Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Spring sprung early: Perfect spring weather two weeks before the March 20 advent of spring is expected to reign today and through the weekend. The high today and Saturday is expected to be 73 degrees in Sacramento. Sunday should come in at 74. No precipitation is anticipated until Wednesday.
New K Street: One day after the first steel beams were placed at the site of a new Kings arena, city leaders held an upbeat ceremony a block away on Thursday to celebrate the beginning of construction on housing and shops on the 700 block of K Street.
Truckers unite: Tow truck drivers from across Sacramento and the Bay Area gathered in Dixon on Thursday to honor the life of a fallen comrade and to raise awareness of California’s “Move Over” law, a measure to protect such workers on the road.
▪ Bee video: Public help sought after truck driver is killed
Plans for bridges: Sacramento and West Sacramento will hit new milestones this spring in their efforts to build two bridges over the Sacramento River, launching technical studies of two likely bridge sites north and south of downtown, writes Bee Backseat Driver columnist Tony Bizjak.
Reward offered: The Humane Society of the United States announced that is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or people responsible for recent animal mutilations in Sacramento.
Aggies clinch, Hornets not yet: The UC Davis men’s basketball team clinched the Big West Conference championship by rallying to edge visiting UC Riverside 61-59 on Thursday night. Sacramento State’s men’s team had a chance to claim the Big Sky Conference title on Thursday, but fell 69-65 to host Southern Utah.
▪ Bee video: UCD coach Jim Les cuts down net after win
Local sports today: NBA – Sacramento Kings at Orlando Magic, 4 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Dallas Mavericks at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN, KNBR 680)
College baseball – UC Santa Barbara at Sacramento State, 2 p.m.
UC Davis at Seattle, 6 p.m.
College softball – Sacramento State vs. Bryant in San Luis Obispo (tournament), 9 a.m.; vs. IUPUI, 11:30 a.m.
UC Davis vs. Illinois in Los Angeles (tournament), Noon; vs. Providence 7 p.m.
Spring training baseball – San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers, 12:05 p.m.
Oakland A’s at Arizona Diamondbacks, 12:10 p.m.