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Bills would retain truck lengths, weights

Senate, House measures would freeze truck lengths and weights on the National Highway System.

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Work starts on I-15 in Utah

Drivers should be alert to narrowed lanes and shoulders, reduced speeds and lane shifts along 24 miles of I-15 in Utah where construction has started, the Utah Department of Transportation announced. Work will go on day and night in an effort to complete the construction by December 2012, the department said. Other construction projects along Utah’s section of I-15  are in Clearfield and South Layton from Bountiful to Farmingiton, in North Salt Lake through Pioneer Crossing at ...

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Kenworth dealership to open in Georgia June 1

A 15,000-square foot Kenworth dealership is scheduled to open June 1 in Gainesville, Ga. The new dealership adds to ones in Mableton and McDonough, Ga., which are part of the Murphy-Hoffman Co. dealer network, the group’s regional vice president Todd Rice said. Located at exit 22 near intersection of highways 985 and 129, the new facility has 12 service bays and a drivers’ lounge equipped with a big screen television and will be open from 8 ...

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Western Express Inc. orders 2010 DD15-equipped Cascadias

Western Express Inc. ordered 900 Cascadias equipped with 2010 Detroit Diesel DD15 engines featuring BlueTec emissions technology, Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner truck maker announced. Based in Nashville, Tenn., Western Express provides dry van, flatbed, dedicated and brokerage truckload transportation deliveries. The carrier has agreed to buy nearly 2,800 trucks over three years, said Wayne Wise, president and chief executive officer for Western Express. For details go to www.FreightlinerTrucks.com.  

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Kansas enacts anti-texting law

Kansas becomes the 26th state to pass a texting ban.

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Diesel prices falling

The price plunged 7.3 cents to $3.021 in the latest week, the biggest drop in 17 months.

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Boston’s hazmat daytime ban extended

The city is working under a 45-day extension of its daytime ban on trucks carrying hazardous materials.

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Electric APU gets SmartWay approval

TriPac’s electric auxiliary power unit has been SmartWay certified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the unit’s maker Thermo King Corp. announced. The company’s engine-based auxiliary power unit is also Smart Way verified, Thermo King says. For details, visit www.thermoking.com.

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OOIDA donates to outreach

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association donated $10,000 to the St. Christopher Fund to commemorate Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan, the 17-year-old who is running across the nation to gain support for the outreach, the OOIDA announced. The fund helps truckers who face obstacles paying for medical care. Jordan, a resident of Ashby, Minn., started her run last September in California and plans to finish in New York City. Lee Jordan, her father and life OOIDA member, escorts her in the ...

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Driver wins award for protecting injured man

John Boyd, a professional truck driver for ABF Freight System Inc., has been named a Truckload Carriers Association Highway Angel.

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