5 stories to follow: Sept. 24

Gamblers at SugarHouse, Philadelphia's first casino. Philadelphia officials will speak about their views on the applicant's for the city's second casino license today. (AP photo)

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

1. Casino hearing: Philadelphia officials will present their views to the state Gaming Control Board today on the six applicants for the city's second casino. Six groups are vying for the license. Check out Philly.com's complete coverage of the casino bidding process.

2. Racist texts in Coatesville: Coatesville Area School District board members are set to vote tonight on whether to accept the resignations of former Superintendent Richard Como and athletic director Jim Donato, whose racist and sexist text message exchanges surfaced over the weekend. Parents in the district say the pair should be fired, rather than allowed to resign.

3. Archdiocese's charitable foundation: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is slated to announce the creation of an independent charitable foundation today. The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia aims to engage with disaffected Catholics, boost giving and give lay leaders more say in the diocese's operations.

4. Tightening N.J. Senate race: The race to fill the U.S. Senate seat that opened after the death of New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg may be becoming tighter than expected. A Quinnipiac University poll released today shows Democrat Cory Booker with a 53-41 lead over Republican Steve Lonegan.

5. McCord entering race for Pa. governor: State Treasurer Rob McCord is planning to announce his candidacy for Pennsylvania governor this morning. at Montgomery County Community College. The Democrat will be entering a crowded primary field; Republican Gov. Tom Corbett is considered among the most vulnerable incumbents in the nation.