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

Workers remove the facade of the old Macys men’s store last September.
Workers remove the facade of the old Macys men’s store last September. bnguyen@sacbee.com

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

Gardening weather: Daffodils bulbs have already pushed their green shoots above ground. This week’s forecast could bring blooms all around the Sacramento area. The warm conditions of the winter of 2015 continue unabated with 65 degrees predicted for today and 71 degrees by Friday. It’s too bloomin’ warm for a February in Sacramento!

Macy’s case settled: Clearing what had become a prolonged legal hurdle in the effort to construct a new sports arena in downtown Sacramento, an eminent domain case arguing the value of the former Macy’s men’s store at the arena site has been settled. The Sacramento City Council agreed to the settlement amount during a closed-door session Tuesday night. Under the agreement, the Sacramento Kings will pay $7 million to an investor group called C-III Asset Management and $5 million to CalPERS. Those entities controlled the Macy’s property at 600 K St. until it was seized by the city of Sacramento last year following a contentious court battle.

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Suspect was screaming: Before he was arrested, placed into a police cruiser and taken to jail, the man who died in police custody last week was screaming in the street. Crouched behind a pickup parked on 19th Street between H and I, the man shouted at police, neighbors, anyone within earshot.

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Bella Vista No. 1: Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks has won the the 2015 Sacramento County Academic Decathlon championship and will advance to the state finals, to be held next month in Sacramento. The announcement was made Tuesday night during a dinner and awards ceremony at Sacramento State.

At home in Reno?: The Big Sky Conference, after scouting sites in the region, said the Reno Events Center is the likeliest option if the Sacramento State men’s basketball team hosts the conference postseason tournament. Sacramento State’s 1,102-seat Hornets Nest has already been declared unsuitable for the tournament. The Reno arena is home to the Bighorns, the NBA Development League team affiliated with the Kings.

Free spaying extended: The Sacramento Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to allocate $20,000 to the “We Pay to Spay” program run by the Sacramento SPCA. “We Pay to Spay” offers free spay and neutering surgeries to owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes, the breed of dog most often turned in to local shelters.

Road woes continue: All-Star power forward Pau Gasol had 26 points and 16 rebounds to lead the host Chicago Bulls to a 104-96 win Tuesday night over the Sacramento Kings.

Local sports: NBA – Kings at Milwaukee Bucks, 5 p.m. (CSNCA, KHTK 1140, KAHI 950)

Golden State Warriors at Minnesota Timberwolves, 5 p.m. (KNBR 680)

NHL – Washington Capitals at San Jose Sharks, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)

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