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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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The Ohio Senate has approved a resolution supporting Columbus' effort to build a super-high speed transportation system connecting the city with Pittsburgh and Chicago.

Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich says the latest plan by GOP U.S. Senators to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act is a bad deal. 

The measure on the November statewide ballot known as Issue 2 requires state agencies to pay the same price for drugs as the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Republican Ohio Lieutenant Governor and 2018 gubernatorial candidate Mary Taylor has unveiled a set of health care proposals. 

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The state has approved the petition summary of animal rights groups who are asking voters to approve a measure requiring dog breeders to meet additional care standards.

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Officials in the wind energy industry say they can't create new projects in Ohio due to regulations over where turbines may be placed.

Ohio’s newly-released school report cards rank the Columbus City Schools among the lowest performing districts in the region, despite an improvement in elementary school literacy.

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Ohio's prison system says officials followed proper security protocols when the attorney witnessing yesterday's execution of her client tried to leave the witness room.

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The debate over gun-free zones is back in full swing at the Statehouse as lawmakers argue which should take precedence: the rights of gun owners or the rights of property owners.

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A new bill at the statehouse would make it illegal for companies, especially those in the health care industry, to require their employees to get annual flu shots. 

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A state lawmaker says a newly proposed program could lead to curing major diseases. It offers a different incentive than what currently exists.

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The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments about whether to keep Toledo's only abortion clinic open.

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.