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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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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.

Columbus authorities are continuing to deal with the early morning train derailment near the Ohio State Fairgrounds. 

A report that examined the possible impact of changes that the state’s five public pension funds wanted lawmakers to make is out.

Ohio has been cracking down on shady doctors and pharmacists who’ve run pill mills and improperly distribute addictive pain medicine. With that source of illegal prescription medicine drying up, Ohio’s attorney general believes that addicts and profiteers will now turn to another setting to get their meds - nursing homes.

A freight train derailment and explosion in Columbus near the Ohio State Fairgrounds forced authorities to evacuate a mile-wide area of the city to contain the blaze and determine what's burning.

Environmental activists in Athens County say dangerous chemicals are being injected deep into the earth in the southwest region of the state.

Dayton Air Show

Jul 6, 2012

There are two big air shows in Ohio every summer – the first is the Dayton Air Show this weekend.

The sizzling temperatures in Ohio combined with power outages have apparently helped hasten the deaths of 3 Licking County residents. The coroner’s office says in 3 separate cases, the lack of air conditioning contributed to the deaths. About 79-thousand Ohio customers of American Electric Power remain without power today.

An obscure North Dakota-based company gives Columbus high marks for it's tech jobs and tech friendly environment. Brian Bull of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports. 

Dayton Power and Light says dead and dying ash trees destroyed by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle were a major factor in the number of summer storm power outages. The utility says ash trees can fall on power lines even if they stand the required 10 feet away from the lines. The utility blames diseased, dying and dead trees for a significant amount of the power disruptions, with the primary danger posed by ash trees. 175-thousand DP&L customers were without power at the height of last week's storm.

As President Obama made his way across Northern Ohio Thursday, two surrogates for Republican challenger Mitt Romney attempted to keep his base energized and engaged. Bill Rice of member station WCPN in Cleveland reports.

President Obama tells Cincinnati radio station WLWT Republican rival Mitt Romney caved under pressure from talk show host Rush Limbaugh in saying the federal health insurance mandate amounts to a tax. The President notes Romney supported the mandate as Massachusetts governor but "has suddenly reversed himself." The President says it raises questions over whether Romney is abandoning a principal after "getting pressure for two days from Rush Limbaugh" or other critics. Romney said Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the mandate is a tax.

More than half a million Ohio homes and businesses have had their electric service restored in the wake of last Friday's windstorm, but that leaves about 131,000 still without power this afternoon. That's the word from Ohio's largest electric company, American Electric Power. Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen talked with some folks who are now in their seventh day without electricity.

Ohio Governor John Kasich says tax revenues have come in faster than expected and state spending is lower than expected, so the state can boost its rainy day fund. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports. 

The state is asking the federal government for help providing more food assistance cards for those who lost edibles during the storm-related power outages.

It's being called the largest health care fraud settlement in US history, and Ohio may get millions of dollars as a result.  Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen reports.

About 420,000 Ohio customers are without power and more than half of Wayne National Forest in southern Ohio is closed as utility crews work to restore electricity for parts of the state walloped by two rounds of summer thunderstorms. American Electric Power says storms on Sunday left 20,000 more customers without electricity as crews worked to restore lines damaged by bad weather two days earlier. It left residents longing for air conditioning as Monday's temperatures were expected to climb into the 90s.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the national health insurance law seems to have revved up the passions of Ohio activists on both sides of the issue. Today, within 4 miles of each other, both groups rallied in Columbus.

For three years, the fund that pays benefits to unemployed Ohioans has been broke - and the state has been borrowing from the Federal Government. The Governor's recently approved budget update moved 25 million dollars toward paying the interest on the 1.8 billion dollar debt. But a progressive-leaning think tank wants lawmakers to enact a state tax increase to pay off the debt, saying businesses are getting hit with more taxes now. Zach Shiller is with Policy Matters Ohio.