5 stories to follow: Jan. 9

In a Monday, Sept. 2, 2013 photo, traffic moves across the George Washington Bridge, in Fort Lee, N.J. A top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is linked through emails and text messages to a seemingly deliberate plan to create traffic gridlock in a town at the base of the bridge after its mayor refused to endorse Christie for re-election. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

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

1. Christie aides tied to bridge scandal: Email messages link a top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to the controversy over George Washington Bridge lane closures. The disclosures puts Christie, who says he had no knowledge of the scheme to tie up traffic as political retribution against the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee in Bergen County, on the defensive.

2. Guns on campus: The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is considering allowing guns in open areas -- such as sidewalks and parking lots -- at the 14 state-run universities. The public can comment on the proposal before a panel today in Harrisburg, and the discussion will be streamed online at passhe.edu.

3. Booze at Farmers' Cabinet: With its liquor license intact, Farmers' Cabinet is reopening for business this evening. The popular Walnut Street bar was raided in mid-December, when law enforcement officials said the establishment's expired liquor license had been forged so it would appear effective and the owner was arrested on forgery charges.

4. Ice jam: Authorities are monitoring an ice jam on the Delaware River that threatens to cause flooding in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

5. N.J. mayor's corruption trial: Opening statements are set to take place today in the federal corruption trial for Trenton Mayor Tony Mack.