News headlines for the evening of Friday, September 22, 2017

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Cameras and machine learning may eventually save farmers a lot of money on chemicals. They may even help prevent water pollution and reduce the need for genetically-modified seeds. That's according to the CEO of Blue River Technology, a company based in California's Silicon Valley that John Deere just bought for $305 million.

WVIK's Michelle O'Neill reports the acquisition may have wide-ranging effects on agriculture and other industries.

Mariah Woelfel/WVIK

A Rock Island police officer is recovering at home after allegedly being assaulted and beaten while responding to a call of domestic battery at a downtown Rock Island apartment building on Thursday evening.

Illinois State Police

There's been no arrest or conviction, but police have announced the "likely killer" in a decades-old murder case.

20th Annual QC Marathon

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QC Marathon

The 20th annual Quad Cities Marathon will be held this weekend - on Sunday morning - with the start and finish lines on River Drive in downtown Moline. Proceeds each year benefit  prostate cancer research and screening.

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Augustana College and the Rock Island Public Library have signed an agreement. The new, reciprocal agreement allows students to borrow from the city library, and opens up the college's Tredway Library to city residents.

Unemployment continued to fall in the Quad Cities in August, falling from 5.3 per cent last year to 4.5 per cent last month. 

Mariah Woelfel/WVIK

Local educators and business leaders are worried about the future of training for specialized trades in the Quad Cities.