 p.m.

A Missouri House committee formed to investigate the Department of Revenue’s scanning of driver’s license applicants’ documents has begun two days of hearings into the controversy.

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Politics
5:46 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Audit questions Missouri State Highway Patrol's purchase of new airplane

Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich
Credit Photo courtesy of the Missouri Auditor's Office

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol is getting mixed reviews in an audit released Tuesday.  The law enforcement agency is being criticized for spending 5-point-6 million dollars on a new airplane.

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Business
8:07 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Missouri Settles Lawsuits With 3 Companies For 'Cramming' Phone Customers

via Flickr/papalars

Originally published on Mon June 24, 2013 5:47 pm

Lawsuits filed by the Missouri Attorney General's office against three companies that provide phone services have been settled, and their customers in Missouri will receive nearly $300,000 in refunds.

The companies were accused of engaging in a practice called "cramming."  Joe Bindbeutel, chief of the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division, says cramming occurs when a phone company levies unauthorized charges onto its customers' monthly bills.

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Politics
7:05 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Speaker Jones wants to examine Medicaid reform

Credit File / KBIA

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones formally announced the creation yesterday of two interim committees that will look at ways to reform the state’s Medicaid system. 

One committee will have House members and selected citizens team up to research ways to improve Medicaid.  They will then hand off their findings to the other committee, which will make recommendations for next year’s legislative session.  Jones said they’re taking a thorough approach to fixing a broken system.

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Agriculture
8:33 am
Wed June 19, 2013

As US House prepares to vote on farm bill, Congressmembers weigh in

(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 7:14 pm

Members of Missouri and Illinois' Congressional delegations are weighing in on the U.S. House version of the Farm Bill, which could be voted on before week's end.

Illinois Republican Rodney Davis told reporters today via conference call that the bill is a big improvement over the version passed by the Democrat-controlled U.S. Senate.

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Business
8:43 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Boeing to add 400 new jobs at St. Louis County campus

Office of Mo. Gov. Nixon

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 6:08 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) says Boeing will expand its operations in St. Louis County.

The Governor made the announcement during a trade mission in Western Europe.  He told reporters via conference call that Boeing will add a new technology information center to its campus in St. Louis County.  Both Nixon and Boeing officials were in attendance this week at the International Paris Air Show in France.

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Politics
8:59 am
Fri June 14, 2013

House committee examining Social Services, other state agencies

Mo. House Communications

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 6:28 pm

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has created another interim committee, this time to examine how well state agencies respond to citizens who use their services.

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Politics
7:55 am
Thu June 13, 2013

A bill for home brewers one of seven bills signed by Nixon

(via Flickr/Mooganic)

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:54 pm

Governor Jay Nixon (D) Wednesday signed eight bills into law that were passed this year by Missouri lawmakers.

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Politics
5:14 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Nixon speaks out again about tax cut bill veto

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Credit File Photo / KBIA

Governor Jay Nixon continues to speak out against the tax cut bill he vetoed last week, in the hopes that any override attempt this fall will fail.  

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