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    A construction worker measures the height of a Downtown Plaza sign to see if a construction vehicle - scheduled to arrive tomorrow - can fit under the overhang where workers have started a major demolition of the shopping mall on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.

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AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Thursday

Published: Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 - 6:09 am

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

Hot Thursday ahead: It was pretty hot on Wednesday when the mercury topped out at 95 degrees downtown. But Thursday should be the hottest day of the week with the National Weather Service calling for 96 degrees in Sacramento. Don’t look for any relief tonight because the Delta breeze won’t be blowing. Winds up to 10 mph are expected to be from the south after midnight. Overnight lows are expected to be in the low-to-mid 60s throught the weekend.

Combating West Nile: Aerial spraying to control mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus in the cities of Davis and Woodland, as well as surrounding agricultural areas, is scheduled from 8 p.m. to midnight today, according to the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District. The state’s first death from West Nile virus in 2014 occurred last month in Sacramento County. The 74-year-old woman who succumbed to the disease had a chronic underlying illness and had been hospitalized, county health officials said. She died July 26.

Downtown alert: Workers and shoppers beware – after months of quiet prep work, the Sacramento Kings downtown arena construction project goes public this week. Crews will be restriping J, L and Fifth streets, pushing traffic away from the site to give the project elbow room. Workers will erect 9-foot noise-dampening walls at key spots in the streets around the project in the next few days, allowing space for the first of up to 16,500 dump truck trips hauling demolition debris and dirt over the next few months. Some demolition begins Friday. Both J and L streets will maintain three lanes throughout the two-plus-year project. Crews plan to take one northbound lane of Fifth Street where it dips under the mall to allow for truck access to the site. Several bus stops on L Street will be relocated to Capitol Mall in the next few days, and some portions of the J and L street sidewalks will be closed for the duration.

Pitching Sacramento: An emerging partnership with the Sacramento Kings has suddenly turned Sacramento’s minor-league soccer team into a serious contender to join Major League Soccer. A contingent led by Mayor Kevin Johnson, Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger and Warren Smith, president of third-division soccer club Sacramento Republic FC, made a 75-minute presentation Wednesday in Portland, Ore., to top MLS executives touting the city’s strength as a big-league soccer market. The group also discussed potential sites for a new downtown soccer stadium and scheduled a visit with MLS to Sacramento in September.

Shooting details may be released: A federal magistrate judge appears poised to allow the news media and the public to see autopsy reports, photographs and other information related to the fatal police shooting of Army veteran Parminder Singh Shergill in Lodi earlier this year. During a hearing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Sacramento, Judge Allison Claire said the city of Lodi failed to prove that it had legal standing for its proposed protective order, which would have kept under wraps virtually all materials related to the controversial shooting.

The trucks stop here: Carmichael Park will host the Park Rec and Eat It Food Truck monthly event at 5 p.m. today. Featured eateries scheduled to be serving include Krush, Ciao Chow, Dave’s Dawgs, Chando’s and others. There will also be non-food vendors, music and children’s activities at the event, 5750 Grant Ave.

Local sports: San Francisco Giants at Milwaukee Brewers, 11:10 a.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

San Francisco 49ers at Baltimore Ravens (preseason), 4:30 p.m. (KOVR-Channel 13, NFL Network, KNBR 680)

Sacramento River Cats at Reno Aces, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650)

Minnesota Twins at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

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