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Jurors to go inside Pilot Flying J corrupt sales division

Jurors in a Chattanooga courtroom will be going inside what the nation’s largest diesel fuel retailer concedes was a corrupt sales division where fraud was taught and celebrated.

“(Expletive) them early and (expletive) them often,” jurors will hear former Pilot Flying J Vice President of Sales John “Stick” Freeman say in a secretly recorded staff meeting. “I mean, (expletive), sell it to them the way they wanna buy.”

They’ll also hear Freeman in person.


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U.S. hiring jumps after hurricanes as employers add 261K jobs; trucking sheds 100

WASHINGTON — U.S. employers added a solid 261,000 jobs in October in a bounce-back from the hurricanes that slammed the Southeast in September, while the trucking sector lost 100 jobs month-over-month.

The overall unemployment rate declined to 4.1 percent, the lowest in nearly 17 years, from 4.2 percent in September, the Labor Department said Friday. But the drop in the rate occurred mostly because many people stopped looking for work and so were no longer counted as unemployed.

October's burst of hiring largely reflects a rebound from the hurricanes that temporarily depressed job gains in September. But it also shows that for all their fury, the storms didn't knock the economy or the job market off course. Over the past three months, job growth has averaged 162,000, similar to the pace of hiring before the hurricanes.


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New York attack suspect's family was 'very mysterious,' neighbor says

Even in a neighborhood packed with immigrants, all with their own customs, languages, foods and idiosyncrasies, there was something about Sayfullo Saipov and his family that seemed not quite right.

With the benefit of hindsight, neighbors now believe that the 29-year-old Uzbek immigrant was plotting an attack long before he allegedly plowed his rented truck down a bicycle path in Lower Manhattan, killing eight people.

Three weeks before Tuesday’s attack, a neighbor had noticed that Saipov frequently rented trucks like the one used in the attack.

“This is the kind of truck you use for construction, but he wasn’t doing construction,’’ said Carlos Batista, 23, who noticed that one of the trucks was parked outside a vacant building nearby for nearly a week. “Why would you spend the money to rent this kind of truck and just leave it outside if you’re not using it? … Now I think he was practicing.”


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Arizona Trucking Association is training it's agents to spot potential terrorists

PHOENIX - The terror attack on a New York City bike path is top of mind for the Arizona Trucking Association.

"It's something in the trucking industry we are aware of," said President and CEO Tony Bradley. "Agents are now more aware of shady behavior, if someone is acting nervous." 

Agents who rent commercial trucks to people in Arizona are being trained on the tactics a terrorist may try.


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This classic Western Star is still trucking | 1968 WD4964 truck

Doug Small may be the owner of the oldest Western Star truck model in existence: a 1968 WD4964 truck that is nearing 50 years of age.

Though it’s now carried from place to place by other trucks – most recently from its home base at The Truck Shop dealership in Auburn, WA, to the 2017 Western Star Dealer Meeting in Quebec City, Canada – Small said his 1968 truck “still runs like a top,” though it’s been “retired” from active commercial duties for much of the last five years.

Small – who, with his brothers Steve and Dan, bought the truck for their dealership in December 2015 – said this particular WD4964 put in more than 45 years of hard labor before retiring to become a show piece.


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Opinion: ‘Incredible Opportunity’ Exists For Trucking

When I was a young man, I could not have predicted that I’d spend my career in the trucking industry, let alone become chairman of American Trucking Associations.

My father was a dentist, and I thought I might follow in his footsteps. But once I started working with an uncle who owned a trucking company, I never looked back. Trucking is in my blood.


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Two trucking groups raise questions about autonomous big-rigs

This past week two influential trucking groups published guidance on the development of autonomous big-rigs, including some concepts that continue to make motorists uneasy.

The American Trucking Associations and the American Transportation Research Institute released research notes that are among the first to explore the nuances of self-driving trucks. Most of the autonomous vehicle conversation has focused on cars and pickups.

Overall, the industry pitch to the government and the public has emphasized that America's highways will become safer as fewer human errors clog up the roads with congestion and crashes. Both research notes call for the nation's travel infrastructure to be improved and updated, so self-driving vehicles can safely navigate to their destinations.

"Shifts of this magnitude do not come often -- and may prove to be as momentous as the building of the interstate system and deregulation," the American Transportation Research Institute study said in its conclusion.


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Editorial: A Call to Arms for Trucking

There’s no shortage of issues that will shape the future of trucking.

And in his state of the industry address, American Trucking Associations President Chris Spear outlined a plan of attack.

First up is California where prescriptive regulations on when truck drivers must take meal and rest breaks has created confusion and unnecessary litigation on an issue that should be the purview of laws regulating interstate commerce.

“This is an issue we have to win, and we will,” Spear said.

Next up is infrastructure and the need for a dedicated, sustainable source of funding.

Tax reform is also taking the spotlight with President Donald Trump using trucking as a backdrop in Harrisburg, Pa., for the introduction of a proposal that would slash the corporate tax rate and eliminate the estate tax.

“That’s your money,” Spear said. “And with it, you will be empowered to invest more in your employees, your equipment and the future growth of your businesses.”


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ATA subcommittee targeting shortage of trucking industry workers

The American Trucking Associations announced during the 2017 Management Conference & Exhibition in Orlando FL that it was creating a Workforce Development Subcommittee to address the critical issue of recruiting, training, and retaining Americans to work in the trucking industry.

“We have heard about the worsening of the driver shortage, as well as the shortage of qualified diesel technicians, and the impact they have on our industry,” said ATA President and Chief Executive Officer Chris Spear. “ATA will now, through this effort, fully engage with our local, state, and federal leaders to find real solutions to these shortages. Our industry has openings today that could provide a middle class standard of living to tens of thousands of Americans--we just need to find ways to identify these people and provide them adequate training in order to put them to work building our industry’s future.”

The subcommittee will be chaired by ATA Secretary John Smith, chairman of CRST International Inc, and

will be a part of ATA’s Labor and Regulatory Policy Committee.


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