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

Monik Vega of Elk Grove sings a song called "Me, Myself, and I" during local auditions for the TV show, "The Voice" at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento on Friday, April 1, 2016.
Monik Vega of Elk Grove sings a song called "Me, Myself, and I" during local auditions for the TV show, "The Voice" at Arden Fair Mall in Sacramento on Friday, April 1, 2016. rbenton@sacbee.com

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

1. Shifting population in California nursing homes creates 'dangerous mix'

Where once skilled nursing facilities were universally thought of as "rest homes" for the frail and elderly, a growing proportion of California nursing home residents are younger, more able-bodied patients, many diagnosed with mental illness.

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2. Sacramento fentanyl overdoses show opiate addiction's toll knows no boundaries

As of Friday afternoon in the Sacramento area, 36 overdose cases including nine deaths had been linked to drugs sold on the street as Norco but believed to contain fentanyl, which in prescription form is used to treat severe and chronic pain and can be fatal even in tiny doses.

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3. Have Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's 5 new aides paid dividends?

Controversial staff positions added to Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson's office last year make the office more effective, say two of his top aides. But some council members still say the money should be spent elsewhere.

4. A talker: Offramps in California minimum wage bill prompt disagreement

The nationally watched minimum wage measure Gov. Jerry Brown will sign in Los Angeles on Monday rests on the inclusion of offramps demanded by the Democratic governor.

All 26 Democrats in the Senate voted in favor of Senate Bill 3, which raises the California minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022.

5. Popular on Twitter: Andy Furillo: Kings would be crazy to get rid of George Karl

“George Karl didn't beat cancer by being obtuse, and he's no dummy when it comes to reading the Kings' tea leaves and seeing the plot twist that pencils him out of the script,” writes The Bee’s Andy Furillo.

The Sacramento Kings finally put their differences aside and played a "we" game to send the Denver Nuggets to defeat 115-106 on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

6. Popular on Facebook: Will someone help Greta Gerwig make her ode to Sacramento?

Greta Gerwig plans to start shooting in August. Her fingers are crossed that Sacramento will inform more than just the outdoor scenes in the movie.

7. Popular video: Sacramento-area hopefuls try out for 'The Voice'

A chance to compete on NBC's "The Voice" drew 800 people Friday to Arden Fair mall.

KCRA hosted live auditions for the popular TV show, "The Voice" at Arden Fair mall in Sacramento today.

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