NOON HOUR UPDATE: Placer County animal shelter series; Auburn’s response to same-sex marriage cases and Del Oro grad is new UOP hoops coach

What’s happening and what we’re working on
By: Staff Report
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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: Since the Placer County Board of Supervisors approved a plan to seek bids for a new animal shelter costing nearly $24 million, the community has responded with concerns over the price tag. The Journal starts a two-part series, by Reporter Gus Thomson, on Friday about the proposed shelter, its costs, and the effects of having a new facility such as the one proposed.

With two landmark cases regarding same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court this week, Reporter Andrew Westrope is talking to area residents to get their thoughts on the issue of gay marriage and the cases before the court. Andrew is also talking to local houses of worship about their congregations and if they increase around the Easter season.

Sports Editor Matthew Kimel is talking with Del Oro High School graduate, Ron Verlin, about becoming the new head coach of the men’s basketball team at the University of the Pacific.

What you’re talking about: Several of our Letters to the Editor have readers weighing in today with their opinions. Our most read so far today include “Enough with crackpot letters” and “First, an apology.” Read these letters and more and share your views online.

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