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John McKay

I'm a 25-plus-year radio veteran with a passion for talk radio and democracy. I grew up in Tri-Cities and studied journalism at Whitworth University. I love sports, particularly the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR. I threw hammer and played college ball. I've been at Newstalk since 2005. Very lucky, because the wife loves football and NASCAR as well! Five great wonderful kids, ranging from 26 to 7 years old.
Hotels trying to make money of eclipse tourists cancelling reservations, raising prices (Getty Images)
Hotels trying to make money of eclipse tourists cancelling reservations, raising prices (Getty Images)
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Are Oregon Hotels Gouging Consumers With Sky-High ‘Eclipse’ Rates?

So, you booked a room several months or weeks ago, or even in late 2016, because you knew Oregon was going to be the best place to view the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse coming in August. But then you find out the hotel cancelled your reservation, and now wants $500, $800, even $1,000 more for the room. Is that legal?!?

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Solar eclipse (Getty Images)
Solar eclipse (Getty Images)
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Once In Lifetime August Solar Eclipse Will Bring A Million Tourists to Oregon

In case you haven't heard, a very rare solar eclipse could bring over a million tourists to Oregon, especially across a band reaching from Salem through Umatilla County including Baker and Prairie Cities. That's the main path where it will be most visible anywhere.

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Payless Shoes in Kennewick, across from CC Mall (Google Street View)
Payless Shoes in Kennewick, across from CC Mall (Google Street View)
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Payless Shoes, GameStop To Close Hundreds Of Stores Nationwide

According to multiple sources, national retail shoe giant Payless Shoes plans to shutter at least 500 stores, but have not divulged which ones. And, Game Stop is looking at closing 150 of it's 7,500 outlets due to sliding sales.

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Maybe yours aren't THIS long like these rally tires, but either way, they gotta be off 3-31  (Getty Images)
Maybe yours aren't THIS long like these rally tires, but either way, they gotta be off 3-31 (Getty Images)
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Washington,Oregon Studded Tire Season Ends Friday, March 31

Despite the horrible winter, and following heavy rain and crummy weather, Oregon and Washington officials say there's no reason to extend the studded tire season any longer. The same for our state, according to the WSDOT.

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