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Flooding in Davenport, Iowa. Photo: KC McGinnis/For The Washington Post via Getty Images

Unprecedented flooding is devastating the Midwest with the Mississippi River rising to some of its highest levels since 1993.

What's new: Heavy rain prompted more flash flooding concerns over Wednesday night, as Kansas residents were evacuated from their homes and dozens of Texas children were left stranded at school, AP reports.

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The big picture: The flooding is due to rapid snow melt and heavy spring rains. The resulting series of closures has impacted farmers who rely on the river for transporting crops. It's already been a record-breaking flood season and NOAA continues to warn the flood threat could worsen and affect new areas as new waves of rain are forecasted for the Central states. The flooding caused the U.S. Coast Guard to shut down a 5-mile stretch of the river in St. Louis last week, the Washington Post reports.

By the numbers: Last Thursday, the Mississippi River rose to 22.7 feet in Davenport, Iowa — beating the previous record set in 1993.

  • Flooding this year has already caused an estimated $12 billion in damage, reports the Post, citing an estimate from AccuWeather, affecting homes and businesses, drowning livestock and displacing hundreds.
    • In Nebraska alone, the cost of the damage surpassed $1.3 billion in March — including $449 million in damage to infrastructure, $440 million in crop losses and $400 million in cattle loses, NPR reports.
  • At least 4 people have died due to the latest flooding.

The cost of the damage in the Midwest, along with the consequences of Trump's trade war with China, have farmers fearing for their livelihood.

Go deeper: NOAA warns of "unprecedented flood season" across U.S.

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Chicago releases video of fatal police shooting of 13-year-old boy

A small memorial is seen on April 15 in Chicago where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was shot and killed by a police officer in March. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski/Getty Images

Chicago's independent police review board on Thursday released the body camera footage of an officer's fatal shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo on March 29.

The big picture: Tension continues to rise nationwide in response to police misconduct and racism. Thursday's footage release comes days after officer Kim Potter fatally shot Daunte Wright in a traffic stop near Minneapolis, where the trial of Derek Chauvin, a former police officer accused of murdering George Floyd, is ongoing.

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Georgia has become the center of American politics, in an era wherein state issues and officials have taken on elevated national prominence.

Axios Re:Cap speaks with Georgia state Sen. Jen Jorden, a Democrat running for attorney general, about her state's time in the national spotlight, if she'd defend the voting law as AG and if Will Smith should have pulled his movie production from her state.

Migrants cite Mexican law as incentive for heading north

Monitored by a caretaker, young unaccompanied immigrants, ages 3-9, in a playpen at a Homeland Security holding facility in Donna, Texas, last month. Photo: Dario Lopez-Mills - Pool/Getty Images

A Mexican law against the detention of minors who are headed to the U.S. border may unintentionally be encouraging more attempts by children to cross over.

The state of play: Teenagers from Honduras told Reuters they decided to cross to the U.S. through Mexico because of the law, which gives them temporary protection from deportation, as they felt safer making the attempt.

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