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5 stories to follow: May 6

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

5 stories to follow: May 6

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English teacher Khalifah Bennetti speaks to her 10th-grade English class at Thomas Edison High School.<br /><br />05-02-2014( AKIRA SUWA  /  Staff Photographer ) <br /><br />English teacher Khalifah Bennett in action, with students at Edison HS<br />
English teacher Khalifah Bennetti speaks to her 10th-grade English class at Thomas Edison High School. 05-02-2014( AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer ) English teacher Khalifah Bennett in action, with students at Edison HS AKIRA SUWA / Staff Photographer

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

1. Lindback, other awards: A number of Philadelphians are receiving big honors today. Today's Lindback Awards for Distinguished High School Educators will recognize 55 high school teachers in the Philadelphia School District. Separately, a former Voorhees resident will be among the 120 soldiers being honored today as among the finest in the Israel Defense Forces by President Shimon Peres. And James Figorski, a retired Philadelphia police officer who is now a lawyer, will receive an award from the Innocence Project tonight for his efforts to exonerate a man who says he was wrongly convicted of murder. Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Temple Law Dean JoAnne Epps are also being honored.

2. Convention Center labor: The Pennsylvania Convention Center told six unions that do work at the site to sign a "customer satisfication agreement" that would put less-stringent work rules in place, or risk losing their "jurisdiction" to work at the center at all. The center's board was then expected to ratify the agreement this morning.

3. Minimum wage: Mayor Michael Nutter is expected to sign an executive order today to increase the minimum-wage requirement in city contracts and subcontracts.

4. Kane impeachment: A Pennsylvania House legislative committee is slated to review a resolution that calls for the impeachment of Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

5. Bridgegate: A former aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to testify before the legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures. The panel will hear from Christina Renna, who worked for Bridget Kelly, Christie's former deputy chief of staff.

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