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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 bill introduced in the state legislature would require Ohioans getting welfare benefits to take a drug test.

Body cameras have been back in the news following a recent police shooting in Cincinnati.

Associated Press

The U.S. EPA has issued its sweeping strategy to scale back on climate change.

Jo Ingles OPR Statehouse News Bureau

The State Controlling Board has approved $2.7 million for an online checkbook website that tracks public spending.

The final cast for the first Republican presidential debate of this election cycle should be known tomorrow. 

The state’s top elections official says the group backing a marijuana legalization plan may be breaking the rules when it comes to gathering signatures for its ballot issue.

More than 100 pro-life advocates rallied outside of the Statehouse to protest Planned Parenthood following the release of controversial videos online. 

About 20% of Americans are disabled in some way. But most new homes built in Ohio don't include elements for the disabled. 

Ohio health leaders say their effort to bring down the infant mortality rate is working but they still have a long way to go. 


The central Ohio region is running out of phone numbers using the 614 area code, so people who get a new phone number will soon have an all new area code to come with it.

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A bipartisan resolution in the Ohio General Assembly aims to change how congressional district lines are drawn.


90-year-old former Ohio Democratic Congressman Louis Strokes has been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer.

Former and current Ohio Democratic Party chairs are clashing over the treatment of Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, who has refused to drop out of the U.S. Senate race to make things easier for fellow Democrat Ted Strickland, the ex-Governor who is also in the race.


Activists and family members of those killed by police are launching a national tour asking Americans to choose a side in the debate over police violence.


Eight months ago a white Cleveland police officer shot and killed an African-American boy carrying a pellet gun outside of a recreation center.

The group that wants to put a marijuana legalization plan before voters this fall is in the process of collecting roughly 40,000 additional valid petition signatures to be able to do that.

Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

Ohio Governor John Kasich has officially joined the large field of presidential hopefuls vying for the Republican nomination.


One of the provisions of the new state budget allows homeowners to remove foliage on municipally-owned land next to public waterways.


Studies show firefighters are at greater risk of contracting cancer than the general population.


Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich has been traveling around the country in recent weeks, laying the groundwork for his presidential campaign.