Noon Hour Update: Unemployment in Placer County; Victory Garden for vets; DUI follow-up; solar in schools and getting fit for summer

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.

In the news Monday: This morning Journal Sports Editor Todd Mordhorst writes about how a local man is protecting young athletes from concussions; reporter Sara Seyydin has a Q&A with newly-sworn in mayor Kevin Hanley; we look ahead to the Placer County Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday and don't forget to check out our latest Auburn Journal Newsmakers if you haven't already.

What we're working on: The latest unemployment numbers are out for Placer County. Reporter Gus Thomson will be examining the figures and he'll let us know if the numbers are trending up or down.
Gus will be in Downtown Auburn today reporting on a new Victory Garden established by area veterans. He'll also have a video report from the garden.

Reporter Sara Seyydin is following up a dramatic car chase that took place in the early hours on Sunday morning and resulted in a vehicle smashing into a residence.
The Auburn Union School District is working on a new solar project for some of its campuses, and Sara will have a story on how the program will work for the district.

Want to look good in that swimsuit this summer? Reporter Justin A. Lawson will have some tips on how to lose weight fast, what to avoid at barbecues and more in his summer fitness story.

What you're talking about: Homeless students attending Sierra College has gotten several reader responses today. Read the story "Shoeless at Sierra: College faces up to student poverty" on how the college is addressing the issue and share your thoughts.
In our Opinion section, a couple of Letters to the Editor have gotten the most views so far today and have readers sharing their thoughts on the subjects. Measure A keeps the conversation going with the letter "Send ABC packing." In the Placer County Board of Supervisors District 5 race, Jerry Johnson is being defended in the letter, "Jerry Johnson beholden to no one."
Read these stories and letters and share your opinions.

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