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

The Sacramento Kings drive against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the last game at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday April 9, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif.
The Sacramento Kings drive against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the last game at Sleep Train Arena on Saturday April 9, 2016 in Sacramento, Calif. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

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

1) Shuttered gun range in south Sacramento park leaked toxic lead dust

City-owned James G. Mangan Rifle and Pistol Range in south Sacramento shut down more than 15 months ago, and a “temporarily closed” note on the door is the only notice neighboring residents and park users received. The city closed the indoor range because it was polluted by hazardous levels of lead dust after decades of operation. But it has never cleaned that toxic dust from the interior of the shuttered range, nor from the roof, according to interviews and internal city documents.

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2) Drugged driving a growing scourge on California roads

The horrific crash in Auburn on Sunday, when an allegedly drugged driver plowed into two teenage pedestrians, came as no shock to law enforcement and traffic safety officials. Slowly, but surely, drugged driving is surpassing drunken driving as a lethal threat on state and local roads.

3) Kings’ final game at Sleep Train Arena stirs emotions, memories

In the 28 seasons the Kings called the arena home, they had eight winning seasons and nine playoff appearances. It doesn’t take a math major to figure out that equates to a lot more losing and misery than triumph and joy. But what made the old barn unique, its enduring hold on tens of thousands, were the people, experiences and memories, making the Kings’ final game there Saturday night all the more special.

4) A talker: Modesto teen survived her first driving-while-texting accident – but not her second

Oakdale teen Amanda Clark’s phone conversation came to an abrupt end when her Chevrolet Trailblazer rolled three times before landing on its roof. She wrote extensively about the experience for her senior project at Oakdale High School in 2006 and pledged to put her phone away. One year later, almost to the day, Clark was driving in Manteca. She’d been on the phone arguing with her roommate. When she took the Highway 120 bypass to Interstate 5 she lost control of her car and crashed. Cell phone records show she was texting.

5) Popular on Twitter: Jerry Brown to sign paid family leave expansion in California

Gov. Jerry Brown will sign legislation increasing California’s paid family leave benefits for people who take time off to bond with a new child or care for a sick relative.

6) Popular on Facebook: Tribe breaks ground on $170 million Yuba casino

An Indian tribe broke ground Friday on a $170 million casino on the doorstep of Sacramento’s increasingly crowded gambling market, a major milestone for a project whose location has generated political and legal controversy for years.

7) Popular video: Wayne Allen Huntsman poses near King fire he set in El Dorado County

Wayne Allen Huntsman on Friday, April 8, 2016, pleaded guilty to setting the devastating King fire that torched 100,000 acres in El Dorado County in 2014.

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