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Noon Hour Update: Dangerous crosswalk near school, catching up with Crystal Costa; PCWA reaches water deal and county infrastructure

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 Sunday and online editions.

What we’re working on: Since Crystal Costa broke her back in a fall from her horse in early July of this year, the Cool mother has received an outpouring of public support and help. Reporter Amber Marra sits down with Costa in her home and will profile the former horse rider on how the recovery process is going.  

With school back in session, safety on the streets near learning institutions is paramount. Amber will be looking into how one crosswalk near a local school has become a danger and what parents, students and administrators are doing to make sure the trip to school is a safe one.

The Placer County Water Agency has solved a potential problem when it comes to county residents receiving water. The agency has recently worked out a re-licensing agreement for the Yuba and Bear River watersheds that will protect water distribution for local customers. Reporter Gus Thomson writes about how the agreement was reached.

Placer County is now taking steps to identify what infrastructure projects need to be funded and completed. Gus will have a story on how the process will unfold.

Gus is also following up on the house fire in Penryn Thursday night and will have a piece on where the investigation stands.

In Lifestyle, Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili has a preview on a benefit concert to raise money for the children of Sean Needhan, who died in July at the age of 26 from complications of drug use.

Favorable to food trucks?: Take our online poll on the bottom half of our homepage next to sports asking if food trucks are a good addition to the Auburn business community. Take the poll now before it pulls up stakes and moves on at 5 p.m.

What you’re talking about: Several of our stories have readers weighing in with their opinions on several stories so far today. The city council race in Auburn has commenters sharing their thoughts as does our story on the house fire Thursday night and our piece on the computer phone scam. Read these stories and more and share your opinions.

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