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The country's racism divide is not between the North and South, but rather East and West, according to Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz who spoke on a recent episode of the Freakonomics podcast. The dividing line is the Mississippi River, according to Stephens-Davidowitz — racist Google searches are significantly less common west of the river.

What they're saying: He found "hate-searching" was alarmingly high in western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, Michigan, and Upstate New York, while still most common in West Virginia. Notably, he also saw a correlation between increased news coverage of African-Americans and users searching for racial slurs: he found an increase in racist searches after Hurricane Katrina and every year on Martin Luther King Jr. day.

Another example: After Barack Obama's presidential win in 2008, one in 100 Google searches for "Obama" also included "KKK" or the N-word.

Why it matters: Stephens-Davidowitz believes that despite our daily, outward behaviors, internet searches tell the story of who we really are.

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Ex-officer pleads not guilty to charges related to Breonna Taylor killing

People gather at Breonna Taylor's make shift memorial in downtown Louisville. Photo: Jason Armond / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

The former Louisville police officer charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the raid that led to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, pleaded "not guilty" on Monday, the Courier Journal reports.

The big picture: The announcement of charges against Brett Hankison, who was fired from the department in June, set off nationwide protests last week. None of the officers involved in the raid were indicted on homicide or manslaughter charges related to Taylor's death.

SurveyMonkey poll: Trump's Ohio bet

Data: SurveyMonkey survey of 3,092 Ohio voters, Sept. 1-25, 2020; Note: COVID-19 was a write-in option; Chart: Axios Visuals

President Trump leads Joe Biden 51%-47% among likely Ohio voters overall — but he holds a whopping 74%-24% lead with those who say a flagging economy and job concerns are their top issue, according to new SurveyMonkey-Tableau data for Axios.

Why it matters: Ohioans are more worried about their jobs than the coronavirus — and that's President Trump's best chance to cling to a narrow lead in this state he won handily in 2016.

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 33,224,222 — Total deaths: 999,298 — Total recoveries: 22,975,298Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4:30 p.m. ET: 7,134,874 — Total deaths: 204,905 — Total recoveries: 2,766,280 — Total tests: 101,308,599Map.
  3. States: Cuomo extends New York moratorium on evictions until 2021.
  4. Business: Companies are still holding back earnings guidance.
  5. Health: Trump announces plan to distribute 150 million rapid tests —The childless vaccine.
  6. World: India the second country after U.S. to hit 6 million cases.