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NOON HOUR UPDATE: Auburn and UAIC meet over Baltimore Ravine; fundraiser for accident victim; smoking in local parks and playoff hoops

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 Friday edition.

What we’re working on: The City of Auburn is meeting with members of the United Auburn Indian Community today to discuss the UAIC’s intentions with the land it owns that was designated for the Baltimore Ravine development. Reporter Jon Schultz is following up after the meeting today and will have a report on any decisions that came out of it.

A former Placer High School graduate was in a vehicle accident over the weekend that has critically injured him. Reporter Andrew Westrope is working on a story on how a group is working to raise funds to help offset medical costs and help with recovery.

Reporter Gus Thomson is continuing to update us on whether a cigarette smoking ban for our local parks will be happening. He’s talking with the parties involved today and will have more on the process. In the weekly installment of his Media Life column, Gus looks into the tale of a newspaper editor that was gunned down.

In Arts & Entertainment, Features Editor Paul Cambra will have a preview on the Auburn Symphony’s big gala celebrating 25 years.

In Sports, the high school basketball playoffs continue. Look for stories, photos and videos from tonight’s contests.

What you’re talking about: Some of our most read and commented stories today include our piece on improving student character at E.V. Cain Charter Middle School and our story on the vandalism in North Auburn. Read these and more and share your views online.

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