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Friday Dec 19, 2014 - Six days on fumes: A trucker’s search for sleep, Starbucks
By Jennifer Oldham, Bloomberg News

At 3:30 a.m. in a Kentucky truck stop on the sixth day of a five-state journey hauling auto parts, Tracy Livingston struggled to wake up.

Worry over how she would pay a $2,000 ticket for an improperly loaded trailer had meant a restless night. Now she had to get out of the bunk in her Freightliner Cascadia tractor, get diesel and hook up a trailer. All this in pouring rain without benefit of coffee.

“We should be home by now,&


Friday Dec 19, 2014 - You silly trucker! Chinese driver gets warning from police for precarious load

Friday Dec 19, 2014 - Trucker Killed , $1M in Cash Burns In Trailer Fire

A trucker has been killed and $1 million dollars in cash have been burnt up in a bizarre series of events that took place on I-20 near Waskom, TX at around 4:00a.m.

Atlas Van Lines driver Eric Royster of North Carolina’s vehicle caught fire when the friction from his trailer brakes catching got to be too much and flames broke out. Royster and his co-driver jumped out, detached the tractor from the trailer, and stood across the roadway.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - Senate Approves Bill That Would Save Trucking Industry Millions

A bill that provides millions of dollars in tax credits to the trucking industry in everything from truck buying to using natural gas has been approved by the Senate and sent to President Obama.

Under the measure, carriers who bought new trucks or other equipment this year will be able to take the full depreciation write-off for the purchase year.

Usually, the federal tax code requires that such investments be spread over three years.

The bill the president is expected to


Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - Mid-Missouri Energy makes use of rail track in December's export plan


Derek Byerly, process technician, readies one of the many rail tanks to be loaded with ethanol at Mid-Missouri Energy, in Malta Bend, Wednesday, Dec. 17.

Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - Tight capacity, increasing rates impact shippers in October

BLOOMINGTON, IN — While conditions have moved out of the danger zone, ongoing capacity concerns, and the corresponding rate increases, remain the biggest challenge for shippers, according to a new report by FTR

The Shippers Condition Index (SCI), with a reading of -5.5 at the end of October, suggests the trucking segment remains highly vulnerable to seasonal shortages.

FTR expects the SCI to deteriorate over the next several months especially in light of noticeable increas


Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - The Mosaic Company Completes Acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's Fertilizer Distribution Business

PLYMOUTH, Minn., Dec. 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mosaic Company (NYSE: MOS) announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Archer Daniels Midland's (NYSE: ADM) fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350 million. The assets purchased include$150 million


Thursday Dec 18, 2014 - Scoular closes on Evans Grain facility purchases

OMAHA — The Scoular Co. has acquired Evans Grain and Elevator Co.’s grain-handling assets in Ontario, Ore., and Caldwell, Nampa, and Notus, Idaho. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction was first announced in September.

“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with John Evans, and we are looking forward to having him and other Evans employees join our team and work with us to expand marketing options for


Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 - Obama Signs Bill Suspending Enforcement of HOS Rule

President Barack Obama signed on December 16 the appropriations bill that halts enforcement of the requirement that a drivers’ 34-hour restart include two 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. periods and the once-per-week limit of the restart.

Though the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is CLICK HERE TO VIEW ARTICLE

Wednesday Dec 17, 2014 - The Department of Transportation wants truckers to sleep more.

Dick Pingel has a long wait ahead of him.

He’s sitting in the cab of his 18-wheeler at a warehouse in Norfolk, Neb., at about 3 in the afternoon, waiting to drop off an order of frozen juice. The warehouse had stopped taking deliveries at about 1 p.m. and doesn’t start again until early the next morning. So now, he has to wait at this way station between Omaha and Sioux Falls, where he’ll empty the rest of his load and make his way home to Plover, Wis. — a day l