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5 stories to follow: March 24

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5 stories to follow: March 24

On the way to Rome: A delegation including (from left) Daniel J. Hilferty, president of Independence Blue Cross; Gov. Corbett; and Mayor Nutter, as well as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, left Philadelphia on Sunday to help plan the 2015 World Meeting of Families and visit Pope Francis. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)
On the way to Rome: A delegation including (from left) Daniel J. Hilferty, president of Independence Blue Cross; Gov. Corbett; and Mayor Nutter, as well as Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, left Philadelphia on Sunday to help plan the 2015 World Meeting of Families and visit Pope Francis. (ED HILLE / Staff Photographer)

Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:

1. Rome trip: Mayor Michael Nutter, Gov. Tom Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput arrived in Rome this morning to meet with Pope Francis and other Vatican officials to discuss the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which will be held in Philadelphia next September. The trio will be guests of honor at a reception today at the home of Ken Hackette, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, and will have a two-hour private reception with Pope Francis Wednesday.

2. PSSA exams: Philadelphia students will begin taking the Pennsylvania System of State Assessment exams, more commonly known as PSSA tests, today, and some parents are having their children opt-out of the tests.

3. Marijuana in N.J.: A New Jersey state senator plans to introduce a bill today that would legalize marijuana in the state. Democrat Nicholas Scutari has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon to detail his plans.

4. Phillies food lineup: If you're wondering about this season's meal options at Citizens Bank Park, wait no longer: Aramark, the company that handles food at the Phillies ballpark, is announcing its new options today.

5. Power outage response: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is holding hearings today and Wednesday to hear from customers who lost power during a February ice storm that left some residents and businesses without electricity for as long as nine days. Today's hearing will take place at the Montgomery County College Advanced Technology Center.

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