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Coronavirus relief nears passage

March 18, 2020

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Land Line Now, March 18, 2020.

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Legislation to help those exposed to coronavirus and to alleviate possible economic damage is now in the Senate, while a follow-up plan is being developed.

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I. Today’s news with Terry Scruton

The president closes the border between the U.S. and Canada over COVID-19; The FMCSA expands its national emergency waivers; and here’s a tip: let’s be nice to each other – it’s today’s news in trucking.


II. Pot or hemp – test can tell

Researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a scanner that police can use to instantly detect if a truck’s load is hemp or marijuana. Also, we’ll listen in as a Senate subcommittee cross-examines Finch Fulton. He’s the nominee for assistant secretary of policy for the U.S. Department of Transportation.


III. Things are bad, but freight is up and fuel is down

Freight and rates see an uptick thanks to increased buying amid the coronavirus outbreak, but it may not last. Also, diesel prices continue their downward spiral as the oil market plunges over fears of lowered demand.


IV. Coronavirus relief moving through Congress

Legislation to provide help for those exposed to coronavirus and to alleviate possible damage to the economy is now in the Senate, while a follow-up plan is being developed by the White House and Congress.


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