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

There's a buzz at Flora Fresh Inc., a wholesale flower dealer (not open to the public) as workers, including long-time employee Merilee Gordon, checks over red roses for Valentine’s Day on one of the busiest times of the year for flower dealers Thursday in Sacramento. “It’s hectic,” said Flora Fresh owner Allan Nishita, who said business is up three times the norm. “It’s also a stressful time,” he added. “We want to make sure our retail customers are getting quality.”
There's a buzz at Flora Fresh Inc., a wholesale flower dealer (not open to the public) as workers, including long-time employee Merilee Gordon, checks over red roses for Valentine’s Day on one of the busiest times of the year for flower dealers Thursday in Sacramento. “It’s hectic,” said Flora Fresh owner Allan Nishita, who said business is up three times the norm. “It’s also a stressful time,” he added. “We want to make sure our retail customers are getting quality.”

Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s what you need to know today:

Hotter than February: The Sacramento region is again in a dry spell. Afternoon highs in the 70s are forecast for Sacramento through Presidents Day as a persistent high-pressure ridge stays parked over the western part of the country. Valentine’s Day should be clear for delivery of bouquets of roses, with sunny skies and calm winds forecast. Sacramento set a record temperature Friday as a strong high pressure ridge continues to warm up the region. Downtown reached 77 degrees, breaking a previous record of 74, set in 2006, according to the National Weather Service. Sacramento Executive Airport hit 73 degrees, one degree higher than the record, also set in 2006.

▪ Gallery: Views of Valentine’s Day

Will All-Stars align?: The Sacramento Kings are talking to NBA officials about staging the 2019 All-Star Game at the downtown arena, while partnering with Napa Valley to handle the overflow of guests. But the 70-mile distance would create challenges.

▪ While the Kings will have to overcome the region’s limited number of hotel rooms to land the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, there are a number of reasons to recommend Sacramento as host, writes Bee columnist Ailene Voisin.

▪ Local flavor: Where to watch 2015 NBA All-Star Game and Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins

▪ Video: DeMarcus Cousins, other NBA All-stars visit Jimmy Fallon

Big-league help: Trying to buy a Major League Soccer franchise? It might help to own a football or basketball team first. Many of the top teams in MLS are controlled by owners of other big-league sports franchises, and MLS likes it that way. It’s a big reason why Sacramento Republic FC, pushing its case to gain admission to MLS, lined up the Sacramento Kings and San Francisco 49ers as minority investors.

Another chance: Sacramento officials launched an experimental “re-entry court” in late 2013 as a local twist on Gov. Jerry Brown’s realignment program, which moved thousands of lower-level offenders from state prison to county oversight. Just more than a year later, six offenders have completed the pilot program and about 50 others are enrolled.

Sweet day: The 26th annual Sweet Potato Festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Pannell Meadowview Community Center, 2450 Meadowview Road, Sacramento. The event will feature sweet potato pies by Chef Richard Pannell, a sweet potato pie contest, vendors and local amateur entertainment. The Sacramento Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women is festival sponsor.

Hot rods aplenty: The custom car extravaganza known as the Sacramento Autorama returns to the city for the 65th year, beginning its three-day run today at Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento. The autorama, which began as a two-day hot rod show in 1950, is one of the longest-running indoor car shows. Radical custom and exotic show cars will be on display, as well as hot rods, pickups, motorcycles, muscle cars and street machines.

Local sports today: Men’s college basketball – Sacramento State at Idaho, 7:05 p.m. (KTKZ 1380)

St. Mary’s at San Diego, 1 p.m. (CSNCA)

Golf – PGA Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, 10 a.m. (GOLF); Noon (Channel 13)

Baseball – Indiana at Stanford, 6 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)

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