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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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12:54 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Another Drug Arrest Fueled By Bad Driving

It’s becoming a regular occurrence on Ohio highways - suspected drug traffickers get arrested because of their poor driving skills.

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12:46 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Strickland Slams Romney Over Video Comments

Former Gov. Ted Strickland appears to be continuing the “attack dog” role he took on at the Democratic National Convention, going after Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney.

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11:28 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Inmate Says He's Too Heavy For Execution

An Ohio inmate convicted for a 1983 murder says his scheduled lethal injection should be canceled. The man claims the execution process would not work and amount to torture because he's so obese.

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4:40 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Husted finds own way to purge voter rolls

A group is suing Ohio’s Secretary of State, asking the court to order Jon Husted to purge voter rolls in the buckeye state. 

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12:50 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Issue 2 Ads Begin

The group that wants to defeat a proposed amendment that would change the redistricting process is taking its message to the airwaves. But the group supporting the proposal says the ad is misleading.

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7:28 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Debate lingers over ballot language

The Ohio Ballot Board has adopted new language for the ballot summary that voters will see when they cast ballots on a proposed redistricting constitutional amendment. 

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7:20 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

Inmate facing execution talks about guilt

An Ohio death row inmate facing a lethal injection next week for murdering two people in 1989, has given a rare interview.  In it, Donald Palmer talks about guilt, God, and capitol punishment.  Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

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9:47 am
Thu September 13, 2012

VPOTUS, Ryan Campaign In Ohio

Vice President Joe Biden and Republican challenger Paul Ryan appeared at campaign events in Ohio on Wednesday. Jim Letizia reports.

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4:44 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Pension changes mean less benefits, higher costs

Starting in January, some Ohio teachers, police, firefighters, and other government workers who retire will face higher costs and lower benefits than they’ve been expecting. That’s because of action today (Wednesday) by Ohio legislators. As statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports, they’ve just given final approval to bills that will phase in big changes in Ohio’s 5 pension systems. 

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11:46 am
Wed September 12, 2012

Kasich Seeks Ideas From Higher Education Officials

Every year, Ohio taxpayers pay about $2.5 billion to support state universities and colleges, but Governor John Kasich says taxpayers aren’t getting their money’s worth because so many students drop out. Kasich is prodding leaders of the schools to work together and recommend ways to boost the graduation rate.

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5:12 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Industry study show rise in wind energy jobs

The nation's wind energy industry is growing, and that's helping Ohio, according to a new report by an environmental group. 

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7:09 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Romney campaigns in Mansfield

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was in Mansfield Monday afternoon, blaming Ohio’s unemployment problem on President Obama. Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen reports from the campaign trail. 

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6:48 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Scotts Hit With Big Fines

The Marysville-based company that bills itself as the world’s largest marketer of consumer lawn and garden products has just been slapped with a multi-million dollar fine for violating the federal pesticide law.

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6:42 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Husted Rescinds Directive On Early Voting

There’s another twist in the ongoing fight over weekend voting. The Secretary of State is telling county boards of elections to ignore instructions he gave them earlier this week.  

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9:36 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Art Model Obit

Thursday's death of former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell has rekindled mostly bad memories for Browns fans.

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9:31 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Yost Wants More Policies For State Airplane Usage

Ohio Auditor David Yost says the state has too many airplanes and not enough policies for tracking their usage.

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5:03 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Problems with processing vets education benefits

Ohio’s leaders are urging colleges throughout Ohio to be lenient with students who are relying on veteran’s benefits to pay the bills. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles, Kim Norris with the Ohio Board of Regents explains there are problems with processing payments for some veterans.

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9:37 am
Thu September 6, 2012

Guilty Pleas In Bridge Bombing Case

Three men accused of trying to blow up a bridge over the Cuayhoga Valley National Park pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges.

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7:36 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

Brown boasts of Ohio's improved economy at convention

Republicans have been very effective in tying the slow economy to president Obama.  But in Ohio the recovery is more noticeable than in most states.  At the Democratic National Convention, U.S. Senator Sherrod brown is trying to spread that message.  for Ohio Public Radio, WKSU's Mark Urycki reports from Charlotte.

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7:14 pm
Wed September 5, 2012

OSU students hold town hall on racism

More than a hundred Ohio State University Students showed up at a town hall meeting Tuesday night, to talk about racism.  For Ohio Public Radio, Michael Locklear reports the participants shared stories about their run-ins with racism -- and talk about curbing the problem on campus.

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