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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds warns that flooding will worsen along the Mississippi River as snow melts to the north. Already, hundreds of homes are flooded in the Midwest, after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region. In Missouri, the emergency management director in Holt County says many homes were inundated with up to 7 feet of water from the Missouri River. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to tour flood damage in Nebraska on Tuesday.

NORTH LIBERTY, Iowa (AP) – Beto O’Rourke has entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race amid much fanfare and media attention. In the first days of his campaign, he ran a 5-kilometer race, was mocked for flailing his arms so much when he speaks and drove a Dodge Caravan from Iowa through Wisconsin and Michigan to Ohio, stopping to talk with voters along the way. O’Rourke also showed some inexperience on foreign policy but talked up his U.S.-Mexico border expertise, and explained his changing views on health care.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of the felony convictions of three top staffers on Ron Paul’s 2012 presidential campaign. Campaign chairman Jesse Benton, campaign manager John Tate and deputy campaign manager Dimitri Kesari were convicted in 2016 of causing false records and campaign expenditure reports to be filed to the Federal Election Commission.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – Barriers have been emplaced to protect some Cedar Rapids neighborhoods from floodwaters. The National Weather Service says the Cedar River is expected to crest later Monday at 18.5 feet. That’s nearly 3 feet into what the service says is major flood stage but nearly 13 feet below the 2008 record of 31.1 feet. Any flooding isn’t expected to reach houses and businesses.

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