Noon Hour Update: National Geographic in the foothills; local post offices and labor negotiations

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 Thursday edition.

What we're working on: Reporter Sara Seyydin is localizing a couple stories that have national and regional implications. First, Sara is working on a piece about how local post offices are fairing with U.S. Postal Service cuts.
Sara is also looking into the labor negotiations between Raley's/Bel Air and its employees for a new labor contract and how that might affect shoppers locally.

National Geographic is in the foothills highlighting local landmarks through a map and online campaign. Reporter Gus Thomson will have more on the project.

In light of a tragic recent death of a whitewater rafter recently, reporter Justin A. Lawson has a story on how to be safe while having fun on the river.
Justin will also let us know about how cleaner fuel-burning school buses are patrolling the streets and getting kids to and from school.

What you're talking about: In Opinion, our most read letter to the editor so far today has been on the Measure A theme. The letter "Anti-measure folk peddle lies" is our most read letter so far today. Others to check out include "Montgomery truly delivers" and "Let's fix up our fairgrounds."

To tan or not to tan?: Should children be allowed to use tanning booths? Take our poll on the lower portion of our homepage next to sports and let us know.

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