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‘Spotter’ in New Orleans Accident Scam Sentenced to 21 Months

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A so-called spotter who participated in at least two staged accidents against trucks in the New Orleans area has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for his part in the wire fraud conspiracy.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 22, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Senate Committee to Meet for Gina Raimondo Confirmation Hearing

Rhode Island Raimondo (Steven Senne/Associated Press)

President Joe Biden’s pick to lead the U.S. Department of Commerce is scheduled to defend her nomination before a Senate panel Jan. 26.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 22, 2021
Government, Business, Fuel

Oregon DOT Surveys Drivers Ahead of Local Road Usage Pilot

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is in the process of determining whether interested Portland-area drivers are eligible to participate in a road usage pilot program.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 22, 2021
Government, Business

Safety, Infrastructure Top Buttigieg’s Agenda at Senate Hearing

Pete Buttigieg Transportation Secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg speaks during a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing on Jan. 21. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

President Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Transportation pointed to the importance of safely moving people and goods and the new administration’s goal of modernizing the nation’s mobility networks as key areas of focus for him during his Jan. 21 Senate nomination hearing.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
January 21, 2021
Government, Business, Technology, Safety

Audit Finds Flaws in FMCSA Monitoring of Drivers’ Medical Qualifications

Man getting medical checkup The IG audit said that a seven-month registry outage, which began in December 2017, resulted in driver examination reports not being entered, creating “data-quality issues, including missing records." (Portra/Getty Images)

An Inspector General audit has found weaknesses in regulators’ monitoring of medical examiner qualifications and ensuring that truck drivers meet physical qualification standards to safely operate commercial vehicles.

Eric Miller | Senior Reporter
January 21, 2021
Government, Business, Breaking News

Biden Appoints Slew of DOT Officials

Meera Joshi Meera Joshi in 2015. (Michael Nagle/Bloomberg)

President Joe Biden has appointed Meera Joshi to serve as deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 21, 2021
Government, Business, Logistics

Nation’s Ports Finish 2020 Strong Amid Surge of Imports

Port of Los Angeles The Port of Los Angeles during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Tim Rue/Bloomberg News)

The nation’s ports in December posted record or near-record cargo numbers as a surge of imports continued to enter facilities on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
January 21, 2021
Government, Business, Safety

Buttigieg Pledges to Make Transportation Systems COVID-Safe

Pete Buttigieg told the Senate in his confirmation hearing that he would look to ensure transportation systems were managed safely. Pete Buttigieg told the Senate in his confirmation hearing that he would look to ensure transportation systems were managed safely amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Joe Buglewicz/Bloomberg News)

President Joe Biden’s pick to run the Department of Transportation says he will focus on preventing the spread of COVID-19 on the nation’s transportation systems if he is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

Keith Laing | Bloomberg News
January 21, 2021
Government, Business

US Jobless Claims Fall Slightly; Remain Near 1 Million

A "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in New Hampshire. A "Now Hiring" sign hangs on the front wall of a Harbor Freight Tools store in Manchester, N.H., in December 2020. (Charles Krupa/Associated Press)

Applications for U.S. state unemployment benefits fell only slightly the week of Jan. 11 and remained elevated, signaling heightened pandemic-related strain in the U.S. labor market just as Joe Biden begins his first days as president.

Olivia Rockeman | Bloomberg News
January 21, 2021

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