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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Agriculture
8:04 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Nixon To Explore Agricultural Trade With Cuba

Credit / Véronique LaCapra, St. Louis Public Radio

Gov. Jay Nixon has ordered the Missouri Department of Agriculture to explore business opportunities in Cuba.

The move follows President Barack Obama's decision to normalize relations with the communist island nation. 

In a written statement released Tuesday, Nixon said that Missouri's agricultural exports are already up by 14 percent this year.

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Labor
7:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Home Health-Care Workers Concerned That Their Raises Aren't Secure

A group of home health care workers and supporters sing "home health care carols" outside the Mo. Governor's Mansion, in the hope that Gov. Jay Nixon would issue an executive order implementing a recently agreed-to wage hike. His Office of Admin. announced instead plans to use an administrative rule to implement the wage hike.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Home health-care workers in Missouri may be getting a Christmas present from Gov. Jay Nixon, in the form of an administrative rule to implement a pay hike.

But the proposed rule change appears to be a present they want to return or exchange.

Groups that support the workers, including their union representatives, oppose the use of an administrative rule to implement the wage hike because the Republican-led legislature can pass a resolution rejecting the rule. They favor an executive order instead.

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Grape And Wine Board
5:11 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Audit Rates Missouri Agriculture Department 'Good' But Questions Pay, Other Issues

Mo. Dept. of Agriculture headquarters in Jefferson City.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

An audit of the Missouri Department of Agriculture takes issue with some pay raises, failure to carry out some inspections, and incomplete reports from a board that promotes the state's wine industry.

But state Auditor Tom Schweich says the Agriculture Department received an overall "good" rating in spite of those issues.

One of the key questions is why 10 employees were given unusually large pay raises over a two-year period by former director Jon Hagler.

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Education
5:36 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Missouri Charter School Commission Seeks More Funding, Permission To Hire Staff

Missouri Charter Public School Commission holds its first organizational meeting. Alicia Herald (back row, right) was elected commission chair.
Credit Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri's recently formed Charter Public School Commission is preparing to begin operations next year.

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Missouri Capitol
5:59 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Nixon, Lawmakers Want To Issue Bonds To Fund Missouri Capitol Repairs

Underneath the old carriage entrance-turned-driveway. Ceiling water infiltration has caused stalactites and rusting of the reinforced structural steel in the concrete beams.
Credit Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

Gov. Jay Nixon and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are touting plans to pass a bond issue to fund repairs to the state Capitol in Jefferson City.

Along with legislators and reporters, Nixon toured areas of the under-section of the nearly century-old building Monday, observing mud, mold, and stalactites from dripping water that have formed underneath the old carriage passage-turned-driveway.

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Ferguson
4:39 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Joint Committee Prepares To Investigate Nixon's Response In Ferguson

The Missouri General Assembly's Joint Committee on Government Accountability shortly before their meeting.
Credit Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

A joint Missouri House and Senate committee is preparing to investigate Gov. Jay Nixon's actions in Ferguson in the aftermath of a grand jury's decision not to indict a white police officer for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The committee on governmental accountability met briefly Thursday to appoint chairs and discuss their approach. State Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Glendale, said he specifically wants to know why no Missouri National Guard troops were in Ferguson following the grand jury's decision on Nov. 24.

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Ferguson
10:10 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Journey For Justice Marchers Reach Jefferson City

Journey for Justice marchers reach the Lewis and Clark monument, the original site for Friday's rally, as they proceed to the Mo. Capitol. The rally was moved due to rain.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Roughly 100 people marched the final miles into Jefferson City on Friday to protest the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson and the decision by a grand jury not to indict former police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting.

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Same-Sex Marriage
7:10 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Missouri Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Divorce Case

Credit (via Flickr/david_shane)

The Missouri Supreme Court is considering whether the state's ban on same-sex marriage also prevents gay couples in Missouri from getting divorced in Missouri courts.

A man identified only as M.S. married his male partner, identified as D.S., in Iowa in December 2012. The couple separated in August 2013, and in January of this year M.S. filed for divorce in St. Louis County. But Associate Circuit Judge John Borbonus ruled that Missouri's refusal to recognize same-sex marriages barred him from granting the couple a divorce.

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Proving Innocence
3:21 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Traffic Camera Cases Argued Before Missouri Supreme Court

Credit (via Flickr/functoruser)

The Missouri Supreme Court is mulling over three cases that could decide whether cities and towns can continue to use traffic cameras to catch speeders and red-light runners.

Two of the cases involve the use of red-light cameras, one in St. Louis and the other in St. Peters. The third case involves the use of speeding cameras in Moline Acres in St. Charles County.

Attorney Bevis Schock represents plaintiffs in the St. Louis and St. Peters cases. He told the high court Tuesday that their use creates a situation where the motorist is guilty until proven innocent.

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Ferguson
5:30 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Proposals Would Mandate Body Cameras, Diversity Training; Limit Tear Gas Use By Cops

State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Two St. Louis County lawmakers are proposing numerous reforms for law enforcement officers in Missouri in the wake of the unrest in Ferguson.

Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, says changes are needed to "protect Missouri citizens from being abused by overzealous law enforcement." She's planning to file a bill that would:

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