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

Images of our own fragile blue marble of a planet from space helped the environmental movement gain popular support around the time of the first Earth Day back in 1970.
Images of our own fragile blue marble of a planet from space helped the environmental movement gain popular support around the time of the first Earth Day back in 1970. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard/TNS

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Wednesday, April 22:

Raindrops tonight?: There might be just enough rain tonight to ruin the weekend car wash. The National Weather Service is forecasting a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11 p.m. Until then, look for partly sunny skies with a high of 79 degrees in Sacramento on Wednesday.

Take care of Mother Earth: Today is Earth Day, an annual event celebrated worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first held in 1970. The Environmental Council of Sacramento details area Earth Day activities.

Be warned, I-80 motorists: For the second consecutive night, a section of Interstate 80 in south Placer County will be closed overnight as crews raise the Horseshoe Bar Road overcrossing in Loomis. Motorists can expect an 8-mile detour during the closure scheduled from approximately 11 p.m. today to 5 a.m. Thursday, according to a California Department of Transportation news release. Detours will be in place during the overnight closure. The work is part of the Raise80 project, which is increasing the vertical clearance of nine freeway overcrossings on Interstate 80 in south Placer County between Magra Road and Loomis.

Carnival begins in North Sacramento: The five-day spring carnival on Del Paso Boulevard will begin at 3 p.m. Wednesday. The sixth annual event, sponsored by the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership and the Del Paso Business Community, will bring rides and games to the corner of Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue in North Sacramento. A portion of carnival proceeds will be used for beautification projects along the boulevard.

Bulldogs-Hornets at Raley Field: Fresno State, which won baseball’s College World Series in 2008, takes on Sacramento State at 6:35 p.m. today at Raley Field.

Other local sports: PCL – Sacramento River Cats at El Paso Chihuahuas, 7 p.m. (ESPN 1320, tape delayed)

MLB – Oakland A’s at Los Angeles Angels, 7:05 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Los Angeles Dodgers at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (Channel 31, KNBR 680)

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