AM Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Thursday

The opening day game last season between the Sacramento River Cats and Salt Lake Bees at Raley Field. The two teams will again meet to kick off the 2015 season tonight in West Sacramento.
The opening day game last season between the Sacramento River Cats and Salt Lake Bees at Raley Field. The two teams will again meet to kick off the 2015 season tonight in West Sacramento. rbenton@sacbee.com

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Thursday, April 9:

Anyone for tennis weather?: A mild day is forecast for Thursday with a high of just 72 degrees forecast under sunny skies for Sacramento. It’s perfect weather for a game of tennis or working in the garden. Pulling weeds and rye grass from flower beds now will prevent them from going to seed and being a bigger problem later.

Plea expected for ‘lynching’ suspect : Maile Hampton, a 20-year-old Sacramento woman who has been charged with “lynching” for her alleged actions at a January protest, is expected to appear in Sacramento Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. today and enter a plea. Hampton’s arrest and subsequent indictment spurred local and state lawmakers to change the language in the law under which she was charged to remove the word “lynching” from the California Penal Code. The term “lynching” in California refers to the crime of trying to free a prisoner from police custody in the middle of a “riot,” or two or more people threatening to disturb the peace. It was drafted in 1933 and intended to protect suspects in police custody from being apprehended by vigilante mobs.

Arraignment scheduled: Charles Lee Ewers, the Carmichael man accused of trying to kill his two children before attempting to take his own life, is scheduled to be arraigned today in Sacramento Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Ewers, 38, has been held without bail at Sacramento County Main Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and child endangerment since his arrest on Tuesday. Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies on Saturday arrived at Ewers’ North Avenue home to find the children, severely beaten and semi-conscious in the back seat of Ewers’ car, and Ewers in the front seat inside the home’s locked garage with the exhaust running, officials said. The children, age 8 and 10, were visiting their father per terms of a visitation agreement. When the children did not return to their mother’s home at their assigned time, the mother called authorities.

Lofts to be unveiled: The new Warehouse Artists Lofts in midtown Sacramento will host its grand opening today. Mayor Kevin Johnson, Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, and other local dignitaries will be on hand for a 4 p.m. ceremony. The public is invited to tour the development at 1108 R St..

Sunrise Boulevard construction: The city of Citrus Heights advises motorists on Sunrise Boulevard to expect delays today because of roadwork at the Sungarden Drive intersection north of Greenback Lane. A new signalized intersection is being constructed to provide safer access for pedestrians, bicyclists ans motor vehicles to and from adjacent neighborhoods and retail and business centers, according to a city news release. The contractor, Teichert Construction, will be preparing for paving operations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. The contractor will begin setting up traffic control at 7 a.m. and will be shifting lanes throughout the day. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.

River Cats return: The Sacramento River Cats begin their 2015 season today, hosting the Salt Lake Bees at 7:05 p.m. at Raley Field. It will be the first game for the River Cats as a San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate. Orlando Cepeda, a former Giants’ Hall of Fame player, is scheduled to throw out the first pitch. The game can be heard on the radio at ESPN 1320-AM.

▪ Local players Andrew Susac, John Bowker back in Sacramento

▪ 2015 River Cats at a glance

Local sports: MLB – Texas Rangers at Oakland A’s, 12:35 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres, 3:40 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

NBA – Portland Trail Blazers at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (TNT, KNBR 1050)

NHL – San Jose Sharks at Edmonton Oilers, 6:30 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950)