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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 State Fair opened on Wednesday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

Regulations of Ohio’s oil and gas industry grabbed most of the headlines in last month’s passage of sweeping new energy legislation. But Governor Kasich didn’t visit a drilling platform for the signing ceremony; he set up his desk in the basement of a small Akron startup. For Ohio Public Radio, WKSU's Jeff St.Clair explores a new type of renewable energy in Ohio.

Even though the school shooting in Chardon is still fresh in many people’s minds, the state attorney general says dozens of schools across Ohio have yet to file school floor plans and safety plans with his office that could help police deal with similar emergencies and hostage situations.

First Lady Michelle Obama was in Columbus and Dayton today... on the same day that some key Republican women launched a campaign to back Mitt Romney.  Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has details.

U-S Senator Sherrod Brown got an endorsement last week that he hopes will help him defeat Republican challenger Josh Mandel this fall. Ohio Public Radio’s Jo Ingles reports.

Some Republican leaders throughout the country are calling on presidential candidate Mitt Romney to release his tax returns.

A teenager from Forest, Ohio and the daughter of St. Paris Fire Chief Scott Massie were among the dozens of people injured in the shooting at the Colorado movie theater where 12 people were killed this morning. Family members say Gage Hankins and Samanta Yowler are expected to recover. 

A new commander has taken over the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton. Jerry Kenney of member station WYSO in Yellow Springs reports on the transition. 

In June, the Washington Post published a lengthy investigation of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's outsourcing of jobs while running the private equity firm Bain Capital. Thursday, Vice President Joe Biden pounced on that during a speech at a union hall in Columbus. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

The national drought is being called the worst since 1956. So far Ohio has not been hit as hard as neighboring Indiana. But some Western Ohio farmers have already written off much of their crop. Ryan McClure farms four thousand acres in Paulding County. He says recent scattered showers have not provided the amount of water farmers need to salvage their crops. Meanwhile The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is conducting a survey to assess damage caused by drought conditions.

For the second time in a month, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has revised the official number of internet cafes operating in the state. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen reports. 

The campaign for a U.S. Senate seat from Ohio has already set a record for money raised, and the state is being flooded with money for the presidential race.  Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted says backers of a proposed constitutional amendment on redistricting have failed to collect the number of valid petition signatures need to put the issue on the November ballot. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports. 

Ohio's largest police union has thrown its support behind democratic incumbent Sherrod Brown in the state's closely watched campaign for U.S. Senate. It marks the first time in 24 years the fraternal order of police has endorsed a democrat for senate. In a statement, president Jay McDonald cited Brown's opposition to the governor's collective bargaining overhaul as a key factor in its endorsement. The FOP chose brown over republican opponent and state treasurer Josh Mandel. The race continues to draw attention in and outside of The Buckeye State. And as Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports, it's already setting records.

Death is an issue few people want to talk about. One central Ohio woman wants to change that. Lizzy Miles is hosting what's believed to be the first "Death Cafe" in the United States tomorrow night in Westerville. Spaces for the event have already been closed so miles is taking reservations for another cafe August 23rd in Columbus. She talks about them with the Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles.

The Ohio Republican Party is challenging petition signatures brought forward by a group called “Voters First” that would put a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

President Obama’s campaign is suing Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to try to re-instate the three days of early, in person voting before Election day in November.

Many Ohioans are focused on the oil and natural gas boom happening in the eastern part of the state, but businesses in the alternative energy industry say the jobs they’re creating deserve some attention too .

Civil disobedience is a tactic that's starting to be adopted in Ohio by at least some environmentalists protesting the oil and gas drilling method often called fracking.

Officials say a three-day sweep turned up no Asian carp in Chicago's Lake Calumet, where DNA had been found repeatedly in recent months. 

The Ohio Secretary of State's office reports fillings for new businesses are up.  

President Obama's visit to Ohio today and Republican Mitt Romney's appearance later in the week represent just the latest campaign activity in the Buckeye State. 

Ohio legislators haven't held any hearings on a proposal from Governor John Kasich to tax oil and gas drillers more and use the revenue to cut the state income tax. Still, Kasich continues to push his plan.

Attorney General Mike DeWine says Ohio has 667 Internet cafes - more than twice the state's earlier estimate. 

Ohio governor John Kasich this week issued an executive order banning oil and gas drilling in or under Lake Erie.  Congress banned drilling in the Great Lakes 7 years ago. Environmentalists say the Governor's order is important because Congress could someday repeal the national ban. But Tom Stewart, the statehouse lobbyist for Ohio gas drillers, tells Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen the Governor's order sends the wrong message.  

The state is giving extra assistance to low income Ohioans receiving food stamps because of the recent storms that cut power to nearly a million households and businesses.  Ben Johnson of the Ohio department of Job and Family Services says recipients in the hardest hit counties are getting the extra stamps whether or not they had to dispose of their food.
 

Senior White House and Cabinet officials will hold a summit in Columbus today focusing on issues facing Ohio's Asian-American population. The summit is part of an effort to expand an existing program. Jerry Kenny of member station WYSO in Yellow Springs reports. 

Federal investigators are searching for clues to the cause of a train derailment and subsequent explosion on Columbus' North Side early Wednesday. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles has the latest. 

Ohio Governor John Kasich Wednesday signed an executive order banning oil and gas drilling in Lake Erie. Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

Last year the state paid 30-million dollars to people who fraudulently claimed eligibility for unemployment insurance benefits. The state has a new way to crack down and get the money back. Ben Johnson of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says some of the scam artists collect benefits even though they are working, while others collect them without obeying a rule that requires them to actively seek a job.
 

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