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Bank robbery: The things some will do for health care

Perhaps you've heard this story already -- desperate for something he thinks is totally out of his financial range, man does something over-the-top, creating a national media circus along the way. The latest variant comes from Gaston County in North Carolina in the form of a former beverage delivery driver feeling so much in need of medical care and not wanting to be a burden on extended family, he says, that he concocted and executed a ...

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‘Medically certified’ — join us for radio show Wednesday to probe driver health regs

At 7 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow evening (Wed., June 22) I'll join Truth About Trucking Live hosts Allen & Donna Smith as well as my colleague Max Kvidera for a special show probing the issues raised by the current, June Truckers News cover story Kvidera and I penned about state and federal regs for driver medical certification. Joining us will be a special guest, a big-hearted driver I wrote about in my portion of the ...

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What are the top ten trucking songs of all-time?

Planning for Overdrive's 50th anniversary this year, we want to hear from you with recommendations for a top-ten list of the best trucking songs of all time. Lest I unduly influence the process, I will refrain here from mentioning my own top-ten, but let's say potential contenders could range from classics by Red Sovine to "Eastbound and Down" to the more recent, such as Pure Grain's "Trucking Song" or many a tune penned by owner-operator-crooners ...

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A knight of the road recalls the royal carpet

Owner-operator Gordon Alkire recalls an era when the knights of the road, he says, were treated like royalty.

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Jason’s Law national call-in day June 23; drivers urge action

Last year it came on the heels of calls for passage from often at-odds constituencies in the industry, and this year, drivers and other industry parties are following similar unity after Jason's Law's May reintroduction to the 112th U.S. Congress by New York Congressman Paul Tonko to urge drivers to make vocal their support next week, June 23. (For video of the press conference reintroducing the legislation, see the bottom of this post.) The legislation, H.R. ...

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Worries about Weinergate

Dear Carolyn, All this news attention on Weinergate makes me anxious about my husband who is always on the road. Do you think most men send suggestive pictures to strangers online? Should I check his computer history? Sally Dear Sally, Oh, please don’t make me have to use all my good Weiner jokes for this answer! Here’s the long and short of Wiener’s pickle.  A stand-up guy keeps it zipped. On the other hand, now is a good time to ...

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4 State’s Bryan Martin on Joplin rebuilding efforts in All Drivers Together conference call

In a conference call last week put together by the All Drivers Together group, a collaboration of owner-operators and drivers opening up a free conference line to drivers and others in the trucking industry around the nation to network and share information toward industry betterment, 4 State Trucks' Bryan Martin noted the shift in efforts around his home city of Joplin, Mo., to rebuilding in a big way last week. "This week, it’s cleanup crews ...

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82-year-old gets a trucking wish; Minnesota horse northbound and down

Queen of the road A story in the Doylestown, Pa., Intelligencer newspaper details the Twilight Wish Foundation's efforts to grant a long-haul wish to 82-year-old Margarette Kirsch. In late May, she set out of a 15-day journey from Philly to California and back to her Merritt Island, Fla., home with trucker Annabella Wood at the wheel, the culmination of events Intelligencer reporter Kristina Kristofic details in the piece. It's a fantastic look at a singular individual ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Transport for Christ truck rally this Fri-Sat

The Transport for Christ organization's efforts to connect with and spread the good news to and of the trucking industry extends far beyond their mobile chapels and efforts to unite drivers in the fight against humna trafficking, which I wrote about several weeks ago. They're rewarding the greater community of drivers and owner-operators again this year with their annual truck rally and show, coming up this weekend Friday and Saturday, July 17-18, in Kidron and ...

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Swift at the New York Stock Exchange

Get an eyeful of this pic, a Swift International Lonestar parked outside the New York Stock Exchange on May 25, when Swift management rang the opening bell on the exchange after a December initial public offering (NYSE-Listed SWFT) of Swift stock, which gained 27 cents a share that week. Swift, "based in Phoenix, Ariz., operates 16,100 units comprised of 12,100 tractors, a fleet of 49,400 trailers driven by company drivers and 4,000 owner-operator tractors," runs a press release accompanying company ...

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