Good morning. Here’s what you need to know today:
Fortunate Friday: It’s Friday the 13th of March and you should feel lucky about the weather. Picture-perfect weather is forecast for Friday in the Sacramento region by the National Weather Service: 76 degrees under partly sunny skies. No dog day afternoons of mid-August, just pleasant weather to enjoy a glass of ice tea on the patio.
Primed for building: The city of Sacramento could begin accepting new construction applications in Natomas again as soon as April 1. Development has been halted for more than seven years due to federal concerns about levee safety. The city said its first priority will be applications from property owners who have been waiting years to finish remodeling projects or to rebuild homes damaged by fire.
Records to remain sealed: Yolo County officials said Thursday they will not release child welfare records related to Justice Rees, the baby found dead in a slough near Knights Landing last month.
Home after surgery: Zully Broussard of Fair Oaks is home from the hospital after donating a kidney to a stranger last week. Her donation set off a chain of six transplants between 12 people at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.
I-80 slog: Drivers on Interstate 80 in North Sacramento by now have gotten used to the inconveniences caused by Caltrans’ ongoing Across The Top construction project on Interstate 80. Bad news: It’s about to get worse next weekend, writes The Bee’s Tony Bizjak in his Back-Seat Driver column.
Locals advance: Thursday was a big day for Sacramento area basketball fans: Sacramento State defeated Portland State 70-60 to advance to the Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinals in Missoula, Mont. In Anaheim, UC Davis overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to beat Cal-State Northridge 71-67 to advance to the Big West Conference semifinals. As with both men’s teams, the Sacramento State women’s team will play in a conference semifinal this morning. See today’s schedule of tournament games below:
Local sports today: Men’s college basketball – Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinals: Sacramento State vs. Eastern Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Big West Conference Tournament semifinals: UC Davis vs. Hawaii, 6:30 p.m.
Women’s college basketball – Big Sky Conference Tournament semifinals: Sacramento State vs. Northern Colorado, 10 a.m.
NBA – Sacramento Kings at Philadelphia 76ers, 4 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)
Golden State Warriors at Denver Nuggets, 6 p.m. (KNBR 680)
College baseball – Sacramento State at Cal Poly, 6 p.m.
UC Davis at Fresno State, 6:35 p.m.
College softball – Sacramento State vs. Grand Canyon (22nd annual Capital Classic Tournament at Shea Stadium), 3:45 p.m.
Spring Training baseball – Texas Rangers at San Francisco Giants, 1:05 p.m.
Oakland A’s (split squad) at Kansas City Royals, 1:05 p.m.
Oakland A’s (split squad) vs. Chicago Cubs in Las Vegas, 5:05 p.m.