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News bytes: Diesel prices, Driving sans pants, Willie’s Place to be Petro

Commodities speculation back in the spotlight  The commodities futures positions limits problem is back in the TV news via a series on liberal populist host Ed Schultz' "Ed Show" this week. The first spot in the series distilled the history of the elimination of position limits that I've written about some over the years, most recently in a discussion of the Griftopia book as oil/diesel prices continued their long rise, which began late last summer in ...

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Happiness; UK producers seek ‘World’s Toughest Trucker’

Happiness There's no other way to describe this picture, eh? It's Virginia Kirk, general manager of the TA C-store and fuel islands in Nashville, Tenn., during the location's grand reopening last week. It's "awesome" to be back up and running, she told me Friday after being closed for nine months. Kirk's addition of the "Welcome to Music City" tag above the front door into the stop, made prior to the flooding, resulted in the Music City thematics of ...

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IdleAir offering free service Tuesdays in March

Free service from electric shore power provider IdleAir will be available at nine locations every Tuesday in March, the company announced

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TA upgrades driver lounges

TravelCenters of America announced driver lounges have been upgraded to feature 55-in. or larger flat-panel, high-definition televisions in all TA and Petro locations. Petro’s large movie room locations will also offer surround sound and DVD/VCR combos. La-Z-Boy theater seating and carpet are being installed in some locations, too, and all upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of January. The company says, however, that with the upgrades, driver lounges and theaters are now ...

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Positives in trucking dog days in Truckers News — and more

Since I blogged about musician Susanne Spirit's weekly shows at the TA East in Ontario, Calif., back in March, Spirit has continued to make great strides in combining her trucking-music act with her concern for the welfare of abandoned dogs in kill shelters. Her "Musical Truckin' Dog Adoption Program," conducted in concert with the Ramona Animal Shelter of Riverside County, Calif., in just a year, all told, has matched near 500 dogs with truck drivers ...

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IdleAire resumes services

IdleAire is providing electrification at four truck stops, and expects to reopen three more this week and restart an additional 12 sites.

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IdleAire to restart 23 locations

Five of the planned locations would be in Texas and five more in Pennsylvania.

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