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Posted on February 26, 2013 at 9:30 AM

The following stories are planned for Tuesday AMs, subject to change as developments warrant. For questions about the state report, contact Pennsylvania News Editor Matt Moore in the Philadelphia bureau at 215-561-1133 or at mmoore(at)ap.org. Ron Todt is the breaking news staffer.

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BUDGET BATTLE-PENNSYLVANIA, OPEN RECORDS-ADDRESSES, CALIFORNIA-HELICOPTER CRASH, OBIT-KOOP, PREGNANT WOMAN SHOT, MAYOR EJECTED, SUGAR PLANT-WORKER KILLED, JAIL GUARD INDICTED.

PENNSYLVANIA BUDGET-LIQUOR

HARRISBURG — The two members of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board on Monday made their case for preserving the more than 600 state stores that sell wine and liquor in Pennsylvania, even though one said he personally supports privatizing the sale of alcoholic beverages. By Peter Jackson. About 640 words.

ELECTORAL COLLEGE-PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG — A Republican leader in the Pennsylvania Legislature is renewing his effort to change how the state allocates its Electoral College votes for U.S. president. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi of Delaware County last week introduced a bill that would apportion 18 of the 20 votes based on how candidates perform in the statewide popular vote. The other two votes would go to the overall winner. By Mark Scolforo. About 390 words.

CATHOLIC WORLD MEETING-PHILLY

PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday the city has been formally selected by the Vatican to host a large gathering of the Roman Catholic church called the World Meeting of Families in 2015, with Archbishop Charles Chaput saying the region's 1.5 million Catholics are in need of "healing and renewal." The meeting, expected to draw hundreds of thousands from around the world, will be held from Sept. 22 through Sept. 27 in 2015. Pope Benedict XVI originally announced the selection of the city as host in June, months before his planned resignation was announced earlier this month. By Patrick Walters. About 560 words.

AP Photos by Matt Rourke.

BUDGET BATTLE-PENNSYLVANIA

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators are split over how to avoid the federal spending cuts that are slated to take effect Friday, as the administration of Gov. Tom Corbett warns that any cuts would have significant effect on the programs and services delivered by the state. By Marc Levy. About 400 words.

PHILADELPHIA MOB

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge in Philadelphia won't let a reputed mob boss out of prison to await retrial in a racketeering case. The judge says 73-year-old Joseph "Uncle Joe" Ligambi remains a danger to the community. By Maryclaire Dale. About 520 words.

OPEN RECORDS-ADDRESSES

HARRISBURG — A recent Pennsylvania appeals court decision that denied a candidate's effort to prevent disclosure of his home address is producing conflicting responses. By Mark Scolforo. About 540 words.

CALIFORNIA-HELICOPTER CRASH

LOS ANGELES — A helicopter that crashed during a reality TV production this month suddenly pitched down and hit the ground about a minute after taking off in early morning darkness, a preliminary report said.

FRINGE FESTIVAL

PHILADELPHIA — After 17 years, a popular Philadelphia theater festival has its own home. FringeArts is renovating a red-brick Victorian building from 1903. The 10,000-square-foot building faces the Delaware River waterfront near the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. By JoAnn Loviglio. About 420 words.

AP Photos.

PENN STATE-RECOMMENDATIONS

STATE COLLEGE — A Penn State faculty senate panel says adding academic representation to the school's Board of Trustees would help the governing body understand the mission, values and complexities of overseeing the university. By Genaro C. Armas. About 520 words.

OBIT-KOOP

C. Everett Koop, who raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking, has died in New Hampshire at age 96. By Wilson Ring and Connie Cass.

MEMBER EXCHANGE-FINDING A FAMILY

LANCASTER — When he retired at age 61, Tim Trissler decided to write a book documenting his family's history for his three grown children. Through his research, the Lancaster native connected with brothers and sisters he never knew he had. By Dan Nephin, Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era. 899 words.

MEMBER EXCHANGE-BUYING THE HOME

PHILADELPHIA — Roy Washington practically overflows with gratitude. A little more than a year ago, he was on the verge of being homeless -- now he owns his own place in West Philadelphia. "It's a great feeling," he said. "I have my own place. I pray every morning and thank God. "We've been blessed to meet so many people, people to step up to the plate . they see you struggling, trying to make a way and they help." By Eric Mayes, The Philadelphia Tribune.

Also:

PREGNANT WOMAN SHOT — Jury selection has begun in the death penalty trial of a man accused of having shot hgis pregnant girlfriend to death a year and a half ago.

MAYOR EJECTED — An eastern Pennsylvania mayor has apologized following his ejection from a high school wrestling tournament after criticizing calls made by mat officials.

SUGAR PLANT-WORKER KILLED — Authorities say a worker at a sugar processing plant in suburban Philadelphia died after falling into a large vat.

JAIL GUARD INDICTED — Lawyers for an inmate who was beaten by guards at the Allegheny County Jail allege that a former deputy warden and other top officers also helped to cover up the abuse.

INFANT DEAD-ENDANGERING CHARGE — A Penn State faculty senate panel says adding academic representation to the school's Board of Trustees would help the governing body understand the mission, values and complexities of overseeing the university.

MOST WANTED ARREST — Authorities say they've captured one of Pennsylvania's 10 most-wanted fugitives, a homicide suspect charged with stabbing a man in Bethlehem during a game of dominoes nearly 20 years ago

HOSPITAL GAMBLING THEFT CHARGES — A fired executive of western Pennsylvania's second-largest hospital network has been arrested on charges he stole $713,000 to feed his gambling habit.

SHOT OUTSIDE RESTAURANT — Police say a western Pennsylvania man lured his wife to the parking lot of an animal hospital, where he fatally shot one of her friends and wounded another before taking his own life.

ARMORED CAR SHOOTING — The trial for a former armored car guard charged with killing his work partner and fleeing with more than $2 million has been delayed until Sept. 3.

MOTHER ARRESTED-POISONING — Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in Luzerne County Court in the case of an 81-year-old northeastern Pennsylvania woman accused of poisoning her daughter-in-law with antifreeze.

TURKEY HITS TOUR BUS — State police say a tour bus driver was slightly hurt by flying glass when a wild turkey smashed into the windshield when he was driving a church group back to Chicago from a western Pennsylvania event.

DUQUESNE POWER OUTAGE — Three dorms that lost power at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on Thursday have reopened — but they will again be without power for several hours, this time due to a planned outage.

PHILLY BUS SHOT — A transit bus has been struck by gunfire in west Philadelphia and one person was hit by breaking glass.

SON BURNED LAW SPURNED — A man has been jailed on charges he tried to steal video game equipment from the family waiting room of a Pittsburgh hospital where his son was being treated for burning himself with a cigarette lighter.

MISTAKEN IDENTITY-SHOOTING — Pittsburgh police have been trying to determine whether a man was telling the truth when he claimed to have fatally shot a friend because he thought the man was an intruder.

TREE CUTTING DEATH — A coroner says a 30-year-old western Pennsylvania man has been killed by a large tree branch that hit him in the head as he and a relative struggled to free a chain saw.

FATAL PHILLY FIRE — Fire officials say one person is dead and two people are hurt after a fast-moving row house fire in southwest Philadelphia.

Sports:

PIRATES-TWINS

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Minnesota Twins host the Pittsburgh Pirates in an exhibition. Game started at 1:05 p.m.

TIGERS-PHILLIES

CLEARWATER, Fla. — The Detroit Tigers (1-1) make a stop in Clearwater to take on the Philadelphia Phillies (0-1) in a Grapefruit League matchup of teams with high expectations for 2013, as normal. Game started at 1:05 p.m.

MAPLE LEAFS-FLYERS

PHILADELPHIA — James van Riemsdyk returns to Philadelphia for the first time since he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs as the Flyers try to win their second straight game.

VILLANOVA-SETON HALL

NEWARK, N.J. —Villanova will try to extend its winning streak to four games when it takes on reeling Seton Hall in a Big East Conference game at the Prudential Center. The Pirates have lost nine in a row. Game starts at 9 p.m.

Also moving:

RUNNING BACK-BROKEN WINDOW — A Penn State freshman running back has been charged by campus police with breaking a window in a dormitory.

EAGLES-JENKINS CUT — The Philadelphia Eagles have released veteran defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.

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