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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Medical Malpractice
5:14 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Pre-Filed Bill Would Restore Caps On Medical Malpractice Damages

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

Republican lawmakers in Missouri will try again next year to restore caps on damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits.

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Politics & Issues
2:36 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Unclaimed Property In Missouri Can Now Be Directly Donated To Charity

Mo. Treasurer Clint Zweifel (D) announces new program in which unclaimed property can be directly donated to charity.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri residents who have unclaimed property now have the option of donating that property to charity.

State Treasurer Clint Zweifel, who manages the state's unclaimed property division, made that announcement Wednesday at the State Capitol.  He says part of the reason for the new option is that some people are reluctant to reclaim property that's worth only small amounts of money.

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Education
5:11 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Pre-Filed Bill Seeks To Curb Thousands Of Potential Student Transfers In Kansas City

Mo. Sen. Paul LeVota (D, Independence)
Missouri Senate

A proposal to circumvent thousands of potential student transfers in the Kansas City area may be considered by the Missouri General Assembly next year.

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Fulton State Hospital
6:07 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Nixon Unveils Plans To Pay For New Fulton State Hospital

Aerial view of Fulton State Hospital, 1934.
Craig C. Chapman/Cx3 Photography

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released plans to fund construction of a new state psychiatric hospital in Fulton.

Nixon says his state budget for the next fiscal year (FY 2015) will include a bond issue designed to generate roughly $200 million to help cover the projected $211 million price tag.

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Politics / Boeing
3:40 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

States Compete To Woo Boeing

Floor of the Missouri House shortly after the passage of the Boeing incentives bill on Dec. 6, 2013. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:56 am

Tomorrow is the deadline for states to get their proposals to the Boeing corporation about what kind of incentives they’ll offer to get the aircraft giant to build its next generation jetliner, the 777X, in their backyard.

The state of Missouri has been up front in its desire to woo the manufacturer. Governor Jay Nixon convened a special legislative session to get a proposal off to Boeing.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Marshall Griffin of St. Louis Public Radio explains what’s inside.

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Boeing/Special Session
12:33 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Mo. House Passes Boeing Bill, Special Session Ends

Floor of the Mo. House shortly after the passage of the Boeing incentives bill on Dec. 6, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed the Senate version of the Boeing incentives bill, bringing a quickly-called special session of the legislature to a quick close.

The measure would provide roughly $1.7 billion in tax breaks over a 23-year period to Boeing to expand its St. Louis facility and build its 777X passenger jet there.  Perhaps the most enthusiastic endorsement on the House floor came from State Representative Steve Lynch (R, Waynesville), who also owns a furniture store.

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Boeing/Special session
4:44 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Boeing Incentives Bill Passes 2 Mo. House Committees

Mo. House Economic Development Committee chair Anne Zerr (R, St. Charles) holds a list of amendments the Mo. Senate added to the Boeing bill on Wednesday before passing it. Zerr was supportive of the amendments, and the bill passed her committee today.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

The Boeing incentives bill continues moving forward during Missouri's special legislative session.

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Boeing/Special Session
4:35 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Mo. Senate Passes Boeing Incentives Bill; House May Hold Vote Friday

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Governor Jay Nixon's (D) proposal to land production of Boeing's 777X passenger jet is two steps closer to success, as the Missouri Senate gave it both first-round and final approval Wednesday.

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Boeing/Special Session
2:03 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Mo. House & Senate Committees Each Pass Boeing Incentives Bills

Mo. House Cmte. on Economic Development shortly before the start of its meeting on Dec. 3, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Legislation that would provide tax breaks for Boeing to build its 777X passenger jet in Missouri was passed Tuesday night by two legislative committees.

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Boeing/Special session
3:58 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

STL-Area Union Leaders Agree To 24-Hour Shifts & No Overtime As Part Of Boeing Bid

Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has announced an agreement with St. Louis-area labor unions leaders designed to further entice Boeing into awarding its 777X contract to Missouri.

Nixon told reporters during a conference call Tuesday that leaders from three construction union groups have all committed to a 24-hour work schedule with no overtime pay, while constructing the facility where the new passenger jet is to be built.

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