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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 Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says four more inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number to 14. 

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Ohio's coronavirus tracking website is now showing a breakdown of cases and deaths by race and ethnicity. 

A three-judge panel of a federal appeals court in Cincinnati won’t get involved in a dispute over abortion and the state’s coronavirus  order regarding elective surgery – which keeps facilities that perform abortions open for now.

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Leaders of Ohio’s foodbanks say they are overwhelmed by the demand on their services amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Millions of Ohioans are staying home as ordered, as schools have closed, employers have ordered them to work remotely and entertainment options have been shut down.

Ohio has received all that it's likely to get from the National Strategic Stockpile of medical supplies - a plane dropped off gowns, gloves, coveralls, face shields, surgical masks and N-95 masks in Columbus Tuesday. 

Backers of a planned fall ballot issue seeking to raise the minimum wage in Ohio to 13 dollars an hour by 2025 have filed a lawsuit, saying Governor Mike DeWine's coronavirus restrictions have halted their effort. 

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The state will now start tracking ventilators through a new database. 

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More than a week ago, the state Board of Pharmacy created new limitations for prescribing drugs commonly used to treat lupus, malaria and autoimmune diseases.

Federal judges in Ohio, Texas and Alabama have temporarily blocked efforts to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Nearly 200,000 Ohioans have filed unemployment insurance claims in the last two weeks, and more are likely to need those benefits soon.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine laying out protocols for workers amid the coronavirus and hinting more things may come. 

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Hospitals and labs around the state are running low on coronavirus test kits.

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When businesses shut down or lay off employees, they are required to notify federal and the state governments.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the late night order to close voting locations for Tuesday's primary election was to make it clear that in-person voting would be delayed.

Health clubs and entertainment facilities have been ordered to shut down because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. 

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A new bipartisan bill in the Ohio House requires nearly 180 charter schools to change how they do business or close. 

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered a ban on visitors at nursing homes and in the state's psychiatric hospitals. 

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine made good on a promise to shut down most big gatherings  as part of sweeping public health orders to slows the spread of the coronavirus. 

The number of COVID-19 cases in Ohio is up to five, and officials believe it's just the beginning. 

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Congress is considering a bill that would make it easier for low-income people to get emergency food assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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State health officials say the fourth confirmed case of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, had no contact with others and didn't travel overseas.

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Thousands of Ohio voters will have to go to a new place to cast their ballots in the St. Patrick’s Day primary.

The state has confirmed the first three cases of COVID-19, leading Governor Mike DeWine to sign a declaration of emergency.

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State health officials are ready to start testing 400 patients showing possible coronavirus symptoms. 

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More than a thousand people concerned about climate change turned out at Otterbein University in Westerville Sunday for the first town hall from an unlikely alliance of former lawmakers. 

The state has opened a call center for anyone who has questions about the potential spread of coronavirus and COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

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As the coronavirus spreads, people are being urged to prepare by stocking up on food and supplies, checking to see if they can work from home if schools and workplaces are shut down, and staying home if they’re sick.