Here's your look at five stories we're following:
1. Fourth fun starts: Independence Day activities are getting under way in the Philadelphia region, with fireworks, parades, family events, races and other activities taking place today in advance of Friday's celebrations that include the massive Wawa Welcome America! event on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Jersey Shore is also gearing up for the big weekend.
2. Missing boater: Crews are set to resume searching for a 66-year-old man who went missing the Delaware River near Holmesburg after his boat capsized Wednesday evening.
3. State senator in court: State Sen. LeAnna Washington is scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial conference today. She faces allegations that she used taxpayer-paid-for staff and resources for campaign fundraisers.