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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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10:07 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Romney camp courts small Ohio businesses

Republicans are hoping to win votes in the presidential race by staging events with small business owners in Ohio and other states this week. Democrats are firing back. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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10:05 am
Thu July 26, 2012

State releases BMI report

Ohio health officials are urging families with children to eat better and get more exercise after finding 1 in 3 school kids screened last year was overweight or obese. But there are questions about how to view the Body Mass Index. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

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9:47 am
Thu July 26, 2012

State Fair opens

The Ohio State Fair opened on Wednesday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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5:02 pm
Wed July 25, 2012

New heat-waste energy engine debuts in Akron

Regulations of Ohio’s oil and gas industry grabbed most of the headlines in last month’s passage of sweeping new energy legislation. But Governor Kasich didn’t visit a drilling platform for the signing ceremony; he set up his desk in the basement of a small Akron startup. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU's Jeff St.Clair explores a new type of renewable energy in Ohio.

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9:37 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Schools slacking on emergency plan reports

Even though the school shooting in Chardon is still fresh in many people’s minds, the state attorney general says dozens of schools across Ohio have yet to file school floor plans and safety plans with his office that could help police deal with similar emergencies and hostage situations.

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5:41 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

First Lady stumps in Ohio, Republican women rally around Romney

First Lady Michelle Obama was in Columbus and Dayton today... on the same day that some key Republican women launched a campaign to back Mitt Romney.  Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details.

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10:21 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

FOP endorses Sherrod Brown in U.S. Senate race

U-S Senator Sherrod Brown got an endorsement last week that he hopes will help him defeat Republican challenger Josh Mandel this fall. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

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9:43 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Ohio Republicans comment on whether Romney should release tax returns

Some Republican leaders throughout the country are calling on presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.

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7:11 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Two Ohioans injured in Colorado shooting

A teenager from Forest, Ohio and the daughter of St. Paris Fire Chief Scott Massie were among the dozens of people injured in the shooting at the Colorado movie theater where 12 people were killed this morning. Family members say Gage Hankins and Samanta Yowler are expected to recover. 

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12:35 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

New commander of air wing at Wright-Patt

A new commander has taken over the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Jerry Kenney of member station WYSO in Yellow Springs reports on the transition. 

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9:51 am
Fri July 20, 2012

VPOTUS stumps in Columbus

In June, the Washington Post published a lengthy investigation of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's outsourcing of jobs while running the private equity firm Bain Capital. Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden pounced on that during a speech at a union hall in Columbus. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

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12:42 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Ohio farmers losing crops to drought

The national drought is being called the worst since 1956. So far Ohio has not been hit as hard as neighboring Indiana. But some Western Ohio farmers have already written off much of their crop. Ryan McClure farms four thousand acres in Paulding County. He says recent scattered showers have not provided the amount of water farmers need to salvage their crops. Meanwhile The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is conducting a survey to assess damage caused by drought conditions.

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12:40 pm
Thu July 19, 2012

Another revision of internet cafe figures

For the second time in a month, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has revised the official number of internet cafes operating in the state. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen reports. 

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10:10 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Campaign cash flooding Ohio

The campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio has already set a record for money raised, and the state is being flooded with money for the presidential race.  Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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10:02 am
Thu July 19, 2012

Redistricting amendment may not be on the fall ballot

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says backers of a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting have failed to collect the number of valid petition signatures need to put the issue on the November ballot. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

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5:27 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Record-breaking spending in Ohio Senate campaign

Ohio's largest police union has thrown its support behind democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in the state's closely watched campaign for U.S. Senate. It marks the first time in 24 years the fraternal order of police has endorsed a democrat for senate. In a statement, president Jay McDonald cited Brown's opposition to the governor's collective bargaining overhaul as a key factor in its endorsement. The FOP chose brown over republican opponent and state treasurer Josh Mandel. The race continues to draw attention in and outside of The Buckeye State. And as Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports, it's already setting records.

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5:15 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Ohio woman opens nation's first 'Death Cafe'

Death is an issue few people want to talk about. One central Ohio woman wants to change that. Lizzy Miles is hosting what's believed to be the first "Death Cafe" in the United States tomorrow night in Westerville. Spaces for the event have already been closed so miles is taking reservations for another cafe August 23rd in Columbus. She talks about them with the Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles.

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9:44 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Republicans challenge petition signatures for redistricting proposal

The Ohio Republican Party is challenging petition signatures brought forward by a group called “Voters First” that would put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

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9:31 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Obama campaign and others file lawsuit against Ohio

President Obama’s campaign is suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to try to re-instate the three days of early, in person voting before Election day in November.

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9:27 am
Wed July 18, 2012

Study says advanced energy creates thousands of jobs

Many Ohioans are focused on the oil and natural gas boom happening in the eastern part of the state, but businesses in the alternative energy industry say the jobs they’re creating deserve some attention too .

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