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Noon Hour Update: 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 Wednesday edition.

What we're working on: A topic of conversation lately has been the Measure B initiative that proposes a parcel tax for the Newcastle Fire Protection District. Reporter Sara Seyydin is writing a piece on the measure and that today is the last day to turn in ballots.

Sara will also be working on a story about Sunshine Week. Started in 2005, the event, which runs March 11-17, will focus on the need for open government. To learn more about Sunshine Week, visit here.

Our Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili will be covering the hearing on the confiscation of seven allegedly neglected horses on March 2 in Lincoln. The hearing is being held to determine if the rescue of the equines was reasonable.

Reporter Gus Thomson is working on updates on a couple of local-area crime cases and will be gathering the arrest log for this week.

What you're talking about: Education cuts, Placer County CEO search and family issues are generating a lot of reader interest so far today as our stories and letters are generating comments.

See our stories, "Sierra College students descend on the capitol by the busload" and "Placer County's $30,000 search for new CEO moves ahead," and read our letters, "Family planning a personal issue," and our Call to readers "Do you think using public funds to send condoms to teens is a good idea?" and share your thoughts.