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Erich McMann dedicates ‘Trucker Country’ track to drivers to cap off the week

Singer-songwriter McMann "just wanted to pay tribute to all the truckers," he says. "I picked 'Trucker Country' as the song because of the lyrics." Listen to it, along with a bevy of other trucking tracks, here.

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Mailbag: ‘All about the money’? — Reader views on increasing truck weight

A sizable majority of Overdrive readers (64 percent) see negative primary consequences of any significant rise in interstate truck weight limits. Find a bevy of views in this mailbag podcast.

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Long-haulin’ hotel sweepstakes, brake safety in Arizona …

With "Brake Safety Week" inspections kicked off around the country, are you seeing anything out of the ordinary? And: Hotels4Truckers and Transfix launch Long Haulin' Hotel Sweepstakes.

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Top 10: States where brake violations are most prevalent

Headed into national Brake Safety Week (set for this coming week, September 6-13), here are the places where brake violations make up an outsize share of all enforcement actions.

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Flatbed demand: Hot states, local markets

Spot market flatbed freight availability tumbled 13 percent last week after a prior-week gain, DAT reported. Local opportunities in places like Houston, Texas, an otherwise low-demand state in the latest update.

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AxleOutPro ups the ante for Trucker Talent Search participants — and a new Keith Sampson vid

The winner of the talent search will receive a professional recording and video production care of AxleOutPro, much like 2014 winner Keith Sampson's own work on his new video/song, released here.

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Navigating ‘amateur day’ with the four-wheelers

"Amateur Night," by driver Bill Patterson: "I dread Saturday nights. You never know what will happen." Profiling the texter, the brake-footer, the rubbernecker, the NASCAR wannabe and ...

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Restored Evel Knievel Mack haul rig to travel to GATS!

The Evel Knievel Mack's showing at the Great American Trucking Show will come on the heels of the Aug. 21 opening of the "Being Evel" feature documentary about the daredevil's life. Watch the trailer here.

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Exemptions adding fuel to hours debate

Bob Hearns, among others, weighs in: "keep asking for those legitimate exemptions, and maybe the rule makers, who do not know the industry … might wake up and do not only the right thing, but the necessary thing."

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Monday round-up: 15L option in the making for Cat trucks, another ‘ghost fleet’ debuts

Interesting news bits in a Jack Roberts interview with Caterpillar about its split with Navistar on Cat trucks. And: Tip on the new "Ghost Fleet" novel war-gaming a near-future China-U.S. conflict, techno-thriller style.

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