Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Climb to 100 begins: The high today is expected to reach 88 degrees, marking a return to normal for this time of year after a few days of cooler weather. The warming is forecast to continue over the weekend, with predicted highs of 92 degrees Saturday, 97 on Sunday and 101 on Monday.
To the court: The California Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether the state must condemn and acquire parcels on tens of thousands of acres of private property to conduct preliminary testing for Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposal to construct two large water-conveyance tunnels in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Read the story here.
Lawsuit targets EIR: A group asking the Sacramento Kings to pay for affordable housing and assist small businesses downtown filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the city’s approval of the environmental impact report for the planned downtown arena. The Sacramento Coalition for Shared Prosperity said in a news release that the environmental report did not “disclose, analyze or mitigate impacts to local street traffic, air quality and climate change” created by an arena at Downtown Plaza.
Newest King: With the eighth pick in the NBA Draft, the Kings chose Michigan guard Nik Stauskas. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Stauskas is considered one of the best shooters in the draft. He averaged 17.5 points as a sophomore, including 44.2 percent from three-point range. Check out The Bee’s photo galleries of Kings’ fans watching the draft and Staukas at the Brooklyn, N.Y., event and in college. Also, join The Bee’s Ailene Voisin at noon today at sacbee.com/live to chat about the Kings’ draft pick.
Special Olympics: More than 700 athletes will compete at UC Davis in the 2014 Special Olympics Northern California Summer Games. The opening ceremonies are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. today at Aggie Stadium. Competitions will take place Saturday and Sunday at various facilities on campus.
Mystery skull: The digging of a persistent dog led to the discovery of human and animal skeletal remains in the backyard of a Yuba City home. A man renting a home found the items when his husky was “obsessively digging,” at the spot where the items were buried, according to a news release from the Yuba City Police Department. Anthropologists from California State University, Chico, will examine the remains and provide police with a report next week.
Attention, midtown motorists: The Sacramento Police Department will set up a sobriety and drivers license checkpoint tonight on 21st Street near Capitol Avenue. The checkpoint will begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for five to seven hours, according to police. Authorities warn that impaired drivers can expect a DUI arrest, jail time, DUI classes, fines and other expenses that can exceed $10,000.
Local sports:• Oakland A’s at Miami Marlins, 4:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).
• Las Vegas 51s at Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).
• Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680).