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Rick's Six: Q-C loses TV legend, teen arrested in Davenport shooting, and sweating out the next few days

Rick's Six: Q-C loses TV legend, teen arrested in Davenport shooting, and sweating out the next few days

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A good Wednesday morning. If today's forecast doesn't just make you want to sweat, nothing will.

We start off with an Excessive Heat Warning from the National Weather Service.

That warning  for an extended period of heat and humidity will go into effect at  1 p.m. this afternoon and will continue until 7 p.m., Saturday.

According to the weather service, a hot and humid air mass will build across the Midwest beginning today and continuing through Saturday. Temperatures in the 90s will combine with humidity to push heat induces into the 100 to 110 range, especially from Thursday through Saturday.

• Life-Threatening Heat Wednesday through Saturday

Summary 

• Heat Index Values — 100 to 105 degrees today then ranging from 100 to 110 degrees Thursday through Saturday.

• Timing — This Afternoon through Saturday Evening.

• Impacts — Heat-related illnesses may occur due to the prolonged period of heat and humidity.

An Excessive Heat Warning means that a prolonged period of dangerously hot temperatures and high humidity will occur. This combination will lead to a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are likely.

The weather service suggests drinking plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check on relatives and neighbors, especially the elderly.

One should take extra precautions if working or spending time outside. When possible, reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Wear light weight and loose fitting clothing when possible and drink plenty of water.

To reduce risk during outdoor work the occupational safety and health administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks in shaded or air conditioned environments. Anyone overcome by heat should be moved to a cool and shaded location. Heat stroke is an emergency, call 911.

1. Hot, hot, hot

NWS: Heat

Today will be mostly sunny with a high near 93 degrees with heat-index values as high as 100 degrees

Tonight showers and thunderstorms are likely after 4 a.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy with a low around 78 degrees. South winds between 10 to 15 mph will gust as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60% with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

NWS: Flash flood

Thursday showers and thunderstorms are likely before 10 a.m. Skies will be mostly cloudy then gradually becoming sunny and hot with a high near 96 degrees and a low around 81 degrees. Heat-index values will be as high as 108 degrees. Southwest winds will gust as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60% with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible with higher amounts in thunderstorms.

• Seven day forecast

2. Local TV legend Captain Ernie dies

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Ernest Christopher Memos

Captain Ernie, the local television host who brought joy to thousands of Quad-Cities kids, has died.

Ernest Christopher Memos,  known lovingly as Captain Ernie, died Sunday in his Florida home. He was 86. His death was confirmed by his son, Zack Memos, in a Facebook response.

Ernie Memos, who went by his stage name, Ernie Mims, hosted the wildly popular Cap'n Ernie's Show Boat, from 1964 to 1974. The show aired on station WOC-TV-6. Read more.

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3. Jury to decide: Did 12-year-old Luke Andrews pull the trigger for attention, or to kill his teacher?

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13-year-old Luke Andrews smiles at his parents after closing arguments at the Scott County Courthouse in Davenport on Tuesday.

A jury of seven men and five women will now decide if Luke Andrews, 13, intended to kill his teacher in a North Scott Junior High School classroom last August.

In their closing arguments, the attorneys — prosecutor Julie Walton and defense attorney Melanie Thwing — agreed Andrews, then 12, pointed a loaded Smith & Wesson .22-caliber in the face of his seventh-grade social studies teacher, Dawn Spring, and pulled the trigger the morning of Aug. 31.

They disagree about whether he intended to kill her.

The jury got the case at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday. Seventh Judicial District Chief Judge Marlita Greve sent the jury home about 4 p.m. when they had not reached a verdict. Deliberations will resume this morning. Read more.