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As with most superlatives, ‘best’ is a relative term when it comes to truck stops

Readers responded in numbers to the "Best truck stop ever?" question in last week's Channel 19 post. Find here a bevy of recommendations for quality stops, great restaurants and more.

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Readers offer 14-hour fixes with pay for time, hours revisions, more

Following my post Friday last week about part of the two days I spent running with Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed, readers responded in numbers with 14-hour fix suggestions. Among them was Gary Carlisle, increasingly outspoken advocate for change ...

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Who gets your vote for best truck stop ever?

A new Truck World on I-76 in North Jackson, Ohio, Trucker Path's top 10 truck stops by user rating (including 8 independents) and a question: What's your favorite truck stop out there? Who's doing it right?

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Video: Trucker Bob Stanton on sleep apnea, fatigue research and bringing researchers, regulators into the truck

"Oh my God, I'm one of them, I've got it! I have the scarlet A on my forehead!" --Trucker Bob Stanton somewhat facetiously opening his presentation on apnea to the regulators, researchers and transport folks attending a conference last month.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux part 2: Bills in Ohio would subsidize ‘cheap labor’

Ohio bills would funnel taxpayer money to driver-training efforts and "put the Ohio taxpayers on the hook for subsidizing cheap labor," notes small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold. Also, video, audio: Crank it up with Scott Reed's tuned 750-hp Cat in the Wheeling tunnel on I-70.

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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More ELD questions answered by Wes Memphis

And: A word from reader Bob Glaves against the ELD mandate; Revisiting tax/per-diem strategies that can be short-sighted when it comes time to weighing the need for income at retirement.

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In the per-diem weeds with company drivers

In which a reader asks a question about treatment of the standard per-diem deduction depending on how the carrier treats a standard reimbursement -- after-tax or pre-tax. Mike Calahan of ATBS provides the answer.

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Wes Memphis answers your questions on ELDs’ potential income effect

Amid the charges of 'fake news' under Wes Memphis last Channel 19 post on ELDs' income effect there were a few salient questions, which Memphis returns to answer here. Also: Poll results from our income/ELD question show some reality/expectation divide.

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Another parting shot from Louisville: Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Mama Crystal’

A dark blues folks song about a scourge that's touched the lives of many around the nation -- crystal methamphetamine.

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