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

“Hurricane Hunter,” a NOAA aircraft, sits on a runway at McClellan Park on Thursday, following its scientific data-gathering mission over the Pacific Ocean and Northern California’s coast to study a storm system commonly called a “Pineapple Express.”
“Hurricane Hunter,” a NOAA aircraft, sits on a runway at McClellan Park on Thursday, following its scientific data-gathering mission over the Pacific Ocean and Northern California’s coast to study a storm system commonly called a “Pineapple Express.” rbenton@sacbee.com

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

Stormy commute tonight: The atmospheric river, or “Pineapple Express,” headed for California has slowed down a bit Thursday, but remains wet and warm. Officials say it may have its greatest effect in the Sacramento area during tonight’s evening commute hours.

▪ Bee video: NOAA Meteorologist Allen White on coming storm

▪ Bee video: NOAA mission

Related stories:

▪ Scientists ride the Pineapple Express

▪ Ready for the story: Weather emergency resources and links

▪ Storm tips: How to prepare, what to do

No-contest plea: A woman charged in the bizarre disappearance of her child nearly four years ago in the “Baby Dwight” case entered a no-contest plea to child endangerment and three counts of perjury Thursday in Sacramento Superior Court. But authorities are no closer to knowing what happened to the child.

▪ Photo gallery: Sacramento region’s most-wanted fugitives

Poverty persists: Mayor Kevin Johnson and other dignitaries discuss newly released figures that show 39 percent of people in the region do not have enough money to live above the poverty line for three months.

▪ Bee video: New poverty numbers for Sacramento region

Past or present?: The vintage vs. modern debate has cropped up in recent weeks as Sacramento officials push to line up funding to build a streetcar system, writes Tony Bizjak in his Back-seat Driver column.

Dallas dominates: Monta Ellis had 21 points and six assists to lead the visiting Dallas Mavericks, minus Dirk Nowitzki and Rajon Rondo, over the struggling Sacramento Kings 101-78 on Thursday night. Sacramento has lost 10 out of its last 11 games.

▪ Bee photo gallery: Kings lose to Mavericks

Local sports today: NBA – Golden State Warriors at Atlanta Hawks, 4:30 p.m.

Women’s college basketball – Stanford at Arizona State, 7 p.m. (PAC 12 Network-Bay Area)

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