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Monday Jan 26, 2015 - Trucking Industry to Congress: Raise Fuel Taxes

American Trucking Associations is calling on members of the 114th Congress to approve an increase of federal fuel taxes to fund infrastructure programs under a long-term highway bill this year.

In a letter Jan. 26, the federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AAA argued that raising the highway user fee would help avert a transportation funding crisis this spring.

Congressional leaders have indicated recently they are considering several options, such as tax reform, to fu

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Monday Jan 26, 2015 - Should farmers pay for protection against grain company defaults?

Manitoba’s main farm group is eyeing a plan that would see farmers directly fund insurance to cover losses when grain buyers can’t pay their bills.

That’s a different route than envisioned by Ottawa under sweeping changes to the Canada Grains Act introduced to Parliament last month. The plan is to replace the Canadian Grain Commission’s current security program with one funded by companies. The fund would contain $5 million to $10 million, with contributions bas

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Monday Jan 26, 2015 - Marubeni Expects $1 Billion Writedown on Oil, Gavilon Losses

“I couldn’t believe that oil would drop this far,” said Marubeni Corp. (8002) Chief Executive Officer Fumiya Kokubu.

And this from a man who spent more than a decade trading energy and picking oil and gas deals in a 39-year career at the Japanese trading house.

His confession of sorts came at a Monday afternoon Tokyo press conference where he ann

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Monday Jan 26, 2015 - Trucker comforted by officer who carried dying daughter from Colorado theater

By SADIE GURMAN
The Associated Press

1/26/2015

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Every year on his daughter's birthday, Ian Sullivan visits the grave of the child he lost when a gunman slipped into a Colorado movie theater and fatally shot the 6-year-old as she sat with her mother in the fourth row.

And every year, he finds a birthday card on the headstone from the man who was with Veronica when Sullivan couldn't be: the police officer

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Monday Jan 26, 2015 - Flames rip through trucking yard

A nighttime blaze ripped through a Fontana trucking yard, destroying big rigs and other vehicles, vehicle parts and nearby trees, say San Bernardino County Fire Department officials.

The flames were reported at 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, near Washington Drive and Live Oak Avenue, just north of Interstate 10 and roughly a mile southeast of Auto Club Speedway.

Strong winds of 25 to 40 mph hampered firefighters, and the lot was jammed with trucks and equipment, said fire departme

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Monday Jan 26, 2015 - US spot truckload rates drop as freight demand slows, fuel prices fall


Spot market truck rates for U.S. loads are taking a seasonal slide in January, as slower freight demand frees up more trucks. The DAT Solutions U.S. average dry van spot rate fell to $1.98 per gallon Jan. 17, dropping below $2 per mile for the first time since last May.

The rate, which includes fuel surcharges, is 3 cents higher than a year ago, according to DA

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Sunday Jan 25, 2015 - Frack It, Tax It

Christopher Bergin , Contributor

Did you ever notice that the government is like some of your relatives? When they find out you’re doing well, that’s when you start hearing from them and getting hit up for money.

This brings us to the gas tax. If you drive a vehicle with an internal combustion engine like I do, you’ve

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Sunday Jan 25, 2015 - Senate highway bill could be unveiled soon

Senators Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) may soon unveil a highway funding bill that would direct money to the struggling Highway Trust Fund from taxes on companies’ overseas earnings, according to Politico’s Morning Transportation report from Jan. 22.

Paul, however, did not mention any specifics in his announcement about a potential bill of what m

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Friday Jan 23, 2015 - Truckers must produce new documentation for TWIC enrollment

New documentation requirements and a slightly reduced enrollment fee are on the horizon for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program.

Truckers are among the more than 2.8 million workers enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration program, required for those needed unescorted access to secure maritime facilities.

On Feb. 1, the fe

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Friday Jan 23, 2015 - Trucker Sues Company Over Injuries, Faulty Brakes

A driver has filed a lawsuit against his company alleging that they failed to properly maintain his vehicle, causing a brake failure that resulted in severe and permanent injuries.

Donald Dotson, formerly employed by Elite Oil Field Services Inc, was driving his truck with an empty trailer when his brakes overheated and began to smoke. After he pulled over his vehicle, one of the brakes caught fire. Dotson reported the malfunction to his supervisor who arran

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