BC-PA--Pennsylvania News Coverage Advisory, PA

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

COMICS-IDW'S CROSSOVER

It's not every day that you can find transforming alien robots, sewer-dwelling mutant ninja turtles, ghost hunters and a trio of conspiracy theorists trying to track them all down. Unless it's in the pages of IDW Publishing's "X-Files: Conspiracy," a sprawling two-part story where the Lone Gunmen brings to light proof of the Transformers, Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to a public unready for such revelations. By Matt Moore. NewsNow by 2 a.m. EST UPCOMING: 375 words by 2:15 a.m. EST, photos

OLDEST BENEDICTINE CONVENT CLOSING

ST. MARYS — The nation's oldest Benedictine convent in the United States is closing, after its 17 remaining members unanimously agreed it was time to dissolve the community. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 275 words by noon EST.

BAR SHOOTING

WASHINGTON, Pa. — A man has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison in the shooting deaths of two men outside a western Pennsylvania bar almost five years ago.

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MEMBER EXCHANGE-SEXUAL ASSAULT NURSE EXAMINERS

UNIONTOWN — At the intersection of medical treatment and evidence collection in cases of sexual assault stands a committed group of nurses in Fayette County who provide compassionate care and special forensic expertise: the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners. What makes SANEs different from other nurses is how gentle they are, said Megan Simms, volunteer coordinator for the Fayette County Crime Victims Center. "The way they respond to victims is very compassionate," Simms said. For those who have experienced the trauma and deep personal violation of sexual assault, making the decision to seek medical help is difficult, but important. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) indicates that without immediate follow-up care, victims of these crimes may experience long-term health-related problems including sexually transmitted diseases or unwanted pregnancy. Susy Kelly, the (Uniontown) Herald-Standard.

MEMBER EXCHANGE-SNOWY OWL

MERCERSBURG — Since the first November reports of snowy owl sightings in southern Pennsylvania, Franklin County birders have been scanning the pages of bird alert websites or scanning farm fields, looking for one of the large nighttime predators to call our own. After all, it's been several years since our last Arctic visitor, and this year's invasion of snowy owls seems to be larger than in most years, say local bird watchers. A number of the owls have been reported as far as South Carolina and Georgia, and one female was seen in Little Talbot State Park in Jacksonville, Fla. On Jan. 10, the news was out: a snowy owl was sighted along Hissong Road east of Mercersburg. The birding world takes these rare sightings seriously. By Debby Heishman, The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion.

IN BRIEF:

FEMALE VETERNS-CENTER, TRAILER FIRE DEATH, UNIVERSITY STUDENT KILLED, HOUSE EXPLOSION-PROPANE, MARKET ROBBERY-SHOOTING, PASTOR-ATTEMPTED INDECENT ASSAULT, NAKED HUSBAND RECORDS GIRL, ATTEMPTED RAPE CHARGE.

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