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
5:34 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Mo. House committee passes balanced budget amendment proposal

Mo. House Budget Committee considers resolution calling for a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A resolution that would launch a new attempt to add a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution has passed a Missouri House committee.


The measure is sponsored by State Representative Dwight Scharnhorst (R, Valley Park).

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MO Statehouse
5:46 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Two state buildings evacuated in Jefferson City due to snow on roofs

One of two DHSS buildings in Jefferson City evacuated due to large amounts of snow on the roofs.
KRCG-TV

Two state office buildings in Jefferson City were evacuated today, due to large amounts of snow on the roofs.


More than 550 people work in the two buildings, which house the Missouri Dept. of Health and Senior Services.

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MO Statehouse
4:21 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Snow removal in Mo. will likely cost more than $8 million

As of today, the Missouri Department of Transportation has used plows and salt spreaders like these to spread more than 20,000 tons of salt and other materials on roads to fight this week's major winter storms. (Rachel Lippmann, St. Louis Public Radio)

The state of Missouri will likely spend more than $8 million removing snow from highways that fell during this week's major winter storms.

As of Thursday, Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) crews have spread more than 20,000 tons of salt and other materials on roads, and have put in more than 40,000 hours of overtime.

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MO Statehouse
5:38 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Nixon releases $10 million for school buses in Missouri

Governor Jay Nixon (D) has released an additional $10 million withheld from school bus funding for Missouri's public schools this year.

Nixon initially ordered $70 million withheld from K-12 transportation funding, citing dwindling revenues.

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Texting While Driving
9:32 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Mo. Senate gives first-round approval to extend texting ban

(via Flickr/OregonDOT)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to legislation that would expand the texting-while-driving ban to all motorists, not just those ages 21 or younger.

Although the bill passed, some senators opposed to the ban attached two amendments that have nothing to do with texting-while-driving, in an effort to kill the bill.  But both were vehicle-related, so supporters changed the bill's title to include various topics related to motor vehicles. 

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MO Statehouse
6:08 pm
Tue February 1, 2011

Mo. lawmakers give in to blizzard

The severe winter storm dumps several inches of snow in Missouri's capital city.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

One day after deciding to remain in session despite the severe winter storm, Missouri legislative leaders have reversed course.


The House will conduct non-voting technical sessions that only require a handful of lawmakers to attend.

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MO Statehouse
7:56 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Mo. General Assembly to remain in session despite blizzard

Mo. House members stand at ease while leaders discuss what to do about the approaching winter storm.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri General Assembly will remain in session this week, despite the approaching winter storm that's predicted to dump lots of snow and ice across the state.


A number of lawmakers, including House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones (R, Eureka), say that since they're already in Jefferson City, they might as well get some work done.

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Storm in St. Louis
12:01 pm
Mon January 31, 2011

Winter storm information and resources

Trucks are once again rolling westbound on Highway 70 in Foristell, Mo. on Feb. 2, 2011. Highway 70 was closed due to heavy snow from Wentzville to Kansas City, Mo. on Feb. 1. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Dealing with the aftermath of this winter storm? We have information and resources to help.

Also, if you have some photos of your winter storm experience to share, post them here.

Follow other news and weather-related updates with us on Twitter: @stlpublicradio

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MO Statehouse
5:54 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Some Mo. senators want to reject federal school funds

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Some Republican lawmakers in Missouri are suggesting the state reject a $189 million federal payment for K-12 public schools.


Others want to accept it, but also want to spend it differently than Governor Jay Nixon (D) has proposed.

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MO Statehouse
5:12 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Bills to raise cigarette tax filed in Mo. House

Flickr/curran.kelleher

Two bills have been filed in the Missouri House that would raise the state's tax on cigarettes, which is currently the lowest in the nation at 17 cents a pack.

The first bill would only raise the tax on cigarettes by 12 cents a pack, while the second would raise it by a dollar a pack.

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