Q. I have been trying to use the YourGov app to report potholes in the past two weeks or more. I have used it in the past with no issues. However, now, it won't let me submit a request, saying there was a problem to upload your request. I have tried through the link on the city of Davenport website with the same issue. I have tried to reinstall the app but still cannot submit a request. I have tried by being signed in and not being signed in. What is going on and does the administration of Davenport know of this problem? — Sharon

A. We contacted the city of Davenport to find out. Nicole Gleason, public works director, had the IT team review the YourGov app and found that if the requestor was leaving the 'description' field completely blank, it was giving off an error. The need for the description was eliminated, and the problem was resolved. "Please thank Sharon for bringing this to our attention."

Q. Why does ESPN black out the baseball games that includes the St. Louis Cardinals? Tonight (May 17), the 7 p.m. game was to be Boston vs. St. Louis Cardinals, but it was Sports Center. This happens all the time unless the Cardinals are playing the Cubs, and ESPN is broadcasting the game. — Rita

A. Quad-City Times sports reporter Don Doxsie said, "Here is my understanding of the situation: Not only are Cardinals games blacked out here, but so are the Cubs, White Sox, Twins and Brewers. I believe that applies only to MLB Network and weeknight ESPN games, however. The Sunday night ESPN games go to the whole country with no blackout restrictions, which is why this reader said she recently was able to get a Cubs-Cardinals game. For more information on MLB's blackout policy, go to mlb.mlb.com/mlbtv/help-center/blackout-info.jsp.

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Q. A few years ago, there was talk of East Kimberly Road being widened to six lanes. Whatever happened to this? — Tim

A. We contacted the city of Davenport public works department. We were referred to the Iowa Department of Transportation. Sam J. Shea, transportation planner, District 6, responded:

"I think that is accurate, the Iowa DOT considered the widening of East Kimberly Road a few years ago. At that time, the city of Davenport was beginning work on their Davenport in Motion (DIM) Transportation Plan. The plan recommendation was to not widen Kimberly, so the city asked us to hold off on development of any widening project until they had some consensus of the DIM plan and the city council. Currently, this project is not in our Five-Year Program so the development remains on hold today."

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