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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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9:42 am
Tue July 17, 2012

Asian Carp DNA found in Lake Erie

Officials say a three-day sweep turned up no Asian carp in Chicago's Lake Calumet, where DNA had been found repeatedly in recent months. 

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9:40 am
Tue July 17, 2012

New business filings increase

The Ohio Secretary of State's office reports fillings for new businesses are up.  

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3:58 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Ohio central to presidential campaigns again

President Obama's visit to Ohio today and Republican Mitt Romney's appearance later in the week represent just the latest campaign activity in the Buckeye State. 

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7:22 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

Kasich continues push for higher tax on oil and gas drillers to pay for state income tax cut

Ohio legislators haven't held any hearings on a proposal from Governor John Kasich to tax oil and gas drillers more and use the revenue to cut the state income tax. Still, Kasich continues to push his plan.

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12:38 pm
Fri July 13, 2012

State releases figures on internet cafes

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio has 667 Internet cafes - more than twice the state's earlier estimate. 

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9:47 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Drillers criticize Governor's Lake Erie drilling ban

Ohio governor John Kasich this week issued an executive order banning oil and gas drilling in or under Lake Erie.  Congress banned drilling in the Great Lakes 7 years ago. Environmentalists say the Governor's order is important because Congress could someday repeal the national ban. But Tom Stewart, the statehouse lobbyist for Ohio gas drillers, tells Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen the Governor's order sends the wrong message.  

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9:40 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Low-income Ohioans getting extra storm-related assistance

The state is giving extra assistance to low income Ohioans receiving food stamps because of the recent storms that cut power to nearly a million households and businesses.  Ben Johnson of the Ohio department of Job and Family Services says recipients in the hardest hit counties are getting the extra stamps whether or not they had to dispose of their food.
 

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9:31 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Feds to hold Asian-American summit in Columbus today

Senior White House and Cabinet officials will hold a summit in Columbus today focusing on issues facing Ohio's Asian-American population. The summit is part of an effort to expand an existing program. Jerry Kenny of member station WYSO in Yellow Springs reports. 

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9:46 am
Thu July 12, 2012

NTSB rules out high speed as cause of train derailment

Federal investigators are searching for clues to the cause of a train derailment and subsequent explosion on Columbus' North Side early Wednesday. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has the latest. 

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9:43 am
Thu July 12, 2012

Governor bans drilling in Lake Erie

Ohio Governor John Kasich Wednesday signed an executive order banning oil and gas drilling in Lake Erie. Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

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9:41 am
Thu July 12, 2012

State attempting to reclaim bogus jobless benefits

Last year the state paid 30-million dollars to people who fraudulently claimed eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. The state has a new way to crack down and get the money back. Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says some of the scam artists collect benefits even though they are working, while others collect them without obeying a rule that requires them to actively seek a job.
 

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12:56 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Officials continue investigating train derailment

Columbus authorities are continuing to deal with the early morning train derailment near the Ohio State Fairgrounds. 

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12:52 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Report: public pension funds are fine, but changes could help

A report that examined the possible impact of changes that the state’s five public pension funds wanted lawmakers to make is out.

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12:46 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Effort to curb theft of prescription medicine heads to nursing homes

Ohio has been cracking down on shady doctors and pharmacists who’ve run pill mills and improperly distribute addictive pain medicine. With that source of illegal prescription medicine drying up, Ohio’s attorney general believes that addicts and profiteers will now turn to another setting to get their meds - nursing homes.

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10:01 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Train derailment prompts evacuations, delays bus service, yard and recycling collections

A freight train derailment and explosion in Columbus near the Ohio State Fairgrounds forced authorities to evacuate a mile-wide area of the city to contain the blaze and determine what's burning.

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9:47 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Concerns about waste water from drilling in Athens County

Environmental activists in Athens County say dangerous chemicals are being injected deep into the earth in the southwest region of the state.

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6:30 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Dayton Air Show

There are two big air shows in Ohio every summer – the first is the Dayton Air Show this weekend.

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6:27 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Heat a factor in the deaths of 3 Ohioans, thousands still await power restoration

The sizzling temperatures in Ohio combined with power outages have apparently helped hasten the deaths of 3 Licking County residents. The coroner’s office says in 3 separate cases, the lack of air conditioning contributed to the deaths. About 79-thousand Ohio customers of American Electric Power remain without power today.

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9:18 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Columbus gets high marks for tech jobs

An obscure North Dakota-based company gives Columbus high marks for it's tech jobs and tech friendly environment. Brian Bull of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports. 

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8:54 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Regulators examine how to prevent future power outages

Dayton Power and Light says dead and dying ash trees destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle were a major factor in the number of summer storm power outages. The utility says ash trees can fall on power lines even if they stand the required 10 feet away from the lines. The utility blames diseased, dying and dead trees for a significant amount of the power disruptions, with the primary danger posed by ash trees. 175-thousand DP&L customers were without power at the height of last week's storm.

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