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Little Johnny has a plan

What do you want to be when you grow up? Mrs. Grover's lesson for third-grade Johnny Calvin's get-to-know-you session provides a wisecrack answer from Calvin himself, revealing truths about the U.S. Congress' sole oversight: the votes of the constituents.

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Next-generation owner-operator Ethan Madden on the 1984 Peterbilt 359 custom rig he’s spent his teens on

Video: catch a variety of views on 17-year-old Ethan Madden's custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, a truck that's passed now through three generations of Texas Maddens to score a second in its Antique class at the GATS Pride & Polish a couple weeks back.

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Why Mike can’t have nice things (like my vote)

"I spend every Monday morning writing letters to my representatives in DC, and I spend about the same amount of time calling their offices, leaving messages and talking to staff. I realize that's not nearly as cool as making a bold, public statement about 'being done with writing letters'..."

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Video: ATBS forecasts higher owner-operator income

Amen revisited his forecasts from last year and made some new ones during an Overdrive Partners in Business seminar at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas last month.

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Wisconsin intrastate ELD mandate not adopted, may implement on delayed timeline

The June-published map of states' adoption plans for the ELD mandate for intrastate operations included Wisconsin on the list of those likely to adopt on the same enforcement timeline as the interstate rule, but reps there now say a delay for intrastate operations is likely.

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Excuse me, sir, do you have any implied consent?

Unpacking the rules around post-accident drug/alcohol testing in the wake of a Utah nurse detained by police after refusing "to do a blood draw on an unconscious patient," who also happened to be a trucker.

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Listen: Richard Woods, Michael Lochmiller, Terrance Mathis in Trucker Talent Search 2017

Bill Weaver and host Tony Justice, too. This Labor Day edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast takes you back through the performances at this year's Overdrive/Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search at the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas.

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Charitable or scandalous?

Research before you give. "Times of tragedy highlight the generosity of human beings in general, but the trucking community has always been known to go over and above. ... That being said, times of tragedy can also provide a verdant breeding ground for filth ..."

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Road trippin’: Trump’s hollow infrastructure pledge

This industry and the public at large deserve a rational plan, not smoke and mirrors, for maintaining and improving our infrastructure.

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On a Hurricane Harvey relief mission with owner-operator Bill Ater

Landstar-leased owner-operator Bill Ater had his "feet in the starting blocks, hands on the floor" and was "waiting on the starting shot" when we talked Tuesday, August 29, for this Overdrive Radio podcast, staged in South Texas for relief shuttles associated with Hurricane Harvey.

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