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Iowa and the Midwest have some of the starkest disparities in racial equality in the country.  A new report from the Iowa Policy Project found patterns of segregation and discrimination are pervasive, impacting employment, homeownership, and school test scores and suspensions.

State Representative Ras Smith from Waterloo says he’s very aware of these disparities, but he feels many white Iowans are not.

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More than 16 percent of Iowa’s children are obese, that’s the latest from a  new report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

This is slightly above the national average of 15.3 percent.

Jamie Bussel is the senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She says the report recommends changes to federal nutrition programs like SNAP as well as changes at the local level.

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There are still evacuations going in Madison, South Dakota because of flooding. It has received 3 to 5 inches of rain in the latest storm. The South Dakota Highway Patrol says flooding closed a section of Interstate 90 near Mitchell.   And in Sioux Falls, residents and business owners are cleaning up after destructive tornadoes and straight-line winds earlier this week. Crews today were removing fallen trees and debris.

A new report has found Iowa has the seventh-highest obesity rate in the nation.

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Sheriff's officials say flooding around Madison has caused some residents to evacuate.

Lake County Sheriff Tim Walburg urged people not to drive through Madison as crews were busy moving some people from the flooded area. It has received 3 to 5 inches of rain in the latest storm. 

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says flooding closed a section of Interstate 90 near Mitchell.