Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Keep an umbrella handy: A 30 percent chance of precipitation is predicted from a broken band of showers that will bring less than one-tenth of an inch of rain to the Sacramento region by this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Today will be cooler than the weekend, with highs in the low 70s, the weather service said.
Tour cities to be revealed: Today’s arrival of a peloton of cyclists at the state Capitol will kick off a press conference by Amgen Tour of California where its presenter will announce its 2015 host cities. Details of a women’s race as part of the Amgen race events will also be announced at the press conference. Before the press conference, local cycling fans and enthusiasts can participate in a local ride with professional cyclists. The ride will begin 10 a.m. at the California State Railroad Museum in Old Sacramento and finish 30 minutes later at the west steps of the Capitol, where the press conference will take place.
Keeping the rails safe: With concern about shipping crude oil along California’s rails as a key motivation, Union Pacific railroad has boosted it inspection program, using high-tech, rolling inspection labs to ensure the routes are safe and sound. The Bee’sTony Bizjak has a story, along with video and photos.
Campaigning, Jerry Brown style: To most observers, Jerry Brown’s re-election is mo0re or less a certainty, hence the incumbent governor’s relatively low-key approach to campaigning. But the popular leader’s absence as part of campaigns in down-ticket races is slightly more curious as Brown remains above most frays. Instead, he is focusing the limited campaigning on a couple of pet issues.
Give Broadway a hug: Plenty of focus is on downtown Sacramento, where a new arena promises a much-anticipated - and debated - rebirth. But just a few blocks away, venerable Broadway chugs along, at turns vibrant and shopworn. And the question has been raised: What is the city doing for this part of town?
Study hard, hit hard: Joe Panik’s key home run in the San Francisco Giants’ pennant-winning victory over the St. Louis Cardinals was more than a well-time piece of hitting. It was the result of the young second baseman doing his homework.
Local sports: NBA – Sacramento Kings at San Antonio Spurs (preseason), 5:30 p.m. (KHTK 1140)