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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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6:27 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

First Fatality From New Swine Flu Strain

Ohio has confirmed its first death, caused, at least in part, by the latest variant of swine flu.

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9:28 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Portman Speaks At GOP Convention

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio will be helping Mitt Romney prepare for his debates with President Obama this fall.

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6:55 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

AG calls for rule on internet cafes

State officials estimate 800 internet cafes operate in Ohio, and the Attorney General says that number continues to grow.  The cafes sell time online and prepaid phone cards to people who then play sweepstakes games. 

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10:03 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Husted Fires Suspended Elections Officials

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted has fired two Democratic members of the Montgomery County Board of Elections.

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9:54 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Miners At Romney Event Lost A Day's Pay

It’s been two weeks since Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney appeared at an Ohio coal mine with miners standing in the background, but now it appears that the campaign event was more than meets the eye.

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9:41 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Kasich Touts Ohio's Comeback At Convention

Associated Press

At the Republican National Convention, Ohio Governor John Kasich used last night's prime-time speech to tell the story of the state's jobs comeback. The governor's critics though say it skated over some painful truths.

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6:51 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Kasich will be on-stage and off-the-cuff at RNC in Tampa

John Kasich
Associated Press

Ohio’s Governor John Kasich will take the stage at the Republican National Convention tonight to talk about a recovering economy. The governor famous for speaking off the cuff insists even the tightly structured Mitt Romney organization will be giving him some latitude. Reporting for Ohio Public Radio, WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more from Tampa. 


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5:45 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Cincinnati museum honors Neil Armstrong

A constant stream of people filed through Cincinnati’s Museum Center Sunday (yesterday) to honor the late Neil Armstrong and view a piece of rock he brought back from the moon. WNKU’s Cheri Lawson reports the Museum Centers’ Museum of Natural History and Science offered free admission yesterday and extended it through Labor Day in honor of Armstrong . 

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4:58 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

National group threatens to sue to force voter roll purge

A national group that’s pushed to purge voter rolls in other states wants to do the same in Ohio. And as Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports, the group says it plans to file a court suit to make sure that happens before the November election.   

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11:26 am
Mon August 27, 2012

Romney And Ryan Campaign In Central Ohio

Republican Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan made a stop in Powell on their way to the Republican National Convention this weekend.

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5:46 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Fair Elections Ohio Sues Secretary of State

A group that hoped to put before voters a repeal of a controversial package of election law changes is suing Secretary of State Jon Husted for not allowing that repeal to go to the ballot.

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7:30 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

State proposes zoo for confiscated animals

The state wants to build a zoo like facility that would temporarily house the exotic animals that will be confiscated under a new state law that is about to take affect. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, Erika Pitchford of the Ohio Department of Agriculture explains why the state is looking at this option.

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4:15 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Tax refunds may be delivered via debit cards

A newly introduced bill would allow Ohioans to receive a pre-paid debit card for their state income tax refund. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, the bill's sponsor, Democratic State Senator Eric Kearney, explains why he thinks it's a good option.

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6:29 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Obama Speaks At Capital University After Ohio State Stop

With Ohio being a key swing state up for grabs, President Barack Obama campaigned for re-election this afternoon at Capital University near Columbus.

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5:10 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Compromise Suggested For Early Voting Debate

Controversy continues over the lack of weekend voting hours planned for this November's election.

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9:52 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Suspended Democrats Meeting With Husted

Democrats are not giving up on the fight to restore some of the weekend voting opportunities that have been wiped out by the Republican dominated Ohio legislature during the past year.

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9:40 am
Mon August 20, 2012

Progressive Group Claims ALEC Has Unethical Influence In Ohio

A progressive group says it’s concerned about the influence held in Ohio by a national organization of state lawmakers, lobbyists and corporate officials.

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7:21 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Jobless Rate Holds Steady

There’s news on Ohio’s unemployment front today, but it’s not particularly good or bad. The newly-announced official jobless rate for July is unchanged from June.

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10:00 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Ryan Stumps In North Canton

Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan criticized President Obama on U.S. trade with China during a campaign stop in Stark County Thursday.

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5:28 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Some Democrats Protest Voting Hours Changes

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s directive that election boards in all of Ohio’s 88 counties must keep the same hours leaves some Democrats wondering whether that’s really fair for all Ohioans. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles explains some Democrats say equal is not necessarily fair where voting rights are concerned.    


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