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Weekend catch-up: 7 stories you don’t want to miss

These sprinklers were running at the corner of 22nd and S streets in Sacramento, moments after a storm cleared. That could become illegal under state law.
These sprinklers were running at the corner of 22nd and S streets in Sacramento, moments after a storm cleared. That could become illegal under state law. mweiser@sacbee.com

Here are seven stories from the weekend that you’ll want to catch up on before the work week hits.

1) As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers

With the drought stretching into its fourth year, a heavyweight water agency from Los Angeles has come calling on Sacramento Valley rice farmers, offering up to $71 million for some of their water. The price being offered is so high, some farmers can make more from selling water than from growing.

2) Californians poised to tighten watering restrictions

California has never before considered such a sweeping statewide mandate on landscape irrigation, not even during the drought of 1977, often referenced as the worst in modern times. But it now seems certain the present drought will eclipse that marker, making more drastic measures necessary.

3) Republic FC forfeits match against UC Davis by walking off field

A friendly between Republic FC and host UC Davis turned chaotic on Saturday when Republic FC coach Preki pulled his team off the field in the 66th minute and forfeited a match his club was leading 1-0.

4) A talker: 16 ski resorts, including Sierra-at-Tahoe, worth hundreds of millions could be sold

5) Popular on Facebook: If the Jeff Koons art made you mad, you probably had your facts wrong

Art may be in the eyes of the beholder, but public anger over an $8 million piece of art bought by the city of Sacramento was largely misplaced, writes Bee columnist Marcos Breton.

6) Popular on Twitter: 49ers sign running back Reggie Bush in busy day of deals

Reggie Bush, 30, the former USC star, has decided to return to California and to join a backfield that includes Carlos Hyde and Kendall Hunter.

7) Popular on YouTube: Artist Jeff Koons talks about the approved Sacramento sculpture.

New York artist Jeff Koons talks about his sculpture "Coloring Book No. 4," which is slated to a placed outside Sacramento's new downtown sports arena.

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