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    A bather suns herself Tuesday at Folsom Lake. The shoreline is usually well submerged, but water levels are very low this year due to the drought. New state rules taking effect Aug. 1 will treat water wasting as a criminal act.

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    Three black-crowned night herons were dropped off at the Wildlife Care Association on Monday. The Wildlife Care Association says it is running out of money, may have to close operations in August.

AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 16, 2014 - 7:02 am

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

Fair weather ahead: A week that began in the 100s is trending cooler. For all those fairgoers wandering the midway and for livestock cooling their hoofed heels in barn hay beneath industrial fans, the more mild temperatures are welcome relief. The high on Wednesday is expected to be around 91 degrees along Cal Expo Boulevard. Even better: On Thursday the National Weather Service is predicting the maximum temperature to top out around 87 degrees.

Pay to overspray: Amid evidence that Californians are not conserving water, state officials Tuesday made it a criminal act to waste water, with $500-a-day fines for excessive landscape runoff, hosing off sidewalks and driveways, and other acts.

More dire water news: The state’s severe drought will cost the state’s economy $2.2 billion and an estimated 17,100 jobs, but consumers will largely be spared higher prices, according to a study by the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, released Tuesday.

Birds imperiled: If the Sacramento Wildlife Care Association’s worst fears come it pass, it will shut down in August. The group raises the possibility that the 1,000 birds it cares for at McClellan Park may have to be euthanized.

Vehicles found, arrests made: Two Sacramento men were arrested Tuesday in Rocklin on suspicion of stealing five custom Tillamook vehicles that being used on a cheese tour, according to the Manteca Police Department.

International fair: Fourteen Chinese children and teens traveled more than 6,000 miles to become the first international youth delegation at the California State Fair. In addition to taking in the fair’s offerings over its first weekend, the students performed a traditional Chinese dance, demonstrated Chinese tea preparation and calligraphy and read children’s stories.

Local sports: Outfielder Shane Peterson will represent the Sacramento River Cats at the Triple-A All-Star Game (MLB Network, 4 p.m.) in Durham, N.C. Peterson leads the Pacific Coast League in hits.

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