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#PhillyFive Developing Stories: March 17, 2015

Your early look at the day's developing stories.

Here's your look at five stories we're following today:

1. Tangled web of Philly politics:  Union leader John "Johnny Doc"  Dougherty reportedly plans to spend $1 million to unseat City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson because Johnson's mentor, State Sen. Anthony Hardy Williams, failed to endorse Dougherty's brother's bid for state Supreme Court. Got that?

2. School fire:  The hunt is on for the arsonist who set fire to Wyncote Academy's 19th century building over the weekend.

3. Ghost station: A study has found it will cost about $18.5 million to reopen PATCO's shuttered station under Franklin Square. That's 50 percent more that the transit ageny's own projections and casts doubt on its possible reopening.

4.  Police abuse case:  A trial is under way in federal court in a suit brought by a retired Philadelphia police officer, who is black, alleging he was stopped and roughed up by two white officers for no reason but the color of his skin.

5. Israeli Elections:  Voting is under way in Israel, where polls show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's party is in a tight race with center-leftists led by Isaac Herzog. First exit poll results are expected about 3 p.m. Philadelphia time.