Todd Dills

Hijacked log-truck owner-operator Don Davis on the mend after being hit by seven bullets

A fund-raising effort launched by family friend Debbie Cofer is under way to help defray Davis' medical costs after the Oglethorpe County, Georgia, hijacking, chase and shootout.

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Audio mailbag: More voices in favor of swift action on the problem of uncompensated detention

Calls continue to come in from drivers around the nation in response to the Detention détente series of reports -- in this podcast, drivers weigh in on the regulatory apparatus' potential role.

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It’s a trailer on exhibit at a truck show, not a walkway

At your next truck show, here's a tip: Don't walk on any of the RGN decks on display unless asked to. Got it?

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Friday round-up: Small-fleet struggles hit the mainstream, apnea ‘twilight zone’ the local paper

A local paper in Minnesota gets the apnea issue more or less right. And: To adapt or not to adapt -- the Wall Street Journal paints small-carrier woes with broad brush, with mixed results.

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POLL: Do you use push-to-talk functionality/devices other than the CB?

With the rise of smartphone apps enabling push-to-talk functionality on such devices, and the continued attraction of the Nextel-popularized function, this poll looks at current use of the technology.

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Should the Federal Reserve raise short-term interest rates?

What's your view on the Fed's approach to interest rates -- a rise in fed rates would affect both returns on savings as well as boost the costs of borrowing. Recent news shows the Fed leaning toward a rise ...

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Van demand follows reefer up Northwest, falls nationally

Van rates held steady, meanwhile, compared to our last update but were down week over week. And: A way to get back to Chicago from Denver without breaking the bank.

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Of Popes and Presidents: Reports from a season in highway construction, closures

Season in dignitary visits, too, to which the I-5 gridlock in Seattle earlier this morning served as testament. Info on upcoming short-term closures on U.S. 95 in Nev., I-75 in Cincinnati and more.

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POLL: How often is finding a parking place a problem for you?

How much time do you spend looking for parking on average -- and how often is finding a spot a serious issue on the road? Call 530-408-6423 to scale in with a message and/or vote in the poll here.

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Reservation systems, pay-to-park efforts in critical eye of new truck parking analysis

Close to half of all driver respondents to a wide-ranging ATRI survey on parking reported no willingness to pay for parking whatsoever -- the survey examined this and other parking issues.

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