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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 idea of a temporary sales tax holiday surfaces periodically in the General Assembly, and it's cropped up again.   This time, it’s two Democratic state lawmakers from northeast Ohio who are suggesting that a two-day state sales tax moratorium for back-to-school shoppers.

When voters go to the polls this fall, their vote for President will not only determine who leads the country but also who will decide the makeup of the nation’s highest court. That point is not lost on groups that take sides on issues involving women….like contraception and abortion. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

 

Researchers are studying whether stress effects how the bodies of young Ohio and West Virginia women respond to the vaccine for the human papiloma virus. The sexually transmitted virus has been linked to cervical and other cancers. Fred Kight of member station WOUB in Athens reports. 

The state's Office of Budget and Management says July tax revenues are up 5 percent over estimates. That means 69 million additional dollars for state coffers. State budget director Tim Keen also says Medicaid spending for July met previous estimates, but it's too early in the fiscal year to know what affect it will have.  Keen spoke about the numbers with Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler. 

 The U.S. Department of Agriculture's weekly Crop Progress report shows  the nation's corn and soybean crops remain in poor shape amid widespread drought. Half of the nation's corn is in poor condition and 39 percent of the soybean crop is in poor condition, up slightly from last week. Large portions of both are grown in the Midwest where the drought is severe. Nearly 16-hundred counties in Ohio and 31 other states have been declared federal disaster areas due to the drought. But the drought does not seem to be having an effect on Ohio wine producers.

The Ohio State Bar Association has issued its rankings for Ohio Supreme Court candidates. That has the chair of the Ohio Republican Party making strong comments against the Association. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

Akron wrestler Harry Lester failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics in China. But he's hoping to win a gold medal in the London games on Tuesday morning. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Rick Jackson report.

A group called The American Political Items Collectors is holding its annual convention in Columbus this week. The 67-year-old organization is one of the country's oldest hobby groups, collecting political buttons, ribbons, glassware, china, autographs, posters, postcards and other items. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports the convention runs through Saturday.

A state lawmaker says it's time to end the practice that allows a public employee to retire, collect a pension, then go back to working the same job again for pay. In an interview with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles, Republican Representative Rex Damshroder says now is the time to put an end to that.

Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner has reached a deal to sell the team to Tennessee truck-stop magnate Jimmy Haslam for more than 1-billion dollars. The price nearly double what Lerner's late father Al paid for the team in 1998. Cleveland Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto says that is due to a number of factors. A majority of NFL owners still must approve the sale. The Browns have had two winning seasons and one playoff appearance in 13 seasons of Lerner family ownership. 

A peitition drive is underway that eventually will ask voters to allow the state to borrow 13 billion dollars over a decade to fund green energy projects and businesses. Environmentalists oppose the move. Information about the group behind the drive was sketchy. Now Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has learned one labor union is backing the drive, but the large federation it is part of is not getting involved. 

Among the US Olympic athletes is an Ohioan most experts had expected to be a major competitor in the '2016' games - but who shocked the weightlifting community by lifting 319 pounds to qualify for London - and who has an outside chance at bringing home another Buckeye medal.... From member station WCPN, Rick Jackson reports that Holley Mangold is already somewhat known here... for her past feats, her outgoing persona - and for becoming the most unlikely of role models.    

The Latest Quinnipiac University Poll shows President Obama holds a six point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Ohio. The President has hit the 50 percent mark in support among likely voters for the first time this year. University of Akron political scientist John Green talks about the numbers with Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles.  

Supporters of a proposed ballot issue legalizing same-sex marriage in Ohio say it's a matter of human rights and equality. Now they're saying it's also a matter of making the economy stronger. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

Republican Pary officials are fielding inquiries from people who want to run for Congressman Steve LaTourette's seat. He announced his retirement on Tuesday. Bill Rice of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports. 

The Riffe Gallery in Downtown Columbus is hosting an exhibit through mid October featuring artists and works of art that are described as unconventional and unforeseen. Fred Kight of member station WOUB in Athens reports.

As the State Auditor continues a comprehensive investigation into alleged data fixing by public school districts, Ohio Governor John Kasich says he supports the probe - but he'll withhold judgment until it's complete. Kasich says he wants the Ohio Board of Education to move forward and resolve the situation quickly so that the public does not question the credibility of the system. State Auditor David Yost hopes to finish the probe by the fall. It began with the Columbus Schools but has since expanded into a statewide probe.

As he visits the Buckeye State today, anew poll shows President Obama leads Republican challenger Mitt Romney by six points in Ohio, and is favored by at least 50 percent of likely voters in the key battleground states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania. 

Longtime Republican Congressman Steven LaTourette of Ohio's 14th District is leaving Capitol Hill.

All 88 Ohio counties have just begun divvying up what you might call a jackpot bonanza of money.

Construction is expected to begin soon to connect the Towpath Trail to Cleveland. The trail follows the route of the Erie Canal from Tuscarawas County to Akron, and officials Monday broke ground on the final leg. Anne Glausser of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports. 

A Libertarian group is joining the Progressive organization ProgressOhio in its lawsuit against Republican Governor John Kasich's private job-creation board. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

New figures, just released, show that there’s been a noticeable jump in the number of citations against Ohio nursing homes for conditions that have caused, or are likely to cause serious injury or death to residents.

Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty will be in Dayton and Springfield today for a pair of campaign events for GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman of Ohio will be at a Romney rally in Lancaster today. And President Obama is scheduled to visit Ohio later this week. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

The Ohio auditor’s office will be sampling school districts throughout the state and investigating the state Department of Education as well to find out by this fall how wide-spread the rigging of school enrollment data has been.

Blended Learning is a relatively new idea that was placed into a recently approved legislative package of education changes. The Governor wants to see it in more school districts. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports. 

A survey by a Case Western Reserve University professor shows many home health care agencies are lax in their infection control procedures. Anne Glausser of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports. 

The state is temporarily putting the brakes on its plan to privatize rest areas on state routes, after a deadline for potential developers passed with no one showing any interest. 

Storms rolling through Central Ohio this afternoon have left over 14,000 people in Franklin County without power, according to American Electric Power.

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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