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Trucker protest shuts down construction project

Roughly 30 drivers staged a small ruckus this weekend by refusing to work and shutting down a $1.4 billion highway project in the process.

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Skilled drivers, come on down

Think you’re the best driver in the neighborhood? Prove it, says Mack, who’s sponsoring the Driving Skills Safety Challenge May 1 and 2.

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Penske Truck Rental/Logistics’ new driver

The folks at Penske Truck Rental and Penske Logistics have a new driver doing some hauling, so to speak, in their stable -- he might well be familiar to the IndyCar fans among you. None other than Helio Castroneves will wear the Penske Logistics/Truck Rental yellow for several races this season. Castroneves is in his 13th year with the Penske Racing organization, and off to a strong start this year, with a win and a top-five ...

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Landstar’s 2012 start good sign for owner-operators

The nation's largest owner-operator fleet, Landstar, reports that it had its best first quarter ever.

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Get inside of a twister with Sean Casey

Truckers News is hosting a live chat tonight with storm chaser Sean Casey.

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‘Shipping Wars’ hotshot reality TV show extended

The Shipping Wars reality TV show, launched earlier this year and featuring the work of several hotshot owner-operators competing for earnings by bidding on and moving freight from the uShip.com online marketplace, hasn't exactly lit up the trucking world with interest in the manner of, say, the Ice Road Truckers show at its height, but the same can't be said for the general public. The show's gotten an extension, uShip reports. "A&E has ordered 26 new episodes ...

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New service space at Nebraska Pete dealer

The folks at South Dakota / Nebraska / Iowa-based four-dealer network Sioux City Truck Sales (pbtruck.com) shared this photo with us of construction, now completed, of a new nearly 7,400-square-foot addition to the Peterbilt of Norfolk (Nebraksa) building. Eight new service bays, with a wash bay and some additional parts storage space included, have been added to the east end of the building. They all opened for business this month at the dealership on U.S. Highway ...

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White House aims to protect consumers from oil speculation

President Barack Obama took oil speculators to task last week, asking both his staffs and Congress to take measures to prevent speculators from cheating consumers.

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Lucky 13: Natural gas engines performing well in ready-mix

Chicago-based Ozinga Ready Mix drivers report plenty of power and responsive shifting from 13 Cummins-Westport natural gas-powered Kenworth mixer trucks now in operation, moving from its Chinatown Plant near downtown. “Since city officials are trying to reduce emissions from trucks that operate in downtown Chicago,” says Tim Ozinga, company communications director, “we thought placing all of our new CNG trucks in operation there would have the greatest impact.” The company’s CNG-powered W900s mixers were delivered between October ...

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Big fleet earnings could mean bigger paychecks

Carriers who have seen big growth over the last year could be passing some of it on to owner-operators.

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