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Rates hall of shame 2015: Bottom 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Lookback on 2015 rates: As pricing fell off, these 15 states in van, flat and reefer segments ended the year with the worst rates for outbound loads, averaged over the year. Also: Examine interactive heat maps for regions showing better rates.

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Factoring in the factoring

"Factoring has always been made out to be a dirty word to me. As I mentioned before, we've had no direct experience with it, so I kind of listened to the whispers and grunts about how awful it is. The truth is ..."

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Got hitchhiker? What to do to prevent rabies spread

The raccoon can certainly be "a charismatic species," but their accidental transport over long distances can break through the USDA's local/regional oral rabies vaccine barriers. What to do if you pick up a stowaway.

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Owner of classic W9 specializes in survival: ‘I refuse to lose’

John Jaikes is clearly a hard-working independent and a proud show truck exhibitor. What's not so obvious is that he's a survivor -- of repeat bouts with cancer and a wreck with a possibly suicidal four-wheeler.

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Automate this

"Don't automate me, bro." --Wendy at the end of a run in a new Ford equipped with automated this and that: "the car automatically closed the hatch on me about 12 times before I quit fooling with it at all and started crawling over the backseat..."

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E-log transition, finale: ‘I will survive’ –Wes Memphis

A final report from Wes Memphis: "...like we survived the CDL, the TWIC Card, the emissions-compliant motors, the hazmat fingerprinting, the demise of the old-school truck stop, the erosion of civility, the death of Claude Akins ...."

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Lawyers are more dangerous on any day ending in ‘Y’

In which Wendy responds to a Texas lawyer who, with the help of the Dallas Morning News, "asserts that most everyone who took the past three days off is now back on the road, driving illegally to make up for lost time." ...

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APU weight-exemption guide, state by state

Wide variability in state law governing weight exemptions for owner-operators utilizing APUs is what drove the creation of this chart, showing just what states allow for the 400- or 550-lb. federally encouraged weight exemptions.

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Rearview: The heyday of mom and pop truck stops

Before the proliferation of large truck stop chains came to grace interstate highways, one-off mom-and-pop establishments found on two-lane highways were the norm. In the 1960s, the peak of such operations, Overdrive offered an advertising outlet for those small businesses to make their locations, products, services and amenities known to the nation’s independent truckers.

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KLMO investigates: News reporters murdering kittens, future database aims to help

Once upon a time in a land far away ... "people actually trusted their news sources, and used the information to make informed decisions about their lives."

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