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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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7:18 pm
Tue June 23, 2015

Critics Question Formula For Increased School Funding

There will likely be a funding increase for K-12 public education in the next state budget, since lawmakers scrapped Goveror John Kasich’s proposal that would have resulted in less money for half the state’s more than 600 school districts.

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8:15 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Portman Gives To Charity Campaign Donation From White Supremacist

Earl Holt III
Credit nytimes.com

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio says he has donated to charity a campaign contribution he received from the head of a white supremacist organization linked to the killing of nine African-Americans in a South Carolina church last week.

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8:10 am
Tue June 23, 2015

Poll Shows Strickland Leads Portman By Six Points

Ted Strickland
Credit cincinnati.com

A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Democratic former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland leads incumbent Republican Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate race by six percentage points.

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9:50 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Changing Ohio Attitudes On Gay Marriage

Dawn Fritz and Mallory Beck

The US Supreme Court is preparing to rule on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage at a time when public opinion on this topic is rapidly changing. 

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6:23 pm
Fri June 19, 2015

Cities With Traffic Cameras Fighting Budget Lines That Take Away Some State Funding

One provision of the state budget proposal that's likely to stay in the final version would deduct state money from cities like Columbus that are still using traffic enforcement camera systems. 

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6:29 am
Fri June 19, 2015

Senate Approves Its Version Of State Budget Plan

Majority Republicans in the Ohio Senate have passed the chamber's version of the next two year state budget.

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10:18 am
Wed June 17, 2015

Lawmakers Announce No Fracking Tax In Budget, But New Task Force Will Study The Long-Discussed Idea

An increase in the state's severance tax will not be a part of the two-year state budget. 

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6:36 am
Tue June 16, 2015

Charter School Accused Of Padding Attendance Roles

General Chappie James Leadership Academy
Credit wdtn.com

Republican State Auditor David Yost says a now-closed Dayton charter school called General Chappie James Leadership Academy padded its rolls by nearly half and improperly collected 1.1 million dollars in tax money.

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9:36 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Problems At Buckeye Lake Dam Have Raised Questions About Dam Safety Across State

Dam at Buckeye Lake
Ron Corby

Summertime travel is starting up. But trouble at Buckeye Lake may be keeping tourists away. 

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1:57 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Ohio Senate Budget Plan Eliminates Historic Preservation Tax Credit

The Ohio Senate's two-year state budget proposal eliminates a 60 million dollar a year tax credit advocated by historic preservationists, urban developers and others who want to see old buildings renovated.

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8:57 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Events In Athens Explore Ohio's Legacy In Flight

Ohio has long celebrated its history in flight.

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7:23 am
Fri June 12, 2015

Judge Finds Probable Cause In Cases Of Officers Involved In Tamir Rice Shooting

Credit USA Today

Cuayhoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says the case of two white Cleveland police officers involved in the shooting death of a 12-year-old African-American boy holding a pellet gun will go to a grand jury.

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8:56 am
Wed June 10, 2015

Money For Low Income Housing Is Reduced In Senate’s Budget Plan

Advocates for the homeless in Ohio are upset with a provision in the state Senate's newly proposed two year state budget that would cut funding for a key agency in half. 

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4:53 pm
Tue June 9, 2015

Ohio Supreme Court To Decide If Broom Will Get Second Death Sentence

The Ohio Supreme Court will decide if a convicted killer who has already been through one execution attempt should be sentenced to die again.

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6:12 pm
Mon June 8, 2015

Ohio Senate Says Budget Proposal Eases Taxpayers' Burdens

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber
Credit State of Ohio

Tax cuts are the big feature in the Ohio Senate’s newly proposed two year budget. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.  

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9:48 am
Mon June 8, 2015

Marijuana Amendment Backer Aiming At Lawmakers Who Want To Change The Ballot Process

As state lawmakers talk about changing the process by which groups with economic interests in changing the Ohio constitution can bring amendments to voters, one of those groups is planning another amendment that hits back at those legislators. 

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6:40 am
Thu June 4, 2015

Ohio Settles Lawsuit Against Road Salt Companies

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the state has reached a settlement with two rock salt producers who conspired to drive up prices.

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8:34 am
Wed June 3, 2015

The Battle Over What To Do With New Sales Taxes Collected By Amazon

Amazon is now collecting state sales tax thanks to a new agreement that means the company will put three data and cloud computing facilities in central Ohio. 

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6:57 pm
Mon June 1, 2015

As Oil And Gas Production Rises, Ohio Senate Considers Fracking Tax

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources says oil and natural gas production continues to rise.

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9:16 am
Mon June 1, 2015

Open Data Advocates Like Recent Transparency Moves, But Also Want More

There’s an increasing amount of information available online about what state government is doing.

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