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| December 12, 2008

A $500 tax credit for fuel expenses would be allowed on 2005 tax returns in a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Ohio. The credit would not, however, apply to business vehicles.
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TO PROTEST FUEL PRICES, hundreds of truckers stopped their trucks Sept. 13 on the shoulder of the Trans-Canadian Highway in New Brunswick. The truckers did not block traffic, and when Royal Canadian Mounted Police asked them to leave, they did so without complaint.

FREIGHTLINER is seeking a buyer for American LaFrance, maker of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles and one of the oldest brands in the automotive industry. American LaFrance was created by merger in 1903, the same year the Ford Motor Co. was founded.

OKLAHOMA VOTERS bludgeoned an ill-timed proposal to raise fuel taxes 8 cents per gallon for diesel and 5 cents per gallon for gas. In the Sept. 13 vote, 87 percent of voters cast ballots against State Question 723.

DAIMLERCHRYSLER donated a 2006 Freightliner M2 with an 18-foot refrigerated van body to Forgotten Harvest, a Michigan charity that delivers perishable food to those in need. The new truck will move 6 million pounds of food annually.

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