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

Students gather breakfast from a wagon at the back of the classroom at White Rock Elementary School in Rancho Cordova on Friday.
Students gather breakfast from a wagon at the back of the classroom at White Rock Elementary School in Rancho Cordova on Friday. rbenton@sacbee.com

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

Warmer than usual: Don’t bother with a sweater because Sacramento’s weather will start warm and get warmer. A high of 83 degrees is expected Thursday. If you smell smoke downtown, it is probably the lingering scent of a three-alarm fire in an abandoned hotel at 10th and J streets.

Alleged kidnapping now called hoax: The elaborate reported kidnap of Denise Huskins, which allegedly began before the sun rose Monday with Huskins being taken from her Mare Island home, is now being investigated as a big hoax.

Fees increase: Folsom City Council has approved an increase in developer fees that fund parks. Developers strongly opposed higher fees, saying they were still recovering from the recession. Council members increased fees by a lesser amount than first proposed.

Breakfast in class: White Rock Elementary School is one of the few local schools serving breakfast in classrooms. State lawmakers are considering whether to require schools serving low-income students to do the same. It increases meal access but also creates more clean-up demands.

New leader: Robert S. Nelsen, the former president of University of Texas-Pan American, has been named Sacramento State’s next president.

▪ Bee editorial: A Texas educator will take the reins at Sac State

Six ready for adoption: The 10 dogs rescued from a South Korean meat farm are adjusting to life in Sacramento. While the last few days have been something of a shock for the animals, Sacramento SPCA CEO Rick Johnson said four puppies and two small dogs will be ready for adoption this morning.

School board forum: A candidates forum for the Area 5 Twin Rivers Unified school board seat is scheduled at 7 p.m. today at Taylor Street Elementary School in Sacramento. Residents in Natomas and Robla will vote May 12 in the special election, which features charter school operator Sonja Cameron and Democratic Party activist Basim Elkarra.

Kings on a roll: DeMarcus Cousins had 24 points, 11 rebounds and three assists to lead the Kings to their fourth consecutive win, a 108-99 conquest of the host Phoenix Suns on Wednesday night.

Local sports today: Women’s NIT basketball tournament – St. Mary’s at Sacramento State, 7 p.m.

Men’s NCAA basketball tournament – March Madness continues today with four games, with starting times from 4:15 to 7:17 p.m.

▪ Updated NCAA men’s bracket: Follow the 2015 tournament here

▪ Gallery: 7 things to watch in the Sweet 16 round

Spring Training baseball – Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m. (CSNBA, KHTK 1140, KNBR 680)

NHL – San Jose Sharks at Detroit Red Wings, 4:30 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)

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