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Insight: NBA Votes on Relocation / Arena Opposition / Perspectives on Agriculture / Sacramento Choral Society


 
 
NBA Votes on Relocation Sacramento may soon learn the fate of its only professional sports franchise. As early as Wednesday afternoon, the National Basketball Association's Board of Governors will decide whether the owners of the Sacramento Kings can relocate the team to Seattle and whether they can sell the team to a Seattle ownership group. Most people tracking the story expect the NBA owners who make up the Board of Governors to vote for keeping the team in Sacramento, but it's still unclear whether the Kings' owners will sell the team if they can't move it out of town. Capital Public Radio's Ben Adler is at the meeting in Dallas, Texas and joins us to explain what's happening. We'll also speak with Seattle sports reporter Art Thiel about his city's lobbying to sway the Board of Governors to side with a Seattle move.
 
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Arena Opposition What is cause for excitement in some is cause frustration - and a lawsuit - with others. As the National Basketball Association decides whether to allow Sacramento's only professional sports franchise to move to Seattle, opponents of a city-sponsored effort to keep the team in town watch anxiously. The opponents aren't anti-basketball, they're upset with the city's plans to publically fund a new arena with a price tag of about a quarter billion dollars. We'll speak with the lawyer of a Sacramento group that's alleging Sacramento City Manager John Shirey committed "intentional fraud" and "concealment" in his calculations for the city's share of a new arena project.
 
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Perspectives on Agriculture Mayor Kevin Johnson declared Sacramento the "Farm to Fork" capital of the world last fall and in his State of the City address this year he proclaimed 2013 as Sacramento's Year of Food. Nobody's really sure what the heck any of this means, but we do know that the Sacramento Valley is home to some of the world's premier agricultural producers, including Blue Diamond Growers (almonds) and Lundberg Family Farms (rice). The Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce is bringing together some of the region's food producers Wednesday morning for a "Perspectives on Agriculture" luncheon that will highlight the ways agriculture drives the area's economy. Joining us to explain how agriculture works in our region is the CEO of Blue Diamond Growers Mark Jansen and Tim Johnson, President & CEO of the California Rice Commission.  
 
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Sacramento Choral Society The Sacramento Choral Society is performing patriotic songs this Saturday at the Sacramento Community Center Theater. We'll speak with the Sacramento Choral Society's President James McCormick and Director Don Kendrick about the event and their upcoming tour of Italy where they'll be performing for the Pope.
 
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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