5 stories to follow: Sept. 30

Capitol Hill Police keep a look-out as Republican House Members call on Senate Democrats to "come back to work" on the Senate Steps of the U.S. Capitol Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013 as the United States braces for a partial government shutdown Tuesday after the White House and congressional Democrats declared they would reject a bill approved by the Republican-led House to delay implementing President Barack Obama's health care reform.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Here's your quick look at five stories to keep on your radar today:

1. Government shutdown: The federal government appears to be headed toward its first shutdown in nearly two decades, if President Obama and leaders in Congress can't work out a fiscal plan. Obama and Democratic leader say they will only accept a bill that funds the government without dismantling any parts of Obamacare.

2. Coatesville texts saga: Two Coatesville Area School District employees who exposed racist and sexist text messages sent by the district's former superintendent and athletic director have faced harassment from other administrators, a lawyer for the pair says.

3. Health exchanges: Enrollment is slated to begin Tuesday in the federally run health exchanges that are key component of Obama's 2010 signature health care law. Check out Philly.com's complete coverage of issues surrounding the health care exchanges.

4. N.J. soldier honored: The body of a New Jersey soldier killed in Afghanistan will be returned home today. Army Staff Sgt. Timothy McGill, 30, died in a Sept. 21 attack near the Pakistan border.

5. Eagles recap: The Denver Broncos pummeled the Eagles Sunday, with a 52-20 rout at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos scored the most points of any Eagles opponent in more than 40 years. See Philly.com's full coverage of everything that went wrong for the Birds.