Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:
1. National medals for arts, humanities: Two Philadelphians will recieve the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama today, and a former Princeton leader will receive the National Humanities Medal. Local recipients being honored at today's ceremony at the East Room of the White House are Philadanco founder Joan Myers Brown, landscape architect Laurie Olin and former Princeton president William Bowen. The awards are the highest honors given to artists and scholars in the United States.
2. Paulsboro derailment hearings continue: Today is the second day of National Transportation Safety Board hearings into the November train derailment in Paulsboro. On Tuesday, federal investigators questioned Paulsboro first responders and Conrail officials about safety and training issues. Today, state and federal emergency responders are slated to testify.
3. Violent night in Philly: Philadelphia police are investigating three fatal overnight shootings in the city. No arrests have been made in any of the killings.
4. Ruling on Christie's power: The New Jersey Supreme Court is slated to rule today on whether Gov. Chris Christie had the authority to close the Council on Affordable Housing and transfer its functions to a state agency, whose commissioner reported to Christie.
5. Boston bombing suspect in court: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the April 15 bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line, is scheduled to be arraigned today. It will be the teenager's first public court appearance since he was captured in a boat after a massive manhunt.