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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Veterans Day
5:20 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Veterans Day Celebrated At Missouri Capitol

Veterans Day is celebrated at the Mo. Capitol. Hanging in the Rotunda is a 10' by 16' banner containing messages of thanks to veterans and current US service personnel.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Around 100 people turned out at the Missouri Capitol Monday to salute America's military veterans.

The crowd was a mix of veterans and civilians who not only heard about the sacrifices of the nation's older vets, but also of younger ones who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Retired Air Force Colonel John Clark of Columbia says it's crucial for returning soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines to retrain their minds for peace.

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Historic Places Nominations
5:38 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

12 Sites In Missouri Nominated For National Register Of Historic Places

The old Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Assoc. building in St. Louis.
Preservation Research Office

The Missouri Advisory Council on Historic Preservation has nominated 12 sites across the state to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Three of the 12 sites are in St. Louis, including one that's relatively young – the glass-walled Hamiltonian Federal Savings and Loan Association building, which was built in 1961 and has been vacant for nearly a decade.  Michael Allen with the St. Louis-based Preservation Research Office made the pitch for the Hamiltonian building.

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Transportation
4:36 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

MoDOT Unveils 20-Year Plan For Transportation, But State Can't Afford It

MoDot

The head of the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has unveiled a 20-year plan that's based on more than 12,000 suggestions from the public.

However, the state currently cannot afford to implement it.

MoDOT Director Dave Nichols says it would cost more than $70 Billion to fund all the suggestions they've received from Missouri residents, and that his agency is currently estimated to only have $17 billion available over the next 20 years.

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Medicaid
6:42 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Barnes Presents 'Cost Estimates' Of Potential Mo. Medicaid Expansion

Mo. State Rep. Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City)
Mo. House Communications

The chair of a Missouri House interim committee on Medicaid has offered the beginnings of a potential plan to overhaul the system.

It includes expanding Medicaid coverage to around 225,000 adults while eliminating or reducing coverage for children and blind adults eligible for federally subsidized insurance policies.  State Representative Jay Barnes (R, Jefferson City) says the potential changes could save the state around $42 million by the time they're fully implemented.

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Old Missouri State Prison
4:53 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

State of Mo. & Jefferson City To Split Cleanup Costs At Old Mo. State Prison

East entrance of the old Mo. State Penitentiary in Jefferson City, Mo.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

An agreement has been reached between the Nixon Administration and Jefferson City on paying for cleanup and renovations at the old Missouri State Penitentiary.

City officials had been conducting both historic and paranormal tours of the former prison site as part of a major tourism push, but they were canceled in September after high levels of mold were discovered.  Governor Jay Nixon (D) told reporters Wednesday that cleanup costs will be around $2 million, and that the state will foot half the bill.

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Water Quality
2:30 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Missouri Approves Sweeping Revisions Of Clean Water Standards

Missouri's new clean water standards will protect tens-of-thousands of additional miles of rivers and streams.
Kelsey Proud, St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 5:50 p.m. with quote by Sara Parker Pauley; updated at 3:41 p.m. with quote by Lorin Crandall.

The Missouri Clean Water Commission has approved a sweeping regulatory overhaul of the state's water quality standards.

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Mo. Dept. of Agriculture
5:12 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

State House Cmte. Created To Investigate Allegations At Mo. Dept. Of Agriculture

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka) has announced the formation of another investigative committee, this time to look into allegations of a hostile work environment at the state Department of Agriculture.

The committee's formation comes weeks after the announced resignation of former Agriculture Director Jon Hagler, and follows the release of a letter by a former Agriculture department employee who accused Hagler of creating a hostile work place.  The committee will be chaired by State Representative Casey Guernsey (R, Bethany).

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Missouri Revenues
5:22 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Mo. Revenues Up 2.5 Percent So Far For Fiscal Year 2014

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri's revenue picture continues to improve for the current fiscal year.

As of July 1st, Missouri's tax collections have increased by 2.5 percent over what they were at this time a year ago, from $2.42 billion to $2.48 billion.  Individual income tax collections are up by 3.8 percent, while corporate and franchise tax collections have risen by 26.4 percent.  Sales tax collections since July 1st have increased to nearly $645 million.

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Missouri Government
4:38 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Mo. House Committee Recommends Ways To Downsize State Government

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee tasked with looking at ways to downsize state government has sent a memo containing recommendations to House Speaker Tim Jones (R, Eureka).  Committee chairman Paul Curtman (R, Pacific) says his primary recommendation is to give the State Auditor's office the authority to conduct comparative audits.

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Medicaid
7:42 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Second Day Of Medicaid Hearings; Several GOP House Members Remain Opposed to Expansion

The Mo. House Interim Committee on Medicaid Transformation conducts a second day of hearings at the Mo. Capitol on Oct. 30, 2013.
Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

A second day of hearings has concluded into Missouri's Medicaid system by an interim House committee tasked with putting together a potential overhaul that could include expansion.

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