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Government, Business, Equipment

CVSA Responds to Senators by Deciding to Spend a Day Inspecting Trailer Underride Guards

A trailer underride guard Insurance Institute for Highway Safety via YouTube

In response to a request by two U.S. senators, roadside commercial motor vehicle inspectors later this month will spend a day collecting data on the condition and maintenance of rear trailer underride guards.

Eric Miller | Staff Reporter
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Fuel

EPA Challenged Administration’s Safety Projections From Mileage Freeze

A car tailpipe Rick Bowmer/AP

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency privately challenged the Trump administration’s rationale for freezing Obama-era mileage standards, saying the proposal actually would increase U.S. highway deaths.

Ellen Knickmeyer | Associated Press
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Autonomous

Podcast Debut: ‘RoadSigns’ Tackles Autonomous

RoadSigns podcast

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Transport Topics' new podcast: RoadSigns. Our debut episode focuses on how the trucking industry’s steady and ongoing development of autonomous technology may someday affect truck drivers. Click to listen!

Transport Topics
June 11, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Turkey to Step Up Tariffs on US Products

People line up at a currency exchange shop in Istanbul People line up at a currency exchange shop in Istanbul. (Lefteris Pitarakis/AP)

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Aug. 15 said it is increasing tariffs on imports of certain U.S. products, including rice, cars, alcohol and coal — escalating a feud with the United States that has helped trigger a currency crisis.

Suzan Fraser | Associated Press
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

US Retail Sales Rose at 0.5% Annual Rate in July

Citi Trends manager Crystal Bowman counts a customer's school clothes and uniforms in Jackson, Miss. ( Citi Trends manager Crystal Bowman counts a customer's school clothes and uniforms in Jackson, Miss. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)

WASHINGTON — Americans shopped at a healthy pace in July, buying more cars, clothes and appliances, evidence that confident consumers are helping drive robust economic growth.

Christopher Rugaber | AP Economics Writer
August 15, 2018
Government, Business

US Industrial Production Edged Up 0.1% in July

A truck driver chains down a roll of steel to his flatbed at the NUCOR Steel Gallatin plant in Ghent, Ky. A truck driver chains down a roll of steel to his flatbed at the NUCOR Steel Gallatin plant in Ghent, Ky. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. industrial production rose modestly last month, held down by drops in mining and utilities.

Paul Wiseman | AP Economics Writer
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, Technology, Logistics, TCA

Ford to Spend $740 Million as Part of Detroit Train Station Project

Michigan Central train station Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford (left) and CEO James Hackett pose outside the Michigan Central train depot on June 19 in Detroit. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Ford Motor Co. will spend nearly $740 million to renovate the Michigan Central Station and other sites the automaker purchased in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, the company said Aug. 14.

Cindy Burton | Detroit Free Press
August 15, 2018
Government, Business

US Productivity Posts 2.9% Growth in 2Q

Tractor-trailers move cargo out of the Port of Savannah. Tractor-trailers move cargo out of the Port of Savannah. (Stephen B. Morton/AP)

WASHINGTON — U.S. productivity grew at an annual rate of 2.9% in the second quarter, the fastest pace in more than three years, while labor costs actually fell.

Martin Crutsinger | AP Economics Writer
August 15, 2018
Government, Business, TCA

Deb DeLuca Named New Duluth Port Director

A Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. train arrives at the Port of Duluth. A Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. train arrives at the Port of Duluth. (Ariana Lindquist/Bloomberg)

Deb DeLuca was named the executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Aug. 13, becoming the first woman to hold the role.

Brooks Johnson | The Columbian, Vancouver, Wash.
August 14, 2018
Government, Business, Technology

Turkey’s Erdogan Vows US Boycott, but Diplomats Resume Talks

Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures prior to delivering a speech in Ankara, Turkey, on Aug. 14. (Pool photo via AP)

Turkey’s president appeared to escalate a dispute with the United States that has helped foment a Turkish currency crisis, claiming Aug. 14 that his country will boycott U.S.-made electronic goods. Behind the scenes, however, diplomats resumed contact to ease tensions.

Suzan Fraser | Associated Press
August 14, 2018
Government, Business, Fuel

Shipping-Fuel Rule Change Cuts Demand for Canadian Oil

TransCanada's Hardisty Terminal 1 TransCanada's Hardisty Terminal 1. (Brett Gundlock/Bloomberg)

New rules limiting the amount of sulfur allowed in shipping fuel is expected to cut demand for high-sulfur fuel oil and the sour crude that yields it. In Canada, that could extend — or worsen — the biggest price slump in nearly five years.

Robert Tuttle | Bloomberg News
August 14, 2018

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