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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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The Ohio Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of the search of a Columbus high school student's backpack that prosecutors say led first to the discovery of bullets and later a gun.

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The state estimates 43 billion dollars was spent last year on tourism, and officials are hoping for another increase this year.

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The fight between the state and the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow brought supporters of the state's largest online charter school operator to the Statehouse on Tuesday.

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The controversial attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is heading to the U.S. Senate where it’s expected to get much higher scrutiny than it did in the U.S. House. 

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For the ninth time in the last ten months, state tax revenues in April came in below estimates.

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The leader of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks says funding to fight hunger is cut under the House budget plan.

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The Ohio House has approved its version of Governor John Kasich's two-year state budget plan.

Ohio Governor John Kasich has delayed nine executions as a legal fight continues over the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.

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For the first time, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce have released arts industry data for individual states.

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Federal prosecutors say they began investigating a Jordanian citizen living in Dayton after he was arrested last January while trying to get into the Turkish embassy in Washington.

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Two years after voters approved a change in the way state legislative districts are drawn, advocates for congressional redistricting have taken the first step to putting the issue before voters.

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The Ohio House's state budget proposal includes a new work requirement for the 700 thousand people enrolled in Medicaid.

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Ohio lawmakers have scrapped the portion of Governor John Kasich's two-year state budget proposal requiring teachers to spend time shadowing business leaders to renew their licenses.

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The Ohio House’s version of the two year state budget plan adds more than 170 million dollars to fight the opioid crisis and 80 million for public education.

The state has been trying to fight human trafficking on several fronts, from revising the laws to raising awareness.

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Columbus-based American Electric Power is defending its proposal to raise customer rates.

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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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