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

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Monday, Jan. 5.

Fine day for a long walk: While we need the rain and snow, the dry weather of January has provided plenty of opportunities to get spring bulbs in the ground, walk the dog or wash the car. It looks like the same parched forecast is in store for the remainder of the week, according to the National Weather Service. Today’s high in Sacramento is expected to be 59 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

Stroke danger: Thought for a long time to represent more of a danger to older people, strokes now are seen to afflict younger folks, too. Statistics show that although strokes have decreased by more than 25 percent for people older than 45, according to Centers for Disease Control figures, the chances of stroke have soared alarmingly among people in early adulthood and middle age.

New faces, new and old issues: There will be no shortage of issues to occupy another massive state Legislature freshman class as the new lawmaking session opens at the Capitol. Some of the debates likely to arise this year, like how California funds public universities and handles medical marijuana, have smoldered for years. Others, like questions about the new “sharing economy,” reflect the rise of new industries and increasingly influential interest groups.

Spreading his art: A noted Sacramento muralist is bucking perception as he puts his talent and vision to work in a beleaguered part of town, turning the side of a south Sacramento convenience store into a tale of hope. And Demetris Washington – known as BAMR – isn’t finished, looking to another Mack Road building on which to share his message and art.

Hereby resolved: Sometimes it’s more like wishful thinking, but nonetheless, many Sacramentans make annual New Years resolutions, promises to themselves to live healthier, be nicer, message their intellect or learn to cook – among myriad other goals. The Bee’s Stephen Magagnini writes about resolutions made by some of the city’s residents.

Kings come home: After finishing their road trip with a Sunday game in Detroit, the Sacramento Kings have a couple of days off before starting a home stand against Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

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