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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Missouri Unclaimed Property
2:11 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

There's about $600 million in unclaimed property in Mo. Treasurer Zweifel's office. Is some of it yours to claim?

Mo. State Treasurer Clint Zweifel views pieces on display from the Unclaimed Property vault on March 22, 2011. More than 1,200 safe deposit boxes were turned over to him this year to be added to Unclaimed Property.
(Office of Missouri State Treasurer Clint Zweifel)

Missouri residents are being urged to find out if they have any unclaimed property being held by the state. Treasurer Clint Zweifel says his office currently holds around $600 million in unclaimed cash and merchandise. The items include World's Fair tickets, bank notes from the early 1800's, and unclaimed war medals.

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MO Statehouse
4:39 pm
Fri March 18, 2011

Mo. House GOP touts accomplishments at 2011 halfway point

House Speaker Steven Tilley (R, Perryville) addresses reporters after the House adjourned for spring break.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The halfway point of Missouri’s legislative session has arrived, as lawmakers take a week off for spring break.

Before leaving town, Republican leaders in the House trumpeted their first-half accomplishments to reporters.

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MO Statehouse
6:00 pm
Thu March 17, 2011

Mo. House passes "late term" abortion ban

Mo. House members during floor debate on the "late term" abortion bill.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri House has passed legislation to ban so-called “late term” abortions in the Show-Me State.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks unless two doctors verify that a fetus is either not viable or is a medical threat to the mother.

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MO Statehouse
5:56 pm
Wed March 16, 2011

Filibuster of jobless benefits continues in Mo. Senate

Mo. Sen. Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) is leading the filibuster.
Mo. Senate

A group of fiscally conservative Missouri senators is continuing to block legislation to draw down $81 million in federal unemployment benefits, even though Senate Republican leaders support the bill.

State Senator Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) has been leading the filibuster for weeks.  He says rejecting the money would send a message to Washington that it needs to reign in spending.

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MO Statehouse
5:53 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Mo. House committee quickly passes state budget

A sign sitting outside State Rep. Silvey's office this session sums up the mood toward any proposed budget increases this year.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The House Budget Committee has quickly wrapped up work on Missouri’s state budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

The process of voting 13 budget bills out of committee is often raucous and can take several days to do.  This year, it only took an hour, with each budget bill passing overwhelmingly.

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Proposition B
4:28 pm
Thu March 10, 2011

Mo. Senate passes reversal of Proposition B

Mo. Capitol
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Senate has passed controversial legislation that would reverse portions of Proposition B

Voters narrowly approved the ballot measure last November, which limits dog breeders to 50 dogs per operation and requires adequate food, water and outdoor access.

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Morning News Round-up
9:43 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Morning Headlines: Thursday, March 10, 2011

A TV was set up in a hallway of the State Capitol for those who couldn’t get into the hearing room for a hearing on charging customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant.
(Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Good morning! Here are some of today's starting headlines:

  • A State Senate committee spent several hours last night (Wednesday) discussing legislation that would allow utility companies in Missouri to charge customers for a site permit for a proposed nuclear power plant.  The reactor would be built by St. Louis-based Ameren Missouri and would be located next to the company’s reactor near Fulton.  The price tag for the site permit is around $40 million.  Opponents included Jean Blackwood of the Sierra Club:

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English-Only Drivers' Tests
3:12 pm
Wed March 9, 2011

Mo. House endorses English-only drivers tests

(via Flickr/Robert S. Donovan)

The Missouri House has given first-round approval to legislation that would require driver’s license tests to be given in English only.

Supporters say doing so would help immigrants assimilate easier into American culture and promote safety, since road signs in Missouri are in English.

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MO Statehouse
7:11 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

STL Police local control bill stalls in Mo. Senate

Sen. JIm Lembke (R, Lemay), one of two Senators leading a filibuster of the local control bill in the Mo. Senate.
Harrison Sweazea, Mo. Senate Communications Office

Legislation that would restore local control over the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has stalled in the Missouri Senate

Two St. Louis-area Senators, Jim Lembke (R, Lemay) and Maria Chappelle-Nadal (D, University City), began a filibuster of the bill today.

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Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act
5:31 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Mo. Senate endorses repeal of dog breeding law

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Senate has given first-round approval to a bill that would reverse portions of Proposition B, a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters last year to regulate dog breeders.

The bill would do away with Proposition B’s limit of 50 dogs per breeder, and changes the name of the law from “Puppy Mill Cruelty Prevention Act” to “Canine Cruelty Prevention Act.”

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