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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Joplin Tornado
11:52 am
Tue May 31, 2011

Feds to pay 90 percent of Joplin tornado cleanup

A overturned car sits where a house once stood in Joplin, Mo. on May 24. Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that the federal government will pay 90 percent of costs associated with expedited debris removal from Joplin.

Updated 5:07 p.m. to reflect that the cleanup work begins Wednesday.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon says the federal government has agreed to pay a greater-than-usual share of the cleanup costs from a deadly tornado that struck Joplin.

He says the federal government will cover 90 percent of the expedited debris removal from areas that received extensive damage.

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Joplin Tornado
5:19 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Nixon to set aside $25M for Joplin tornado, will speak with Obama at memorial

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon at a press conference on May 27 when he announced that $25 million will be set aside in next year's state budget to help pay for damage following the tornado in Joplin on May 22.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will shift $25 million from next year’s state budget to help pay for damage in Joplin caused by last weekend’s deadly tornado.

Nixon says he doesn’t yet know which areas of the FY 2012 budget he’ll use to help offset tornado expenses.

“What decisions we have to make because of that to trim the budget and to balance, we’ll make over the coming weeks…if the demands for dollars continue to move up, we clearly have other sources, other ways to get resources,” Nixon said.

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Flooding
6:35 pm
Thu May 26, 2011

Heavy rainfall increases potential for isolated flooding in Mo.

A wall of sandbags, typically used to protect areas from flooding.
(via Flickr/clip works)

This week’s heavy rainfall has increased the potential for isolated floods in portions of the state, although no major flooding is expected. 

Right now, a flood warning is in effect for the Meramec River in St. Louis County, which could lead to some local street flooding. 

John Campbell, operations chief for the State Emergency Management Agency explains why, and where, the flooding could occur.

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Morning round-up
9:30 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, May 26, 2011

A video screen capture of damage sustained in Sedalia, Mo. from a tornado that ripped through the area Wednesday afternoon. Injuries were reported but no one was killed.
(Screen capture via YouTube user mbost89)

Severe Weather and Tornadoes Hit Missouri...Again

Storms capable of producing tornadoes pounded parts of the state Wednesday afternoon.

In Sedalia, Mo., a tornado destroyed dozens of mobile homes and heavily damaged several businesses along one of the city's main highways. No one was killed and only 15-to-25 minor injuries were reported.

Acting Police Chief Larry Ward says despite all the damage, it feels like Sedalia dodged a bullet.

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MO Statehouse
4:59 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Mo. State Senator asks for special session on nuclear site bill

A freshman State Senator wants Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) to call a special legislative session to approve a site permit for a second nuclear power plant.

Mike Kehoe (R, Jefferson City) carried the issue in the Senate this year.  He sent a letter to the governor requesting a special session.

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MO Statehouse
5:25 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Mo. education leader rates 2011 session

Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro
(Mo. Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education)

Missouri’s top K-12 education official is giving lawmakers mixed grades on the just-completed legislative session.

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MO Statehouse
5:56 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Teacher sexual misconduct bill waits for governor’s action

(via Flickr/comedy_nose)

Among the more than 150 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon this year is one designed to keep teachers who engage in sexual misconduct with students from jumping to another school district.

The sponsor, GOP Senator Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield, says the practice is called “passing the trash:”

“Teachers and educators and principals and superintendents are moving from one district to another because districts are signing confidentiality agreements with them, and oftentimes even giving them a severance package to keep everybody quiet,” Cunningham said.

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Missouri Congressional race
5:46 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Cunningham still mum on political future

Mo. Senator Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield)
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

With Missouri Congressman Todd Akin (R) tossing his hat in the ring for next year’s U.S. Senate race, one of his potential successors is keeping mum about whether she’ll join the growing field vying to replace him.

Jane Cunningham (R, Chesterfield) currently represents part of St. Louis County in the Missouri Senate, and has made no secret of her interest in running for Congress.

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2011Missouri Legislative Session
9:39 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Wrapping up Missouri's 2011 legislative session

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon briefs reporters on various subjects after the end of the 96th General Assembly at the State Capitol in Jefferson City on May 13, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Now that the dust has settled on a rather contentious 2011 legislative session, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is denying reports that he’s about to call a special session to deal with unresolved issues. 

The two most glaring are the Aerotropolis proposal and a major overhaul of the state’s tax credit system, and those bills were just a few examples of the contentious issues that lawmakers had to wrestle with this year.

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End of session
7:00 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Local control, Aerotropolis fail in final legislative hours

Missouri House members toss copies of bills in the air the moment the gavel came down on the 2011 legislative session. The final day paper toss is a tradition in the Missouri House.
(Tim Bommel/Mo. House Communications)

Legislation that would have returned oversight of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department back to City Hall has failed in Jefferson City.

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