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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

Smoke rises thousands of feet above the Moonlight fire, which scorched a significant portion of land in Plumas and Lassen counties in 2007 and is now focus of conflict between the federal government and Sierra Pacific Industries.
Smoke rises thousands of feet above the Moonlight fire, which scorched a significant portion of land in Plumas and Lassen counties in 2007 and is now focus of conflict between the federal government and Sierra Pacific Industries. Office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of California

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

Fog takes a turn for the worse: Give yourself more time to get to work or school this morning because the fog that has been patchy for most of the week is more widespread. Fog is present throughout the Sacramento area and the Delta. Foggy conditions should clear by late morning or early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Prosecutors strike back: Federal prosecutors accuse Sierra Pacific Industries of “scandal mongering” and “unscrupulous” tactics in company’s efforts to overturn settlement in Moonlight fire case. The 2007 blaze scorched 65,000 acres in the Sierra Nevada and led to a $100 million settlement the timber company is trying to overturn amid allegations of corruption.

Flu death toll down: As the flu season wanes, the death toll in Sacramento County is substantially lower than last year’s, health officials say. There have been just five county-reported fatalities from influenza this year, compared to 26 at this time in 2014. There have been 53 intensive care unit hospitalizations – less than half of the 110 reported last season.

Free coffee and a free warning: What event is big enough to warrant an official Elk Grove city press release warning drivers of commute chaos on Thursday? A Dutch Bros. Coffee opening.

Lawsuit dismissed: The Sacramento City Council was still voting on the development deal for the new Kings arena when a group of arena foes handed out copies of a lawsuit blasting the project as an environmental disaster in the making. Nine months later, the lawsuit has been dismissed by a state appellate court, removing one of the last remaining legal obstacles to a $477 million project that has already broken ground.

Sales sag: Historically, January is a dismal time for home sales, and last month’s totals lived up to those expectations. Irvine-based CoreLogic DataQuick said Wednesday that January sales of all Sacramento County homes – new, resale and condos – totaled 1,257, down 29 percent from 1,770 in December and a 5.1 percent decline from 1,325 in January 2014.

Elk Grove commuters, beware: The Dutch Bros. location at 8610 Elk Grove Blvd. says it will give away free 16-ounce drinks for 24 hours starting at 5 a.m. today to celebrate its launch, which caused city officials to warn area residents of possible commuter chaos.

Speed up, Kings: Pace. Tempo. Fast. Three words that have been thrown around about the Kings’ offense the last two months. New head coach George Karl is now tasked with making the Kings a team that has those elements on the court. Karl said today’s NBA requires teams to do so and not rely on playing in the halfcourt with set plays.

Local sports today: Men’s college basketball – UC Davis at Long Beach State, 7 p.m. (KSAC-FM 105.5)

Northern Colorado at Sacramento State, 7:05 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)

Gonzaga at Pacific, 8 p.m. (CSNBA)

USF at Loyola Marymount, 8:30 p.m. (CSNCA)

Women’s college basketball – Long Beach State at UC Davis, 7 p.m. (KDVS-FM 90.3)

NHL – San Jose Sharks at Dallas Stars, 5:30 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)

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