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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 through eTech 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 Edition, All Things Considered and Marketplace.

Every weekday, the Statehouse News Bureau produces in-depth news reports for Ohio'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 Congressman Jim Traficant died Saturday after a tractor he was riding flipped over on his family farm. The fiery and colorful Democrat from Youngstown, Ohio, is one of only four members ever to be kicked out of Congress. That was in 2002, after he was convicted of bribery and racketeering.

Before he was convicted and expelled from Congress, Jim Traficant was best known for his improbable hair piece and his outlandish suits. And the broadsides he launched at Republicans, his fellow Democrats and big government.

Ohio’s Democratic Candidate for Governor is calling on Republican Governor John Kasich to halt the third grade guarantee. He also wants more money for public education.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald told members of the state’s largest teachers union that there are things state leaders need to do to help public education be successful in Ohio.

snow, snow plow, transportation
Brian Bull, WCPN

Polar vortexes, lengthy cold snaps, blasting windchills…essentially it’s been a winter wonderland turned arctic nightmare for many in Ohio, especially motorists.

ODOT spokesman Steve Faulkner says he’s been tracking his department’s efforts to keep highways and streets clear and safe since the first snow event in mid-October.  Flash-forward to late March, and what do state road crews have to show for it?

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio has created a new interactive tool that allows consumers to shop using side-by-side comparisons in an effort to help customers who want to pick electric and natural gas suppliers.

Todd Snitchler, PUCO chairman, says the new website will eliminate the confusion surrounding energy choice and equip consumers with the information needed to make the best decicion.

An environmental group has discovered a controversial playbook that a state department drew up to tackle oil and gas drilling issues. The plan calls into question the relationship between a state agency and the industry it’s supposed to regulate. Now, two state lawmakers are asking for legislative hearings to further investigate hearings.

State health officials say influenza activity is now widespread in Ohio, and they're encouraging residents to get vaccinated.

The Ohio Department of Health says it has received reports of flu-like illness in more than half the regions in the state.

Shannon Libby with the health department says the numbers are down compared to this time last year, but that’s no reason to put off vaccination.

Sen. Brown On Capital Hill Shooting

Oct 4, 2013
Sherrod Brown
WCPN

Washington authorities are still trying to learn more about yesterday's incident at the Capitol, where a driver sped away from police and crashed, after a brief chase and a volley of gunfire.

Ohio Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown was among those moved away from the Hart Senate Office Building when shots rang out.  He was walking outside with Democratic Senators Robert Casey of Pennsylvania and Jeff Merkley of Oregon.

It turns out 2012 was one of the hottest on record in several Ohio cities.

Thanks to an unusually warm spring followed by a hot summer, Cleveland and Columbus both had their highest average annual temperatures this past year. Both cities broke records set in 1998.

Dayton and Cincinnati fell short of breaking their records. But it was still among the five hottest years those cities have posted.

State climatologist Jeffrey Rogers says more and more evidence points to climate change for the spiking temperatures and he says warmer temperatures in Ohio mean more rain

Energy efficiency advocates hold a rally in Columbus today (Monday). They want to keep pressure on legislators to maintain requirements for utilities to cut the amount of electricity that customers consume and increase their use of alternative energy sources. Michelle Kanu from member station WCPN has more.

Ohio candidates for U.S. Senate, incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown and Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel, participated in the first of three debates on Monday at the the City Club of Cleveland.  Karen Kasler of the Statehouse News Bureau moderated.

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