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

Sleep Train Arena and 100 more acres owned by Sacramento will be developed by the Kings.
Sleep Train Arena and 100 more acres owned by Sacramento will be developed by the Kings. Sacramento Bee file

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

Calm before the showers: Two days of sunshine are forecast for Sacramento before the advent of a minor storm system on Friday. It’s been more than two weeks since measurable rainfall was recorded in Sacramento. The ground is dry and already blooming spring flowers could use a drink. The high today is expected to be 67 degrees.

Plans for Natomas arena site: Nearly two years after a new ownership group took control of the Sacramento Kings and Sleep Train Arena, the team is still working on a plan for the redevelopment of the North Natomas arena site once the franchise moves into a new downtown facility.

‘Local’ firm campaigns: With a billion-dollar California bullet train contract up for grabs this year, international rail giant Siemens stepped up to campaign this week, promoting itself as the “local” company in the race. Siemens, whose parent company is based in Germany, operates a busy plant in south Sacramento, its North American manufacturing headquarters.

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Scary visitors: The majesty and wildness of a pride of four mountain lions captured on camera earlier this month on the property of Tami and Bob Sutton continues to astound the Georgetown couple.

Early bloom: Daffodil Hill in Volcano, a popular springtime attraction, which normally opens in mid-March, opened earlier this week because of the warm, sunny weather. Daffodil Hill’s operators warned that any adverse weather such as severe heat, rain or snow could bring closure. But for now, the hill may be visited 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week.

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Coaching assist: The Sacramento Kings have been looking for creativity on offense, and new assistant coach Vance Walberg will be asked to bring something new to spark the style of play ownership sought when Michael Malone was fired.

Local sports today: NBA – Memphis Grizzlies at Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140)

College baseball – Eastern Michigan at UC Davis, 2 p.m.

Men’s college basketball – Oregon at Cal, 8 p.m. (ESPNU, KAHI 950)

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