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

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

No fall temps yet: Summer is not over and the proof is in the push expected to produce temperatures well into the 90s this week. Autumn does not arrive until September 22 so until then there’s always a chance for a 100-degree reading -- or temperatures close to it. The temperature is forecast to jump 5 degrees today after a reading of 85 on Monday in Sacramento. The upward trend is expected to top out Thursday at 97.

Special Election Day: Voters today will choose among six candidates in a special election to replace Ray Nutting, a four-term county supervisor, expelled by a judge from office on June 6 because of misdemeanor convictions for improperly raising $55,000 in bail money from two county employees and a construction contractor doing business with the county. Nutting was acquitted of three felony counts for failing to properly disclose more than $70,000 in state income he received for brush-clearing on the family’s 340-acre timber ranch in Somerset. The candidates include his wife, Jennifer Nutting, owner of a Pollock Pines hair salon and an outspoken critic of a what she claims is a county culture of political bullying that led to her husband’s prosecution; winery owner Dave Pratt; manufacturing executive Claire McNeal; automotive shop owner George Turnboo; database systems consultant Chris Amaral and web hosting company owner Shiva Frentzen. The winner will take office immediately and serve out the last two years and four months of the former District 2 supervisor’s term.

Cougar attack analysis: The clothing of a 6-year-old boy who was attacked by a mountain lion Sunday afternoon in Santa Clara County is being analyzed by state wildlife officials in Sacramento in an attempt to identify the animal responsible for the aggressive behavior. The mountain lion attacked the boy Sunday near Cupertino and began dragging him away before his father and another man made enough noise to drive the animal off, authorities said. The boy is expected to survive.

Autism study: The UC Davis MIND Institute is releasing results today from a three-year study showing a significant reduction in autism symptoms for six of seven infants enrolled in its early intervention program.

Gas prices fall again: Sacramento-area gas prices edged downward for a ninth consecutive week, and analysts predicted further, slow declines as autumn approaches.

Kings start new firm: The Sacramento Kings have started a marketing and consulting company to help outside clients sell sponsorships and improve their brands. The new company, Crown Sports United, will be based in Sacramento and the Bay Area.

Local sports: Oakland A’s at Chicago White Sox, 5:10 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Arizona Diamondbacks at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, KNBR 680)

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