5 stories to follow: June 24

Patel fielded call after call Sunday from local news outlets: His shop on the corner of 15th and Federal Streets had sold the winning Powerball ticket, worth $131.5 million. (Charles Fox / Staff)

It's Monday. Ease into the week with your quick round-up of stories to know about:

1. Powerball winner in Point Breeze: The winning ticket for the $131.5 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a Point Breeze beer distributor. Owner Gary Patel will receive a $100,000 bonus for selling the lucky ticket. The winner could be identified as early as today.

2. Grim day for laid-off school employees: Today is the last day on the job for the nearly 4,000 Philadelphia School District employees were laid off as the district struggles to close a $304 million budget gap.

3. Busy week for state legislatures: Lawmakers in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey have busy weeks ahead. In Pennsylvania, it's the last week before lawmakers leave Harrisburg for the summer, and the agenda includes transportation funding, privatizing alcohol sales, a $28 billion state spending plan, ethics rules and overhauling public employee pension programs. In New Jersey, lawmakers in both chambers are slated to vote on a bill to ban licensed therapists from trying to convert young gay people to heterosexuals, and the Assembly is expected to vote on a bill to let gas stations get zero-interest loans to wire stations to generators.

4. Court hearing for Turnpike corruption defendants: Five of the men facing charges after an investigation into corruption at the Pennsylvania Turnpike are due in court today for a preliminary hearing. Defendants include former Turnpike Commission chairman Mitchell Rubin and former Turnpike chief executive Joe Brimmeier. Prosecutors say vendors vendors gave gifts and campaign contributions in exchange for better odds of getting contracts.

5. Craigslist killer: The man accused of fatally shooting a prospective buyer who was responding to a Craigslist ad for an ATV has a lengthy arrest record. Thomas Coffee, 23, is facing murder and other charges in the slaying of 27-year-old Daniel Cooke.

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