Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Screaming spring: Although the calendar says winter, afternoon temperatures scream spring. Sacramento just missed tying a record for the warmest Jan. 29 on Thursday when the mercury hit 69 degrees. The record still stands at 70 degrees, a mark set in 1976. More spring-like weather is forecast for today with a high of 68 degrees expected downtown. A high of 71 is forecast for Saturday.
Niners chip in: Sacramento Republic FC has bolstered its bid for admission to Major League Soccer with an investment by owners of the San Francisco 49ers. The NFL team signed on a day after Vivek Ranadive announced the Sacramento Kings would invest in the team.
▪ Mayor Kevin Johnson: Sac 3.0 will see downtown bloom again
How dry we are: January 2015 is expected to rank as the driest January in history for Sacramento and many other Northern California locations. Officials say this is likely to lock in a fourth straight drought year for the state.
Patient tested for Ebola: UC Davis Medical Center patient is being tested for the Ebola virus, according to representatives from the hospital and the Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services.
Guilty verdict: According to its foreman, the real-life experiences of the members of a Sacramento Superior Court jury played a big role in the panel’s relatively quick verdict Thursday that found Alias James McLaughlin guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his 21-day-old baby girl.
▪ Gallery: Sacramento region’s most-wanted fugitives
No All-Star ... for now: Though DeMarcus Cousins ranks among the league leaders in scoring and rebounding, Western Conference coaches failed to vote the Kings center onto his first All-Star team. Cousins, 24, could still make the 12-man squad as a replacement for injured Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selects injury replacements and is expected to do so within the next few days, writes Bee columnist Ailene Voisin.
Local sports: NBA – Sacramento Kings at Cleveland Cavaliers, 4:30 p.m. (KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz, 6 p.m. (KNBR 680)