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    A workers constructs a ride in preparation for the opening of the State Fair on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. The California State Fair runs from July 11th to the 27th at Cal Expo.

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    Alix Tichelman, left, 26, of Folsom, Calif., confers with public defender Diane August, right, during her arraignment in Santa Cruz Superior Court Wednesday, July 9, 2014, in Santa Cruz, Calif. Tichelman is facing manslaughter charges for the November 2013 death of Forrest Hayes, a Google executive. A Silicon Valley success story turned sordid this week with the arrest of an upscale prostitute who allegedly left Hayes dying on his yacht after shooting him up with a deadly hit of heroin. Hayes, 51, was found dead by the captain of his 50-foot yacht Escape.

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    A litter of piglets born on July 18, 2011 cuddle at the California State Fair Livestock Nursery. The Livestock Nursery animals are monitored around the clock by practicing veterinarians and veterinary science students from U.C. Davis. And visitors can see baby animals and a chance to witness animals being born.

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AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Thursday

Published: Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014 - 6:22 am

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

Slight cooldown: Two days of very nice days of summer weather are on tap for Sacramento with a temperature reading of 89 degrees forecast for both Thursday and Friday. However, that comfortable weather won’t last through the weekend. Starting Saturday, a high pressure system is expected to bring hot temperatures to Sacramento: 94 on Saturday, 96 on Sunday and 98 on Monday. Take that sun screen to the State Fair.

Friday’s forecast – Fair: The California State Fair is just a day away. On Friday, the 160-year-old fair opens at Cal Expo. Here are some pre-fair headlines:

•  In his second year at the helm, Cal Expo General Manager Rick Pickering said the fair will again focus on music, entertainment and agriculture. He said he is looking to steadily make modest changes that attract new visitors to the fair, while keeping those that already love the fair coming back.

• The fair will shut down its popular piglet exhibit this year and step up veterinary inspections of adult pigs in response to a viral epidemic that has affected 5,000 farms and killed more than 8 million piglets. County and state fairs across the country are taking similar precautions as farmers struggle to manage the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PED, which is believed to have originated in China and was discovered in the United States in May of last year.

• The fire that burned 160 acres near Cal Expo on the Fourth of July poses no threat to fair’s opening, fire officials said Wednesday.

Get ready for the state fair with our guide. And take our poll:

International intrigue: A Folsom woman described by police as a high-priced prostitute stands accused of injecting a Bay Area client with a fatal dose of heroin before fleeing with the evidence. In a case that quickly became an international media sensation, Alix Catherine Tichelman, 26, was arraigned in Santa Cruz Superior Court on Wednesday on eight felony and misdemeanor charges including manslaughter, prostitution, destruction of evidence and transportation of narcotics. She is being held in lieu of $1.5 million bail. Tichelman was charged in connection with the November death of Forrest Hayes, 51, a Google Inc. executive who was found dead on his boat in the Santa Cruz harbor last fall.

Water watch: The State Water Resources Control Board has proposed emergency regulations that would limit lawn watering and car washing statewide – with fines of up to $500 per day for residents who break the rules.

Stabbing suspect sought: The estranged husband of a woman fatally stabbed Tuesday morning in the Meadowview area has been identified by Sacramento police as the suspect in her death. Police described Michael Williams, 51, as a transient and said he may be hiding in the south Sacramento area near 24th Street and Florin Road.

Local sports:• • Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants, 12:45 p.m. (CSNBA, CSNCA, KNBR 680, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).

• Sacramento River Cats at Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).

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