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>>Eighth Victim Of 'Mollala Forest Murderer' Identified

(Portland, OR)  --  Officials say they've identified the eighth victim of the so-called Mollala Forest Murderer.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says DNA evidence was used to identify Tawnia Jarie Johnson, whose body was found at a Mollala dump in 1987.  Johnson is believed to be one of the victims of David Leroy Rogers, who was found guilty in the late 1980s for the murders of seven other women.  Six of the those victims were found in the same dump where Johnson's body was found.

>>Lake Oswego Student Remains In Critical Condition

(Lake Oswego, WA)  --  One of three Lake Oswego High School students who were injured in a head-on crash remains hospitalized in critical condition.  Seventeen-year-old Katie Brauti and two other teenage girls were hurt in the crash, which happened Friday night on Kerr Parkway in Lake Oswego.  Madison Focht and Madison Owens, both 16, have been released from the hospital.  The occupants of the second vehicle involved in the two-vehicle collision were not seriously injured.  

>>WA Senate Panel To Hold Hearing On Transportation Plan

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Senate Transportation Committee will give residents a chance to weigh in Thursday when it holds a hearing on a proposal for a 12-point-three-billion-dollar transportation package.  The ten-bill package, which was drafted by the GOP-controlled majority in the Senate, includes an eleven-point-five-cent increase in the state gasoline tax over the next three years.  The goal is to generate enough revenue to complete major state highway projects.  The hearing is set to begin at the capitol at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

>>Portland Gas Prices Leveling Off

(Portland, OR)  --  For the first time in awhile, gasoline prices in the Portland area are leveling off.  Triple-A reports the average price for a gallon of regular is just above three-27, up slightly from yesterday but still more than three cents cheaper than a week ago.  Regular gas sold in the Portland area for about three-50 a gallon at this time last month.

>>Portland Pilots Fall To Top-ranked Michigan State

(East Lansing, MI)  --  The Portland Pilots are happy to be back home for Thursday's game against Idaho after suffering a loss on the road to top-ranked Michigan State.  The Spartans downed the Pilots, 82-67, after Portland tied the game at 46-all early in the second half.  Kevin Bailey led the Pilots with 12 points.  Portland will play Idaho at five p.m. Thursday.    

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