Texas

A final run for Dolphy Dickerson, and an introduction: South TX Truckers for Kids

Rest in peace Dolphy Dickerson, career hauler from W.Va. who lost a battle with cancer Dec. 6. Also: South Texas Truckers pulls Toys for Tots drive in Mission, Texas.

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NPR gets truckers’ takes on being halted by ‘cobblestone ice’

Several truck drivers told NPR they were halted by "cobblestone ice" at truck stops outside of Dallas.

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Mass. fleet owner pleads guilty to bribery; FMCSA shuts down three drivers

Korca Enterprises owner Irfan Dushku faces home confinement and extended probation after bribery attempt; and drivers in Texas, Michigan and Illinois are declared imminent hazards to public safety by FMCSA.

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I-40 lanes back open in Arkansas

"Interstate truckers need a good federal highway system. The price we pay is regulation. Want the feds out of your business? Get used to sitting around in local traffic."

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Unwanted visitors at a Texas Walmart

Seen at the Walmart in Lancaster, Texas: NO TRUCK PARKING -- VIOLATORS WILL BE TOWED AT THEIR OWN EXPENSE. And it gets hairier...

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(Not) Making friends on the road

Sometimes it's hard, particularly when dogskin boots are involved. "I'm not good at making friends, but I had to comment to the guy wearing them."

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Inconsistent enforcement: CSA’s heat index

State inspection intensity ratings range from Maryland, where 32 inspections per lane-mile of National Highway System were conducted during CSA's first two year, to Idaho, where only two inspections per lane-mile were done.

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Bitten — by more than the trucking bug

" The spiders in South Texas are so big they strap saddles to them and put them in rodeos. Small children who make a scene by screaming for Starbucks in the food court are fed to them."

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Loaded from home — to home

Wendy and George ponder home and Sunday school on a run up I-75 from near where Wendy was raised in Georgia to deliver in Ohio, their current home.

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Plagues, vermin, snakes!

"You can flat fly through Texas; in fact, they encourage you to do so. Texas is the only state with DOT signs that taunt people...."

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