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

Workers break ground Tuesday for constructing  The Barn at West Sacramento’s Garden and Riverfront streets. The estimated $5.6 million project is expected to anchor an emerging district along the Sacramento River.
Workers break ground Tuesday for constructing The Barn at West Sacramento’s Garden and Riverfront streets. The estimated $5.6 million project is expected to anchor an emerging district along the Sacramento River. rpench@sacbee.com

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

Great temps for a zoo visit: Warm but not hot temperatures make this a great day to take the kids to the zoo. Temperatures in the mid-70s are forecast for today in Sacramento, providing great strolling weather along the shaded paths of the Sacramento Zoo on Land Park Drive. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is $11.75; children ages 2-11 are $7.75 and one and under are admitted free. Parking is free throughout William Land Park.

The Barn begins: Construction begins on The Barn, the West Sacramento waterfront event space envisioned as an anchor of the city’s Bridge District.

Aid for the arts: The Sacramento City Council gave a big financial boost Tuesday night to a major arts project in midtown. By a unanimous vote, the council agreed to contribute $5 million to the Studios for the Performing Arts in the former Fremont School for Adults on N Street.

Another murder trial: Nearly three decades after her first trial for killing a husband, 72-year-old Colleen Ann Harris is the center of attention in a hard-to-fathom encore in the old marble courthouse in downtown Placerville.

MLS plan still kicking: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and the city’s upstart soccer franchise aren’t backing off from their goal of securing an expansion team in Major League Soccer.

Park fest: Picnic in the Park at the Davis Farmers Market from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. today in Central Park will feature live music, restaurant booths, bounce houses, a rock-climbing structure and a bike-powered carousel.

Cardinal prevails: Host Stanford ended the UC Davis men’s basketball season with a 77-64 win Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.

Pondering football : The Bee’s Matt Barrows poses the NFL retirement question, “How important is football to you?”

▪ Live chat replay: Barrows assesses numerous 49ers changes

Local sports today: NBA – Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Atlanta Hawks at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, KNBR 680)

Men’s college basketball – Sacramento State at Portland (CollegeInsider.com Tournament), 7 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)

College softball – Nevada at Sacramento State (doubleheader), 1 and 3 p.m.

Spring Training baseball – Oakland A’s at Seattle Mariners, 1:05 p.m. (MLB Network)

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