Noon Hour Update: Churches and the holidays; Auburn ATV death follow-up; local reaction to Connecticut shooting and concussion documentary

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 Tuesday edition.

What we’re working on:  Today Reporter Gus Thomson writes his first in a five-part series on Auburn-area churches and their focus on the holidays. Gus will also be following up on the death of Buster Machado after he was found next to an all-terrain vehicle he was riding over the weekend.

With the school shooting tragedy that took 28 lives in Connecticut still fresh in everyone’s mind, Reporter Jon Schultz is examining how local schools are responding to the tragedy and how parents help their children cope with news such as the shooting in Connecticut. Jon is also following up on the  court case of man and his wife who are accused of embezzling from the man’s mother.

Sports Editor Matthew Kimel talks to a former NFL player, who now lives in Loomis, about his work on a documentary highlighting the affects of concussions on football players.

What you’re talking about:  Our story on the death of Buster Machado has readers weighing in and sharing their thoughts today. Readers are also commenting on the continued coverage of the shooting in Connecticut that killed 20 children. Read these stories and more and share your views.

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