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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Department of Natural Resources
6:13 pm
Mon December 13, 2010

Nixon names new Dept. of Natural Resources director

Sarah Parker Pauley, the woman picked by Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon to become the next director of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
(Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Governor Jay Nixon has picked a new Director for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Sarah Parker Pauley, 45, will succeed former Director Mark Templeton, who left the DNR to run a trust fund for victims of the BP oil spill. She told reporters her priorities include promoting clean energy use.

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MO Statehouse
6:02 pm
Fri December 10, 2010

Execution date set for Mo. inmate Richard Clay

Richard Clay
Mo. Dept. of Corrections

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MO Statehouse
6:16 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

Nixon comments on canceled Taiwan trip

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon

 Governor Jay Nixon has finally spoken to reporters about last week's cancellation of a trip to Taiwan and South Korea.

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MO Statehouse
4:34 pm
Thu December 9, 2010

DWI victims remembered at Mo. State Capitol

Angela Maue holds a photo of her son, Luke. In May, 2001, he was struck and killed by a drunk driver near the main entrance of the St. Louis Zoo.
Catherine Morrison, MoDOT

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MO House
5:50 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Bill would bar Mo. pharmacies from being forced to sell "morning after" pill

A "morning-after" pill package.
(Flickr Creative Commons User meddygarnet)

The bill is sponsored by GOP House Member David Sater, who owned and operated a pharmacy in Barry County for 30 years.  He says it would not bar pharmacies from selling the so-called "morning after" pill, but would guarantee their right NOT to if the owners so choose.

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MO Statehouse
10:04 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Mo. lawmakers pre-file bills for 2011 session

The Thomas Jefferson statue stands on the steps of the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Missouri on December 3, 2010.
Bill Greenblatt UPI

Missouri lawmakers have been pre-filing bills this week in preparation for the legislative session that begins next month. Here's the lowdown on these early ventures:

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MO House
11:47 am
Fri December 3, 2010

Democrats to chair 3 Mo. House committees

Mo. State Rep. Chris Kelly, (D - Columbia) speaks at a press conference with House Speaker-elect Tilley on Dec. 1, 2010.
(Flickr Creative Commons User MoNewsHorizon, credit for photo: Tim Bommel of Missouri House Communications)

Three Democratic members of the Missouri House will chair committees next year, despite the increase in power by the Republican Party in that chamber.

Incoming House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) told reporters at a press conference today that he picked the best qualified lawmakers to head the committees, regardless of party.

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MO House
5:40 pm
Thu December 2, 2010

Incoming Mo. House Speaker skeptical about tax credit report

File photo

The incoming Speaker of the Missouri House is hinting of a battle with Governor Jay Nixon over tax credits.

A committee appointed by the Democratic governor has recommended eliminating nearly half of the state's tax credit programs. House Speaker-elect Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) says he has doubts about the accuracy of the tax credit committee report.

"My preliminary evaluation of it is (that) they've used false data and incorrect conclusions to come up with the recommendations," Tilley told reporters at a press conference today.

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MO Statehouse
11:43 am
Wed December 1, 2010

Cape Girardeau selected for final Mo. casino license

Artist rendering of Isle of Capri Casino in Cape Girardeau, set to open in Late 2012.
Isle of Capri Casino

The Missouri Gaming Commission has selected Cape Girardeau as the new site for the state's 13th casino license.

Commissioner Jim Mathewson said that Cape Girardeau "made a good presentation" and "had lots of support from the community."

Mathewson also cited "oversaturation of the market" when asked why St. Louis was not awarded the license.

(Updates have been made to this story below)

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