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5 stories to follow: May 23

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

5 stories to follow: May 23

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Mugshot of Caleb "Kai the Hitchhiker" McGillvary, 24, taken after his arrest in Philadelphia.
Mugshot of Caleb "Kai the Hitchhiker" McGillvary, 24, taken after his arrest in Philadelphia.

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

1. Life of Kai: More details are emerging about Caleb Lawrence McGillivary, the 24-year-old who gained Internet fame as "Kai the Hitchhiker" and was arrested in Philly for a New Jersey slaying last week. His family described to the Inquirer a troubled man who suffered from behavioral and mental-health problems, and possible abuse.

2. Corbett and Latinos: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has come under fire for saying he did not have any Latinos on staff during a roundtable sponsored by Al Dia News Media last week. "If you can find us one, let us know," he said. The remark comes not long after the governor was criticized for blaming company drug tests for the state's unemployment rate.

3. Memorial Day travel: About 404,000 Philly-area residents are expected to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend, about the same number who traveled last year. Nearly a quarter of those trips will be to the Jersey Shore, where officials say the roads damaged by Hurricane Sandy have been repaired and are ready for business.

4. Cop arrested: A veteran Philly narcotics officer was arrested on charges of robbery, extortion, false arrest and other offenses. Jeffrey Walker is accused of stealing money and drugs from a suspected dealer. His arrest could lead to the dismissal of many pending narcotics cases. A probable-cause and bail hearing is scheduled to take place Tuesday for the officer, who has been the subject of 18 Internal Affairs complaints during his career.

5. Dems to meet with Hite: Philly schools superintendent William Hite is scheduled to meet with Democratic state lawmakers today. The meeting comes after Hite said he would target teacher seniority in order to convince Republican legislators to give the cash-starved school district more state aid.

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