Marshall Griffin

Statehouse Reporter

St. Louis Public Radio State House Reporter Marshall Griffin is a native of Mississippi and proud alumnus of Ole Miss (welcome to the SEC, Mizzou!).  He 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 an 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 Liberty Belle, and their cat, Honey.

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Primary Election 2014
9:31 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Missouri Voters To Decide On Privacy Protection, Veterans' Lottery Ticket

If Missouri voters pass Constitutional Amendment No. 9, electronic communications would be protected.
Credit (via Flickr/derekGavey)

Of the five proposed constitutional amendments Missourians will get to vote on in August, two of them have generated little attention and virtually no controversy.  One would expand the right against unreasonable search and seizures to include electronic communications and data, while the other would create a new Missouri lottery ticket to fund the needs of veterans.

Electronic data and communications

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Primary Election 2014
6:38 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Missouri Transportation Commissioners Approve Final Transportation Tax Project List

Interstate 70, just east of the Mo. River Bridge near Rocheport. The bridge would be replaced by a newer one as part of the expansion of I-70 under the Amendment 7 project list.
Credit (MoDOT)

Missouri transportation commissioners have approved a list of projects totalling $4.8 billion that would be funded by a 0.75 percent sales tax that voters will decide next month.

The wish list contains more than 800 projects, most of them road and bridge improvements. If passed, money would go to replacing or improving 330 bridges across the state and resurfacing more than 3,200 miles of roads. But the list also includes improvements at 24 airports, seven river ports, 14 railroads, and 71 sidewalks.  

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Primary Election 2014
5:25 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Would 'Right To Farm' Ballot Question Protect Family Farms Or Ag Corporations?

Credit / Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Do Missouri’s farmers and ranchers need a constitutional amendment to continue their way of life, or does current law offer enough protection? That’s the debate surrounding one of the five ballot measures Missouri voters will decide next month. Supporters and opponents are campaigning and spending money on efforts to both pass and kill the proposal that could limit regulations on farming and ranching.

Origins and journey of 'Right to Farm'

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Missouri Budget
12:58 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Nixon Cuts More Than $1 Billion From FY2015 State Budget

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon briefing reporters on cuts to FY2015 state budget.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 3:57 p.m. with reaction from House Budget Chair Rick Stream, R-Kirkwood.

Updated at 3:21 p.m. with reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka.

Updated with reactions at 2:25 p.m., Tues., June 24. 

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced $1.1 billion in cuts from the Fiscal Year 2015 state budget that goes into effect July 1.

Those cuts include nearly $276 million in line-item vetoes and $846 million in temporary withholds, which could be released by the governor at a later date.

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Missouri 2014 Legislative Session
8:18 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Nixon Signs Bill Revamping Missouri's Funeral Protest Law

Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed several bills passed during the 2014 regular session into law Friday.

Tweak to funeral protest law

First, Nixon signed  House Bill 1372, which fixes a legal issue with Missouri's ban on protests at funerals.

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Ballot Measures
5:00 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

'Right To Farm' Opponents Stage Rally At Missouri Capitol

Around 50 people took part Thursday in a rally opposing the "Right to Farm" constitutional amendment that's on Missouri's August 5th ballot.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

 Around 50 people rallied at the State Capitol Thursday against a proposed constitutional amendment to limit regulations on farmers and ranchers in Missouri.

Opponents of the "Right to Farm" ballot measure say state law already protects farmers and ranchers, and the proposal is really geared toward protecting corporations that engage in large-scale farming and animal-producing operations.

Wes Shoemyer is a former Democratic state senator who operates a farm in northeastern Missouri.

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Gateway Arch
4:30 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Missouri Development Finance Board Approves $15 Million In Tax Credits For Museum Under Gateway Arch

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio staff)

A state-run board has signed off on using tax credits to help cover the cost of renovating a museum on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

The Missouri Development Finance Board voted via conference call Tuesday for up to $15 million in incentives, which would be used to cover half the cost of private donations that total around $30 million. Those donations and the incentives would go toward renovating the Museum of Westward Expansion beneath the Gateway Arch. 

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Department of Revenue Delay
4:57 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Missouri Has Yet To Pay Out $113 Million In State Tax Refunds

Credit (via Flickr/401K)

Thousands of Missourians are still waiting for state income tax refunds, nearly two months after the April 15 filing deadline.

As of today, Michelle Gleb, director of communications for the Missouri Department of Revenue, said 260,826 tax refunds are pending; the refunds total almost $113 million. Gleba says the department is working to get the refunds out as quickly as possible and as cash flow allows. They expect all refunds to be made by the end of June.

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Missouri Budget
5:14 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Lawmaker Calls On Gov. Nixon To Preserve Dental Benefits In State Budget

State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country
Credit Mo. House Communications

A Missouri lawmaker is calling on Gov. Jay Nixon to preserve dental benefits for Medicaid recipients in next year's state budget when he signs the $26.4 billion spending plan into law later this month.

State Rep. Sue Allen, R-Town and Country, chairs the committee that oversees budget writing for the three state agencies that handle Medicaid spending -- the departments of mental health, health and senior services, and social services.

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Chronic Wasting Disease
6:01 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Missouri Conservation Commission Tries To Stop Chronic Wasting Disease In Wild Deer

Credit (via Flickr/Ian Sane)

Missouri's Conservation Commission voted unanimously Friday to adopt a list of recommendations designed to prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease, or CWD, from captive white tail deer to the wild population.

The recommendations primarily target privately owned fields, pens and reserves where trophy deer are raised to be hunted.  Mike Hubbard, chief of the Department of Conservation's (MDC) Resource Science Division, says the recommendations include banning the import of white tail deer, mule deer and their hybrids into Missouri.

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