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
4:09 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Labor union opposes Nixon's job cut proposal

At least one labor union that represents state workers in Missouri is lashing out at Governor Jay Nixon's plan to eliminate more than 860 state jobs.

Nixon made that announcement during Wednesday's State of the State Address.

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State of the State
10:31 am
Thu January 20, 2011

2011 Missouri State of the State Address

As seen through a door, Mo. Governor Jay Nixon delivers the State of the State speech to the legislature in the House of Represenatives chambers at the State Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. on January 19, 2011. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Governor Jay Nixon is calling for cuts to higher education, fewer state jobs, and holding public school funding at its current level in his proposed state budget for next year. But he kept his State of the State Address upbeat while acknowledging that Missouri is still in a financial hole.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin reports.

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MO Statehouse
4:50 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Mo. House committee votes to allow local control of St. Louis Police Dept.

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

A Missouri House committee has voted in favor of legislation to give St. Louis control over its police department, which has been under state control since the Civil War.

Those arguing in favor of local control say it's past time for St. Louis to regain authority over its police force.

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MO Statehouse
7:41 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Mo. House leaders target Nixon's travel billing

Gov. Jay Nixon (D) at a press conference at the Mo. Capitol.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri House leaders from both political parties are targeting Governor Jay Nixon's practice of having various state agencies pay for his travel expenses.

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MO Statehouse
5:42 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Budget hearings begin in the Mo. Senate

The Senate Appropriations Committee hears budget requests from various groups during the first day of budget hearings scheduled this week.
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri Senate committee is receiving budget requests this week from agencies and non-profit groups as lawmakers prepare to craft the state's spending plan for next year.


Several groups appeared today before the Senate Appropriations Committee, asking that funding for the Department of Social Services be raised, or at least not cut any further.

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MO Statehouse
5:23 pm
Fri January 14, 2011

State of Missouri celebrates legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

The state of Missouri paid tribute today to Martin Luther King, Jr., at a ceremony in Jefferson City.

About 150 people attended the event.  The diverse audience was encouraged to pay tribute to the slain Civil Rights leader by treating others with kindness and looking for ways to serve others.

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MO Statehouse
5:35 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Gov. Nixon releases $7.5 million for school bus funding in Mo.

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon announced the release of funds for public school busing today. (via Flickr/wheany)
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Governor Jay Nixon has released $7.5 million for public school busing that he had earlier withheld due to Missouri's budget troubles.

The amount is just a fraction of the $70 million budgeted for public school transportation, the rest of which remains frozen.

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Mo. House of Representatives
3:03 pm
Thu January 13, 2011

Smoking still allowed in Mo. House Capitol offices

The dome of the Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Mo. House of Representatives members voted against a ban on smoking in their Capitol offices today. (via Flickr/jimbowen0306)
(via Flickr/jimbowen0306)

Though the recent trend in Missouri has been to go smoke free, the Missouri House voted today to continue to allow smoking in members' offices in the Capitol building.

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MO Statehouse
8:26 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Mo. House committee votes to require drug testing for welfare recipients

Members of the House Committee on General Laws passed legislation requiring welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits on Wed. (Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

A Missouri House committee has passed legislation that would require some welfare recipients to undergo drug testing in order to receive benefits.


Members of the House Committee on General Laws took testimony from supporters and opponents before casting their votes.


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MO Statehouse
3:42 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Missouri adopts policy for red-light cameras

New standards for red-light cameras were approved unanimously today. (St. Louis Public Radio)

A uniform policy for the use of traffic enforcement cameras was approved unanimously today by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission.

The new standards require that all tickets for red-light violations be issued by an actual police officer.

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