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

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) sits out the closing minutes of the game in their victory over the Suns, but he's happy. Sacramento Kings against the Phoenix Suns during their game at Sleep Train Arena on Friday, March 25, 2016 in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) sits out the closing minutes of the game in their victory over the Suns, but he's happy. Sacramento Kings against the Phoenix Suns during their game at Sleep Train Arena on Friday, March 25, 2016 in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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

1. Nurse on rash of area poisonings: 'I've never seen overdoses like this'

After the Sacramento County Division of Public Health said it had received reports of at least a dozen poisoning overdoses tied to the ingestion of Norco at area hosptials the past few days, a local nurse said Saturday, "I've never, in a decade of emergency nursing, seen overdoses like this."

2. Levee 'armoring' along the American River Parkway draws concerns

Prompted by recent changes in state and federal flood control policy - largely in reaction to Katrina - local officials and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are in the initial phases of planning a $375 million project that would add a layer of rocky erosion protection along up to 11 miles of the lower American River.

Flood-control officials face a major challenge in the lower American River Parkway: How do they balance the need to place rocks and armor levees against erosion while protecting environmental and recreational interests?

3. Non-Chinese buyer loses battle over right to own building in Locke

A nasty five-year legal battle in the historic Delta town of Locke seems to have reached an end, allowing the village established by Chinese immigrants a century ago to move forward with its plan to attract more tourists and preserve its heritage as the only Chinese-built rural settlement in the nation.

4. A talker: Deal struck to raise California minimum wage to $15

Gov. Jerry Brown, labor unions and state lawmakers have reached a deal to gradually raise California's minimum wage to $15 an hour, likely averting a fight on the November ballot, sources said late Saturday.

5. Popular on Twitter: April fools: Thoughts on the 49ers quarterback situation

April 1 looms, but it may not be the pivotal date in the Colin Kaepernick saga it's long been billed to be.

The Denver Broncos were the first team to express interest in a trade with the 49ers for disgruntled quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Now the Cleveland Browns and New York Jets have joined the discussions with San Francisco for a Kaepernick trade. Be

6. Popular on Facebook: Sail Inn Grotto & Bar sets new course in West Sacramento

After being closed for more than two years, the Sail Inn will once again be serving drinks and food beginning at 11 a.m. Monday, marking a new era for the longtime neighborhood bar.

7. Popular video: DeMarcus Cousins trying to end on a positive note after Kings win against Phoenix Suns

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins 'trying to ... get the funk out of the locker room" as the 2015-2016 NBA season nears the end.

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