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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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4:29 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Judge Considers Early Voting Rules for Ohio

The fight over whether all Ohioans should have the opportunity to vote in person at boards of elections the weekend before Election Day has had its day in court. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports there isn’t a quick and easy answer to that question.  

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5:29 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

BCI Launches Dive Team To Aid Investigations

Members of the BCI forensic dive team trying out some new sonar equipment in a quarry in Circleville
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The state’s criminal investigation team is branching out by going underwater. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler went out for an afternoon with a group of crime scene investigators hoping to bring their skills to counties that need them. 

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5:16 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Dems Sue To See Kasich's Schedule

The Ohio Democratic Party is suing Governor John Kasich in a Franklin County Court, saying he’s illegally hiding documents that should be made available to the public. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports. 

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9:45 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Politically-active Students Meeting At OSU

If President Obama is to win re-election, he'll need to hang on to the youth vote he captured in 2008. Some young voters are frustrated with The President because they think he's deserted the political left. More than one hundred of them are attending a national conference this week at Ohio State University. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

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5:26 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Inconsistent Early-Voting Opportunites Draw Ire

There’s a controversy over extended in person early voting hours in Ohio. Democrats are crying foul because some Republican leaning counties have put in place evening and weekend hours while other counties with more Democratic leanings are offering early in person voting only during normal business hours. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports .

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1:17 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Rest Area Plan Stalled

The state department of transportation has been coming up with ideas on how to plug a $1.6 billion hole in its road construction budget. One proposal has brought in interest, but not the way officials were hoping.

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10:24 am
Mon August 13, 2012

Ohio Republicans Energized By Romney Selecting Ryan

Republican Mitt Romney campaigns in Ohio tomorrow with stops in Beallsville, Zainesville and Chillicothe. Romney's visit to the Buckeye State comes after his decision on a running mate -  Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

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4:43 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Constitutionality of JobsOhio could be decided in Ohio Supreme Court

There was a surprising development in the progress of the public-private entity JobsOhio - one of Gov. John Kasich's key programs. But as Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, the administration is saying it's not as shocking as it might seem.

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10:02 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Voters May Update Addresses Via Computer

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says voters will now be able to update their addresses online. Husted says it should help voters meet the requirement of being registered at their current address 30 days before an election. He said it will also save tax dollars by reducing the workload at county elections offices and improve the security of voter rolls, leaving less room for fraud. But Democrats say they have some concerns about the new system. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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9:59 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Boomers Pessimistic About Retirement

A new survey shows a majority of voters over age 50 in Ohio and across the country have serious reservations about when or if they'll be able to retire. Because of that, they're saying the presidential candidates need to talk more about Social Security and Medicare. The poll was commissioned by AARP, and surveyed voters in Ohio and five other states. Pollster Guy Molyneaux says 50 percent of baby boomer voters in Ohio believe they will retire at some point, but 64 percent think they will have to delay retirement. Molyneaux says overall, boomers are pessimistic.  

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7:11 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Lawmakers propose 2-day "back-to-school" sales tax holiday

The idea of a temporary sales tax holiday surfaces periodically in the General Assembly, and it's cropped up again.   This time, it’s two Democratic state lawmakers from northeast Ohio who are suggesting that a two-day state sales tax moratorium for back-to-school shoppers.

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6:42 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Women's issues play a key part in presidential campaigns

When voters go to the polls this fall, their vote for President will not only determine who leads the country but also who will decide the makeup of the nation’s highest court. That point is not lost on groups that take sides on issues involving women….like contraception and abortion. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

 

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9:24 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Study Examining Stress And HPV Vaccine

Researchers are studying whether stress effects how the bodies of young Ohio and West Virginia women respond to the vaccine for the human papiloma virus. The sexually transmitted virus has been linked to cervical and other cancers. Fred Kight of member station WOUB in Athens reports. 

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9:21 am
Wed August 8, 2012

July Tax Collections Beat State Estimates

The state's Office of Budget and Management says July tax revenues are up 5 percent over estimates. That means 69 million additional dollars for state coffers. State budget director Tim Keen also says Medicaid spending for July met previous estimates, but it's too early in the fiscal year to know what affect it will have.  Keen spoke about the numbers with Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. 

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12:41 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Drought Continues Hurting Soybean and Corn Crops

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Crop Progress report shows  the nation's corn and soybean crops remain in poor shape amid widespread drought. Half of the nation's corn is in poor condition and 39 percent of the soybean crop is in poor condition, up slightly from last week. Large portions of both are grown in the Midwest where the drought is severe. Nearly 16-hundred counties in Ohio and 31 other states have been declared federal disaster areas due to the drought. But the drought does not seem to be having an effect on Ohio wine producers.

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9:29 am
Tue August 7, 2012

GOP Criticizes OSBA Rankings

The Ohio State Bar Association has issued its rankings for Ohio Supreme Court candidates. That has the chair of the Ohio Republican Party making strong comments against the Association. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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5:46 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Akronite wrestler vies for Olympic gold

Akron wrestler Harry Lester failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in China. But he's hoping to win a gold medal in the London games on Tuesday morning. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Rick Jackson report.

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6:04 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Political memorabilia convention hits Columbus

A group called The American Political Items Collectors is holding its annual convention in Columbus this week. The 67-year-old organization is one of the country's oldest hobby groups, collecting political buttons, ribbons, glassware, china, autographs, posters, postcards and other items. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports the convention runs through Saturday.

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5:21 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Damshroder: Time to end 'double-dipping' by retired public employees

A state lawmaker says it's time to end the practice that allows a public employee to retire, collect a pension, then go back to working the same job again for pay. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, Republican Representative Rex Damshroder says now is the time to put an end to that.

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9:44 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Lerner Sells Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has reached a deal to sell the team to Tennessee truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam for more than 1-billion dollars. The price nearly double what Lerner's late father Al paid for the team in 1998. Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto says that is due to a number of factors. A majority of NFL owners still must approve the sale. The Browns have had two winning seasons and one playoff appearance in 13 seasons of Lerner family ownership. 

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