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Better rates: Employee drivers need fair-labor protection, reader argues

A prescription for improved rates long-term -- a reader argues for federal wage protection for company drivers.

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A lesson learned from a fishing dry spell

I have a confession to make, and it's not an easy one. Earlier this year, we spent almost three weeks running Florida and I didn't catch one single fish the whole time. Granted, I was fishing before and after work, and I only lost about 90 hours of sleep casting every rubber worm known to mankind, but it was Florida, for heaven's sake, and I didn't even get a good bite. I carry my pole behind the ...

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Being Brita: Overdrive’s Most Beautiful winner soars as an independent trucker

If anyone can model a competent, strong woman flourishing in a traditionally male-dominated business, it’s Brita Nowak, Overdrives 2016 Most Beautiful contest winner. More on Brita and her one-truck independent business here...

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First-time show is big success in a teeny town

From Wendy: "Somewhere around 30 trucks registered for the shine and show working truck competition, a huge number for a first-time show in a place like little Brookville, Ohio. One of the coolest things was the judging panel: No one over the age of 14 was allowed to cast votes. The kids picked winners based on sheer awesomeness."

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E-log transition epilogue: Wes Memphis answers your questions

After Wes Memphis' final piece is his multipart narrative of the first couple of months following his fleet's transition to e-logs, a few questions came in specific to his operation. In this epilogue to his dispatches, Memphis takes a moment to answer a couple of them.

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Notes on being professionals

In which George and Wendy get a DOT number, wait out their near-finished truck makeover and anticipate new freight with Diesel Life.

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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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