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5 stories to follow: July 15

Welcome back. Get your week started with a round-up of five stories to follow today.

5 stories to follow: July 15

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A group calling itself "Standing up for Justice for our Black Babies" protest at the LOVE Statue Sunday, July 14, 2013 against the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer Clem Murray)
A group calling itself "Standing up for Justice for our Black Babies" protest at the LOVE Statue Sunday, July 14, 2013 against the not-guilty verdict for George Zimmerman, who shot and killed Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012. (AP Photo/The Philadelphia Inquirer Clem Murray)

Welcome back. Get your week started with a round-up of five stories to follow today.

1. Zimmerman verdict aftermath: George Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has spurred much debate. There were several peaceful protests in Philadelphia (and across the country) on Sunday, and Mayor Nutter was among those who expressed disappointment after the verdict. The Justice Department says it is reviewing the case to determine whether criminal civil rights charges should be filed against Zimmerman.

2. It's hot: A long, brutal heat wave is hitting Philadelphia this week, with temperatures in the mid-90s expected through Saturday.

3. Don Imus back on Philly radio: Don Imus returns to WWIQ 106.9 FM, six years after he was dropped from the talk radio station after making racist and sexist comments about the women's basketball team at Rutgers University. You can catch him from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. each weekday.

4. Pa. budget: The Pennsylvania House will make an unusual return from its summer recess for a budget vote. The chamber is slated to convene this afternoon to vote on the fiscal code, which is necessary to complete the state's budget. The fiscal code bill also contains a $45 million component of the financial plan city, state and federal officials developed to save Philadelphia schools.

5. Voter ID law trial: The trial concerning the constitutionality of Pennsylvania's controversial voter ID law begins today. If upheld, the law will be one of the strictest in the country.

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