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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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Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters Thursday the proposed design for a barrier in front of the deteriorating Buckeye Lake dam could save money and accelerate the project.


A new study from an economically conservative think tank ranks Ohio 7th nationally in terms of fiscal health – but it includes a stat that has Ohio almost dead last in the nation.

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The Ohio Ballot Board has given the green light to a group that wants to erase the records of Ohioans with marijuana convictions if pot is legalized this fall.

A state lawmaker is finding new allies in her fight to abolish the death penalty.

Bills pending in the Ohio House and Senate would change the state's foster care system. 

The Republican National Committee is launching a four-week campaign focused on mobilizing African-American voters in advance of the 2016 presidential election.


Two proposals to extend term limits for state offices are expected to take the next steps towards the ballot next year. 


The University of Akron is cutting more than 200 jobs as part of a plan to reduce expenses by 40 million dollars.

The Ohio Lottery has broken another sales record. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers say Lake Erie could see one of the most severe outbreaks of toxic algae blooms this summer.


Cleveland Museum of Natural History paleontologists helped discover a new dinosaur species  related to the three-horned Triceratops. 


The candidates for U.S. Senate are skeptical about the Trans-Pacific Partnership backed by President Obama.


A state appeals court has overturned a nearly half-million-dollar fine against an Ashtabula drilling company.

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling on same-sex marriage, many Ohio counties were immediately ready to comply. 

An anti-abortion group is calling on Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine to file a motion with the U.S. Supreme Court to rehear the case that ended up legalizing same-sex marriage.

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The first piece of legislation related to last month’s US Supreme Court ruling upholding the right of same-sex couples to marry is making the rounds at the Statehouse. 

A conservative think tank says there is wasteful spending in this and every two-year state budget plan.

The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is using the Fourth of July weekend to remind veterans about the various benefits available to them.

Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the new two-year state budget proposal, which was substantially different than his original plan. 

A group that wants to put a marijuana legalization plan on this fall’s ballot has turned in its petition signatures to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office.