Here's what you need to know for Thursday:
Weather: The National Weather Service is forecasting a hot Memorial Day weekend. Normally, temperatures in the low 80s are experienced around this time of year, but weather forecasters predict temperatures to peak Sunday at 95 degrees. The streak of hot days is forecast to begin Thursday with a high of 91 in Sacramento.
Arena update: Even as local attorneys Patrick Soluri and Jeffrey Anderson say they hope to launch a petition drive to bring the downtown Sacramento arena subsidy to voters, Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger said workers will be at Downtown Plaza this week preparing for demolition this summer of some buildings. He also said new downtown arena steel will rise by fall. The team aims to finish the building by fall 2016.
Data drive: First off, it's not the Google car. A gray electric Toyota RAV4 that has been traveling Sacramento area roadways recently measuring pollution from vehicles. The electric car is operated by the California Air Resources Board – the agency charged with reducing greenhouse gas emissions and implementing air pollution regulations. Dubbed a “mobile measurement platform”, the RAV4 feeds data to agency scientists, who seek an accurate accounting of such pollutants as nitrogen oxides, black carbon and ultrafine particulates.
Memorial Day events: Today begins five days of area events honoring veterans during the Memorial Day weekend. At 5 p.m. today, UC Davis will hold a service a with color guard, reading of 135 names of fallen Aggies at Memorial Union North Plaza, off Russell Boulevard.
Psychiatrist back on the stand: Yolo County Deputy District Attorney Ryan Couzens rested his case Wednesday in the murder trial of Aquelin Talamantes. Davis psychiatrist Captane Thomson is expected to continue testifying today. Prosecutors allege the 29-year-old Talamantes drowned her 5-year-old daughter Tatiana Garcia in the bathtub of her sister’s Davis home.
River Cats conclude homestand: The Sacramento River Cats end their 12-game homestand today with a 7:05 p.m. game against the El Paso Chihuahuas. The River Cats are 9-2 during the homestand, including a 4-1 win over El Paso on Wednesday afternoon.