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PFJ donates $125k to company helping military vets start businesses

Bunker Labs has helped veterans launch more than 360 companies since 2014, creating more than 1,700 new jobs. Of the $125,000 donated by PFJ, $25,000 will be applied directly to expanding the Bunker Labs chapter in Tennessee.

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Trump FMCSA nom Martinez approved by committee, confirmation heads to full Senate

Martinez testified in a confirmation hearing last week before the Senate committee, telling the Senate panel he intends to uphold the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance with the ELD mandate and to institute data-driven reforms to the CSA program.

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Holiday freight is moving as L.A., Chicago top van markets in latest spot update; reefer strengthening too

Since Hurricane Irma, van freight rate gains have been more or less sustained, and "to put this in perspective, we haven't seen van rates this high for a protracted time ... since the Polar Vortex/Snowpocalypse of 2014," DAT's Ken Harper says.

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PFJ opens new location in New Mexico

The new location will offer truckers five diesel lanes with high-speed pumps, PJ Fresh and fast casual food offerings, Western Union, three showers and 29 truck parking spaces.

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Colin Young presents ‘Basalt drive’ hall of shame

This collection of video clips from the dashcam of trucker Colin Young was assembled from several during "a load from Denver to Basalt, Colo., on the Friday before Father's Day" this year, Young says, via Loveland Pass. "After 20-plus years of driving it still surprises me how many people continue to take the risks they take around big trucks."

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Cargo theft incidents increase in third quarter, values fall

During 2017’s third quarter, the cargo theft recording firm saw a total of 160 cargo thefts with an average loss value per theft of $117,137. Even though the number of thefts were up quarter-over-quarter, the value of thefts was down 17 percent.

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Driver pay hikes on the horizon, analyst says

Of note from a conference call with pay analyst Gordon Klemp, driver wages are in effect just half of what they were in 1979, before deregulation.

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Propane shortage prompts emergency declaration, hours suspension in Wisconsin

Carriers and drivers “in the process of obtaining and transporting propane” are eligible to operate under the hours suspension on all highways in Wisconsin, including intestates.

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Diesel prices skyrocket in West on heels of CA tax increases

The DOE reports fuel prices in California far exceeded the 20-cent tax hike, increasing by 35.6 cents during the week. California’s dramatic increase, tied in with sizeable increases in other regions, brought prices to $2.882 per gallon on average in the U.S.

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E-log antipathy ‘not all about the money’: Readers respond ‘around the dunk tank’ to Wes Memphis’ latest

The pseudonymous Memphis noted his Friday positing of the possibility of a "new golden age of trucking" -- if imposed ELDs actually limit available hours in a fashion they aren't already limited post-December 18 toward substantially better rates, income (hardly a certainty) -- was "getting some good comments around the dunk tank." ...

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