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The Statehouse News Bureau was founded in 1980 to provide educational, comprehensive coverage of legislation, elections, issues and other activities surrounding the Statehouse to Ohio's public radio and television stations. To this day, the Bureau remains the only broadcast outlet dedicated to in-depth coverage of state government news and topics of statewide interest. The Bureau is funded througheTech Ohio, and is managed by ideastream

The reporters at the Bureau follow the concerns of the citizens and voters of Ohio, as well as the actions of the Governor, the Ohio General Assembly, the Ohio Supreme Court, and other elected officials. We strive to cover statehouse news, government issues, Ohio politics, and concerns of business, culture and the arts with balance and fairness, and work to present diverse voices and points of view from the Statehouse and throughout Ohio. 

The three award-winning journalists at the bureau have more than 60 combined years of radio and television experience. They can be heard on National Public Radio and are regular contributors to Morning EditionAll Things Considered and Marketplace

Every weekday, the Statehouse News Bureau produces in-depth news reports forOhio's public radio stations. Those stories are also available on this website, either on the front page or in our archives. Weekly, the Statehouse News Bureau produces a television show from our studios in the Statehouse. The State of Ohio is an unique blend of news, interviews, talk and analysis, and is broadcast on Ohio's public television stations

The Statehouse News Bureau also produces special programming throughout the year, including the Governor's annual State of the State address to the Ohio General Assembly and a five-part year-end review. 

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A new Quinnipiac University poll shows incumbent Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio has a commanding lead over Democratic challenger Ted Strickland.


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will hold his first campaign event in Cincinnati on October 13.

The Ohio Attorney General's office says the state plans to carry out at least three executions next year with a new three-drug lethal injection combination.


A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has a growing lead among Ohio voters.


Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's first campaign stop in Ohio since Labor Day included speeches yesterday in Toledo and Akron.

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Columbus fire officials say 21 people were treated between 8 a.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday for opioid overdoses.


The Ohio Senate has approved on party lines a bill allowing for reviews of the necessity of state commissions, boards and agencies.

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A proposed bill amending Ohio's medical marijuana program is designed to answer the question of what would happen to an Ohioan who purchases medicinal cannabis out of state and uses it here.


A radio talk show host and Ohio Republican Party official has been named volunteer chair of the Donald Trump for President Campaign in Mahoning County after the former chair stepped down for making racially-charged comments.

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the process Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted is using to remove voters from the rolls is illegal.


Boxing promoter and Ohio native Don King is stirring up controversy.

A report commissioned by three groups representing public schools shows what the groups say is a strong link between academic performance and household income.

A proposed constitutional amendment banning abortion in Ohio has been rejected by the Attorney General's office.

Ohio has a hometown hero who’s been a fixture in pop culture for decades.

The state  and its largest online charter school operator, the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow,  went to court Monday in a battle  over what’s required to educate students.


Democratic vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine campaigned in Dayton Monday.

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A state law taking effect today offers immunity to people trying to get help for someone overdosing on drugs, or victims who seek assistance.

State tax receipts were below estimates last month.

A state employee has been fired after Ohio's official watchdog found he misused state time to campaign for Republicans. 


Victims of domestic violence, stalking and other crimes may now ask to have their addresses shielded from certain public records in Ohio under a new law now in effect.