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
7:06 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mo. Senate holding "Rebooting Government" meetings

For the second year in a row, the Missouri Senate is seeking direct public input for ways to, in its words, "reboot government."


Senate members are holding seminars this week to discuss the ideas sent in via email.


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MO Statehouse
3:47 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Tom Schweich sworn in as Mo. State Auditor

Mo. Auditor Tom Schweich is sworn into office by Judge Gary Gaertner Jr. of the Eastern District State Appeals Court. Holding the Bible during the ceremony are Schweich’s daughter Emilie and son Tom Jr. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

Missouri has a new State Auditor.

Tom Schweich was sworn in today during a ceremony inside the State Capitol Rotunda. 

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Richard Clay
3:35 pm
Mon January 10, 2011

Nixon commutes death sentence for Clay

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon commuted the death sentence for Richard Clay (pictured) today. (Missouri Department of Corrections)

UPDATED 6:08 p.m. Jan. 10, 2011 with comment from Clay's attorney:

Last week we told you that supporters of Richard Clay asked Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon to halt Clay's execution. Well, now it seems that Nixon has granted their request.

The governor issued the following statement this afternoon:

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University of Missouri System
11:21 am
Fri January 7, 2011

University of Missouri system president Forsee resigns

University of Missouri system president Gary Forsee in 2008. Forsee announced his resignation today (St. Louis Public Radio)

Via an internal memo this morning, University of Missouri System President Gary Forsee announced that he is resigning.


In the announcement Forsee calls three years serving as system president "an honor," and pledges to help in any way possible.

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MO Statehouse
4:19 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

St. Louis lawmaker seeks to block pay raises for judges

Legislation that would block pay raises for judges in Missouri has been introduced in the State Senate.


The raises were recommended by a special commission to bring salaries for state judges closer to their federal counterparts.


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MO Statehouse
6:53 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Tea Party rally at Mo. State Capitol

Lawmakers weren't the only ones filing into the Missouri Capitol today.


Around 200 people attended a Tea Party rally inside the Capitol Rotunda.  Most of the speakers sounded off on national issues, primarily taxes and the Democratic agenda.


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MO Statehouse
5:38 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Mo. General Assembly begins 2011 session

Lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives greet each other as the 2011 session opens. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri General Assembly has begun its annual legislative session in Jefferson City.

New Republican leaders in both chambers emphasized job growth as their top priorities.

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MO Statehouse
6:48 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Missouri business interests release 2011 legislative agenda

Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio

Business interests in Missouri have outlined what they want from lawmakers during the 2011 legislative session, which begins tomorrow.


Their requests include increased protection from lawsuits, changing worker compensation laws, and freezing corporate franchise taxes.


 


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MO Statehouse
4:29 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

Supporters of Richard Clay ask Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon to halt his execution

Kiefer Clay, son of Mo. death row inmate Richard Clay, reads a statement asking Gov. Nixon to spare his father's life. (Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Public Radio)

The family of Missouri death row inmate Richard Clay and an anti-death penalty group are asking Governor Jay Nixon to halt Clay's scheduled execution next week.

Clay was sentenced to die for the 1994 shooting death of Randy Martindale in New Madrid.  But his supporters say authorities arrested, tried and convicted the wrong person.

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MO Statehouse
11:40 am
Mon January 3, 2011

2011 Missouri Legislative Preview

Marshall Griffin shares what Missourians can expect for this year's legislative session. (Bill Greenblatt/UPI )

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City this week for the 2011 legislative session.  There’ll be many new faces, thanks to term limits, along with new leaders for both the State House and Senate.  And Republicans now hold a veto-proof majority in the Senate and fall only three votes short of one in the House.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a closer look at the major issues they’ll be facing this year.

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