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

A member of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, commonly known as a ladybug, inspects a Mexican poppy on Bayne Road in Coloma on Thursday, the last day of winter.
A member of the Coccinellidae family of beetles, commonly known as a ladybug, inspects a Mexican poppy on Bayne Road in Coloma on Thursday, the last day of winter. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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

Spring has sprung: Spring arrives today with downright pleasant conditions. Sacramento should see an afternoon high temperature in the mid-70s with a hint of a breeze. The National Weather Service is forecasting an approaching mini-weather system with showers to hold off until Sunday night. Enjoy Friday and the weekend.

▪ Storify: Trends, events and other things to help you warm up to spring

Platic bag ban?: The Sacramento City Council will review an ordinance on Tuesday that calls for a ban on single-use plastic bags from certain stores and will require a 10-cent charge on paper and reusable bags.

Bridge cracking: Caltrans’ recent $26 million resurfacing job on the Pioneer Bridge is cracking. Several portions of new overlay on Highway 50 over the Sacramento River surface cracked a few weeks ago, and officials are not sure why, writes The Bee’s Tony Bizjak in his Back-Seat Driver column.

Sign of the times: The last remaining structure from the original Nut Tree road stop was dismantled Wednesday to make way for an outlet store, the type of retail attraction that now draws passing motorists into Vacaville.

More upsets?: The NCAA’s men’s basketball championship tournament continues today with another slate of 16 games, with starting ranging from 9 a.m. to 6:57 p.m. Follow results and watch bracket updates throughout the tournament here.

▪ Gallery: 2015 men’s NCAA tournament

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

New Orleans Pelicans at Golden State Warriors, 7:30 p.m. (KNBR 680)

Women’s NCAA college basketball championship tournament – Cal vs. Wichita State, 4:40 p.m. (ESPN 2)

College baseball – Texas-Pan American at Sacramento State, 3 p.m.

Arizona at Stanford, 7 p.m. (PAC 12 Network)

College softball – Northern Colorado at Sacramento State (doubleheader), 1 and 3 p.m.

Spring Training baseball – Los Angeles Dodgers at Oakland A’s (split squad), 1:05 p.m.

Oakland A’s (split squad) at Colorado Rockies, 1:10 p.m.

Cincinnati Reds at San Francsico Giants, 6:05 p.m. (Channel 31, MLB Network)

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