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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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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