4 things to watch for -- Wednesday, September 18th

By Matt Morawski - Executive Producer, Rhonda Walker - Anchor

WDIV goes purple for the Detroit Youth Choir

Rhonda Walker: The Detroit Youth Choir shows all of us what is possible for our youth through hard work and dedicated adult supporters like their passionate artistic director Anthony White who has inspired and lead them to this pinnacle moment.

Now, they have a chance to win $1 million dollars in the America's Got Talent finals but of course we know they have already won. The life lessons they gained with their accomplishments so far is priceless and truly life changing.  Show your support for them today by wearing their theme color purple.

Evrod Cassimy and Rhonda Walker

Be sure to vote the maximum votes on the AGT App and NBC.com/AGTVote to ensure they come out winners!

And speaking of winners there is a local competition of sorts taking place right now to benefit Detroit youth and beyond. It's the Art Van Charity Challenge and a whopping $100 thousand dollar jackpot up for grabs for the charity that receives the most donations between now and September 27th.

My charity the Rhonda Walker Foundation serving inner city teen girls since 2003 is in the challenge and if it's on your heart to help support programs to empower our Detroit youth please follow this link to learn more and consider making a donation.

Thank you in advance for your support!!


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Here's what's coming up on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning -- Stretch of Summer

Metro Detroit will see a great stretch of summer weather Wednesday through Saturday with tons of sunshine and high temps around 80°F along with great sleeping weather and overnight lows in the upper 50s. In fact, we should easily get into low or even mid 80s Thursday and Friday without a ton of humidity. 

  • 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 for the weekend.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- Vote DYC for AGT

As Rhonda mentioned, the Detroit Youth Choir returned to the America's Got  Talent stage Tuesday night. Our Kimberly Gill was there with them. You can vote until 7am Wednesday. Join us as we vote live Wednesday morning. We'll also have reaction from the choir after their performance.

All Morning -- UAW-GM strike: Negotiations underway

The UAW strike against General Motors continues. Picket lines have formed outside of plants. The UAW says its roughly 49,000 members are on strike. We'll have live coverage as negotiations continue between General Motors and the UAW.

6:40 -- Wellness Wednesday

Children and back pain. It's a growing problem. Dr. Frank McGeorge will show you the common mistake that's sending kids to the doctor and how to prevent it.



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 were the original judges of America's Got Talent?
  • Answer: Brandy, Piers Morgan and David Hasselhoff 
  • Be sure to watch daily at 6 a.m. and click this link to enter for a chance to win.

National Days: September 18th

  • Airforce Birthday
  • National Cheeseburger Day
  • National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

History Highlights: September 18th

  •    In 1793, President George Washington laid the cornerstone of the U.S. Capitol.
  • In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Act, which created a force of federal commissioners charged with returning escaped slaves to their owners.
  • In 1851, the first edition of The New York Times was published.
  • In 1947, the National Security Act, which created a National Military Establishment and the position of Secretary of Defense, went into effect.
  • In 1970, rock star Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27.
  • In 1987, the psychological thriller "Fatal Attraction," starring Michael Douglas and Glenn Close, was released by Paramount Pictures.
  • In 2001, Letters postmarked Trenton, N.J., that later tested positive for anthrax were sent to the New York Post and NBC anchorman Tom Brokaw.
  • In 2007, O.J. Simpson was charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping, in the alleged armed robbery of sports memorabilia collectors in a Las Vegas casino-hotel room. (Simpson, sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison, was released on parole in October 2017.)

Celebrity Birthdays: September 18th

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 Robert Blake is 86. 
  • Gospel singer Bobby Jones is 81. 
  • Singer-actor Frankie Avalon is 79. 
  • Director Mark Romanek is 60. 
  • Singer Ricky Bell is 52. 
  • Actress and talk-show host Aisha Tyler is 49. 
  • Actress Jada Pinkett Smith is 48. 
  • Actor James Marsden ("The Notebook," "Ally McBeal") is 46. 
  • Actor Patrick Schwarzenegger ("Midnight Sun") is 26. 
  • Country singer Tae Dye of Maddie and Tae is 24.

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