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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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Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says if elected governor he would push for mandatory K-12 anti-drug education as part of the state's efforts to fight the opioid epidemic.

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Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni is leaving his post to devote more time to his gubernatorial bid.

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State energy regulators are considering a new plan from Columbus-based American Electric Power that would allow the utility to increase rates for customers.

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Cleveland police chief Calvin Williams says the alleged murderer who was the subject of a nationwide man hunt took his own life Tuesday near a fast food restaurant in Erie, Pennsylvania.

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The utility that owns Ohio's two nuclear power plants says it needs to charge its customers more in order save the facilities. 

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Five percent of the state budget is dedicated to maintaining the state’s 27 prisons, which have been overcrowded for decades.

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The Ohio Supreme court says five Cleveland police supervisors may face trial in East Cleveland on dereliction of duty charges.

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Majority Republican in the Ohio House and Senate, along with Governor John Kasich, say they have come up with a way to deal with the 615 million dollar revenue shortfall expected by the end of this fiscal year.

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Some of the biggest players in the fight against Ohio's opioid epidemic told business leaders Wednesday it might be closer than they think, and warned them to be prepared. 

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Republican Ohio House leaders are rejecting the governor's budget proposal to change a program that helps pay medical bills for the sick children of 40 thousand families.

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Governor John Kasich has cut income taxes in all three of his state budgets, and has proposed a 17 percent cut in his final plan.

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State officials say new standards on police use of deadly force, body cameras, hiring and other policies have been or are being adopted by more than 500 agencies.

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High schools around the state are facing a crucial dilemma as about a third of students are not on track to graduate.

Next year's Ohio high school seniors will be the first to choose their route to graduation - pass some state tests, take a college entrance exam or earn an industry credential.

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A 2016 study by the American Association of University Women ranks Ohio 42nd nationally in pay equity.

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State records show the rate of drug-addicted newborns last year was more than eight times higher than in 2005.

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Majority Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate have reached a compromise on the state transportation budget.

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Supporters and opponents of President Trump each held rallies at the Statehouse on Saturday.

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Another bill that would ban discrimination in housing or employment based on gender or sexual identity has been introduced at the Statehouse. 

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A bill under consideration at the Statehouse would restrict the way police agencies could use drones.

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is announcing a program to help families hurt by parents' addiction to opioids.

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Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio has rolled out an infrastructure rebuilding blueprinhe and other senators call a guide for President Trump.

The state’s leading abortion rights group is asking an Ohio Supreme Court justice to recuse herself from two pending cases involving abortion providers.

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The pressure to resign is mounting for an Ohio House Republican who’s accused of driving around Butler County drunk with a loaded weapon last Sunday. 

Nearly nine years after state lawmakers passed a crackdown on payday lenders and voters upheld the law, people are still borrowings, and the industry is still charging huge interest rates. 

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The Butler County Republican Party is asking State Representative Wes Retherford to resign after he was arrested  over the weekend on driving under the influence and weapons charges. 

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Influential record producer and Ohio native Tommy LiPuma died Monday at the age of 80.

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Ohio Schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria plans to wait until September to submit the state's education plan to the federal government under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich says he opposes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act proposed by Congressional Republicans because too many residents will lose coverage.

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation wants to return more than 1 billion dollars of its investment earnings to private and public employers.

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