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Angry about trucking? Occupy your business

You might have noticed the powers that be are not striving to make your work environment more trouble-free next year. A new, and likely more restrictive, hours of service rule is expected. Carriers are steadily adopting electronic onboard recorders. More emissions-related regulations start in California during 2012, and medical certification will be more closely tied to the CDL. Then there’s the economy, favorable to trucking lately but still showing signs of serious weakness. What’s an owner-operator to ...

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Michigan excavators use doubles rig to fight MS

For almost half a decade, the Champagne & Marx Excavating excavating company, of Saginaw, Mich., has been hauling Michigan Specials -- double-dump trailers capable of transporting 50 tons of payload -- with a fleet of Kenworth T800s for road prep, foundation digging and other commercial and industrial projects. But, the company has also long been a big contributor to the fight to combat Multiple Sclerosis, in 2011 raising enough money for it to rank fourth in ...

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Cumberland Collective: Road music to keep an ear out for

I had the rare opportunity to pay witness to a recording session Wednesday night in Nashville at Blackbird Studios -- a group called the Cumberland Collective (a couple of members of which I'm familiar with via the folks-in-their-30s-with-kids-needing-an-occasional-babysitter circuit) had opened up the doors on the 45-track studio to turn the 10-hour session into something of a drop-in-and-hangout affair, inviting family, friends and others. With several songwriters of widely varying styles among them -- principally Mike ...

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A growing spectacular: The Vancouver Island truck lights parade

The Vancouver Island Equipment Owners Association's Christmas Truck Light Parade and Food Drive takes the cake for the most brilliantly extravagant of the Christmas truck parades.

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Factory freight finishing strong

Owner-operators with hauls tied closely to factory output should see good demand through year-end, based on today’s report from the Institute for Supply Management.

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Air Force drivers haul the Iraq withdrawal

They're "working overtime now with the 31 December deadline," says Melissa Milner with U.S. Air Forces Central. Last week, she notified me of a special feature on their website detailing the hauling efforts of the Air Force's 70th Medium Truck Detachment, charged with moving massive amounts of materiel out of Iraq before the end of the year. They've stepped up missions nearly threefold in the last few months, from about 11 a month in January ...

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Healthy Obsession

So here are my tips for enjoying your time, whether you’re out on the road or at home with family and friends, and for sticking to those health goals so that Jan. 1 doesn’t bring with it a hefty list of resolutions.

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Mix it up with exercise

Truckers adapt to new environments on a daily basis. Truckers looking to exercise also adapt.

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Roadside Attractions

Red Giant makes big boast, a truck driver musician plus Gauges, Truck Gallery, Channel 19 and more industry news items.

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Fuel and Physics

With all the fuel saving products in the marketplace, how do you know what works?

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