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• Road-testing his State of the Union message for the first time since his speech, President Obama yesterday visited a factory in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains that he said exemplified his second-term vision for manufacturing growth.

• President Obama continues his post-State of the Union road show today in Decatur, Ga., where he will unveil details of his plan to expand preschool programs, which he mentioned during his address Tuesday night.

The Senate will hold a test vote on Friday to move toward final confirmation of former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., as President Barack Obama’s next secretary of defense.

• House Speaker John Boehner has in the past sounded pessimistic about the prospect of gun control legislation passing this year, but yesterday he said that Congress has a “responsibility” to try to reduce gun violence.

• Oscar Pistorius, the South African double amputee “Blade Runner” who competed as a sprinter in the London Olympics, is under police custody Thursday after allegedly shooting and killing his girlfriend.