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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 number of abortions in Ohio continue to decline. Last year the state saw a one percent drop - 323 fewer abortions - from the year before, according to the latest Ohio Abortion Report. Statehouse correspondent Jo Ingles has details.


Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state's coronavirus testing capacity is about to expand dramatically. 

Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

President Donald Trump didn't distance himself from hate groups  Tuesday night in Cleveland.  But Ohio governor Mike DeWine has.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today is expected to hold his first press conference since the presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday. 

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During the first presidential debate in Cleveland Tuesday night, President Trump urged supporters to go to voting locations and "watch very carefully."

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A state appeals court has ruled Republican Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose does not have to allow people to request absentee ballots online. 

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A coalition of environmental advocates are uniting to support an issue that will appear on the Columbus ballot in November. 

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More than 1.8 million Ohioans have requested absentee ballots.

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The Ohio Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit over the expansion of the state’s taxpayer-funded private school voucher program, saying the law that changed the program made the suit pointless. 

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Ohio anti-abortion activists are using the nomination of conservative Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court to again reintroduce a bill that would ban all abortions if the Roe v. Wade ruling is overturned. 

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The process of matching a voter’s signature on a ballot or ballot application against the signature provided on a voter’s initial registration will continue for the November election.

Jo ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio Democrats continue to outpace Republicans in absentee ballot applications. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler has the latest figures.

The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution committing to a peaceful transition of power if President Trump loses the November election, after Trump suggested he might claim voter fraud based on absentee ballots and refuse to leave office.

The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows the presidential race in Ohio is still a statistical dead heat.

State health officials Thursday reported 991 new cases of COVID-19 and 29 new deaths. 

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Akron-based FirstEnergy says it plans to "vigorously" defend itself against a civil lawsuit filed by Ohio Attorney General David Yost.

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1.8 millon Ohio voters have requested absentee ballots, more than twice the number at this point four years ago. Democratics are seizing the opportunity to vote early by mail, while Republicans are pulling back from that option. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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Absentee ballot applications in Ohio are approaching all-time records. And in most counties, applications from Democrats are leading those from Republicans.

The state is allowing retailers to once again sell buffet style and to-go self-serve food items. 

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Ohio Attorney General David Yost is attempting to block nuclear power plants from receiving what could be more than a billion dollars of ratepayer money from the bailout law passed a year ago.

Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine says the state will allow indoor visiting at nursing homes as cold weather approaches after stopping the practice at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine is rejecting a proposal from a Republican lawmaker who wants to cancel the state of emergency order he issued at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

The White House says President Trump will stop in Dayton on Monday for a campaign event. 

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The Franklin County judge who ruled Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose has the authority to order more ballot drop box locations granted a preliminary injunction to allow county boards of election to install them

The Ohio House committee holding hearings on a potential repeal of the state's nuclear power plant bailout law heard testimony from the leader of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, who was accused of having a conflict of interest in the case. 

State lawmakers are considering two bills that would make changes in how income taxes are collected by Ohio's largest cities. 

Liesl Bonneau

The Ohio Democratic Party is asking the Franklin County judge who issued a ruling allowing for additonal ballot drop boxes to take action against the Ohio Republican Party.

Marian Jacques

More than two dozen parents, mostly in Northwest Ohio, are suing the state over the mandate that K-12 students wear masks.

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The leader of Democrats in the Ohio House is blasting a Republican controlled panel of lawmakers for its decision to deny a request by the Republican Secretary of State to pay for postage on mail-in ballots.

Alison Holm / WCBE-FM

A Franklin County judge has ruled Secretary of State Frank LaRose has the authority  to order additional ballot drop box locations in each county prior to the November election.