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 Weekend edition.

What we're working on: The topic of "Pink Slime" has made its way to the foothills as schools are now being given the choice on whether to use the ammonia-treated ground beef filler. Reporter Gus Thomson will have local reaction on the meat product from local schools and businesses.
Gus' Media Life column will explore the mysteries of Auburn this week. Long lost photos of famous people and 100-year-old recordings of the town are points of interest.

Reporter Sara Seyydin is continuing coverage of the Auburn Union School District's proposed charter school. Sara will have another education-related piece. She will have a preview on Forest Lake Christian School's "Apprentice Day" project where students come up with unique ways to sell products at lunch and raise funds for charity.

What you're talking about: Several stories and letters to the editor have garnered reader interest and discussion so far today. The issues of a new charter school proposed by the Auburn Union School District, and the legal challenge to the Placer County Office of Education's proposed charter school are prompting responses from readers. View these stories, "Office of education served with legal challenge to charter school" and "Charter school could open at former Alta Vista School site" and share your views. Also, the story about the return of the Black & White Ball has garnered responses. Read that story here.

In Opinion, the letters "Some would mistreat women," and "War with Iran not acceptable" have garnered the most views and comments so far today. Check in and share your thoughts.

Vatican bound: A local-area musician earns the prestigious honor of singing at the Vatican and playing piano at St. Peter's Basilica. Journal Features Editor Krissi Khokhobashvili will have a feature and video about the musician and his efforts to get to Italy.

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