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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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A federal district judge has blocked the state's effort to end funding for Planned Parenthood while he weighs a challenge to a state law aimed at keeping public money from going to the organization.

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A new state audit shows charter school attendance has improved.

Columbus-based Huntington Bancshares says it will invest more than 16 billion dollars into communities impacted by its purchase of Akron-based FirstMerit, which will result in the closing of more than one hundred branches.

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An Ohio Senate panel has scrapped a controversial amendment removing local control over sales of dogs at pet stores.

New data from the Ohio Secretary of State's office shows more than three times as many Democrats cast Republican ballots in the March primary, as compared with the number of GOP voters who marked Democratic ballots.

An Ohio Senate committee has amended the House-passed bill to legalize medical marijuana use.


The Ohio House has approved a bill expanding the use of in-vehicle breathalyzers for people convicted of driving while intoxicated - including first-time offenders.

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More than 4 million U.S. workers will become newly eligible for overtime pay under rules issued Wednesday by the Federal Government.


The Ohio Senate is debating what to do with an amendment about local control over pet sales that's attached to a tax bill.


Ohio House lawmakers are considering changes in how battles over school district borders are handled.


Ohio Governor John Kasich says he is not ready to endorse presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Officials with Donald Trump's presidential campaign are in Cleveland this week for a briefing on Republican National Convention plans and  to offer ideas for the July event.


The Ohio Board of Education has named a former adviser to Republican and Democratic governors as the new state schools superintendent.


Saturday afternoon, the ashes of the legendary disc jockey Alan Freed are due to arrive at their final resting place in Cleveland.


A new report by the Children's Defense Fund of Ohio shows little improvement for low-income Appalachian children.

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The head of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is  talking about the role he hopes the agency continues to play up to and after the November  election. 

Andy Chow

A group of law enforcement and legal experts are working on when a police officer should engage a suspect in a high-speed chase? 


The Ohio Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in a lawsuit filed by internet retailers who say they should not have to pay the state's commercial activities tax. 


A large mass of toxic sediment at the bottom of Lake Erie could threaten the Cleveland area’s drinking water supply.

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Former Democratic U.S. Senate candidate P.G. Sittenfeld is endorsing the person who beat him in the March primary.