5 stories to follow: Jan. 28

Applicants for Philadelphia's second casino license appeared before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board last year. Another round of hearings, this time on the applicants' suitability, begin today. ( ED HILLE / Staff Photographer )

Here's your look at five stories we're following today:

1. Casino hearings: Suitability hearings begin today for the five applicants for Philadelphia's second casino license. The hours of questioning at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are the last public pitches the groups vying for the license will make before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board makes its decision.

2. State of the Union: President Obama gives his annual State of the Union address tonight. Sitting in First Lady Michelle Obama's box during the speech tonight will be Jeff Bauman, a Boston Marathon survivor with deep ties to the Philadelphia and South Jersey region. Also attending the address in Washington will be Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich.

3. Boyd hearing: The owners of the Boyd Theatre faces a hearing before the Philadelphia Historical Commission today. The developers say extensive demolition should be permitted at the site because of a "financial hardship" clause that permits historically protected buildings to be torn down if the development team can prove the site can't be reasonably used or adapted.

4. Bridgegate poll: A new poll being released today found that a majority of respondents say it's unlikely that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was unaware of the George Washington Bridge lane closure scheme in advance.

5. Medical pot in Pa.: A hearing on a bill to allow medicinal marijuana in Pennsylvania is scheduled for today, before the state Senate Law and Justice Committee.