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Noon Hour Update: Hay shortages; food stamps at farmers markets; hit-and-run court update and Media Life

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: Reporter Sara Seyydin is covering the current hay shortage trend and how it's causing a rise in prices for local farmers.
Sara will also have her story on local people taking care of aging parents and how they are dealing with being caregivers.

Reporter Gus Thomson attended the court hearing for the Newcastle man charged in the hit-and-run accident that took the life of a tow-truck driver on Interstate 80 in March. He will have a report on the suspect's request for a bail reduction.
Gus will also have his weekly Media Life column.

Reporter Justin A. Lawson is working on a story on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's grant program to provide funds so food stamps can be used at local farmers markets.

What you're talking about: The story and photos of the man riding a skateboard in Old Town Auburn while on fire has garnered plenty of views and comments today. Check out the story here. President Obama's endorsement of gay marriage and the local reaction to his statement has prompted reader participation so far today. Read the story and share your thoughts here.
In Opinion Measure A continues to be the talk of the letters to the editor. Our most read letter so far today has been, "Measure A crafted badly." Read this letter and share your thoughts.

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What's happening in your area?: Have news going on where you are? Let us know, email us photos or information at ajournal@goldcountrymedia.com.