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Ryan Lillis and Bob Moffitt join us with updates on the on-going arena saga and new movement in Kings ownership. Sac Police Dept receives $1 million grant. "Steam Train, Dream Train" author headlines book festival. High school stages original play.News Network: Sacramento Most basketball fans in Sacramento still harbor a little discontent for Shaquille O'Neil as one of the Los Angeles Lakers who helped stop the Sacramento Kings from winning the National Basketball Association playoffs in 2001. Now, Shaq shouldn't have a hard time finding friends in the state capital as he plans to join the Sacramento Kings' ownership group and potentially build support for a new downtown arena. Joining us to explain how Shaq's participation in the Sacramento Kings' ownership group could "tip the scales" in favor of a new arena is Sacramento Bee Metro Reporter Ryan Lillis and Capital Public Radio's Region Reporter Bob Moffitt.
Growing Police Force Sacramento's police department was massively restructured during the recession as it lost more than 300 sworn officers and civilian staff members and more than 30 percent of its budget. Now, half a decade later, the city is on track to put 100 officers back on the street by next year. Plus, the federal government granted the city more than $1 million Tuesday to hire another 10 officers. As life comes back to the Sacramento Police Department, how will it grapple with the growth? And did what did department leaders learn from the barebones staffing era of the recession? Here to explain is Sacramento Police Chief Sam Somers Jr.
Children's Author New York Times bestselling children’s author Sherri Duskey Rinker is headlining the 13th annual ScholarShare Children's Book Festival this weekend at Fairytale Town. Rinker will present "Steam Train, Dream Train," which debuted in the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list in April 2013. "Steam Train, Dream Train" is the eagerly anticipated follow up book to "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site," Rinker's first picture book and the number one New York Times bestseller.
Supervillain Play Stories about superheroes are soooo old hat. Supervillains, on the other hand, are completely underrepresented in main stream pop culture. Cue Laguna Creek High School's original production of "Mwhu Ha Ha: The Supervillain Murder Mystery," which puts some unique supervillains center stage for a change. And why not, the villains are the ones with all the cool doomsday devices and evil henchmen? Joining us to explain the premise and story of the play are four Laguna Creek students involved in the production. The murder mystery runs Sept. 26 through 28 and Oct. 4 through 5 at Laguna Creek High School.