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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.

As usual, there are a few glitches and problems being reported on this election day. Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports on some of them.

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The U.S. Department of Education ranks each states’ performance in a national report card every other year. StateImpact: Ohio’s Ida Lieszkovszky reports that in Ohio, not much has changed over the last few years.

Governor Kasich held press conference this afternoon to speak on an executive order on “dangerous wild animals."  You can stream the press conference from The Ohio Channel below.

Over the years, certain vitamins and minerals have been touted as useful in warding off cancer, dementia and other diseases. That’s often followed by studies that disprove the claim or raise serious doubts. The cycle continues this week with news from the Cleveland Clinic about megadoses of vitamin E. Anne Glausser from member station WCPN has the details.

Both of Ohio’s U.S.senators were in Cleveland Sunday, participating in an interfaith commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Republican Sen. Rob Portman says defending the U.S. against future attacks remains a priority, and one he’ll have a special responsibility to balance over the next three months. For Ohio Public Radio, Kabir Bhatia reports.

Ohio may have to pay millions in penalties to the federal government because not enough people on welfare are working at a job or trying to get one. The state has been fined for the last three years because less than a quarter of Ohio’s welfare recipients are working, are volunteering as preparation for work or are in job training programs.

The federal government requires half of recipients be enrolled in work participation.

Ben Johnson at the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services says his agency is confident the situation can be corrected.  

A former secretary of state who stirred up controversy in the Republican Party when he ran in 2006 seems to be interested in shaking up the GOP again. Ken Blackwell spoke to about 30 people at the Columbus Metropolitan Club today, talking about the debt ceiling crisis. Blackwell wrote on Twitter last week that Tea Party Congressman Jim Jordan of Urbana should run for the US Senate next year if his district is erased in redistricting.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Director of the Ohio Department of Commerce is telling Ohioans to beware of an unclaimed funds scam. David Goodman says scammers are sending emails to Ohioans to try to defraud them.

The group that wants to put the recently passed elections reform law on the statewide ballot will make another attempt to get petition language certified.

A new poll shows voters think it's ok to require Ohioans to show a photo ID when casting ballots.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, 93 percent of republicans, 77 percent of independents and 66 percent of Democrats said they'd support a law that requires voters to show photo id to vote. However, some lawmakers, including Ohio's Secretary of State Jon Husted, who support the bill don't like the way it was written and question its constitutionality.

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