The Sacramento River Cats have reached an affiliation agreement with the San Francisco Giants, ending their association with the Oakland A’s.

A press conference is planned for Thursday morning to announce the cause of the King fire near Pollock Pines that has now burned 70,944 acres, a growth of 43,000 acres overnight.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s January order to cut state-government water use 20 percent rippled through the bureaucracy early this year as high-level officials rushed to find ways to conserve.

Sacramento Republic FC, the city’s popular minor-league soccer club, announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement to acquire land in the downtown railyard for a new 20,000-seat soccer stadium that could host a Major League Soccer franchise.

The Folsom City Council and the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors voted this week to sue Sacramento County over its plan to expand Mather Airport.

It had been an ordinary teenager’s weekend, Daniel Marsh told investigators – video games and late night guitar, a Sunday hanging out with friends at a local Guitar Center outlet.

To prevent the problems caused by a sendentary life, get up from that chair.

General Mills said Thursday it’s closing its cereal plant in Lodi as it tries to deal with an overcapacity issue.

A ravenous wildfire in El Dorado County devoured swaths of forested terrain for a fifth day Wednesday, leaving nearly 2,200 residents displaced as fire crews battled to protect homes, lives and a major thoroughfare.

CalPERS board candidate Theresa Taylor has 20 years of financial experience at the Franchise Tax Board and a personal commitment to preserving pension benefits, she says, fortified by watching her husband lose most of his retirement savings.

A Sacramento Superior Court jury today convicted Elpidio Dejesus Tellez of second-degree murder in the Nov. 7, 2012, shooting death of Jesse James Nunez outside a midtown bar.

With the November election drawing closer daily, Sacramento City Councilman Kevin McCarty told reporters and editors in The Bee’s Capitol Bureau why he is running for the state Assembly. Below are some excerpts from our conversation.

Playmakers come in various shapes and sizes, but they have one thing in common – the ability to quickly change a game, on a reception, a running play, on special teams or on defense.

Since taking over as Kings general manager in June 2013, Pete D’Alessandro may be the busiest executive in the NBA.

Playing the part of Cardinals running back Andre Ellington this week as gone to the most obvious actor. Who else better to portray the small but powerful Arizona tailback during 49ers practices this week than the guy who has been shadowing Ellington all his life?

Candy manufacturing giant Mars Inc. said Wednesday it will commit at least $40 million to food-related research at UC Davis in a deal that would support a food institute that’s expected to be built in Sacramento.

Peter Schaafsma, an analyst of governmental finances for the Legislature, the state treasurer’s office and private clients for nearly 40 years, died Monday night of esophageal cancer, his family said. He was 62.

Gov. Jerry Brown has signed legislation requiring drivers in the burgeoning ride-sharing industry to carry more insurance, his office announced Wednesday.

More aircraft can be seen flying over the Sacramento area this week as firefighting air tankers shuttle between their base at McClellan Airfield and the King fire in El Dorado County.

Central Labor Council leader Bill Camp was reinstated to his position as the group’s executive secretary this week after an internal power struggle, but plans to retire at the end of the year if a suitable replacement is found for him.

The California Highway Patrol seeks to find the driver of a minivan involved in a collision that killed a Sacramento woman and injured three other people early Monday in Carmichael.

Linkin Park returned to its harder-edged-rock roots with its sixth studio album, 2013’s “The Hunting Party,” while still holding onto its hip-hop influences.

The campaign opposing the November ballot measure seeking to increase the powers of the mayor’s office in Sacramento has landed its first organized-labor support.

Sacramento’s Cambria Solutions can’t hire fast enough for business analysts and software developers, but owner Robert Rodriguez says it’s a good problem to have for his fast-growing consulting firm.

Burglars often ring the doorbell first to see if anyone’s inside.

A woman died after being struck by a car while crossing an Orangevale street.

Defender James Kiffe, who signed with Republic FC in mid-August, has started the last four matches at left back and should start again in Saturday’s USL Pro semifinal showdown with LA Galaxy II.

It might be a stretch to describe Aguascalientes in north-central Mexico as the new Detroit. But it wouldn’t be a huge stretch.

SANTA CLARA -- Colin Kaepernick today said he would appeal the more than $11,000 fine he received this week from the NFL for using “inappropriate language” following a fourth-quarter interception against the Bears.

Late Tuesday, the California Highway Patrol reported the closure of Highway 50 in both directions between Sly Park Road and Riverton due to the fire, and the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has issued mandatory evacuations for neighborhoods in the eastern portion of Pollock Pines.

Mayor changes in public policy get buried in flood of late-session bills.

California’s new 3-foot law in effect Tuesday, requiring drivers to give cyclists 36 inches of elbow room, will not lead to a bout of ticket writing, Sacramento area local law enforcement officials predicted this week. Sacramento police and local California Highway Patrol representatives said they plan a case-by-case approach in deciding whether a driver is giving a cyclist a fair path down the street.

The attack failed to draw blood.

When Major League Soccer executives visit Sacramento on Thursday to discuss a potential expansion team, they’ll get high-level briefings with the corporate community – and a chance to party with fans.

During one six-week period in the late summer of 2014, DeMarcus Cousins tinkered madly with his narrative, changing perceptions and recasting his image, emerging as a significant, perhaps invaluable member of the senior national team, and displaying a familiar dramatic flair at the end.

Despite national acclaim, Mayor Kevin Johnson faces his most formidable foe of all right now – one with the power to pour cold water on him and his political legacy.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday enacting sweeping new regulations on groundwater pumping in California, making the state the last in the West to regulate the practice.

A significant piece of Isleton history was on display Tuesday as the community celebrated the first phase of the restoration of the Delta community’s long-shuttered Chinese community center.

Protesters disrupted a board meeting of the California Housing Finance Agency on Tuesday and demanded that the agency’s Keep Your Home California program move faster to aid homeowners with $2 billion it received from the federal Hardest Hit Fund.

Two ex 49ers are looking for work this week.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians today said there has been no change with his team's quarterback situation: Drew Stanton is beginning the week as if he will start against the 49ers while regular starter Carson Palmer continues to deal with a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder.

Here’s an update on some of the 49ers’ injured players as they began preparing for the Arizona Cardinals today:

After decades on the Sacramento City Council, Steve Cohn aspires to vault into an open Assembly seat. He stopped by The Sacramento Bee Capitol Bureau on Tuesday to answer questions about his record, his vision for state office and the ever-present debate over a new Kings arena.

A Vacaville equipment maker tied to the food industry is moving its headquarters to Sacramento.

Elk Grove Unified School District’s board voted unanimously Tuesday evening to hire a local resident and Valley High School graduate as its new superintendent.

A fresh harvest of this popular nut will arrive in stores and markets soon, but pistachios are good for a lot more than snacking.

When the blaze broke out in a Siskiyou County pasture Monday afternoon, the thing that struck residents was the speed at which it blew into an inferno that swept over 100 homes and other structures.

After months of rancorous talks over pay and a threat to strike, California’s state building operators have ratified a contract with Gov. Jerry Brown.

Sacramento police announced the arrest of a third suspect in the May shooting at a Natomas park in which a man was killed and six other people, including a 7-year-old girl, were injured.

Hampton Sides, just in from Nashville, took the phone call in his hotel room in Washington, D.C., to talk about his new book, a true story that reads like a thriller. The next day his book tour would take him to St. Louis, Chicago and seven other cities. He lands in Sacramento on Thursday for his date with the Bee Book Club.

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