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AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Wednesday

Published: Wednesday, Jul. 30, 2014 - 6:39 am

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

Heat stays on: No relief from the heat in sight, according to the National Weather Service. After a daytime high of 101 degrees on Tuesday in Sacramento, forecasters have decided to call for two more days of the same. So, keep the AC cranked up for 101 degrees on Wednesday and Thursday followed by minor cooling the rest of the week. A Delta breeze offers some respite at night.

Free preschool: Early education is one of the biggest costs for parents, but hundreds of free part-time preschool slots remain available in Sacramento for low-income families. Educators blame state-imposed fees charged for the past two years for driving some families away. With the fees gone, Sacramento City Unified is trying to get the word out to parents that plenty of openings remain.

Strong mayor too strong? Mayor Kevin Johnson has drawn opposition for his “strong mayor” ballot measure from the League of Women Voters. The civic organization believes that Sacramento is better off with its current system of governance, which spreads power among council members and allows the city manager to act independently of the mayor. The League of Women Voters, which routinely hosts debates each campaign season, has offered to write the ballot argument against the November measure.

Strong coffee from mayor: Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis has launched a new career as coffee purveyor, first opening a kiosk in January and then a Grace Coffee Roasters coffeehouse last month. Davis, who also has a day job working for the California Charter Schools Association, says that he has long had dreams of opening his own java stand. He has pledged 10 percent of his profits to Courage Worldwide, a Rocklin-based organization that provides shelter and aid to victims of sex trafficking and child prostitution.

Closure not for the birds: Donors and wildlife advocates have contributed more than $50,000 to save Sacramento’s Wildlife Care Association, which faced the prospect of closing and euthanizing 1,000 birds due to a lack of funds. The McClellan Park-based group accepts as many as 6,000 orphaned or injured animals and birds each year.

Sand fire update: Fire officials lifted all evacuation orders and road closures Tuesday night as firefighters reached 85 percent containment on the Sand fire that ripped through El Dorado and Amador counties over the weekend. The fire has burned 4,240 acres and destroyed 19 homes.

Local sports: Pittsburgh Pirates at San Francisco Giants, 12:45 p.m. (CSNBA, MLB, KNBR 680)

Oakland A’s at Houston Astros, 11:10 a.m. (no TV, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Albuquerque Isotopes at Sacramento River Cats, 12:05 p.m. (radio broadcast delayed until 7 p.m. on KSTE 650)

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