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

Violent crime has increased in Sacramento to a level not seen in five years.
Violent crime has increased in Sacramento to a level not seen in five years. lsterling@sacbee.com

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

1. California bans concealed handguns on college school campuses

Just one of many high-profile bills Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law or vetoed this weekend, Senate Bill 707, by Sen. Lois Wolk, D-Davis, expands the prohibition on school and college grounds to include concealed weapons, while keeping the same rules in place for the 1,000-foot zone surrounding schools.

2. Rumors of extramarital affair drove speaker’s race drama

Speculation swirled throughout the House Friday, just a day after the stunning announcement by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., that the speaker-in-waiting was felled by a persistent Internet report linking him romantically to Rep. Renee Ellmers, R-N.C.

3. Sacramento violent crime rises sharply; high-poverty areas hit hardest

Through August, Sacramento police had responded to 2,511 violent crimes, a 24 percent increase from the same period in the prior year, police statistics show. The city has not seen that many violent crimes through August of any year since 2010.

4. A talker: Sacramento hero Spencer Stone cheered by wellwishers moments before stabbing

5. Popular on Twitter: No place to hide: Struggling Kaepernick to go under national spotlight

After two of the roughest outings of his career, with legions of angry 49ers fans calling for his replacement and critics from coast to coast chiming in on what's wrong with him, Colin Kaepernick finds himself playing on national television Sunday in the media capital of the world.

6. Popular on Facebook: California to register voters automatically at DMV

In a bid to improve voter turnout in California elections, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation to automatically register to vote anyone who has a driver's license or state identification card. The measure was pushed by Democrats, whose candidates and causes typically benefit from higher turnout elections.

7. Popular on video: Caron Butler shares his checkered past with police and students

Sacramento Kings player Caron Butler said he wasn't always good at reflecting on his troubled past. But the process of writing a book about growing up on the south side of Racine, Wis., and the second chance he was given by a law enforcement officer has been therapeutic, he said.