Marshall Griffin

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

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Legislation pre-filed in the Missouri House would allow teachers to carry firearms in their classrooms.

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Missouri’s unemployment rate is now at its lowest point in four years.

The Missouri Senate’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Immigration held its final meeting Thursday.  Among the issues discussed was legislation that would require driver’s license exams be given in English only.

A St. Louis lawmaker will try again to get seat belt fines in Missouri raised.

A joint committee of Missouri House and Senate members is considering an overhaul of how the state’s colleges and universities are funded each year. 

Despite being rejected by voters last month, there’s a new proposal to raise Missouri’s cigarette tax.

A group of Missouri and St. Louis-area leaders are wrapping up a trade mission to China this week designed to revive the so-called China Hub project.

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Governor Jay Nixon is in Afghanistan visiting members of the Missouri National Guard who won’t be home for the holidays.

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People and groups who work with Medicaid clients are urging Missouri lawmakers to expand coverage in next year’s state budget.


A proposal in the Missouri House would make it illegal for retail stores to open for business on Thanksgiving Day. 

Missouri lawmakers have begun pre-filing bills for the 2013 regular session.

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit against the state prison facility at Jefferson City over a policy they say is barring inmates from getting married. 

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Several sheriffs from across Missouri told state lawmakers about the issues facing their local departments and jails. 

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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. 

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

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

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.

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

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

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

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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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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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.