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5 stories to follow: Sept. 19

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5 stories to follow: Sept. 19

Drivers in their sulkies close in on the finish line at Harrah´s Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (Stephanie Aaronson / Philly.com)
Drivers in their sulkies close in on the finish line at Harrah's Philadelphia Casino & Racetrack on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (Stephanie Aaronson / Philly.com)

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

1. Horse racing in Pa.: Saturday is Pennsylvania Derby Day, the biggest day in the state for horse racing. But who funds the horse industry in the state and the purses that will go to this weekend's winners? A Philly.com examination of money in the Pennsylvania horse industry found that -- due to a law chiefly written by the industry itself -- the funds primarily come from the tens of thousands of slot-machine patrons at Pennsylvania casinos. The amount slots players have sent to the horse industry over the past six years? $1.5 billion.

2. Poverty in Philly: The poverty rate in Philadelphia declined last year, while the need for food stamps rose, according to Census Bureau data being released today. Philadelphia remains the most impoverished of America's 10 largest cities, with a poverty rate of 26.9 percent. The percent of households needing food stamps rose to 26.3 percent in 2012. The data was released as the U.S. House of Representatives is slated to vote on a measure to cut food stamps.

3. Reid returns: Ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid will face off against his former team tonight, when his Kansas City Chiefs play the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

4. Joking judge: The New Jersey Supreme Court is set to rule today on whether Vincenzo A. Sicari, a part-time municipal judge in South Hackensack, can also maintain a part-time gig as a comedian and actor.

5. Foul-mouthed police chief: A suspended Pennsylvania police chief is scheduled to appear at a disciplinary hearing this morning and could find out whether he will lose his job. Mark Kessler, the chief in Gilberton, Schuylkill County, was suspended after posting videos online showing him shooting borough-owned weapons while yelling obscenities.

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