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
5:52 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MoDOT Unveils 20-Year Plan For Transportation, But State Can't Afford It

MoDot

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 4:55 pm

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has unveiled a 20-year plan that's based on more than 12,000 suggestions from the public.

However, the state currently cannot afford to implement it.

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NPR Story
5:06 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State of Mo. & Jefferson City To Split Cleanup Costs At Old Mo. State Prison

East entrance of the old Mo. State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Mo.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 5:07 pm

An agreement has been reached between the Nixon Administration and Jefferson City on paying for cleanup and renovations at the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

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NPR Story
5:12 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Mo. House Committee Recommends Ways To Downsize State Government

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Originally published on Fri November 1, 2013 3:49 pm

A Missouri House committee tasked with looking at ways to downsize state government has sent a memo containing recommendations to House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka).

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Politics
7:18 am
Wed October 30, 2013

Mo. House committee continues Medicaid hearings

Missouri Capitol
Credit File Photo / KBIA

An interim Missouri House committee has resumed examining the state’s Medicaid system this week. 

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Arts and Culture
8:13 am
Tue October 29, 2013

State fair director notes this year's attendance increase

Missouri State Fair
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More than 366,000 people attended the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia this year, an increase of over 3 percent compared to last year.  

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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.
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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

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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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