- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2014

Good morning! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Pennsylvania. For questions about the state report, contact the Harrisburg Bureau at 717-238-9413.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date.

UPCOMING:

BODY IN CAR

PHILADELPHIA - An autopsy is scheduled Friday on the body of a missing southeastern Pennsylvania woman found inside a parked car near Philadelphia’s main train station that had a number of parking tickets on the window. SENT: About 200 words; will be updated.

DEALER’S FAMILY SLAIN

PHILADELPHIA - Kidada Savage, who helped her imprisoned brother, drug kingpin Kaboni Savage, arrange a firebombing that killed the family of an informant will be sentenced in the federal racketeering case. About 200 words.

ELDERLY MAN STABBED

BEAVER - A western Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a defense motion to bar a new trial for stepbrothers accused of killing an elderly man who authorities say died weeks after he was tied up and beaten during a robbery.

DEATH ROW-SUCKER PUNCH

HOLLIDAYSBURG - A central Pennsylvania judge has dismissed three aggravated assault charges against a death row inmate accused of sucker-punching his attorney in court last spring.

AP MEMBERS:

MEMBER EXCHANGE-ROBOTS FOR STUDENTS

LANSDALE - As far as Frank Larkin is concerned, robots and kids are made for each other. That’s why Larkin, a principal engineer for Comcast Corp.’s national engineering team, has spent 17 years helping children make robots. Now he sees a bunch of budding engineers. “The whole idea is to demystify engineering,” Larkin said. “If the kids are afraid of it, what are you going to do?” Larkin does all this at Lansdale Catholic High School with 25 students on his robotics team. They compete in the annual FIRST robotics competition, and this year’s national championships are set for April 23 to 26 in St. Louis. Before teams reach that level, however, they must pass through regional competitions and collect enough money to pay their way. Clark Mindock, The Philadelphia Inquirer.

MEMBER EXCHANGE-NUTRITION BARS

PITTSBURGH - Four years ago, the Crons Brand generated buzz by challenging giants Nike and Adidas for market share in the team apparel business. The West View company was featured in the New York Times in 2010 and USA Today in 2011 for outfitting Robert Morris University, based in Moon, and UNC Asheville in the NCAA basketball tournament. Today, the company does not supply uniforms to any NCAA team. But the Crons Brand is still growing behind a line of sports nutrition bars, called Come Ready Nutrition, and next month will launch the Come Ready Kids Bar, a series of nutrition products marketed toward children in seventh grade and younger. The company, which has 20 employees and consultants working to develop the brand, will move into new headquarters in Wexford this summer, trading its space on the second floor of an office building for a renovated barn. Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

IN BRIEF:

FATHER BURNED-ARSON, HUSBAND FATALLY SHOT, GAS WELL FIRE-DUNKARD, TEENAGER STABBED, HOT METAL BRIDGE, ODD-DETONATED BAG OF POT.

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