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

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

Frostie the Dirigible: Deflate the blow-up Frosty the Snowman on the lawn or he could be sent tumbling down the street during the wind-driven storm expected to arrive overnight in the Sacramento region. The bulk of the rainfall is expected on Thursday. About 3 inches of rain could fall in the Sacramento. Much of the precipitation could arrive sideways because winds are forecast to gust at 40-50 mph. For Frosty’s sake, let the air out of the festive lawn inflatables.

‘Atmospheric river’: The storm predicted to strike Northern California starting tonight originated in the complex high-altitude wind currents constantly whipping around the globe. In this case, those winds are focusing into a narrow jet that is poised to sling heavy rain and wind unlike anything the state has seen in years.

▪ Storm tips: How to prepare, what to do

▪ Weather, emergency resources and links

▪ Get the latest storm preparations, traffic and weather updates with our storm live blog tonight

Tax deadline arrives: Property owners, have you paid your tax bill? Sacramento, Yolo, El Dorado and Placer counties require that the first 2014-15 property tax installment be paid by today to avoid a penalty. Payments can be submitted at county tax collector offices before the close of business today, by mail or online. The last option comes with a fee. All four counties consider payments to be on-time if they are postmarked by today.

Death penalty sought: Sacramento and Placer County prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty against Luis Enriquez Monroy Bracamontes, the Mexican national suspected of killing two law enforcement officers during a daylong rampage on Oct. 24 that spread from Sacramento to Auburn. The announcement came Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court, where Bracamontes, 34, and his wife, Janelle Marquez Monroy, 38, made brief court appearances and had their next hearing set for Feb. 4.

▪ Marcos Breton: End death penalty or charade of delays

▪ PDF: Read the amended felony complain against Bracamontes, Marquez Monroy

Attacks persisted: Schoolyard taunts, teasing and bullying dogged 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu for years, a family friend said Tuesday, leading the Folsom boy’s parents to shuttle him from campus to campus across town, finally resorting to home schooling in a vain attempt to outrun the attacks.

Road loss: The Sacramento Kings scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter and fell Tuesday night to the host Los Angeles Lakes 98-95.

Local sports today: NBA – Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (KNBR 1050)

Women’s college basketball – UC Davis at San Jose State, 7 p.m. (KDVS-FM 90.3)

Men’s college basketball – Wyoming at Cal, 8 p.m. (PAC12BA, KAHI 950)

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