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A.M. Sacramento: Here’s what you need to know for Tuesday, Feb. 3

Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, with Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at a news conference in April in Los Angeles.
Mayor Kevin Johnson, center, with Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at a news conference in April in Los Angeles.

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today, Tuesday, Feb. 3.

Bad news for skiiers: There’s now a 100 percent chance of rain in Sacramento on Friday, but only a few inches of snow is predicted to fall on the highest peaks in the Sierras. The next few days look dry, with some patchy fog in the mornings. Today’s high is expected to be 66 degrees.

Mini-boom in hotels: Sacramento’s once-struggling hotel market is on a comeback, with two major new projects about to launch this spring. At Sacramento International Airport, officials last week signed a deal for a $24 million airport hotel. A splashier debut in March or April involving the Kings is expected with the construction of a $200 million-plus high-rise hotel adjacent to the downtown NBA arena.

Hold onto your wallet: Energy experts say the honeymoon with low gas prices has come to a halt, thanks to a reduction in oil refinery output and accompanying increases in wholesale prices. Expect higher prices at the gas pump in the coming weeks.

NAACP honors for mayor: Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was honored Monday night by the California Chapter of the NAACP with a Living Legacy Award during a ceremony at Crocker Art Museum. In acknowledgment of the recognition, Johnson said he wanted to engage five close friends in the discussion.

Hotel market on the upswing: Sacramento’s once-struggling hotel market is on a comeback, with two major new projects about to launch this spring. At Sacramento International Airport, officials last week signed a deal for a $24 million airport hotel, with plans to be submitted to county officials in June.

Tuberculosis worry: Eighty anxious parents filled the multipurpose room at Florin High School on Monday night to learn more about a recent diagnosis of tuberculosis at the south Sacramento campus and plans to test up to 200 students for the disease today. A Florin student diagnosed with active tuberculosis Jan. 26 is being cared for at home under the supervision of a visiting nurse.

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