NOON HOUR UPDATE: Ash Wednesday in Auburn; stabbing death status update; Valentine’s Day dining options

What’s happening and what we’re working on
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Welcome to the Auburn Journal’s “Noon Hour Update,” where we’ll present you with stories and updates on what’s going on in the news and what we’re working on for our Wednesday edition.

What we’re working on:  With Fat Tuesday underway in New Orleans, people of faith from across the world are getting ready for the Lenten season. Reporter Jon Schultz is working on a story about Ash Wednesday and the beginning of lent.

Reporter Gus Thomson is following up on the stabbing death of 20-year-old Matthew Steele, who succumbed to stab wounds after an attack on a private road in the El Dorado County community of Cold Springs, near Placerville. Gus is looking into where things stand in the court case against the alleged suspect, 18-year-old Wesley Ronald Hampshire. Gus also has his story on the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife office that has opened here in Auburn.

In Food & Wine this week, our intern Amy Lobenberg talks to local restaurants and chocolate shops, finding the deals and packages to make this Valentine’s Day a sweet and memorable one.

What you’re talking about: On Tuesday readers are commenting on our story about a section of Interstate 80 being renamed for a former California Highway Patrol officer who lost his life while on duty. They’re also talking about the arrest of an alleged armed felon by Auburn Police officers. Read these stories and more and share your views.

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