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5 stories to follow: July 23

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

5 stories to follow: July 23

Planes at Philadelphia International Airport. (Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)
Planes at Philadelphia International Airport. (Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)

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

1. Flight bans: Flights between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv, Israel, have been banned after a rocket landed near the Ben Gurion International Airport amid Israel's conflict with Hamas. The 24-hour ban went into effect at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, and the Federal Aviation Administration is expected to issue updated guidance today. The flight ban comes as airlines express heightened concerns after a Malaysia Airlines jet was shot down over Ukraine last week.

2. School overhauls: A new Philadelphia School District initiative asks teachers, principals, colleges and community groups to propose turnarounds for city public schools. Up to 10 schools could be redesigned beginning in fall 2015 under the program. Letters of intent are due by Aug. 19. 

3. Traffic Court trial: Jurors will continue their deliberations today in the trial for former Traffic Court judges accused of fixing tickets.

4. Pot punishment: City Councilman James Kenney is again pushing Mayor Michael Nutter to sign a bill that would lessen the punishment for possessing small amounts of marijuana to a $25 fine. Nutter's spokesman says the mayor is reviewing the bill and its implications for the city's criminal-justice system.

5. A 7th death from Market Street collapse?: A new lawsuit claims that the death of a man who died three weeks after the Market Street building collapse last June was the result of the disaster at the Salvation Army thrift store that killed six others. His family has filed a wrongful-death suit. 

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