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

Sacramento and the Kings have an agreement to buy an $8 million sculpture from world-renowned artist Jeff Koons. The sculpture would be showcased within the downtown arena plaza.
Sacramento and the Kings have an agreement to buy an $8 million sculpture from world-renowned artist Jeff Koons. The sculpture would be showcased within the downtown arena plaza. Sacramento Kings

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

Avoid chain controls: For stress-free travel to Tahoe, head for the mountains early to avoid an oncoming winter storm. The National Weather Service is predicting light accumulation of snow down to 3,500-feet-elevation. Up to a foot could fall at the higher peaks. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is expected in Sacramento Friday and Saturday. Sunday looks sunny.

Art at arena: World-renowned sculptor Jeff Koons has been tapped to create a sculpture for the outside of Sacramento’s new Kings arena. The sculpture – modeled on a child’s coloring – would cost $8 million.

▪ Gallery: Sculpture by Koons to appear at Sacramento arena

Runaway train: Sacramento Regional Transit officials say a dangerous runaway light-rail train in North Sacramento last week was caused by a maintenance technician who mistakenly disabled a safety feature on the train, setting it in motion unmanned and unoccupied.

Display decried: A River Park resident kept his display of swastikas on his home amid renewed calls for him to take them down.

▪ Bee video: Protest over Sacramento home with swastikas

More decapitations: The bodies of six goats were found decapitated Wednesday in North Sacramento, the latest in a string of mysterious dead animal discoveries in local recreation areas, according to Gina Knepp from Sacramento Animal Care Services.

▪ Gallery: Sacramento region’s most-wanted fugitives

Rules for firearms: With more travelers being stopped for illegally attempting to transport firearms through airport security checkpoints, the Transportation Security Administration went on a public relations blitz Thursday in hopes of making sure more people know the rules.

Bee video: TSA shows how to legally transport a concealed weapon

Battle with Cosmos: Republic FC veteran Rodrigo Lopez will be able to cross off one item from his bucket list Saturday night when Sacramento hosts the New York Cosmos in a friendly in front of a sold-out Hughes Stadium. The midfielder and Republic FC captain is looking forward to playing on the same pitch with Raul Gonzalez Blanco, one of the world’s greatest players.

Local sports today: NBA – San Antonio Spurs at Sacramento Kings, 7 p.m. (CSNCA, KAHI 950, KHTK 1140)

Golden State Warriors at Toronto Raptors, 4:30 p.m. (KNBR 680)

College baseball – Sacramento State at Texas Tech, noon.

UC Davis at Portland, 2 p.m.

College softball – Sacramento State vs. Cal-State Bakersfield at Cal-State Northridge (tournament), 9:30 a.m. and noon.

UC Davis vs. Iowa State in San Diego (tournament), 9 a.m.; UC Davis vs. Grand Canyon in San Diego (tournament), 11:30 a.m.

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