May  7,  2015

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Quality Distribution Agrees to $800 Million Sale to Private Equity Firm
Photo Gallery: Images of Freightliner's Inspiration Truck
Jobless Claims in US Hover Near Lowest Levels in 15 Years
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Quality Distribution Agrees to $800 Million Sale to Private Equity Firm
Tank carrier Quality Distribution Inc. has agreed to be acquired for approximately $800 million by private equity firm Apax Partners, the companies announced.

Photo Gallery: Images of Freightliner's Inspiration Truck
See photos of Freightliner's Inspiration Truck, the first autonomous-driving truck licensed to travel on a road in the United States. Plus, video inside and outside of the truck.

Jobless Claims in US Hover Near Lowest Levels in 15 Years
Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, dropping the average over the past month to the lowest in 15 years, indicating companies are holding on to workers.

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Transportation Coalition Says Next Highway Patch Should Include Funding Fix
The next highway funding extension Congress approves should require the tax-writing panels to come up with a plan that ensures long-term funding for highways and transit projects, the Transportation Construction Coalition said May 6.

Weekly Intermodal Rail Traffic Rises 5.7%
U.S. rail intermodal traffic rose 5.7% in the week ended May 2 compared with the same week last year as carload traffic declined 4.8%, the Association of American Railroads reported.

Sen. Deb Fischer's FMCSA Overhaul Bill Expected Before Long-Term Highway Bill
WASHINGTON - Sen. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) said she expects to offer legislation that would reform programs at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration before Congress takes up a long-term highway plan.

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Expeditors Net Income Jumps 27%
Expeditors International of Washington Inc. raised net income 27% to $107.3 million, or 55 cents per share, as business improved for air and ocean freight management services.

Carrier Panel Shows Differing Views on LNG, CNG Fuel Choices
DALLAS - Several trucking executives gave their reasons for changing some of their fleet operations to either compressed or liquefied natural gas, and said they were backers of the alternative fuels for reasons ranging from economic to sustainability.

Sen. James Inhofe: 'Not Going To Be a User Fee' to Fund Highway Bill
WASHINGTON  - Congressional Republican leaders will not consider raising taxes on gas and diesel fuels as a way to back transportation programs in a short-term measure and in a multiyear bill, the chairman of the Senate transportation policy panel told Transport Topics on May 5.

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Indiana Warns Truckers of HIV Outbreak on I-65 Corridor in Southern Part of State
Truck drivers traveling the Interstate 65 corridor between Louisville, Kentucky, and Indianapolis are being alerted to an HIV outbreak traced to a rural community in southern Indiana.

Agency Ready to Start HOS Study; N.Y. Rep. Casts Doubt on Methods
WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced it has exceeded its goal of recruiting more than 225 truck drivers to participate in a hours-of-service study, but a member of Congress said he does not think the agency will be able to reach a fair conclusion when it unveils its report later this year.

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