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Small business still hurting

 If you’ve caught the business news in recent days, you know there have been some positive signs. Home prices and sales, employment and other indicators are looking better, possibly meaning a bottoming out of the downturn. But when it comes to small business and credit, it’s still a mess, reports CNNMoney.com: “Bank lending is down, credit card interest rates are up, and the country's largest small business lender, CIT Group ... is hanging by a thread.” ...

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Distracted transport secretary announces distracted driver summit

In the wake of the publication of results of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute's analysis of long-haulers' texting behavior while driving, the calls for a nationwide ban on the practice have now reached the metaphorical level of deafening, one might say. It'd be pretty easy, thus, for you to have missed a somewhat timid announcement from the U.S. Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood, Tuesday that gave little detail about a supposed "summit" late in September dedicated ...

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Obama ‘on Ice Road Truckers’

Unless you're talking about dissatisfaction with rising government expenditures, such as the prevailing view over on CDLofit surrounding pending health care/insurance legislation, or Teamsters' campaigning efforts, you don't hear the words "Obama" and "truckers" associated in media very often. Late-night comedy shows are another story. Check out this post on PurePolitics.com detailing a night's worth of jokes after Obama's health care press conference from a week and a little extra back. Among the nuggets delivered ...

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Dollars & Sense – August 2009

In recent months I've covered steps to help you survive the downturn in the economy: · Set clear written goals. · Focus on...

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Channel 19 – August 2009

Give that man a CDL Little did South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford know how universal was the feeling he revealed to his Argentinean mist...

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Pure Grain — "Truckin Song" video redux

Since we reported on Pure Grain front man and sometime trucker the 'Carolina Kid' Chris Taber here at the blog, the band's made its trucking show debut at the Expedite Expo in Wilmington, Ohio; released its second record, Out of the Storm; and re-shot the video for their "Truckin Song," which you'll find below, in case you didn't get enough the first time around. The Cincinnati-area resident Taber's got quite a great story, including the ...

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Vintage Kenworth motor coach returns to Mt. Rainier

Two men from Gig Harbor, Wash., have rescued a 1937 Kenworth Motor Coach from the rust heap of history. So reported the Seattle Times newspaper July 21. Art Redford, 69, "who founded Honey Bucket, the portable-toilet business with the instantly recognizable name," reported the Times, even remembers the vehicle's original purpose: to drive tourists to and from Mt. Ranier. Kenworth only built a few of these coaches, specially designed for the Rainier National Park Company, ...

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70 years in one minute

I was fortunate to be invited to Peterbilt’s 70th anniversary celebration at the Denton, Texas, headquarters this week. As part of a presentation to dealers and customers, the company presented this cool little video that shows many of the truck models morphing into each other, reflecting the changes over seven decades. Also, note the top two photos on the right for a glimpse at a few trucks that stand out in Peterbilt’s history. And if you haven't ...

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

Interviewing the 2009 Great American Trucking Family

This month's issue of Truckers News features the Great American Trucking Family for 2009, the Valdepenas of San Bernardino, Calif., who've been trucking for four generations. Truckers News editor Randy Grider took footage of part of his interview with Ralph Valdepena Jr. on his visit with the family out west earlier in the summer. The resulting vid is below. For more on the Valdepenas, check out the full story by Grider in this month's issue ...

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Study probes trucker talking and texting

Results from a study released today by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, and financed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, made their way into the New York Times and numerous other mainstream media outlets yesterday. One upshot?: texting while driving should be illegal, said researchers, no exceptions.The study tracked more than 100 drivers with video cameras in their cabs over the course of months, logging countless hours of footage over more than a collective ...

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