NOON HOUR UPDATE: Teens die in crash near Auburn; special election for fire district and former teacher accused of sexual abuse has court appearance

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 Tuesday edition.

What we’re working on: Two teenage girls died Sunday night after a sport utility vehicle left Auburn Folsom Road near Auburn. Read our current coverage here. Reporter Gus Thomson is following the story on Monday and will have updates as more information becomes available.

Nevada County has announced it will be holding a special election to help fund the Higgins Fire Protection District as it continues to struggle with budget constraints. Reporter Andrew Westrope is working on when the election is and the district’s problems.

A Newcastle special education teacher arrested last month following an investigation into allegations she had sex with a former student during a yearlong relationship that began when he was 16 is in court today. Reporter Jon Schultz will be at the appearance and will have a story on what happens today.

What you’re talking about: Our stories from the weekend are getting reader comments today. Our piece on Dee Nann the 49ers fan has people sharing their thoughts, as does our stories on land transfers for ARD and the city’s upgraded email system.

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