Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Raining Raider win: Rain has been as scarce as an Oakland Raider win. But that changed some on Thursday when the formerly winless Raiders beat the Kansas City Chiefs 24-20 -- and Sacramento got some precipitation. The NWS reports Sacramento received 0.23 of an inch. More rain is forecast for tonight.
Not guilty plea: Carissa Carpenter pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges that she defrauded investors of $5 million during her failed 17-year-quest to build a huge movie studio project in Northern California, and got a stern warning from a federal magistrate judge that failure to show up for future hearings could cost her a five-year prison stretch.
Mayor upbeat: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said a local contingent seeking to join the ranks of Major League Soccer feels “very strongly about what we’re doing” after meeting with league executives Thursday in New York.
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Crashes continue: In his Back-seat Driver column, The Bee’s Tony Bizjak writes that the big Interstate 80 reconstruction work zone in north Sacramento continues to be a trouble spot for some drivers, new California Highway Patrol traffic crash data show. On average, there’s been a crash a day there since the state reconfigured the eastbound lanes for rehabilitation work last summer.
Turkey drives: Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services is welcoming donations of turkeys today at the organization’s Oak Park headquarters. Each year the food bank gathers up as many turkeys as it can get for a giveaway of Thanksgiving vittles scheduled for Monday. Donations of turkeys to the food bank have soared in recent years from 2,766 in 2008 to 7,458 last year. Volunteers will be on hand to accept the turkeys until 7 p.m. today at the food bank, 3333 Third Ave. In Rancho Cordova, the fourth annual Scouts Turkey Drive is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon today at Rancho Cordova City Hall’s parking lot, 2729 Prospect Park, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Village Green Park, 3141 Bridgeway Drive.
National exposure: The Sacramento Kings toppled the visiting Chicago Bulls 103-88 in a nationally televised game Thursday night.
Local sports: Prep football playoffs – A complete schedule of the Sac Joaquin Section games today and Saturday.
▪ Benicia at Inderkum, 7 p.m. (KAHI 950)
NBA – Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (KNBR 680)