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

Attorney Vincent Maher, left, looks at papers with Twin Rivers Unified Trustee Cortez Quinn before he pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of colluding to falsify his paternity test sample and two misdemeanors for illegally taking gifts and loans from a school employee.
Attorney Vincent Maher, left, looks at papers with Twin Rivers Unified Trustee Cortez Quinn before he pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of colluding to falsify his paternity test sample and two misdemeanors for illegally taking gifts and loans from a school employee. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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

Showers ahead?: The second of three chances for rain arrives Friday night. Could the mini rainstorms be a prelude to a wet winter? Wednesday’s morning showers dropped 0.09 of an inch on Sacramento. The National Weather Service is predicting a 30 percent chance of showers Friday night and another shot at light rain on Monday. Today’s conditions in Sacramento: 74 degrees and mostly sunny.

Ebola preparedness in state: California’s top health officials tried to assure an increasingly nervous public on Wednesday that they are ramping up readiness to fight the deadly Ebola virus, including seeking screening at all of the state’s international airports.

Amazon at malls: After nearly two decades of relying almost exclusively on e-commerce, Amazon said Wednesday it will soon open temporary holiday kiosks at the Westfield Galleria at Roseville and a San Francisco mall.

No contest plea: Twin Rivers Unified Trustee Cortez Quinn pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of conspiracy to obstruct justice in a paternity case and two misdemeanors for illegally taking gifts and loans from a school district employee. The plea bargain in Sacramento Superior Court means Quinn could spend up to one year in county jail and serve five years of formal probation. Under state law, Quinn is suspended from his school board seat by virtue of pleading no contest to a felony. Related coverage: Sacramento Bee photo gallery

Psychiatric diagnosis: Psychiatrist Frank Lossy testified in El Dorado Superior Court that Todd Winkler suffered from multiple psychiatric disorders when he killed his wife in their Cameron Park home.

Cross-country pot ring alleged: Two men have been arrested by Roseville police following investigation of an operation that involved shipping marijuana from Roseville to the East Coast, and police say additional arrests are likely.

Local sports: MLB – National League Championship Series, Game 5: St. Louis Cardinals at San Francisco Giants, 5:07 p.m. (Fox Sports 1, KNBR 680, ESPN 1320). With a win tonight, the Giants can advance to the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. See the photo gallery.

NHL – San Jose Sharks at New York Islanders, 4 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950).

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