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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.

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.

Republican Mitt Romney is coming back to Ohio today. He plans to meet with factory workers this afternoon in northern Ohio at a plant in Mansfield. Romney has been mixing in campaign stops with debate practice sessions over the last week.

Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman is helping the GOP nominee sharpen his debate skills. Portman has been playing the role of President Barack Obama in the mock debates.

Tana Weingartner, WVXU

Dayton may have been passed over to receive a space shuttle but the National Museum of the United States Air Force now has the next best thing.

For more than 30 years Crew Compartment Trainer One was used to teach astronauts how to fly orbiters and operate equipment in space.

Astronaut Greg Johnson was on hand Wednesday as CCT-1 arrived on the NASA Super Guppy aircraft. Johnson says he spent almost more time in the trainer than in actual space.

Authorities say more environmental cleanup will be needed after a fire at a Springfield fuel company created thick black smoke and left officials monitoring oil that spilled into a nearby tributary of a creek.

As Ohioans vote in this Super Tuesday primary election, turnout is reported to be light…and there are few glitches, according to the state’s top elections official. Secretary of State John Husted, though, reports that bomb threats have disrupted voting at two different polling places.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio says Tuesday’s announcement of a 5-month moratorium on closing postal facilities gives Congress more time to enact reform legislation. Brown told reporters during a conference call, he’s supporting the Postal Service Protection Act to help the USPS return to fiscal solvency. He says it would fix a pension system that currently costs the Postal Service $5 billion a year:

The largest online charter school in Ohio and in the nation is expanding. From Ohio public radio station WOSU, Steve Brown reports the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow is starting its second round of hiring in just this school year.

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