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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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Democrats used last night's first gubernatorial primary debate in Martins Ferry to take on state and national Republican leadership , and highlight their party's promises to do better at creating jobs, improving education and helping the middle class.

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State lawmakers are again considering changing regulations on cosmetologists, after eliminating a manager's license last year.


In July, a man took his own life at a Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Warren, while there for an appointment.

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Dozens of volunteers have started placing 29 hundred American flags on the West Lawn of the Statehouse for its annual nine-eleven memorial. 

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For the second consecutive month, state income tax collections in August beat official forecasts.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has signed into law legislation inspired by the local woman who was set on fire by her ex-fiance.

A public university has volunteered to serve as the state's medical marijuana testing laboratory.


300 thousand Ohio households and more than 88 thousand business have no broadband internet access.

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After joining the Ohio House in voting to override six of Governor John Kasich's budget vetoes last month, the Ohio Senate has cancelled a planned session this week to consider more overrides.


An annual review of working conditions in Ohio by the progressive-leaning think tank Policy Matters Ohio shows signs of improvement in some areas, but problems remain.

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There was a lot of hype built around Rich Cordray’s visit to Cincinnati to speak to labor groups.

There’s a new scam prompting Ohioans to give personal information, thinking they are providing it to the state health department. But that’s not the case. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.


Melanie Amato with the Ohio Department of Health says the scammers are using caller ID-spoofing technology to make calls appear to be from legitimate health departments.

“They’re asking for account numbers, social security numbers, a mother's maiden name, passwords or any other identifying information.”

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A nationally syndicated tabloid talk show host from Ohio could be entering the gubernatorial race.


New limits on prescription painkillers took effect this week.

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More than 800 thouand Ohio school children ride buses to class each day.

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Another Democrat has announced he's running for state auditor next year.

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The state says a record 4,050 people died of drug overdoses last year, driven in large part by the emergence of stronger drugs like fentanyl.

Ohio has scheduled more executions set than any other state.

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With the school year starting and many controversial issues on the left and the right to discuss, debate and protest, people have been talking about free speech on college campuses.

Last Sunday, Ohio Governor John Kasich again appeared on a network TV news show to discuss national issues – and again say  he’s not running for president.

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After a fiscal year that had budget estimates off for 11 months, two Republican state lawmakers want to create a panel to look at the state's economic forecast on a more consistent basis.

Lst year, Ohio replaced one of the two statues representing the state in The U.S. Capitols’ Statuary Hall because of its subject’s views on slavery.

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The embattled online charter school operators that’s had funding pulled back several times because of attendance and participation discrepancies is making a change.

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Some state legislators are trying to toughen the punishment for those convicted of importuning, or soliciting a minor for sex over the internet.

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One of the two statues representing Ohio in the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall was removed last year because of its subject's views on slavery.

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State lawmakers are gearing up for another round in the fight over renewable energy standards.

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Child enticement charges against a convicted sex offender in Worthington were dropped recently because an Ohio Supreme Court ruling tossing out part of the statute. 

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Social networking giant Facebook will build a new 970 thousnd square foot data center in New Albany, with the help of local and state tax breaks.

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The Ohio Ballot Board has approved language for two statewide issues going on the November ballot. Issue 1 is dubbed Marsy's Law.

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Democratic state lawmakers are supporting a new bill officially denouncing white nationalists and neo-Nazis.