Noon Hour Update: Election finance filings; horses vs. mountain bikers; Memorial Day and local business climate

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 edition and Monday online.

What we're working on: We continue to cover the Measure A Auburn charter city issue and today reporter Sara Seyydin is looking into the campaign finance filings for Measure A proponents and opponents.
Sara will also be profiling veterans, including a survivor from the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, for Memorial Day.
She also has her story on local reaction to the business climate in California and has asked area businesses if the state is truly unfair to business, and if so, what would they like to see done to make it friendlier.

Reporter Gus Thomson continues on the election front, reporting on the finances of individuals who are running for office this June.
Gus is also following up on the rural community center topic that has drawn mixed reviews from locals. He has also gathered information locally on the U.S. military recently announcing more stringent standards in its recruiting process.

Reporter Justin A. Lawson is looking into the state's banning of the use of dogs during bear hunts. Justin will be talking to locals and officials about how this will affect hunters and what the decision means to them.
Justin will also have a story on how mountain bikers and horse enthusiasts should share the local trails and how to best do that.

What's online: On Sunday Auburn Journal Newsmakers sits down with Terry Crouson of the Auburn Area Honor Guard to talk about Memorial Day, and Justin shows us how to properly tune-up a bicycle in his how-to video.

What you're talking about: In Opinion, our most read and commented letter so far today has been, "Supervisor's efforts obviously for show." Our story on homeowners owing more than what the house is worth is one of our most read so far today, and some readers have shared their opinion on the subject. Read that story here.

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