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Local residents have a good reason to clean out their medicine cabinets this weekend. Saturday, residents can drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs, at the Waste Commission of Scott County or the Rock Island County Justice Center. 

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Once again, federal employees are being asked to give to their favorite local, national, or international charities. The annual Combined Federal Campaign is underway, and continues through the end of the year. 

Spokeswoman Linda Loebach says in this area the campaign covers 37 counties in eastern Iowa and western Illinois, and includes all federal, military, and postal employees.

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This fall, seven organizations will have more money to help the homeless in the Quad Cities. Wednesday, the local non-profit, "In From the Cold," announced $8,000 in grants, for agencies like Vera French, the Salvation Army, and Family Resources.

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1,700 people in the Quad Cities should now have a better chance of finding a job. That was the goal of Wednesday's Career Fair held by the Quad City Times, at the Rhythm City Casino in Davenport.

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The YMCA has opened its first facility in Rock Island. Monday, the Two Rivers YMCA held an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony for its new program office, at the King Center in Rock Island.

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An iconic Quad Cities business will continue to grow this year. Last week, Whitey's Ice Cream announced it'll open its 10th location in Eldridge. 

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It's the end of an era for the Bettendorf riverfront. Over the weekend, the former Isle of Capri casino boat left the city, where it had been docked for more than two decades.

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A Rock Island-based agency has broken ground on what will be the first major residential development in downtown Sterling. The Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation, or GROWTH, has begun construction on the Lawrence Building, which has been vacant since the 1960s, and sits above the Whiteside County Courthouse. 

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Today, the Quad Cities community is remembering a prominent business leader, who died last week. Hans Becherer was the chairman and CEO of Deere and Company in the 1990s, and helped Moline redevelop its downtown.

Becherer was first hired by Deere in 1962, and was elected chairman and CEO in 1990. Before his retirement in 2000, Becherer helped Deere create its relationship with the Professional Golfer's Association. And during his leadership, Moline opened the John Deere Pavilion downtown.

Becherer was also "instrumental" in the growth of Rivermont Collegiate, the private school in Bettendorf. Rivermont Director of Development, Drew Boster, says Becherer served as chairman of the Board of Trustees during the 90s.

Boster says both of his children attended the school, and Becherer laid the foundation for what Rivermont is today. Rivermont named Becherer Hall in his honor in 2001. 

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