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Don't repeal the Affordable Care Act until you have a good replacement. That was the plea Thursday to Congress from members and supporters of an Iowa-based group, Families USA,  during a stop in Davenport.

Iowa Secretary of State

Now that one Jim Lykam has won election to the Iowa Senate, it's time to pick a replacement for his seat in the Iowa House. On Thursday night, leaders of the Scott County Democratic Party will choose their candidate for a special election for District 89.

For the first time in 15 years, Scott County will have a new sheriff. Tuesday morning, Tim Lane will be sworn in after winning the election in November, and take over from Dennis Conard.

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Dubuque is helping residents with reminders about garbage day, while teaching them about recycling. The city has launched an app and website called, ReThink Waste Dubuque.

Anderson Sainci, the city's Resource Management Coordinator, says residents can download the app, then enter their address to find out when their garbage will be picked up. The same tool is available on the web.

Some local residents will go to the polls one more time this year. A special election will be held Tuesday in Iowa State Senate District 45 following the death of Joe Seng in September.

Atty. Robert Waterman (left), At-Large Ald. Stephanie Acri (center) & Sonia Berg (right)
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Moline Mayor Scott Raes will be the only name printed on the ballot for mayor in next year's municipal election. This morning, the city's Municipal Officers Electoral Board ruled four candidates' nominating petitions are invalid because their signature pages were not numbered, as mandated by Illinois law.

Moline's Municipal Officers Electoral Board - Connie Wright-Mohr (left), Chair & 6th Ward Ald. Kevin Schoonmaker (center) & 5th Ward Ald. Lori Turner
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

It's the letter of the law versus the right of candidates to access the ballot. For three hours Tuesday morning, the Moline Electoral Board heard testimony and arguments about whether four candidates should be allowed to run for office.

A Bettendorf man is hospitalized after being shot by police Monday night. The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation identifies him as 19 year old Joshua Price, and Tuesday afternoon reported he's being treated at University Hospitals in Iowa City for what's considered non-life-threatening injuries.


Nearly five years after planning began, Davenport has dedicated the remodeled and expanded central fire station. City officials held a ribbon cutting Tuesday morning to celebrate the completion of the 15 million dollar project.

Heather Johnson, City of Davenport

Help is available for Davenport residents who may be having furnace problems during this extremely cold weather. As part of its year-round home re-hab program, the city offers loans for emergency furnace repairs.