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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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Ohio has logged its highest daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but some of that is related to a backlog of tests that the state was double checking over the last several weeks.

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The Ohio House and Senate are holding more than 100 hearings this week as the Legislature nears the end of session.

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The state will be changing the process of adding COVID-19 cases to the daily count.

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Ohio is expected to get about a half million doses of COVID-19 vaccines during the next month.

Nearly 28 thousand Ohioans filed first-time claims for unemployment insurance benefits last week, bringing the state's pandemic total to over 1.9  million.

Nearly 257 thousand people filed continuing claims. And the Labor Department says 712 thousand Americans filed first-time claims last week, down by 75 thousand from the previous week. The feds say it's the latest sign the U.S. economy and job market remain under stress, and many employers are still cutting jobs.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has vetoed a bill limiting his power to issue health orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

DeWine had promised to veto the bill that passed the legislature, pretty much along party lines. And he is sending it back to the legislature with a message. 

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The Ohio House has passed along party lines a bill requiring aborted fetal remains to be buried or cremated. Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.

The bill, which has been under consideration for nearly two years, would require a woman having an abortion to fill out a form designating how to dispose of the fetal remains. If she doesn’t do that, it will be up to the abortion provider to decide whether to bury or cremate the remains and pay for it. The ACLU of Ohio’s Gary Daniels says the bill is unconstitutional.

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Nearly 13 percent of the state’s population has received some sort of unemployment assistance since the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Ohio has recorded its second-highest number of confirmed deaths from COVID-19, and the third day in a week of death totals in triple digits.

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Families of nursing home residents are being urged to refrain from taking their loved one home for a holiday celebration, due to the potential spread of COVID-19. 

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After an election where polls showed Democrats would do well in Ohio but largely didn’t, the leader of the state Democratic Party is resigning.

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The results of the 2020 vote in Ohio have been officially certified as the highest turnout ever.

Akron-based FirstEnergy's credit rating has been downgraded to junk status by the big three rating agencies.

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There are more than twice as many people hospitalized with COVID-19 in Ohio now as there were a month ago.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the statewide curfew he called for last week is one of the ways to curb the surge of coronavirus cases, but some medical experts say curfews are not effective strategies.

Ohio is planning to receive the first batch of the COVID-19 vaccine around December 15, with another batch coming a week later.

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The head of the state’s mental health and drug addiction agency says she has tested positive for COVID-19. 

State health officials Sunday reported 8,133 new cases  of COVID-19  and 12 new deaths.

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Ohio's top utility regulator has resigned, days after FBI agents raided his German Village home.

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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says he will veto a bill restricting his authority to shut down businesses in a future health order.

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The Ohio House has approved a bi-partisan bill that pushes back on Governor Mike DeWine's authority to shut down businesses in a future health order.

Ohio lawmakers this week were supposed to take up a controversial gun bill allowing  concealed weapons in more places and expanded access for gun owners, but that has been delayed until after Thanksgiving.

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Ohio lawmakers have been wrestling with how to make changes to the state’s EdChoice private school voucher plan for more than a year.

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Ohio’s Republican U.S. Senator is the first member of the chamber to announce he’s part of a trial to test a COVID-19 vaccine.

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Former Ohio Republican Party chair Matt Borges is making public comments for the first time since his arrest in the bribery scandal linked to the state's nuclear power plant bailout law. 

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State health officials Monday reported 7,268 new cases of COVID-19 and 20 new deaths.  

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FBI agents this morning raided the Columbus home of the chair of the agency that regulates Ohio utilities.

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With Ohio in the third week of COVID hospitalizations setting a new record each day, Governor Mike DeWine on Wednesday evening laid out two new health orders and previewed the possibility of a limited shutdown.

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Even before COVID-19, many teens have struggled with mental health issues. 

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Ohio’s Republican attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling extending the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned.

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