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People affected by last year's record flood in Davenport are invited to tell the city about their experiences, and what they think about flood protection. 

Despite some extra expenses, the pandemic has not had a huge impact yet on Scott County's finances. Thursday night, David Farmer, Director of Budget and Administrative Services, reported to the county board.

Moline may help its businesses hurt by the latest state-ordered shutdown during the pandemic. Tuesday night, the city council will consider approving a grant program for bars and restaurants that are now prohibited from serving any customers indoors.

Erin Murphy, Des Moines Bureau Chief for Lee Enterprises, talks about the election results in Iowa from the presidential race down to the state legislature. He His analysis includes a discussion of polls, strategy, demographic trends and whether Iowa remains a battleground state or is more firmly red (Republican).

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By the end of the year, East Moline will have to end a tax increment financing district downtown that's helped several companies expand and add jobs. Established in 1997, by law the city must dissolve the Great River Industrial Park after 23 years. 

Miles Coleman, writer and editor with the Crystal Ball produced by the University of Virginia Center for Politics, talks about the Center's predictions for the presidential race and control of the US Senate and US House. He also suggests some key early indicators to watch for how the election will go, including for Iowa. 

Moline's interim city administrator will be excused from his regular duties this week. Martin Vanags will instead attend special training following complaints about his conduct.

Kathie Obradovich, editor of the Iowa Capital Dispatch, provides an overview and analysis of all the key races in Iowa, from the presidency to the state legislature. Obradovich has 30+ years experience reporting on politics and government in Iowa including as a political reporter for the Quad City Times and political columnist and opinion editor for the Des Moines Register. / IL Department of Corrections

The pandemic has killed four inmates so far at the East Moline state prison, and all within about the last two weeks. They're among the total of 29 inmate deaths so far at prisons across Illinois, as reported by the Department of Corrections. There have been no staff deaths from the coronavirus.

Despite the pandemic and other financial challenges, Moline will not lay off any employees next year. That was the promise in a resolution approved by the city council Tuesday night.