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5 stories to follow: April 2

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5 stories to follow: April 2

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Dominic Verdi, former Deputy Commissioner of L&I.  (Steven M. Falk/Staff photographer)
Dominic Verdi, former Deputy Commissioner of L&I. (Steven M. Falk/Staff photographer)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. L&I official charged: Dominic Verdi, the former deputy commissioner for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, has been charged with extortion and other offenses for allegedly giving special treatment to bars and restaurants that bought their booze from a South Philadelphia distributor in which the official had an ownership stake. Verdi is expected to turn himself in today.

2. Sting docs: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has gone to court asking a judge to make court documents about an aborted sting operation that reportedly captured Philadelphia public officials accepting cash or gifts public. Additional news organizations, including the Inquirer, are expected to file similar motions today.

3. Camden schools budget: A hearing on the proposed $359 million budget for Camden schools will take place this evening. The budget plan is $33.5 million smaller than this year's, and Superintendent Paymon Rouhanifard is slated to provide more details tonight about expected cuts.

4. New flights from Philly: Qatar Airways will begin daily nonstop flights Wednesday from Philadelphia to Doha, Qatar. Philadelphia will be the airline's fifth gateway city in the United States.

5. Heroin ODs: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to meet with first responders today, after the governor signed a waiver last month allowing emergency responders in the state to carry a drug that counteracts heroin's effects, in an effort to prevent overdose deaths.

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