Here's your daily look at five stories to know about:
1. Budget impasse: The shutdown of the federal government remains in place today, as leaders in Washington appear no closer to reaching a budget deal to fund the federal agencies and reopen the government. In the Philadelphia region, major historical sites run by the National Park Service are closed, and federal workers are furloughed. Merchants near Independence Hall and other sites are worried about how the shutdown will impact tourism in the area.
2. First game for Flyers: The Flyers begin their regular season tonight against Toronto. Check out Philly.com's full coverage of the team.
3. Same-sex marriage: The fight over same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania continues, as two state lawmakers from Philadelphia plan to introduce a bill to legal gay marriage in the state. Montgomery County, meanwhile, is appealing an order from the state Supreme Court to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.