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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Monday

Gregg Bates, executive director of the Dry Creek Conservancy, was one of the volunteers who looked for salmon on the network of tiny streams that thread through Roseville. In total, the group counted more than 120 salmon Friday on four sections of creek. That is far below the peak of 800 fish counted about a decade ago, Bates said.
Gregg Bates, executive director of the Dry Creek Conservancy, was one of the volunteers who looked for salmon on the network of tiny streams that thread through Roseville. In total, the group counted more than 120 salmon Friday on four sections of creek. That is far below the peak of 800 fish counted about a decade ago, Bates said. rbenton@sacbee.com

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

Coolish start: A cool morning followed by a brilliantly sunny day is the forecast for Monday in Sacramento. The temperature was 42 degrees at 6 a.m., but the day was expected to warm into the mid-60s in Sacramento. The next chance for rain is expected on Wednesday. So, get out there and rake those leaves – or not.

Salmon in the rivers: The Sacramento Valley hosts one of the largest annual salmon spawning runs in America. More than 300,000 fall-run Chinook (or king) salmon are expected to return to area creeks and rivers, mostly in October and November. This year, volunteers are working to restore habitat in the smaller waterways and to count the salmon that find their way back to areas that had been cut off by development.

Contract extended: Sacramento Kings and forward Rudy Gay have agreed to a three-year, $40 million extension of his contract with the team. Before agreeing to the extension, Gay was in the final year of his contract, which is paying him $19.3 million this season. The deal will keep Gay with the Kings through the 2017-18 season.

Schools focus on social learning: The Sacramento City Unified School District is incorporating social learning into traditional academics as never before, with freshman participating in a program to learn responsible decision making about themselves and their social behavior.

Regents mull UC pension shortfall: As the University of California Board of Regents prepares to meet Wednesday, university officials say the system needs to raise tuition by up to 5 percent annually over each of the next five years in part to to help rescue its pension fund and to cover the growing cost of retiree health benefits.

Local sports: Women’s college basketball – Connecticut at Stanford, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)

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