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

Governor Jerry Brown accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, and eight-year-old Kimie Metcalf, of Chino light the 53-foot tall white fir Capitol Christmas Tree tree during the 83rd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the State Capitol Tuesday December 2, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif.
Governor Jerry Brown accompanied by his wife, Anne Gust Brown, and eight-year-old Kimie Metcalf, of Chino light the 53-foot tall white fir Capitol Christmas Tree tree during the 83rd Annual Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the State Capitol Tuesday December 2, 2014 in Sacramento, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

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

Another soggy day: The hardest rain of the season soaked Sacramento overnight. The rain that began Tuesday with showers picked up early Wednesday morning with a steady downpour for several hours. The number of traffic accidents swelled along with the creeks and gutters. Caltrans was busy clearing drains but sheets of water still formed today on area highways, undoubtedly contributing to some of the crashes. Showers predicted through tonight.

Still need to conserve: California’s commitment to water conservation in the face of epic drought appears to have waned with the end of summer: Statewide, water use was down 6.7 percent in October compared with the same month in 2013. That’s well off the double-digit percentage savings state residents registered in the heat of summer – and some areas of the state actually increased usage over the prior year.

Performing arts in spotlight: As Sacramento struggles to find the money to finish long-awaited cultural facilities, Mayor Kevin Johnson has made it clear that the focus of the coming months will be creating a plan to build a new performing arts center downtown.

Christmas cheer: Watch The Sacramento Bee Video showing 8-year-old Kimie Metcalf touring the state Capitol before lighting its Christmas tree.

Waiting for MLS: It could be another six months before Sacramento learns if it will be joining Major League Soccer. It’s also possible that multiple cities, and not just one, could be in line for MLS franchises.

Launch party: Local author and Franklin High School graduate Chantelle Feasel will autograph books at a launch party for her science fiction novel “Dorobo: Dark Days” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. today at the Sacramento Public Library – Franklin, 10055 Franklin High Road, Elk Grove.

Losing streak continues: The Sacramento Kings allow a season high in points for the second time in three games and lost, 117-109, to the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena. It was the team’s fourth consecutive setback.

Local sports today: Men’s college basketball – San Jose State at UC Davis, 7 p.m. (KSAC-FM 105.5)

Montana at Cal, 7 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)

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