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Banks find way to win card game

“Interest rates are now hovering near record highs, at an average rate of 14.72%,” reports CNNMoney.com, which explores this topic in more detail. “And if your credit is bad enough, you could even end up with a rate as high as 59.9% APR.”

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‘Showing Severe’ w/ Texas dump fleet

I met the Redwines of Nederland, Texas, at the Great American Trucking Show last year by the back bumper of Jerry Redwine's prize-winning 2007 Peterbilt 378 tri-axle dump (pictured). The labor of love is a hardworking truck in Redwine construction business. Powered by a Caterpillar C13 boosted to 600 hp and an Eaton 8 LL off-road transmission, the tri-axle main unit is evidence of a “bad habit” the young Redwine inherited from his father and ...

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International, Kenworth dealership owners give name — and more — to medical tower

A $5 million gift from Marshall and Katherine Cymbaluk of Everett, Wash., owners of the Motor Trucks three-location International dealership in Western Washington state and Kenworth Northwest, with six locations in Washington and Alaska, made possible the new medical tower of Providence Regional Medical Center in the Cymbaluks' hometown. The center thanked them for what ranks as the largest philanthropic gift Providence Everett has ever received by naming the tower after them.  "It is also ...

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Single again!

Dear Carolyn I’m recently single and having a hard time getting back into the dating scene. My main problem is that when I tell a woman that I’m a trucker, she gets that look on her face. You know the one. Like when you step in dog excrement? That look! I own my truck, have a million safe miles, all kinds of driving awards and am a clean-cut, not bad looking guy. What am I supposed ...

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Action-packed memoir about more than broken bones

Hal Needham, stuntman and director of the "Smokey and the Bandit" trilogy, relates career high points in a just-released memoir.

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Best jobs of 2011: ‘Truck Driver’ ranks 171st

And that's out of a total 200, listed from "best to worst" by the folks at careercast.com and publicized in a Wall Street Journal piece early in January. They claim to have based their rankings on five separate factors -- physical demands, work environment, income, employment outlook, and stress -- and "Truck Driver" ratings in those categories all stand at about the middle level. Cumulatively, the often high-stress, physically demanding highway environment, a neutral employment ...

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International ocean carriers, truckers, navigate trouble in Egypt

When I made a brief note about unrest brewing over rising food prices and the general employment situation in the North African states of Algeria and Tunisia in my post about the 2008 oil bubble (and current one, if we can consider it such -- final word still out on that), little did I know how much would change in two weeks in the reigon. Since, of course, the Tunisian dictator has decamped and, inspired ...

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Snow, snow, more snow; making the most of it

A Pilot Flying J stop on I-70 in Warrenton, Mo., is the subject of reporting on National Public Radio today, and I'd bet you can guess the subject matter. Hear audio of the story, which will be available at about 7 p.m. ET this evening. Suffice to say that truckstop employees Terri Brackney and Greg Stratton have quite a story to tell about what happened at their stop on the section of the interstate that ...

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Reports confirm strong freight demand

Three positive reports came in today about the state of trucking (or the economy) at the end of last year. These agree with recent earnings statements from publicly traded truckload carriers, most of which made strong profits in the fourth quarter.

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Roadside Attractions

A review of recent interesting or odd parts of trucking, plus industry data, coming events and a truck gallery.

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