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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Missouri Military Installations
6:34 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Nixon Announces Partnership To Protect And Enhance Military Presence In Missouri

A Missouri National Guard Black Hawk helicopter.
Mo. National Guard

Gov. Jay Nixonhas issued an executive order designed to help prevent military bases in Missouri from being closed or downsized.

The order creates a partnership between state and local officials and business leaders. The goal is for those groups to examine ways to keep and expand the nation's military presence in Missouri.

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2014 Mo. Session
4:49 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Nixon Stands Behind Nominee For Missouri Parole Board

Former Mo. State Rep. Dennis Fowler (R, Advance), has been nominated by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) to fill a seat on the State Board of Probation and Parole.
Mo. House

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is defending his choice to fill a vacancy on the state Board of Probation and Parole.

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2014 Mo. Session
5:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Tax Cuts, Student Transfers May Dominate Missouri Legislature's 2014 Session

House Speaker Tim Jones and other Republican lawmakers on opening day of Missouri's 2014 legislative session.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri General Assembly's 2014 session is underway, and the first day sounded a lot like last year's session.

In his opening remarks, House Speaker Tim Jones, R-Eureka, laid out his agenda for this year's regular session: medical malpractice reform, making Missouri a right-to-work state, and cutting taxes.

"Missourians need and want lower taxes," Jones said.  "Missourians also want us to engage in significant reforms of our tax credit system, (and) end our governor's practice of picking winners and losers via a centralized planning authority."

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Education funding
8:06 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Nicastro Says More Funding Needed For Student Assessments Under Common Core

DESE Commissioner Chris Nicastro
Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education

A Missouri House subcommittee is considering whether to approve more money for student assessment tests under the new Common Core State Standards.

The standards are designed to put in place common nationwide achievement goals in math and language arts.  Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro told committee members Tuesday that implementing the Common Core in Missouri has not cost the state any additional money, but that measuring student performance under the new standards will.

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Restorative Justice Gardens
9:04 pm
Sun December 29, 2013

Missouri Inmates Grew 163 Tons Of Produce In 2013

The Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo.
(file)

Prison inmates in Missouri set a new record this year for growing produce for food pantries and other nonprofits across the state.

The Restorative Justice Garden Program oversees gardens at 20 prisons and three probation and parole facilities in Missouri.  Department of Corrections Director George Lombardi says inmates grew 163 tons of produce this year, a new record.

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Target Stores Data Breach
10:27 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Koster Warns Of New Scam In Wake Of Target's Data Breach

Target Brands, Inc.

In the wake of a massive data breach committed against the Target retail store chain, con artists may be targeting victims of the scam in Missouri and elsewhere.

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Mo. Dept. of Agriculture
9:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Fordyce Named Director Of State Dept. Of Agriculture

Richard Fordyce, named new Dir. of the Mo. Dept. of Agriculture on Dec. 19, 2013.
Office of Gov. Jay Nixon

Gov. Jay Nixon has named a new director for Missouri's Department of Agriculture.

Nixon has appointed Richard Fordyce of Bethany to take over the state agency immediately. Harry Bozoian, who has served as acting director, has been named deputy director.

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Border War
10:13 am
Thu December 19, 2013

'Border War Cease Fire' Legislation Pre-Filed In Mo. Senate

Mo. State Sen. Ryan Silvey (R, Kansas City)
Mo. Senate

A Kansas City lawmaker is proposing legislation next year to address the so-called "Border War" between Missouri and Kansas over businesses weighing whether to relocate or stay put.

State Sen. Ryan Silvey, R-Kansas City, says his proposal would create a bilateral agreement between Kansas and Missouri, forbidding them from offering incentives to entice companies to move across the border to their opposite state.

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TANF
5:20 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Missouri Audit Alleges Misuse of EBT Cards By Some Welfare Recipients

(via Flickr/clementine gallot)

A new audit released Tuesday finds that some welfare recipients in Missouri have used their benefits to buy things besides food and other daily necessities, while others may have moved away but continue to get in-state benefits.

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Politics & Issues
4:29 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Nixon Names State Senator To Head Missouri Department Of Labor

Missouri state Sen. Ryan McKenna, D-Crystal City
(Missouri Senate website)

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, is reducing his party’s already-paltry numbers in the state Senate by nominating state Sen. Ryan McKenna to become the new director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

Nixon’s action, announced Friday, also could have an impact on what’s already seen as among the most competitive state Senate contests in 2014.

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