Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, April 7.
Rainy Tuesday: The rain finally started to fall in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. Grab an umbrella and leave a little extra time to get to work. Highways throughout the Sacramento region experienced traffic crashes before the sun came up. Sacramento could have hail, thunderstorms and high wind today, according to the National Weather Service.
Election Day: Voters in Sacramento’s District 6 will head to the polls if they haven’t already cast their votes by mail. The race pits health policy adviser and former community college trustee Bruce Pomer against Capitol staffer and Sacramento planning commissioner Eric Guerra. The winner will fill the seat vacated by Kevin McCarty when he moved to the state Assembly.
Card room changes: The Sacramento City Council at tonight’s meeting will consider adding a layer of oversight when poker clubs move. The proposed ordinance would require the city’s four card rooms to obtain a conditional-use permit that goes through the Planning and Design Commission. It also would eliminate betting limits and allow poker clubs to have 17 tables. The proposal comes after Casino Royale moved in 2012 from Auburn Boulevard to the Red Lion Hotel at Woodlake without a public hearing. Casino Royale was shut down by the state last fall.
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Placerville wife testifies: Colleen Ann Harris, 73, is expected to finish testifying today in her defense against a charge that she killed her husband in a premeditated murder two years ago. She said last week that the death of Robert Edward “Bob” Harris was “a fog,” but she knew that she definitely wasn’t holding the gun at the time he died. It is the second time she has been on trial for killing a husband; the first came in 1986 when she was acquitted of killing a previous husband.
Elder abuse on rise: The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors will receive a report from the Elder Death Review Team that says investigations and the number of elder abuse reports have increased since 2010.
African American child deaths: The Board of Supervisors will also hold a workshop to discuss ways to address the disproportionate rate of African American child deaths in Sacramento County. A steering committee is seeking $1.25 million per year for five years to improve education, data monitoring, marketing and other community efforts. The county’s Child Death Review Team last year found that although the death rate for all children has gone down, the difference between the rates for African American children and other children actually increased.
School bus exchange rate: How many old school buses does it take to equal one new one? In the case of the Elk Grove Unified School District, that number turns out to be 31. In an item on its school board agenda tonight, trustees will be asked to approve the trade-in of 31 old buses for one new one worth $136,000. The old ones range in mileage from 197,921 to 541,668.
Local sports: Minnesota Timberwolves at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140).
San Francisco Giants at Arizona Diamondbacks, 6:40 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)
Texas Rangers at Oakland A’s, 7:05 p.m. (CSN+, KAHI 950)