Marshall Griffin

Marshall Griffin is the Statehouse reporter for St. Louis Public Radio.

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Business & Tech
5:23 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

A Rush On Twinkies Across Missouri

Twinkies, a snack cake marketed as a "Golden Sponge Cake with Creamy Filling"
Flickr user Christian Bale

Grocery chains across Missouri are running out of Twinkies and other Hostess products, following Friday's announcement that the company is going out of business. 

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Government
10:00 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Transportation Officials Look At Health Insurance

A special committee of transportation officials is still reviewing the amount of money MoDOT workers and State Troopers pay for health insurance. 

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Government
10:06 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Legislators Look At Review Of State Worker Compensation Benefits

Missouri Senator Mike Kehoe
Credit senate.mo.gov

A legislative committee wants Missouri to hire a company to review state employee salaries and benefits.   

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Election 2012
12:42 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

If You Haven't Voted Yet, Expect Lines

A "vote here" sign in Kansas City, Mo.
Laura Spencer KCUR

Voter turnout has been heavy in portions of Missouri Tuesday morning, according to the Secretary of State’s office. 

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Government
10:03 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Revenues Are Up; Missouri Government Workers Get A Day Off

The Missouri Statehouse.
jimmywayne Flickr

Missouri’s revenue collections are up compared to a year ago. 

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Agriculture
4:19 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Fall Colors Expected Despite Stress Of Summer

Fall color on a Monroe County farm.
David Stonner Missouri Department of Conservation

Recent rain showers across Missouri may salvage the state’s fall foliage, according to state conservation officials.

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Government
4:57 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Sales Taxes On Vehicles Purchased Out-Of-State Debated In Missouri

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon and the Republican-led General Assembly will face off next week over a bill vetoed earlier this year that would have required Mo. residents to pay sales tax on vehicles purchased out-of-state. 

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Health
4:24 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Health Care Exchange Ballot Language Debated

Arguments were heard on Friday about whether a temporary restraining order should be issued against Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan over language she approved for a ballot initiative regarding health care exchanges. 

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Environment
9:14 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Nixon Warns Of Fall Wildfire Risk In Missouri

Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon says the risk of wildfires in the region will carry into the fall.
Missouri Dept. of Public Safety

Missouri’s drought conditions have increased the threat of wildfires across the state. 

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Government
8:11 am
Mon August 6, 2012

A Quarter Of Missouri Voters Expected To Cast Ballots

bigstock.com

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan says voter turnout should be around 25 percent for Tuesday’s party primaries. That’s slightly higher than the 23 percent turnout two years ago.

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Government
8:07 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Republican Race For Missouri Secretary Of State Heats Up

Republican contenders for Mo. Sec. of State, L-R: Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), Shane Schoeller (R, Willard), and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton).

Robin Carnahan’s decision to not seek a third term as Missouri Secretary of State has opened the door for seven hopefuls from four different political parties. 

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Government
3:44 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Ballot Initiatives' Authority Upheld

Missouri Supreme Court building.
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Missouri Supreme Court has upheld the State Auditor’s authority to prepare fiscal notes and summaries for citizen-initiated ballot questions. 

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Health
4:31 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Nixon Vetoes Contraceptive Refusal Bill

Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill designed to thwart President Obama’s contraceptive mandate in Missouri. 

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Government
8:34 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Auditor Says No Cost, No Saving For Ballot Measures

A ballot measure going before voters in November would make changes to appellate judge selection. Another would bar the creation of a health care exchange in Missouri unless the legislature authorizes it.
bigstock.com

Two ballot questions going before Missouri voters in November won’t cost or save the state any money, according the State Auditor’s office.

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Health
5:12 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Awarding Process For State Contracts Under Scrutiny

A new temporary committee has been created in the Missouri House to examine how the Governor’s Office of Administration awards government contracts. 

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Environment
8:19 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Farmers & Environmentalists Dispute Missouri River Plan

Over 120 people crowded into a meeting room at the Lewis and Clark Building in Jefferson City for a hearing on the Jameson Island project on June 11, 2012
Marshall Griffin St. Louis Public Radio

The Army Corps of Engineers wants to build a new chute at Jameson Island designed to protect the pallid sturgeon and other native fish species.

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Government
7:20 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Companies Push For Small Nuclear Reactors In Missouri

Ameren Missouri's Callaway County plant near Fulton. Ameren and Westinghouse Electric Co. have a plan in the works to build up to five small modular nuclear reactors near the plant.
Ameren Missouri

Ameren Missouri and Westinghouse executives gave a presentation to the state Public Service Commission on their plans to build small modular nuclear reactors, also known as SMR’s.

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Government
7:18 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Missouri Gaming Chair Steps Down

Jim Mathewson
Missouri Senate website

The Missouri Gaming Commission is looking for a new chairman.  Jim Mathewson announced he’s stepping down, one month after his three-year term officially expired. 

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Government
7:20 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Governor Nixon Urged To Veto Bill Protecting Worship Services

The American Civil Liberties Union wants Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to veto a bill that would make it a crime to disturb worship services in Missouri. 

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Missouri Statehouse
3:39 pm
Tue May 15, 2012

Legislative Measure To Bar Jayhawks Specialty Mo. License Plate

proforged flickr

The Missouri House has approved language designed to bar the creation of a Kansas Jayhawks specialty license plate. The measure was added onto a larger higher education bill passed by the House Tuesday.

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Missouri Statehouse
3:19 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Rush Bust: En Route To Capitol?

Sculptor E. Spencer Schubert working on the bust of Rush Limbaugh.
Note: Posted on Schubert's website, but taken down; retrieved by Huffington Post

Rumors swept the Missouri Capitol that the bust of conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was being delivered today, along with the bust of former slave Dred Scott.

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Missouri Statehouse
11:17 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Missouri Representative Explains 'Don't Say Gay' Announcement

A Republican member of the Missouri House came out of the closet this week during a press conference on a bill that would limit public schools from discussing sexual orientation in the classroom. 

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Missouri Statehouse
7:26 am
Tue May 1, 2012

House Rejects Senate Budget Bills

The Missouri House rejected most of the budget bills passed last week by the Senate.  The move was part of the normal procedure for preparing for final budget negotiations. 

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Missouri Statehouse
7:24 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Nixon Wants Money For Vets’ Homes, Blind Pensions

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon is urging lawmakers to fund veterans’ homes, pensions for the blind and other specific needs in the still-unfinished state budget. 

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Health
6:36 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Hundreds Rally At Missouri Capitol, Contraception Bill Moves Forward In Senate

Two rallies in Jefferson City today each called for the repeal of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and for employers to have the right to not provide coverage for birth control. 

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Health
5:15 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Birth Control Restriction Bill Passes Out Of Senate Committee

brains the head Flickr-CC

A State Senate committee has passed legislation that would allow employers in Missouri to refuse insurance coverage for birth control, abortions and sterilizations – that is, if providing coverage for those services would violate the employer’s religious beliefs.

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Health
6:11 pm
Tue January 10, 2012

Bill Aims to Limit Executive Authority in State Health Exchange

A State Senate committee heard testimony today on legislation designed to block Governor Jay Nixon from creating a health insurance exchange. 

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Government
3:26 pm
Tue January 3, 2012

Preview: Missouri Legislative Session

Missouri lawmakers return to Jefferson City on Wednesday for the start of this year’s legislative session. 2011 was marked by House and Senate Republicans fighting with each other over tax credits and redistricting, while still managing to take pot shots at Democratic Governor Jay Nixon’s handling of the state budget.

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KCUR News
10:14 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Missouri Attorney General Endorses Health Law Challenge

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Republican leaders in the Missouri House are pleased, but not impressed, with Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster's decision to file a legal brief in support of Florida's lawsuit challenging the federal health care law.

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KCUR News
4:51 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Missouri House To Look At Cigarette Tax

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Two proposals to raise taxes on cigarettes in Missouri have been filed in the State House. Missouri currently has the lowest cigarette tax in the nation at 17 cents a pack.

One bill would raise the tax by 12 cents a pack, while the other would raise it by a dollar per pack.

Republican House Speaker Steven Tilley remains opposed to raising taxes on anything, cigarettes included, but says he won't block either bill.

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