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New investor steps up for Sacramento Kings

SACRAMENTO, CA - Another major equity player in Sacramento's pitch to keep the Kings and build a new arena for them was announced Tuesday.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said Mark Friedman, a Sacramento real estate and office project develope,r will be investing in the effort. One of Friedman's Fulcrum Properties is Arden Fair Mall.

The news comes a day after Johnson and the NBA said investor Ron Burkle could continue his involvement in development around the proposed downtown Sacramento arena site but not the venue nor the team itself because of a conflict of interest.

STORY: Burkle's role limited in Sacramento Kings plan

Fire damages attic of popular Sacramento restaurant

SACRAMENTO -A popular Sacramento eatery was saved from total destruction thanks to some quick work by Sacramento firefighters Monday morning.

Sac Metro fire crews responded to the Zinfandel Grille at Fairgate Rd. and Fair Oaks Blvd. just before 10:45 a.m.

Upon arrival, firefighters began containment efforts on a fire burning in the restaurant's attic.

Crews kept the fire contained to the attic and extinguished flames by 11:18 a.m.

No information was provided on the amount of damage incurred.

Powerball fever hits Sacramento

SACRAMENTO -  Starting Monday morning at 6 a.m., Sacramentans will have a shot at winning massive Powerball jackpots.

Lottery sales help boost business for local store owners like Ken Lo of Lichine's Liquor and Deli, which has a bit of a reputation when it comes to winning tickets.

"It's the luckiest place in Sacramento!" said Lichine's owner, Ken Lo.

People flock to Lichine's for a chance to win big playing the lottery. More than a handful of people have bought winning lottery tickets there, with three mega-jackpot winners coming from the store since 2000.

"I think it's really going to help, because our customers really want this game, they've been waiting a long time for this game, that's all they hear is 'big jackpot,'" said Lo.

California Lottery officials say the state sees a benefit from adding Powerball.

Sacramento makes list of worst places to open a business

Sacramento makes list of worst places to open a business

SACRAMENTO -  For years, Sacramento, and California for that matter, have been ranked among the worst places in which to do business.  It should not come as a surprise therefore that California scored poorly in a recent survey measuring the friendliness of America's small business climates.

Thumbtack in partnership with Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation asked 8,000 business owners from around the country for their opinions on their local business environment. Only four cities earned an 'F' rating. Two of those cities, San Diego and Sacramento, are in California.

Driver killed in wreck on Capital City Freeway

SACRAMENTO - A person was killed Thursday morning in a traffic wreck on the Capital City Freeway in Sacramento.

According to California Highway Patrol reports, the driver of a pickup truck was headed northbound around 7:12 a.m. when they left the freeway, went down an embankment and hit a tree near El Camino Avenue.

Emergency response arrived and declared the person deceased at the scene, according to the CHP.

Officer Liz Dutton of the CHP said officers believed the wet conditions may have played a part in the driver veering off the freeway. 

Traffic was severely impacted on both sides of the freeway.

All lanes were clear as of 9:21 a.m.

7 home renovations that offer the biggest bang for your buck

7 home renovations that offer the biggest bang for your buck

SACRAMENTO - A resurgent housing market has people feeling confident about putting money into their homes once again.

According to CNN, home renovation spending in 2012 hit the highest level in six years. But many homeowners considering upgrades are uncertain of where to invest.

While renovating any area of the home adds interior or exterior appeal, some renovations carry more weight with prospective buyers than others.

Ruth Dubach, a Sacramento home renovation consultant for 14 years, highlights seven areas on which to focus your time and budget for the best chance of a return on your investment:

Sacramento gets input on what locals want in an ESC

SACRAMENTO, CA - The city of Sacramento has released results from a survey asking what area residents want in a Downtown Plaza sports and entertainment venue (ESC).

More than 400 people responded to the questions, which were posted for two weeks on the city's website, according to Sacramento spokesperson Amy Williams.

The information has been shared with the Sacramento City Council and staff working on the venue project, Williams said.

Question 1: What complementary features of the ESC would enhance your experience/encourage you to spend more time downtown?

Receiving the most votes (193) with 32 percent were restaurants, bars and clubs. Second at 19.5 percent (118 votes) were transportation, accessibility and security.