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More detail on driver stuck in a Mexico jail

A US truck driver mistakenly drove a truck loaded with ammunition across the border into Mexico and now sits in a Mexican jail. Why does he not have an attorney?

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Lucky 13: Natural gas engines performing well in ready-mix

Chicago-based Ozinga Ready Mix drivers report plenty of power and responsive shifting from 13 Cummins-Westport natural gas-powered Kenworth mixer trucks now in operation, moving from its Chinatown Plant near downtown. “Since city officials are trying to reduce emissions from trucks that operate in downtown Chicago,” says Tim Ozinga, company communications director, “we thought placing all of our new CNG trucks in operation there would have the greatest impact.” The company’s CNG-powered W900s mixers were delivered between October ...

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News to me: Charlie Brown and Snoopy went to the moon

I learned today that there is a small natural history museum in the big shopping mall in Las Cruces, N.M. Learned by stumbling onto it while taking a walk. Diane and I are on a run from Texas to California. She drove her usual shift last night. We have time to spare on this run since the delivery is Monday, but instead of staying in bed, I got up to do more ...

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Big fleet earnings could mean bigger paychecks

Carriers who have seen big growth over the last year could be passing some of it on to owner-operators.

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Willie’s Place

I learned today about the truck stop in Carl's Corner, Texas, formerly known as Willie's Place. Learned by visiting it for the first time. Diane and I woke up this morning at this truck stop. We spent the night there on our way to this afternoon's pick up. It is a Petro now but not so long ago it was Willie's Place, named for Willie Nelson, the renowned country singer who ...

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Brokers: Highway bill unlikely prior to election; more on the bond issue

        With news of President Barack Obama's threat to veto any highway reauthorization or extension bill that comes to his desk with authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline included, as it is in the House version that passed the Rules committee earlier in the week, came my conversation with James Lamb, head of the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents, earlier this week. Lamb said that according to his sources the Hill, given the general ...

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Lawler wants trucking message to spread

Country music singer Lindsay Lawler took a shine to the trucking industry – and drivers, specifically – after landing a gig at the Great American Trucking Show.

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Working the system to get out of Tulsa

Not wanting to linger in Tulsa, we worked the system hard to get out.

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Big-Bore Engines Making Big Comeback. Don’t Compromise.

Checking in with Jazzy Jordan — and a rig named in her honor

When we quizzed Overdrive Facebook fans on their rigs' nomenclature, i.e. not just the make and model but the names they used to give voice to that most personal of relationships -- the on-highway operator and his or her machine -- one in particular stood out for me. "I named mine 'Jasmine,' to honor Jazzy Jordan," wrote driver Jim Beine, whose Central Point, Ore.-based Oldland Distributing, 272-inch wheelbase 2001 Peterbilt 379 extended hood is here pictured. ...

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Chuck Bosselman inducted in racing hall of fame

The 15th class of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, to be inducted in October at the Fireman’s Hall in Lincoln, Neb., is set to include one Chuck Bosselman, second-generation owner of the famous Bosselman Truck Plaza in Grand Island, Neb., at I-80 and Highway 281, and later related businesses. Bosselman, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, got the racing bug in the late-1960s, starting with a 1955 Chevy and ...

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