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    Goody the giraffe eats tree trimmings raised up on a pole at the Sacramento Zoo. The zoo goes through 30-40 large tree branches a day to feed its animals.

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    Eric Werskey practices the shot put on the west side of the state Capitol in preparation for today’s competition there. The men’s and women’s shot finals will be contested. The meet resumes Thursday at Sacramento State.

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014 - 6:17 am

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:

Cooler today: Two days of temperatures in the 80s are forecast for Sacramento before a warming trend enters the picture. Today’s high is expected to be 89 degrees, followed on Thursday by 86. Then, temperatures slowly start to build with the temperature Sunday expected to reach 97 degrees -- and triple digits are forecast for the start of next week.

Capitol competition: The USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships begin this morning at a historic venue – the west steps of the state Capitol. The shot put will be contested beginning at 10 a.m. for women’s qualifying and 11:30 a.m. for men’s qualifying. Trials and finals are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. for the women and 6:15 p.m. for the men. The Bee offers a guide for the five-day track event, which moves to California State University, Sacramento, on Thursday.

Got “browse?”: The Sacramento Zoo is seeking donations of yard waste – types of trees and shrubs that various zoo animals find tasty. The green stuff is known in the zoo trade as “browse.” “We hope that it will take off so that donations can provide what we need instead of cutting on zoo property,” said Melissa McCartney, primary keeper of ungulate stock (giraffes, bongos and zebras) at the Sacramento Zoo.

$2,450 windfall: Hundreds of Sacramentans ransacked Sacramento State and Capitol Park on Tuesday during a Hidden Cash treasure hunt. Dozens of people began searching early Tuesday morning at California State University, Sacramento. Real estate investor Jason Buzi, 43, a Sacramento State alumnus, and his team behind Hidden Cash stashed $1,600 at his alma mater. After too many people deciphered his first clue, Buzi decided to shift the scavenger hunt’s location to Capitol Park around noon, Buzi said. The millionaire hid $850 throughout the park. Listen to how Buzi and the scavenger hunters described the event in this video:

Change at chamber: Roger Niello, president and chief executive officer of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce, announced Tuesday that he will leave the post he has held for the past 21/2 years. Niello notified the chamber’s executive committee that he will not seek renewal of his contract at the end of the year. Niello, 66, said he wanted to give notice now to allow adequate time to recruit a successor, and he has agreed to stay on through the process, including a brief overlap period with the new executive.

Local sports:

•  San Diego Padres at San Francisco Giants, 12:45 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).

•  Oakland A’s at New York Mets, 4:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).

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