4 things to watch for -- Wednesday, September 11th

By Matt Morawski - Executive Producer, Rhonda Walker - Anchor

WDIV Rhonda Walker

Rhonda Walker: Get ready to watch then vote for our own Detroit Youth Choir performing in the semi-finals of Americans Got Talent tonight at 8 p.m. on Local 4! So proud of these kids and their inspiring Artistic Director Anthony White. Good Luck!

And speaking of talented Detroit youth, don't forget to nominate a child you know excelling in academics, the arts, community service, sports or even entrepreneurship for my Brag Book Award. Every Wednesday morning I feature two outstanding local students. See who I'm honoring tomorrow during the show from 5-7 a.m.

And where are all my peeps out there hanging on to every summer day we can get! So thankful hot summer weather is back this week. Fall has a season and it's not yet :)

Happy Summer, see you in the morning!
Rhonda

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Here's what's coming up on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Heat and Humidity 

We will combine the heat and humidity with storm chances Wednesday. The main threat or timing of the showers and storms is in the afternoon hours as we begin to heat up again. Morning lows will still be near 70 degrees and then afternoon highs again take aim at the mid or upper 80s, and that will depend on the timing of showers. The models show a decent slug of water riding over us from noon until about 6 p.m. Wednesday.

More showers are possible late Wednesday into early Thursday. 

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be watching the roads for us all morning. She'll have any construction updates and traffic trouble spots.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- Rhonda's Brag Book

Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person?

As Rhonda mentioned, we want you to submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker's brag book! As Rhonda mentioned, she'll show off two incredible students Wednesday.

All Morning -- Detroit Youth Choir on AGT

As Rhonda mentioned, the Detroit Youth Choir is getting ready to perform in the semi-finals for America's Got Talent. Our Kimberly Gill is there with them in California. They take the stage Tuesday at 8 p.m. We can't encourage you enough to watch and wake up with us for a recap. You can vote until 7 a.m. Wednesday. 

6:40 -- Wellness Wednesday: What's Going Around

The kids are back in school and as usual, they took their germs back with them. Dr. Frank McGeorge will show us the illnesses that are most likely to be what's going around these first weeks of class and how to avoid them.

ICYMI

Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

  • Tuesday Question: Who won the first America's Got Talent?
  • Answer: Bianca Ryan
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: September 11th

  • National Make Your Bed Day
  • National Hot Cross Bun Day
  • Patriot Day and National Day of Service and Remembrance

History Highlights: September 11th

  • In 1789, Alexander Hamilton was appointed the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.
  • In 1814, an American fleet scored a decisive victory over the British in the Battle of Lake Champlain in the War of 1812.
  • In 1936, Boulder Dam (now Hoover Dam) began operation as President Franklin D. Roosevelt pressed a key in Washington to signal the startup of the dam's first hydroelectric generator.
  • In 1941, groundbreaking took place for the Pentagon. 
  • In 1954, the Miss America pageant made its network TV debut; Miss California, Lee Meriwether, was crowned the winner.
  • In 1967, the comedy-variety program "The Carol Burnett Show" premiered.
  • In 2001, on America's single-worst day of terrorism, nearly 3,000 people were killed as 19 al-Qaida members hijacked four passenger jetliners, sending two of the planes smashing into New York's World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon and the fourth into a field in western Pennsylvania.
  • In 2003, actor John Ritter died six days before his 55th birthday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, Calif. — the same hospital where he was born in 1948.
  • In 2006, in a prime-time address, President George W. Bush invoked the memory of the victims of the 9/11 attacks as he staunchly defended the war in Iraq, though he acknowledged that Saddam Hussein was not responsible for the attacks.
  • In 2007, a new Osama bin Laden videotape was released on the sixth anniversary of 9/11; in it, the al-Qaida leader's voice is heard commemorating one of the suicide hijackers and calling on young Muslims to follow his example by martyring themselves in attacks.

Celebrity Birthdays: September 11th

Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • Actor Earl Holliman is 91. 
  • Comedian Tom Dreesen is 80. 
  • Actress Lola Falana is 77. 
  • Actress Amy Madigan is 69. 
  • Musician Moby is 54. 
  • Singer Harry Connick Jr. is 52. 
  • Rapper Ludacris is 42. 
  • Singer Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum is 38. 

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