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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MO Statehouse
7:39 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Nuclear site permit may be dead for 2011

Ameren Missouri's Callaway Nuclear plant
Ameren Missouri

Legislation that would allow Missouri utility customers to be billed for a site permit for a second nuclear reactor may be dead for the session.

The measure had recently been added to a separate bill dealing with utility deposits and the Office of Public Counsel.

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Local Control
3:43 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

"Conditional compromise" nearing on St. Louis police local control

The logo of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police displayed on a patrol vehicle.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

As lawmakers circle around a possible compromise on the local control legislation in the Missouri Capitol today, St. Louis' Mayor Francis Slay shared some of his thoughts on the possible ramifications.

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Proposition B
9:41 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Proposition B supporters, opponents, agree on compromise proposal

(Photo by: Hamed Saber, Flickr Creative Commons)

A compromise has been announced between supporters and opponents of Proposition B on a new proposal to overhaul dog-breeding regulations passed by Missouri voters last year.

The agreement would remove the 50-dog limit, allowing breeders to have as many dogs as they want.

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MO Statehouse
8:39 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Mo. Senator proposes flat tax

State Senator Luann Ridgeway (R, Smithville) wants Missouri to dump its state income tax in favor of a consumption tax.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

With less than a month to go in this year’s legislative session, another proposal is being made to overhaul Missouri’s tax structure.

The resolution would replace the state’s income tax with a sales tax -- and if passed by lawmakers, it would go before Missouri voters next year.

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MO Statehouse
7:36 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Some controversial bills sent to Gov. Nixon's desk early enough for veto challenge

Missouri Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The GOP-controlled Missouri General Assembly has sent a few controversial bills to Democratic Governor Jay Nixon early enough for any veto to be overridden during the regular session.

They include the rollback on dog breeding regulations in Proposition B, and a bill that makes discrimination a “motivating factor," rather than a “contributing factor” in wrongful termination lawsuits.

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Missouri Congressional Redistricting
6:55 pm
Thu April 14, 2011

Mo. House rejects Senate redistricting map, asks for conference

The congressional redistricting map passed Wednesday by the Mo. Senate and rejected today by the Mo. House.
Mo. Senate

The Missouri House has rejected the changes made to its redistricting map by the Senate, which on Wednesday took its own map and substituted it in the House bill before passing it.

The main sticking point appears to be how much of Jefferson County will fall into the rural southeastern Missouri congressional district.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
7:53 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Mo. Senate begins redistricting debate

The redistricting map passed by the Mo. House is currently before the Mo. Senate.
Mo. House of Representatives

The congressional redistricting map passed by the Missouri House last week is now in the hands of the State Senate.

And the consensus so far is that both Democrats and Republicans don’t like it.

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Potential presidential candidate visits Missouri
4:20 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Potential GOP presidential candidate Cain speaks at Mo. Capitol

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain addresses a "Tax Day" rally at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A potential Republican candidate for president made a stop today at the Missouri Capitol.

Business executive-turned-radio talk show host Herman Cain met with state lawmakers and addressed a Tea Party rally on the South Lawn of the Capitol.

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Aerotropolis bill
10:37 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. House passes Aerotropolis bill

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport
(via Flickr/dbking)

The Missouri House has passed the Aerotropolis bill, which is designed to turn Lambert Airport in St. Louis into a global air freight hub.

The bill would provide around $480 million in tax incentives, which companies could use to build cargo facilities near Lambert Airport.

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Missouri congressional redistricting
10:01 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Mo. Senate committee passes House redistricting map

The GOP-crafted congressional redistricting map has passed the Senate Redistricting Committee 4-3.
Mo. House of Representatives

The congressional redistricting map passed by the Missouri House last week has narrowly passed a State Senate committee.

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