5 stories to follow: April 11

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Rendering of the proposed Wynn casino in Fishtown. Public hearings will be held today about applications for Philadelphia's second casino.

Here's your round-up of five stories we're following today:

1. Funeral for fallen firefighter: The funeral for Capt. Michael Goodwin, a Philadelphia firefighter who died battling a Queen Village blaze over the weekend, is today. For more info: service details, street closures.

2. Gun background checks: Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey announced a compromise gun-background-check bill with Sen. Joe Manchin (D, W.Va.) on Wednesday. The Senate is set to take up action on the bill today with a key procedural vote. Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, a state legislator from Bucks wants to expand background checks for purchases of long guns.

3. Arrest or summons for pot offenders?: The Daily News takes a look at whether Philly should start issuing summonses to people caught with marijuana, instead of arresting them.

4. Casino hearings: Another round of public hearings on applications for Philadelphia's second casino will take place today and Friday. The hearings run from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Seventy-three residents, lawmakers and neighborhood groups are expect to speak.

5. AVI impact: A new analysis of Philadelphia's property-tax overhaul shows that just 10 percent of homeowners are likely to see their tax bills rise, and up to 72 percent could end up with lower bills.

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