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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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Former and current Ohio Democratic Party chairs are clashing over the treatment of Cincinnati City Council Member P.G. Sittenfeld, who has refused to drop out of the U.S. Senate race to make things easier for fellow Democrat Ted Strickland, the ex-Governor who is also in the race.


Activists and family members of those killed by police are launching a national tour asking Americans to choose a side in the debate over police violence.


Eight months ago a white Cleveland police officer shot and killed an African-American boy carrying a pellet gun outside of a recreation center.

The group that wants to put a marijuana legalization plan before voters this fall is in the process of collecting roughly 40,000 additional valid petition signatures to be able to do that.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich has officially joined the large field of presidential hopefuls vying for the Republican nomination.


One of the provisions of the new state budget allows homeowners to remove foliage on municipally-owned land next to public waterways.


Studies show firefighters are at greater risk of contracting cancer than the general population.


Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich has been traveling around the country in recent weeks, laying the groundwork for his presidential campaign.

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Ohio Governor John Kasich told reporters Thursday the proposed design for a barrier in front of the deteriorating Buckeye Lake dam could save money and accelerate the project.


A new study from an economically conservative think tank ranks Ohio 7th nationally in terms of fiscal health – but it includes a stat that has Ohio almost dead last in the nation.

Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

The Ohio Ballot Board has given the green light to a group that wants to erase the records of Ohioans with marijuana convictions if pot is legalized this fall.

A state lawmaker is finding new allies in her fight to abolish the death penalty.

Bills pending in the Ohio House and Senate would change the state's foster care system. 

The Republican National Committee is launching a four-week campaign focused on mobilizing African-American voters in advance of the 2016 presidential election.


Two proposals to extend term limits for state offices are expected to take the next steps towards the ballot next year. 


The University of Akron is cutting more than 200 jobs as part of a plan to reduce expenses by 40 million dollars.

The Ohio Lottery has broken another sales record. 

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration researchers say Lake Erie could see one of the most severe outbreaks of toxic algae blooms this summer.


Cleveland Museum of Natural History paleontologists helped discover a new dinosaur species  related to the three-horned Triceratops. 


The candidates for U.S. Senate are skeptical about the Trans-Pacific Partnership backed by President Obama.