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5 stories to follow: Oct. 1

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

5 stories to follow: Oct. 1

Tourists visit the Liberty Bell at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP photo)
Tourists visit the Liberty Bell at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP photo) AP Photo/Matt Rourke

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

1. Federal government shuts down: Leaders in Washington failed to reach a plan to fund federal agencies Monday, and the federal government shut down at 12:01 a.m. today. Locally, the closure of National Park Service sites such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and Valley Forge will be one of the most visible early effects of the shutdown. Here's a deeper look at what changes -- and what doesn't -- during the shutdown. One thing that officials don't expect to be affected: Federally funded efforts for the Jersey Shore to recover from Superstorm Sandy and last month's boardwalk fire. For their part, area lawmakers stuck to party lines in their votes preceding the impasse.

2. Health exchanges: The federally run health exchanges that are a key part of President Obama's 2010 signature health care law open today. Philly.com has complete coverage of the exchanges.

3. School breakfast: A report being released today says more needy children are getting breakfast at school. The Advocates for Children of New Jersey report says the state still lags behind others in serving the meal to low-income students, but the number of eligible students who received breakfast rose 35 percent between 2010 and 2013.

4. Summer weather: It's the first day of October, but the weather will feel more like summer. The National Weather Service expects today to be the first of five days with high temperatures in the 80s.

5. Terminal F renovations: A slate of new restaurants and shops open to the public today at Philadelphia International Airport's Terminal F.

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