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

Brooke White, 4, holds her nose as she approaches a cabinet holding the blooming corpse flower on display at Sacramento State’s Sequoia Hall on Tuesday. Brooke and other members of the Sacramento State ASI Children Center were on their third trip to see the flower after it bloomed. “We do a lot of gardening curriculum so it’s very exciting to show this very unusual plant,” said Denise Wessels, director of the ASI Children Center.
Brooke White, 4, holds her nose as she approaches a cabinet holding the blooming corpse flower on display at Sacramento State’s Sequoia Hall on Tuesday. Brooke and other members of the Sacramento State ASI Children Center were on their third trip to see the flower after it bloomed. “We do a lot of gardening curriculum so it’s very exciting to show this very unusual plant,” said Denise Wessels, director of the ASI Children Center. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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

Rain-deprived lawns: Is it time to turn the lawn sprinklers back on with temperatures on the upswing? Many Sacramento residents do without watering lawns in the winter, but March has been so dry that the grass might need a drink. The high today in Sacramento is expected to reach nearly 80s degrees. No rain is in the forecast through the weekend.

Urban gardens OK’d: Buying locally-sourced fruits and vegetables may soon become as simple as walking over to a neighbor’s garden, thanks to a new urban farm ordinance passed Tuesday night by the Sacramento City Council.

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Raising a stink: The malodorous corpse flower is now in bloom – and literally stinking up the air at California State University, Sacramento.

▪ 10 answers about the stinking spectacle

Free speech: The Loomis Union School District has agreed to stop requiring a disclaimer before students share information with classmates, settling a free-speech lawsuit that came after a charter school reprimanded a sixth-grader for distributing religious fliers on campus.

Pac-Man packed up: UC Davis auctioned off 38 classic arcade games after they saw little use. Students much prefer playing video games at home or on their phones. Arcades remain popular for nostalgia and young kids.

Third straight win: DeMarcus Cousins scored with 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in leading the Sacramento Kings to a 107-106 victory Tuesday night over the visiting Philadelphia 76ers.

Local sports today: Kings at Phoenix Suns, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

College softball – California at Sacramento State, 3 p.m.

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

San Francisco Giants at Colorado Rockies, 1:10 p.m.

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