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Arrow Trucking: Lawsuits, blame and good news

Some new developments emerged in recent days with Arrow Trucking, now two months after its Dec. 22 closing. Two items are from the Tulsa World. One details how lawsuits filed individually against executives are moving forward even though bankruptcy proceedings protect the company  from further lawsuits. Several of the civil cases are against Former CEO Doug Pielsticker. In the other, Pielsticker responds to allegations against him “by claiming that his former chief financial officer is primarily responsible ...

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Word from the Magic Man: ‘Let’s get this show on the road’

In the November issue of Truckers News, my editor and colleague Randy Grider wrote about Michael Mooney (pictured) in his lead column, "Magic Man." Mooney, a performer based in Cartersville, Ga., is deft with all manner of magician's tricks, but he also has a compelling story to tell, which he never misses the opportunity to do. One of his regular haunts, the TravelCenters of America location in Cartersville, offers plenty such opportunity, in addition to what he views ...

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Piling on — overweight fines reaching new heights

If the headline seems too outlandish to be true of a truck that actually had some sort of permit -- "Truck bound for drilling site 49.7 tons overweight" -- think again. Enforcement officers in Towanda, Pa., reported the Star-Gazette of Elmira, N.Y., have cracked down hard of all manner of weight infractions due to, some in the trucking business suspect, the area's uptick in big-move traffic care of a large Chesapeake natural gas drilling site ...

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Nashville driver reaches out to targets of hate graffiti

This story, published in the Nashville, Tenn.-based daily City Paper, highlights the efforts of a truck driver to represent the best of his community to a group of Somali immigrants and their house of worship. When the Al-Farooq Islamic Center, a community meeting hall and mosque, was tagged with the words "Muslims Go Home" and a cross symbol on Wednesday, Feb. 11, it was a self-described "unemployed truck driver" who showed up first with a can of ...

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Dinero moves new cross-border program foward

The Obama adminstration has renewed its pledge to reopen the U.S.-Mexican border and allow commercial trucks from the United States and Mexico free access to each other's respective interior highways. Some officials says this could happen before the end of the year. What's puzzling is how this will work. Soon after taking office, Obama signed an omnibus spending bill that cut off funding a cross-border pilot program implemented under the President Bush. The major argument was that Mexican trucks were too unsafe to operate on American highways. ...

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Credit card statements include free cold shower

You might have heard that banks have to play by new rules with their credit card terms and disclosures, starting today. If you’ve never faced the music when it comes to credit card abuse, your chance is about to come. One of the more digestible – and eye-popping – bits of information that now must be disclosed is how long it will take you to pay off your balance if you make only the minimum monthly ...

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Remembering a genuine American — Yellow Freight driver Karl Krueger

It is with sadness that I that I relay news reports that confirm the death of a true American -- Karl Krueger of Sioux Falls, S.D. (pictured), a union driver for Yellow Freight who made his mark on the trucking world and general public with a campaign for the presidency of the United States. A five-rig crash near the end of a construction zone on I-29 in Western Iowa, near Missouri Valley, eventuated in Krueger’s death; ...

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Another drop in the ‘No Truck Parking’ bucket

Fayetteville, N.C., Observer reporter Myron Pitts put out a clarion call in a recently published editorial for the North Carolina DOT to do the prudent thing to increase safety outside the Motiva Enterprises fuel terminal in the area and add at the least a turning lane for trucks backing up waiting for entry on Shaw Mill Road. The article, "Truckers say no-parking zone means trouble," revealed via fuel haulers' testimonies a pattern that could have long ago been fixed. Tanker haulers, ...

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

Baltimore columnist: ‘Can’t avoid jackknifing? Don’t be a truck driver’

Michael Dresser, writing in the Baltimore Sun after the deluge of snow that blanketed the East Coast over the Super Bowl weekend, singled out several jackknifed rigs and their drivers in the Baltimore area as "Public Enemy No. 1." One such jackknifing incident, he writes, turned I-95 into a parking lot for the entirety of that Saturday afternoon. In a more recent follow-up column, Dresser reveals that the response from truckers around the nation was voluminous, ...

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I'm Just Say'n

Advice is given on "boys' night out,' coming home to a messy house and reigniting the old 'chemistry.'

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