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What Fake News Reveals About the Origins of Beliefs and Bias

Fake news is a term that’s come to define our current political landscape, but it’s nothing new. Propaganda, lies, and fairy tales have always been part of human discourse. In this week’s Exploradio, we talk with two researchers looking into the psychology behind believable falsehoods and how to guard against them. We live in an age where facts are called into question, and the truth is slippery. Made-up stories are fed to Americans from sources in Eastern Europe , spreading through social...

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Ohio’s slate of Republican candidates on the November ballot is about to get what the party feels is a helping hand from President Donald Trump. The Ohio Republican Party announced Trump will be the headliner at this year’s state dinner, two weeks after campaigning in the 12th Congressional special election for Troy Balderson.

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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

A Republican state lawmaker who backed a failed attempt to overturn a county tax levy wants to make it tougher for counties to raise taxes.

Opponents of a sales tax increase on Montgomery County tried and failed to take a repeal to the ballot. So Rep. Niraj Antani said he’s proposing a bill requiring county commissioners get voter approval to raise taxes in the first place.

He said he's against all tax increases, and the measure is about "empowering people" to exercise their will.

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Sen. Sherrod Brown is fighting back against what he believes are unethical overdraft fees.

Brown teamed up with fellow Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey to introduce the bill called the Stop Overdraft Profiteering Act of 2018, which Brown said would crack down on certain fees that mostly affect low-income Americans.

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CUYAHOGA VALLEY SCENIC RAILROAD

The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is adding pieces of railway history to its collection.

The nonprofit is purchasing four railcars, including two dining railcars from the famous Amtrak California Zephyr line, which are complete with observation domes on top.

CEO Joe Mazur said the two cars will bring a new experience to the scenic tour through Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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A report commissioned by Ohio’s three major public school groups shows that state funding for K-12 education hasn’t bridged the gap between rich and poor districts.

It’s the first comprehensive look at state and local aid for schools since a landmark Ohio Supreme Court ruling declaring the property tax based funding system unconstitutional.

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The Cleveland Browns are off to a promising start to the season. The team that went 0-16 last year kicked off the preseason last week with a win over the New York Giants. They’re also in the national spotlight, featured on the HBO documentary series, Hard Knocks.

But WKSU commentator Terry Pluto cautioned fans not to get too excited about the preseason. 

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WVXU

Vice President Mike Pence visited Cincinnati Tuesday to promote Trump administration policies.

The program at the Weston Hotel was officially about tax reforms, but Pence also plugged efforts to improve foreign trade, revamp immigration policies, and improve the economy.

"But the people of Ohio deserve to know, quite frankly, we've done it all in the face of unprecedented obstruction and opposition by liberals in Washington D.C," he told the crowd.

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OHIO MEDICAID

Ohio Medicaid is telling its five managed care plans to sever their contracts with two pharmacy benefits managers and to work up new deals by the beginning of the year. It’s a sudden change for the agency.

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SHUTTERSHOCK

A union that intended to put a measure capping kidney dialysis costs on the Ohio ballot this fall said it isn’t giving up, despite a ruling from the state’s top court that won't allow the measure to come before voters  this November.

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AKRON PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Akron Public Schools is saying farewell to a 30-year-old wooden Native American statue. Chief Rotaynah will be removed from its home near Judith A. Resnik Community Learning Center after sustaining damage from weather and pests.

Hungarian immigrant and former Akron resident Peter Toth carved the 36-foot red oak statue that celebrates the history of Native American culture in Northeast Ohio.

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President Trump is taking aim at Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, saying he is unhappy over the central bank's decision to raise interest rates.

"I'm not thrilled with his raising of interest rates, no. I'm not thrilled," Trump told Reuters in an interview.

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