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A coronavirus timeline: How we got here

Land Line Media provides a timeline of the events related to the coronavirus dating back to Dec. 31, when the first reports came out of China.

Features

Trucker wins ‘rock ‘n’ roll lottery’ by becoming lead singer of Kansas

Driving for StandFast Packaging out of Carol Stream, Ill., in 2014, Ronnie Platt checked his email while being unloaded at one of his stops. It was a message from Phil Ehart, the drummer for the rock band Kansas, telling the then 52-year-old Platt that the group wanted him to be their lead singer. In an […]

News, Safety & Security, State

Court denies Mississippi counties’ petition to reopen unsafe bridges

More than 100 unsafe bridges in Mississippi remain closed indefinitely after a state judge refused to order the governor to reopen them. Gov. Phil Bryant was the target of a lawsuit by two counties that sued for injunctive relief after an April 10 proclamation from the Magnolia State’s top executive ordered the state’s transportation and […]

News, OOIDA, Truck Shows

With a little spit and polish, The Spirit is ready for SuperRigs in Raphine, Va.

OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, the Spirit of the American Trucker, has been polished and spiffed up for its next truck show stop, Shell Rotella’s SuperRigs. The theme of the 36th annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs is “Tribute to Toughness.” The show is a truck beauty contest for working trucks. Owner-operators from across the United States and Canada […]

Fuel prices, News, State

Oklahoma fuel tax increase in jeopardy?

As the state of Oklahoma prepares to increase fuel tax rates this month, legal challenges underway at the state’s highest court attempt to thwart an effort to void the tax deal. The Oklahoma Supreme Court this week heard oral arguments in two challenges to a referendum petition to nix multiple tax hikes scheduled to take […]

News, Safety & Security

Wildfire in Durango, Colo., restricting traffic on U.S. 550

The 416 Fire in Durango, Colo., has closed a portion of US-550. As of Wednesday, June 13, limited access will be granted to the general public from noon to 6 p.m. local time. Conditions can change at any time with the more than 27,000 acres affected so far at only 15 percent containment. Located about […]

Analysis, Equipment

Daimler leapfrogs; driverless trucks edge closer

Daimler is skipping a grade. No, not in school, but in the unofficial levels of vehicle autonomy. Yet it’s much the same thing. Someone – in this case something – is coming up fast. Here, Daimler has publicly signaled its intent to make trucks as driverless as they can be. That means Daimler, a savvy […]

Opinion

OOIDA’s The Spirit leads inaugural Jim Johnston Memorial Convoy

Unfortunate weather didn’t keep The Buckeye Invitational Truck Show from being a success. Fellowship and fun were a huge part of the equation, even during bouts of inclement weather. A focus on the drivers and their families was our main intent for organizing the show. We didn’t emphasize retail, and didn’t have recruiters on site.  Money and […]

Fuel prices, News

Diesel prices at the pump decrease by a penny or two per gallon

Across the U.S., the average cost for a gallon of diesel fuel dropped 1-2 cents on Monday compared to a week previous, according to the Energy Information Administration. On Monday, June 11, the EIA reported the U.S. average price per gallon of diesel cost 3.266. The price is 74.2 cents higher than a year ago. […]

News, State, Tolls

Six months after original launch date, Rhode Island’s truck-only tolls finally underway

After two delays, the first two toll gantries in Rhode Island are officially collecting tolls on truck drivers along Interstate 95. However, legal challenges have been pledged. At 12:01 p.m. on Monday, June 11, RIDOT brought the first two truck-only toll gantries online. Gantries are between Hopkinton and Exeter. One toll gantry is approximately 1 […]

Crime & Courts, News, State

Trucking company owner sentenced in tax evasion case

An Iowa trucking company owner has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison for tax evasion and ordered to pay restitution and a fine totaling more than $105,000. Michael Collins, 49, of McClelland, Iowa, pleaded guilty to one count of tax evasion on Dec. 21. He was sentenced on May 11 to one […]