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Future I-11 route through Nevada designated in highway bill, in part to follow U.S. 95

The 5-year, $305 billion bill designates the route to follow U.S. Highway 95 before connecting with I-80 in Northern Nevada.

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POLL: Should the U.S. restrict gun purchases to combat ‘soft-target’ terrorism?

UPDATED to fix poll module -- if you voted before Tuesday noon CST, please re-vote: In the wake of the San Bernardino, Calif., killings, President Obama offered some new gun-control measures as a part of the solution to problem of soft-target terror. Should such measures fit into broader strategy or not?

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Truck driver run over by own truck after jumping out

Police in Florida are still trying to figure out how and why a truck driver fell or jumped from his still moving rig only to be struck and killed by the truck.

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U.S. diesel price falls below $2.40, lowest point in six years

Diesel prices continued to drop this week, falling below the $2.40 mark for the first time since June 1, 2009.

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CSA scores behind the curtain — what’s next?

Following FMCSA's pull of the CSA SMS from public view, some signs that the CSA bell will continue to ring in carrier selection processes from brokers and shippers in the "private CSA world." Some reader views, too, on FMCSA's move.

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Super Service offers new lease-purchase program

Super Service rolled out a new lease-purchase program that provides owner-operators the ability to acquire their own truck with no money down and no credit check. Contractors for the regional and dedicated truckload carrier can choose from a variety of tractors, including Peterbilt, Volvo, International and Freightliner, and they also can select their own compensation plans, providing them with added control over their business. Super Service says it offers all owner-operators a 100 percent fuel surcharge, ...

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Fleetmaster Express boosts pay for regional drivers

Fleetmaster Express announced a pay increase for its regional drivers of more than 14 percent. The Roanoke, Va.-based company says it also recently enhanced its detention pay, holiday pay and 401(k) program, and also offers an incentive bonus plan, holiday and vacation pay and bonuses for driver referrals and U.S. Department of Transportation inspections. Drivers can expect no-touch and no hazmat freight, weekly settlements and quality home time. Fleetmaster also offers local and dedicating hauling opportunities.

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Transport America acquires stake in Optimal Freight

Transport America, an Eagan, Minn.-based truckload carrier and TransForce subsidiary, acquired a majority stake in Chicago-based Optimal Freight, a privately held nonasset-based truckload freight brokerage company that provides services throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Optimal Freight manages the requirements, capabilities and freight patterns of shippers and carriers to create solutions designed to maximize productivity and cost efficiency. Transport America said the acquisition, terms of which were not disclosed, expands its capabilities to create solutions ...

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Big-Bore Engines Making Big Comeback. Don’t Compromise.

Equipment Spotlight: LEDs

Today’s LED lights offer clear advantages for truckers when driving, parked or under the hood. Finely tuned light-emitting chips provide enhanced colors, enhancing visibility. Although LED lights cost more, the return on investment is greater due to longer lifespan. In addition, they remain almost as bright at the end of their service lives as at the beginning while drawing less energy. In the cab, that means more amperage to recharge batteries or run auxiliary systems. Kiser’s Safety ...

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FMCSA removes CSA scores in wake of highway bill signing

As required by the FAST Act highway bill, signed into law by President Obama the afternoon of Dec. 4, FMCSA has pulled the CSA Safety Measurement System from public view.

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