AM Sacramento: What you need to know for Wednesday

July 9, 2014 

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

That 90s forecast: It’s summer in Sacramento so it’s going to be hot Wednesday, but not as hot as Tuesday. The high on Tuesday reached 99 degrees, which is a half dozen degrees above normal for early July. Today the experts at the National Weather Service are calling for a high of 93 degrees in Sacramento. Looking later into the week, Friday appears to be the most comfortable with a high of only 89 degrees forecast. Nary a 100-degree day forecast through Tuesday.

Protests scheduled today: A group of environmental activists in Sacramento and Davis will gather at the Federal Railroad Administration office in Sacramento and at the Davis train station to protest plans by oil companies to run hundreds of rail cars carrying crude through local downtowns every day. Sacramento Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, an advocate for increased crude oil rail safety, will speak at noon today during the Sacramento event at Eighth and I streets. The Yolano Climate Action group is scheduled to distribute leaflets at the Davis train station during the evening commute tonight.

More rail service planned: Capitol Corridor has launched plans for a $200-million track construction project that would allow it to increase passenger rail service tenfold between Sacramento and Roseville. The intercity rail line, which runs from Placer County to the Bay Area, has long operated one round-trip commuter train a day between the two cities, but officials say they believe there is pent-up demand for more service among commuters, students, retirees and others, including foothill residents who work in Bay Area. They propose to increase the number of daily-round trips to 10 over time.

Prison sentence: The former owner of a Lincoln company that repairs airplane parts was sentenced Tuesday in Sacramento federal court to 2 1/2 years in prison for returning parts to customers that had not been properly fixed. After a three-week trial, a jury found William Hugh Weygandt of Granite Bay guilty of conspiring to pass the parts off as ready for use in accord with Federal Aviation Administration standards.

Little horse provides lots of hope: Hope couldn’t make it past the front doors of Sutter Medical Center in midtown Sacramento without causing a commotion. Tuesday was the first day of work for the miniature horse, the latest addition to Paws on Call, a volunteer group of therapy animals and their owners who visit patients in Sutter hospitals. Dozens of patients, visitors, nurses and physicians filled the neuroscience floor hallways Tuesday to welcome Hope. The 3-year-old brown-and-white 100-pound minihorse is the height of a Labrador retriever. She wears bows in her braided mane, booties to shield her slippery hooves and a green vest adorned with the embroidered words “Sutter’s Hooves On-Call.”

Soccer home and abroad: Which team – Argentina or the Netherlands – will take on Germany in the World Cup finals? After Germany’s shocking 7-1 win Tuesday over host Brazil, today’s other semifinal (1 p.m., ESPN) pits teams that played in the 1978 finals, won by Argentina. Here are area establishments where fans can gather and root on their team. If you want to watch international soccer live, check out the match between Club Leon and Club America, both of Liga MX, at 8 p.m. today at Raley Field. Club Leon is the defending champion of Mexico’s top-tier professional soccer league.

Get ready for the state fair with our guide. And take our poll:

Local sports:• Sacramento River Cats at Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 p.m. (KSTE 650).

• Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants, 7:15 p.m. (CSNBA, CSNCA, KNBR 680, KHTK 1140, KHAI 950).

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