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>>Man Charged In Kidnapping Of Oregon City Teen

(Oregon City, OR)  --  A man accused of kidnapping an Oregon City teenager is facing multiple charges.  Prosecutors have leveled formal charges of kidnapping, rape, and sodomy against 40-year-old Kelsey Patrick McCune.  McCune was apprehended and arrested Saturday night after he was found with 13-year-old Samantha Dodson near a mobile home park.  The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office says McCune was tracked down following a tip from a witness.

>>Kitzhaber Announces Re-election Bid

(Portland, OR)  --  Governor John Kitzhaber says he'll try to win another term in office.  The three-term Oregon governor says he wants to follow through on adequate education funding, implementation of Oregon's health-care reforms, reducing the state's carbon footprint, and adding middle-class jobs.  Kitzhaber says he expects to take a hit during the campaign for the shaky rollout of Cover Oregon and he takes full responsibility for it.  The announcement of Kitzhaber's intention to run again figures to clear the field of potential Democratic opponents in the race.      

>>PGE Crews Still Working On Restoring Downtown Power

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland General Electric crews are still working on getting electricity restored to downtown Portland buildings that were hit with a power outage over the weekend.  The utility says power may not be back on until midday today, as the damage to underground vaults is more extensive than anticipated.  A major power line failed and caught fire Sunday morning, knocking out power to City Hall, the Multnomah County Courthouse, and various downtown businesses.  Some power has since been restored.

>>WA Requests Money To Reduce Gun Registry Backlog

(Olympia, WA)  --  The Washington State Department of Licensing is requesting 400-thousand dollars to hire additional staff to reduce a backlog in the state's gun-registry database.  Officials say tens of thousands of handgun transfers haven't yet been entered in the system, even though the law requires the database to be kept up to date.  The licensing department says the sale of firearms in Washington has nearly tripled since 2006, but staffing levels have remained the same.

>>Seahawks' Wright To Have Surgery

(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright will be out several weeks as he recovers from foot surgery he's scheduled to undergo today.  Head coach Pete Carroll says Wright suffered a bone fracture in the second quarter of Sunday's game with San Francisco.  Carroll says Wright is expected to be out of action four to six weeks.  Malcolm Smith will start at weakside linebacker in Wright's place this coming Sunday when Seattle visits the New York Giants.

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