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Study: Air quality improves at Port of Long Beach

The cleaner air is due to better technology, not from a slowdown in cargo.

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Arrow Trucking closes

Arrow Trucking Co. abruptly closed Dec. 22, effectively stranding its company drivers, news sources report.

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Senate extends highway program until Feb. 28

Senate leaders and the Obama administration had backed an 18-month of the program.

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Study: Physical driver screening pays off

A study shows that physical screenings of drivers prior to hiring led to a 7 percent reduction in lost work days.

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OMG! SaDIP my dataQ

The CSA 2010 webcast assaulted listeners with more acronyms per square inch than is legal under EPA or OSHA regs.

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Jobs in transition — in more ways than one

As with the 2001 recession, there’s been much talk of a “jobless recovery.” It peaked with two reports in early November: Productivity increased 9.5 percent in the third quarter, while unemployment rose to 10.2 percent in October. Not all explanations for the productivity gain, one of the three biggest in the last 30 years, carry equal weight. New computer systems or factory-line robots or low-wage workers in India could have taken over duties formerly done by ...

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Manufacturing sustains its hot streak in November

Manufacturing monitor ISM issued a good news, bad news report today, but the good outweighs the bad.    The sector expanded in November for the fourth consecutive month, says the Institute for Supply Management. The downside is that the rate of growth is less than a month ago, and less than analysts expected.    “The signs are still encouraging for continuing growth as both new orders and production are still at very positive levels,” says Norbert Ore, ...

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Truck dealers analyze a year’s anemic sales

It still appears to be a buyer’s market for Class 8 trucks, according to a report from the truck dealers’ trade group. It’s been “a year of heavy depreciation for the highway sleeper market,” says the ATD/NADA Official Commercial Truck Guide. Considering the depressed conditions, prices could have dropped even lower, says Chris Visser, editor of the guide. "Anecdotal evidence suggests that an extremely active export market helped keep the domestic supply of used trucks at ...

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How to make the roadway fly by

If you still have any doubt about how dangerous texting while driving is, a new study offers some comparisons. A post from the Poynter Institute, a journalism education group, notes that 26 percent of teens admit to poking out messages while they’re behind the wheel, according to a Pew study. I bet the reality is higher than that, but what’s really scary are results from a Car and Driver magazine experiment. Using a deserted air strip, an ...

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Mid-West Truck Show

FEB. 5-6, 2010: MID-WEST TRUCK SHOW, Peoria Convention Center, Peoria, Ill., (217) 525-0342, www.mid-westtruckers.com.

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